How Mario's 35th Anniversary is impacting Smash Ultimate - Dexerto

How Mario’s 35th Anniversary is impacting Smash Ultimate

Published: 3/Sep/2020 19:43 Updated: 4/Sep/2020 18:06

by Michael Gwilliam


Nintendo finally revealed the Mario 35th Anniversary Collection in a surprise Direct drop on September 3, and this could end up meaning some big things for Super Smash Bros Ultimate.

While the Direct didn’t feature a new fighter reveal, leaving fans anxiously awaiting the release of Challenger Pack 7, they did announce an upcoming online tournament. The catch is that only Mario stages, fighters, and items will be legal.


The tournament is set to begin later this year, with the Japanese Smash Bros Twitter revealing that it will start in November and last until December.

Additionally, at least for Japanese players, they can win a special Smash Ultimate Mario Bros 35th Anniversary coin for the top 100 players and 200 select “lottery participants.”


While it’s not confirmed, it’s possible that on the Japan side of things, the tournament will be using the country’s exclusive ladder mode – something that fans in the west have been eager to experience for themselves.

That said, the fact it’s taking place in November is quite intriguing.

Is a Mario fighter next?

As previously noted, the Mario Direct didn’t include a Smash DLC fighter reveal, but it’s possible that Nintendo thought that announcement could potentially drown out the other news they had. (Smash news begins at 7:20)


Both Waluigi and Geno are very popular candidates for Smash DLC and you’d think that one of them would have been announced to celebrate Mario’s anniversary.

It’s possible that the next Smash Ultimate DLC, if they’re in fact from a Mario franchise, could coincide slightly with the November tournament.

As Dexerto previously reported, a new trend has been discovered called amiibo Theory. According to this theory, a new Smash DLC fighter is revealed in the days leading up to or after a wave of amiibo drops. So far, this has been the case with every single wave of amiibo.

Amiibo Theory suggests a DLC figher coming soon
DLC Fighter 7 could be coming in early September.

With the Joker and Hero amiibo releasing on September 25 in Japan and October 2 in North America, it’s been suggested that the next DLC could come anywhere from September 7 to October 12.

This would give players, assuming the fighter is from a Mario franchise, some time to practice with it before and then have it be eligible for the big tournament.


Of course, even if this isn’t the case, Nintendo gave Mario fans a lot of content to look forward to this fall with new games, remasters and even a Mario Battle Royale game.


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.