When Minecraft’s Steve, Alex, Zombie, and Enderman were first revealed as the challengers in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 1, 2020, Twitter appears to be struggling to handle traffic. Even Masahiro Sakurai, director of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, also noticed this phenomenon. “Maybe Twitter fell …?”; Sakurai wondered.
Despite the reaction about Steve’s inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is quite contradictory, but it certainly has something to say about the representation of the most popular video game in the world. In the latest Sakurai Column Famitsu article, Sakurai made additional comments on the issues on Twitter that came after the big disclosure.
“At 11 p.m. (Japanese time) October 1, 2020, Twitter was shut down in Japan, North America, and Europe,” Sakurai wrote. “Cannot post or read for a while, but when that ended, we received a surprisingly large response from the world.”
Whenever Twitter gets stuck, it’s usually due to an event that grabs the attention of people on a worldwide scale. The last time this happened was in 2009 when we learned about Michael Jackson’s death.
Before Steve’s world premiere, the Smash community really didn’t know what video game characters would be announced. Some fighters that preceded Steve were actually leaked for one reason or another.
While there have been bold statements about Minecraft’s representation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the past, most fans seemed to have removed this possibility as these claims were unverified after the base game and the first Fighters Pass was ended without any hint of this.
“We faced a situation that we had never had before at Nintendo where we couldn’t Tweet it as soon as it happened.” – Masahiro Sakurai
Considering that Steve is now confirmed, however, this does not create credibility given some of the other rumors circulating in the era of the first Fighters Pass.
Sakurai went on to note that Twitter’s troubles caused Nintendo to face a rather unique scenario of how the company was unable to tweet about Minecraft Steve.
“‘Minecraft is in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate!” It was announced at the time and date listed above, but we were faced with a situation we never had before at Nintendo where we couldn’t Tweet it as soon as it was. happened, “said Sakurai.
Special thanks to Nicholas ‘MajinTenshinhan’ Taylor for his contributions and translations used in this article.