The developers behind Cuphead would be eager to see characters from the game appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate - but it'll ultimately come down to fan demand. In a surprising twist, it was recently confirmed that the smash-hit indie game Cuphead will be arriving on Nintendo Switch this April. The game was previously an Xbox console exclusive, but Microsoft and developer StudioMDHR opted to bring the game to Nintendo's platform.
This seems to be part of Microsoft's greater goal of building an Xbox-branded service that spans beyond its hardware and fits in perfectly with rumors of Xbox Game Pass and Ori arriving on Nintendo Switch at some point in 2019. While fans wait to see if this is true, there's a lot of promise in that eventuality thanks to Cuphead's arrival on the platform. Of course, the developers behind Cuphead have bigger hopes and dreams when it comes to future collaborations with Nintendo.
During a recent discussion at GDC 2019 between Game Informer, several "Nindie" developers (namely Cuphead co-creator Jared Moldenhauer), and Nintendo's manager of publisher and developer relations, Kirk Scott, it was revealed how badly Moldenhauer wants Cuphead and Mugman in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The Super Smash Bros. series is known for its gaming mashups, and Moldenhauer apparently wasted no time in letting Scott know his desire to see a Cuphead crossover in the latest Smash Bros. title during the interview.
"I’ve dreamed of Smash Bros. [Cuphead and Mugman] belong in there. So basically if fans want it, I couldn’t see how Nintendo wouldn’t want the fans to get what they wanted. I think they would because they support their fans a lot. ... So if Nintendo was keeping their fans happy, then I’d be more than pleased to make that the easiest transition. Just a piece of paper, we don’t need anything. You can have those characters make an appearance."
When asked which characters from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate he'd most like to see Cuphead and Mugman go up against, Moldenhauer called out retro NES icons the Ice Climbers.
"Maybe just Ice Climbers? Like a two versus two. I’ve been [playing] a lot of the NES mini, and it’s not my favorite game. That's why Ice Climbers came up because it’s like, 'Well, that one isn’t fun,' so I kind of want to take those characters and then demolish them."
Setting aside Cuphead, there's been a lot of talk about which characters will make the cut in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass. Current rumors have claimed that Minecraft's Steve has been given the nod, while others remain hopeful that Rare's Banjo-Kazooie will join Smash Ultimate's roster. Both are technically Microsoft-owned, while Cuphead is still a property of StudioMDHR - although Microsoft had to sign off on the game's Switch port all the same.
Given the newfound relationship brewing between both Xbox and Nintendo, there's not much to prevent this crossover, or others, from happening. For now though, fans that want to see Cuphead and Mugman join Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will have to rally behind the characters and prove to Nintendo they're worth adding to the game.
Cuphead arrives for Nintendo Switch on April 18, 2019.
Source: Game Informer