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PlatinumGames founder reveals four characters he wants in Smash Ultimate

Published: 3/Aug/2020 17:49

by Michael Gwilliam


Hideki Kamiya, the founder of PlatinumGames, was recently asked which characters he would like to see make an appearance in Nintendo’s flagship fighter, Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

Kamiya is a former Capcom developer who founded PlatinumGames in 2006. His career has led him to work on some of gaming’s most iconic franchises such as Devil May Cry, Resident Evil and even voicing the character of Godot in Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Trials and Tribulations.


During an interview with GameXplain, Kamiya was asked if he could have one character in Super Smash Bros, who would it be.

“It could be any character,” the interviewer clarified.

Viewtiful Joe main menu screen
Viewtiful Joe is one of the most popular GameCube games.

Kamiya wasted no time and rounded off four characters he believes Masahiro Sakurai should consider adding as DLC.

“You gotta put Joe in there,” the game director stated, referencing 2003’s side-scrolling GameCube beat em up, Viewtiful Joe.

The next character he named was Okami’s Amaterasu – the white wolf that Kamiya even designed himself. The game has been released on the Wii and Nintendo Switch so it has a bit of a history with Nintendo consoles – somewhat of a prerequisite for being in Smash. (Segment starts at 9:05 for mobile viewers)


“Have Leo put in there,” he continued, most likely referring to Leonhardt ‘Leo’ Victorion from Anarchy Reigns. That said, it’s quite unlikely that Leo gets the call as Anarchy Reigns never released on a Nintendo console.

Finally, he mentioned Wonder Red from The Wonderful 101. This game was originally released on the Wii U and had a Remastered version on the Switch, so this one is certainly in the realm of possibility.

That all said, after naming off the characters, Kamiya joked that Smash would be “more my game at that point.”

Amaterasu from Okami
Amaterasu is an extremely popular protagonist.

Out of all the characters the game director named off, it’s probably most likely that Viewtiful Joe ends up becoming Smash DLC at some point, considering the game’s legacy as part of the Capcom 5 on GameCube.

In any case, we’ll have to wait and see what happens. The five remaining DLC fighters for Smash’s Fighters Pass Volume 2 have already been decided, but it’s always possible we could be getting a third pass in the future. If we do, there’s a chance for Joe, Amaterasu or any of the characters Kamiya named to be part of it.


Smash Ultimate community divided over Minecraft Steve fighter reveal

Published: 1/Oct/2020 18:39 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 18:55

by Brent Koepp


The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community was left divided after it was revealed that Minecraft protagonist Steve would be the next character to join the fight. While some were excited for the major crossover, others – including esports pros – were less enthusiastic about the upcoming DLC.

Smash Bros Ultimate made its debut in 2018, and over two years later has continued to evolve into what is the biggest franchise crossover in gaming history. From Persona to Final Fantasy – the Nintendo Switch title has it all.


On October 1, it was announced that Mojang’s iconic Minecraft series would be the next join the beloved fighting game. However, not everyone in the community is thrilled about Steve’s inclusion, including EVO champion Leonardo ‘MkLeo’ Pérez.

minecraft steve in smash ultimate
YouTube: Nintendo
The iconic Minecraft protagonist joins Smash Ultimate as its next fighter.

Smash community torn over Minecraft DLC fighter

On October 1, Nintendo announced that Smash Ultimate’s next DLC would be Steve from Minecraft. This marks the second collaboration that Microsoft has had with the title, as Banjo & Kazooie was added in 2019.


While many fans were excited by the iconic mascot’s addition to the roster, others were left conflicted over the Mojang protagonist’s inclusion.

For instance, popular esports pro and 2019 EVO champion, MkLeo, took to social media to voice his disappointment. “OK! i decided to not post my reaction to this bs cuz minecraft fans are gonna come after me for not liking this thing omg so pissed.”

mkleo tweet
Twitter: @Mkleosb
MkLeo wasn’t enthusiastic about the Minecraft DLC.

The Joker main also added, “its ok, there are still 4 spots! Dont lose faith.” The pro was not alone – other fans voiced their disappointments as well, such as one user who exclaimed, “What an absolute joke the last few dlc characters have been trash add this “character” to that list.” Another player agreed and said, “What kind of trash is this. Where’s our Sora, 2B, or Dante. Bro nobody want this.”

minecraft smash tweets
Smash Ultimate fans were not happy with the Minecraft reveal, either.

Popular fighting game content creator Maximilian ‘Maximilian Dood’ Christiansen also shared his disappointment on YouTube. “I don’t f**king believe it. I’m going to turn this stream off right now. Going to turn this s**t off. I get it. An iconic character. I get it. I genuinely understand Sakurai, it doesn’t mean I have to like it. But I understand.”

Despite the negative reactions, not everyone was down on the Minecraft DLC. Team Liquid’s Samuel ‘Dabuz’ Buzby praised the announcement and said, “This wild ride is exactly what I paid for with Fighter’s Pass 2. Give me chaos, no boring expected reveals.” Legendary Smash pro Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris also celebrated the reveal by changing his profile pic to the Minecraft fighter and tweeted, “I changed my mind” in response to a 2019 tweet he had made about the Mojang title.

smash pros minecraft tweets
Smash pros weighed in.

Regardless of how you feel about the new DLC fighter, there is no denying that Minecraft has become one of the most iconic gaming franchises of all time. So much so that in 2014, Microsoft dropped over $2.4 billion to acquire it.


Smash Ultimate is, at the end of the day, a celebration of the industry. As many players pointed out, the Mojang mascot’s inclusion was surely inevitable given the property’s importance.