SPOILERS FOR NEW SUPER SMASH BROS ULTIMATE FIGHTER
You have almost certainly heard Nintendo’s most recent character DLC announcement, since it has broken the internet. Minecraft Steve has been announced as Nintendo’s 7th Smash Bros DLC character for their hit platform fighter video game series, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. This seemed like a fairly innocuous choice, after all, what type of bigotry and hatred could come from a building game? Steve is a fan favorite from a mega-popular video game. When I watched the first few minutes of the trailer, I couldn’t find anything wrong with the announcement! I would have preferred Minecraft Alex to be the first character, but I was happy she was included at all, given Nintendo’s strange infatuation with white male video game characters. We even got a cool zombie skin, which will mark the first playable undead character in the franchise. I was going to give props to the folks at Nintendo. For once, they didn’t mess up an announcement trailer with some disappointing news. Then I saw the 4th skin.
Please note that I am not a huge fan of Minecraft, in fact, I haven’t even put an hour into the game, however, even I can recognize an enderman. Endermans are tall, dark, violent, abandon their young, jump high, steal stuff, and you need to kill a lot of them to win. Forgive me if I’m mistaken, but it appears that smash included a POC caricature to their roster.
If that weren’t bad enough, it appears that even this horrid depiction of an African American was not included, for presumably extremely racist intentions. As you can clearly see from the picture in the announcement trailer, enderman appears to be the same height as Minecraft Steve, which, as you can tell from the game itself, is canonically incorrect.
This begs the question: If they announce a POC, yet that POC is smaller than it should be, then what is this character? Did Sakurai, the creator of SSBU, just make enderman smaller for unknown reasons? Definitely not. Nintendo is meticulous with the details of these games. If that was actually slenderman, he would be the correct height.
I propose that Enderman is not actually a POC in this game, instead, It is Minecraft Steve Wearing the face of a POC, and acting like the stereotype. In other words, Steve is committing blackface.
This would not be new to veteran Minecrafters, Minecraft has had a “blackface” option for many years, as depicted below. Anyone can make Steve, a character as white as can be, a POC. It is disgusting.
With all of this information out, be warned. Every enderman player I come across will be reported, and I urge you all to do the same. No rational person would ever use what can only be described as one of the most racist skins in Smash history since Min Min. With the election drawing near, the last thing we need is the impressionable youth being radicalized by a video game as controversial as this one.