Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai has to be ultra-careful whenever he's working on a new DLC fighter in order to avoid giving away any hints ahead of the character's official reveal.
It's also why each character in development has a special codename. As you might recall, Joker was "Jack" and Hero was "Brave". This ended up being enough for some fans to work out what might be on the way ahead of schedule.
In the case of Minecraft's Steve - his internal codename was Pickel. As noted by PushDustIn, this is most likely based on the Japanese word for pickaxe - a tool Steve and other Minecraft characters use to mine ore and mineral blocks.
In a follow-up tweet, Twitter user highgai shared the following information:
Just going to add one thing before people jump in saying "The word for Pickaxe is つるはし in Japanese"
Yes, there is a word in Japanese for pickaxe, however they do commonly use the word Pickel (ピッケル) as well, since katana sounding words are cool
While we haven't seen Steve with any pickles, he has been making headlines since his arrival yesterday for holding his meat.
What do you think of Steve's internal codename? If we had known about it at the time of the character's development, do you think a Minecraft representative would have been an obvious guess? Share your thoughts below.
he turned himself into a pickel
I looked it up and the Japanese word for pickaxe is "Tsuruhashi" and the Japanese word for pickle is "Tsukemono", They don't seem all that similar, they just share the first 3 characters. (This is according to google translate so it could be wrong)
I love you steve! where my steve mains at.
It's to go with the steak in a burger, obviously.
"we haven't seen Steve with any pickles"
If you pay close attention in Minecraft, you will eventually sea pickles.
I do like a pickle. Although it’s a bit of a misnomer, I’ve pickled plenty vegetables other than courgettes, radish is particularly tasty.
Look Alex, I've turned myself into a pickle, I'm Pickel!
@TheFrenchiestFry funniest ***** i've ever seen
Well we've all seen his massive pickle now on the other Steve story on the front page. No wonder they named him that.
Gotta love memes, they ALWAYS age well
Pickel is also the german word sometimes used for pickaxe and I assume the japanese word originated from that.
(nowadays the german Pickel usually means pimple, though ^^)
So, have dataminers found any codenames for other fighters that aren't out yet, or is this the most recent one?
Funniest ***** i ever seen he literally turns himself into a “pickel”
This is making me want the smash player pack so much!
I kid you not, Jeff!
@Snatcher Hoping to be a steve main. Maining a DI character with terry, a glass cannon with mewtwo, and a jack-of-all trades with really unique mechanics in the form of steve might be too much to balance though. If I can consistently master all three that would be great but its very different, for example I fond myself trying to jab facing away from my opponent as steve because terry auto faces opponents
@nessisonett you are among the few people on this site that consistently drops funny comments and I love it
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