Yesterday’s surprise announcement that Cuphead is coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 18 further blew open the door to the growing relationship between Microsoft and Nintendo. While at GDC, we got a chance to speak with a group of “Nindies” alongside Nintendo’s manager of publisher and developer relations Kirk Scott. During the discussion, Cuphead’s co-creator Jared Moldenhauer jokingly ribbed Scott by letting the world know how badly he wants to see Cuphead and Mugman in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
“I’ve dreamed of Smash Bros,” said Moldenhauer. “[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.”
I asked which characters Moldenhauer would most like to see go up against Cuphead in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. “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.”
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