Nintendo has confirmed that Cuphead will once again be crossing over into Super Smash Bros Ultimate, courtesy of a Spirit Event for the game. While a nice thing for players to sink their teeth into as they await news on which character will be next to join the fray, the Spirit Event for the once Xbox-exclusive game is hardly a surprise for fans. This is because the titular Cuphead has already joined the zany fights of Smash Ultimate via a Mii costume which was made available alongside the Floral Fury music track from the Cuphead game upon Byleth’s divisive debut as a playable character.
Back in March, the developers of Cuphead stressed how badly they wanted their character in Smash Ultimate. Cuphead co-creator Jared Moldenhauer even went so far as to barb Nintendo’s manager of publisher and developer relations, Kirk Scott, about that request during an interview with Game Informer. Evidently, those jokes panned out as Nintendo was more than willing to give the series a spotlight in Smash Bros – albeit sans a true combatant. Given the long list of fan-favorite gaming icons that diehard Smash fans are still hoping to see, the subdued inclusion of Cuphead is not all that surprising.
Still, Canada’s own Studio MDHR has been hard at work on collaborations between itself and Nintendo, and the next big result of that will be a Spirit Event in Smash Bros Ultimate. Nintendo revealed the news on Twitter, confirming that Smash players will be able to score a handful of images featuring Cuphead characters beginning this Valentine’s Day (February 14th, 2020). The event will run for five days, after which the Spirits will disappear (presumably for a while) before rejoining as permanent collectibles in the game.
Despite Microsoft purchasing the publishing rights to the first Cuphead game, Studio MDHR’s deal with Xbox has hardly limited its game’s growth – as Microsoft actually helped bring Cuphead to Nintendo Switch. Of course, the company then allowed Banjo and Kazooie to join Ultimate and has even suggested Master Chief should join Smash Bros, so the blossoming partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo has benefitted Cuphead in a big way.
Still, after news arrived that Smash Bros Ultimate will be receiving six more playable characters as part of a planned Fighters Pass Vol. 2, fans have been left in the dark as to who might be some of the final selections to join the fray. While the chances of Cuphead and Mugman getting upgraded to the status of playable fighters are now seemingly dead and buried, this collaboration is still a great means of giving the tough-as-nails platformer its due.
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Source: Nintendo – Twitter