Oh man. Cuphead. I’m reluctant to say this owing to the roasting one reviewer received for his inability to play the game… But Cuphead? Yeaahhhh I suck at it. And I’m also not great with Smash Bros., although my brawling skills are gradually improving. So what would happen if Nintendo went out on a limb and combined these two punishingly difficult franchises?! It’s fair to say I’d be in danger of a stroke.
And yet a Smash Bros. / Cuphead mash-up is not beyond the realms of possibility. Yes I am fanning the flames of voracious internet speculation, but I am part of the internet; speculation fills the blank spaces on my homepage.
Nintendo has recently announced that the rubber hose-inspired Cuphead will soon be winding its way to the Switch (April 18th, fact fans. And masochists.) Inevitably, this has led to musings as to whether the franchise’s key characters could also find their way into the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC.
However, these musings are not without precedent, as Cuphead‘s creator Jared Moldenhauer flirted strongly with the idea of a Smash Bros. collaboration in a recent interview. I say “flirted” – I think he came a few stops short of marrying it. See what you think.
“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.”
Now, if you were Jared Moldenhauer and you’d made a secret agreement with Nintendo to do such a thing but were legally prevented from talking about it, isn’t this exactly the kind of answer you would give in an interview, hmmm? Most definitely. (Then again, if you hadn’t agreed to anything but were desperate for the gig, you might say it anyway in a last ditch effort to make it onto the Smash Bros. roster. Personally, I’m still holding out for Lara Croft…)
But I think it’s fair to say we can keep an open mind about all this. We know that five fighters will be joining the Super Smash Bros. team before February 2020, and whilst one of these has already been announced (Joker from Persona 5) we still don’t know who the other four are. And whilst it’s true that the game’s director has confirmed that these fighters have already been selected, it certainly doesn’t rule out the lovable Cuphead. Or indeed, Lady Lara? (Please?!)
I guess we’ll have to wait and see. But would you like to see Cuphead join the epic army of Smash Bros. fighters? Or did you have someone else in mind? (Maybe Eike Kusch from Shadow of Memories. That’d be awesome, right? 😉 ) Let me know in the comments below.
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