GARCHOMPRe: Smash Bros Character Merit. ( Switch Edition )
I know I'm a little late to this, but, how about Garchomp?
Certainly some of what I said didn't age well, as we ended up actually getting Banjo before Steve. But much of what I said remains true is that Steve is worthy of Smash even if the Nintendo Purists would of rather taken yet another Fire Emblem character then a character from a franchise they feel is overrated and caters to "Zoomers". Like it or not, Steve is a modern icon of gaming and a big deal. Like I said back then Steve is not a character I personally wanted, but I actually have no problem with his inclusion and looks like to be bringing a fully unique way to play. I'm sure many out there will react to this in ways akin to how I felt about Piranha Plant (I was laughing mad at both reveals, but with Piranha Plant my laughing behind internal screaming. While the laughter over Steve is fully enjoyment and acknowledgement of how I knew the Internet was going to react to this)STEVE
Level of Want
Oh boy, it's that character that I see complained about everywhere who people would swear is the worst inclusion ever because of how much they find Minecraft overrated, it's fanbase annoying, and/or it's a threat to a certain sacred bear & bird duo
...And yet, I'd be perfectly ok with it. Granted I can't say it's a character I particularly WANT in Smash but yes, I would take Steve's inclusion in stride while almost the whole rest of the Smash Bros. corners of the internet goes nuts. Feel free to say how ugly and unfitting Steve's design for Smash is. But we have to keep in mind Minecraft's one of the most successful games ever. There's a reason Microsoft has put the game on everything including it's competitor's consoles where you're perfectly able to change to Master Chief skins for your character through DLC even on your Nintendo Switch. Minecraft has more outreach then any indie game (Though kind of hard to say Minecraft is Indie now, it certainly began as an Indie back when Notch was head of the game but it's in Microsoft's hands now and is selling merchandise and even online subscriptions specifically for the game). And if Steve is capable of bulding blocks on the stage it might make for some interesting fun on Smash Bros. maps. Hell, I'd be interesting in seeing a casual 8-player all Steve match to see what people could do with building blocks without necessarily trying to fight eachother. It's be fun to see something like that. If Steve is indeed coming, bring him on. He's very much an icon of modern gaming right now, I too would like to see Banjo come first but if he's coming to Smash at any point in history. Banjo may have to deal with either just not being relavent known or a package deal with Steve where Steve is for the younger and casual fans and Banjo is for the hardcore. Though I'm not sure about the likelihood of Microsoft getting half of the remaining Fighter Pass characters.
I do however feel that his chances are somewhat overstated. Yeah people have said he's inevitable because *insert potential insider/leaker* said this or that. But even for the ones like Verge that have gotten things correct about this game before, the Minecraft stuff has just strangely been the one thing still yet to appear. Now I don't blame Verge himself for possibly being wrong, he has multiple sources and not all of them trustworthy. It's possible that whoever's been telling him that Minecraft content is coming to Smash is not exactly truthful. I think Verge got a really good hand in the base game, he however does seem to be slipping in terms of DLC and/or outside Smash stuff (Such as believing the new zelda was not Link's Awakening related... oof). Microsoft also seems to be very buddy buddy which is definitely odd for current console competitors (I mean Xbox Live services will be offered on the Switch for crying out loud) though we can't be for sure if it will lead to any Smash inclusions for either Steve or even Banjo-Kazooie at this rate. If Microsoft does allow a character in Smash it will almost be certaintly Steve and/or Banjo-Kazooie. Steve on the somewhat more likely scale just because of Minecraft's popularity. But if a 2nd fighter's pass happens ever, I'd actually keep a look out for the bear and bird.
In short, I think Steve's still one to at least keep an eye on as a possibility. But I wouldn't consider it a near certainty like many of the characters Vergeben mentioned during the base game speculation period.
I do try to be objective with my choices though. Sonic is my #1 dream character that made it as far back as Brawl. But let's say hypothetically he never made it in Smash beforehand but ended up being the fighter revealed today. Despite how much I'd be jumping for joy. I couldn't put him higher then Simon because Castlevania goes way back to the NES days while Sonic's Nintendo ties began with the Gamecube/GBA era. No list like this is going to be entirely without bias, but I try to make sure that even if it's a character I don't know alot about. If they're a super popular icon and/or request that's had Nintendo ties then they should obviously be high up. I've only rented the Banjo games so I don't have a childhood with those games but I acknowledge that it was basically at one point a Nintendo IP that just unfortunately was brought to the wayside as legal matters and competition between companies made it seem impossible. Which because it's such a special case, that was the reason it got #1 out of all the Ultimate newcomers from me thus far. From that perspective I don't think Banjo's going to be topped because I'm not sure there's a character with similar background that could really surpass the meaning of Banjo's inclusion. Ridley and K. Rool are longtime fan requests and pivotal characters to their respective franchises and Dragon Quest and Castlevania's legacy speaks for themselves on not just Nintendo but gaming as a whole. So you have to be something special to break into the Top 5.Everyone has their own preferences. For me Steve would be number one in terms of merit/deserving, but hey, I grew up playing Minecraft. I love it. Of course I'd want Steve in Smash!
AND IT FREAKING HAPPENED I'VE NEVER BEEN THIS HYPED FOR A CHARACTER BEFORE!!!