Cuphead became an instant smash hit when it was released in 2017 on Xbox and PC, but its run-and-gun gameplay and cartoon aesthetic soon made its way to Switch, and it sounds like even Nintendo was a fan!
Given Cuphead’s popularity, it’s maybe not too surprising that the eponymous character made its way into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Mii costume — along with the song ‘Floral Fury’. Especially after Undertale’s Sans made the jump. But Studio MDHR Director Maja Moldenhauer has revealed in an interview with Fanbyte’s Imran Khan that she was shocked when Nintendo approached the studio.
Moldenhauer says that she and the team were so shocked that they said words that absolutely shouldn’t be transcribed, but the anecdote from Khan reveals that the team was stunned when they found out that Nintendo wanted the game in what is one of the Big N’s most well-known games on the Switch.
Here’s the anecdote from the interview:
Nintendo approached MDHR about adding Cuphead to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Moldenhauer described their initial reaction as an expletive she asked me not to transcribe, but added they had to “pick their jaws up off the floor” when they heard.
Moldenhauer also revealed that she’d love to see the character appear in more first-party games, but acknowledges that the boss rush gameplay and the art style aren’t easy to implement elsewhere.
Moldenhauer says she would love if Cuphead could join more first-party games, but she’s not sure what other games she thinks would fit in with Cuphead‘s game design. “We already have so many ideas of our own to implement, I can’t think about integrating something else,” she says.
We think Cuphead and Mega Man would get along pretty darn well. The pair could team up and use their excellent running and shooting skills to take down more of Dr. Wily’s Robot Masters. And we think Cuphead and Mugman would look pretty darn adorable in 8-bit pixelated form.
Cuphead is currently on many people’s minds as the long-awaited DLC The Delicious Last Course launches on 30th June. And it’s clear Cuphead’s appearance in Smash was extremely well-received, given this fan tribute that we reported on last year:
Were you surprised about Cuphead’s inclusion in Smash? What games would you like to see Cuphead make a cameo in? Let us know!