Here's how Xbox's Phil Spencer reacted to Minecraft Steve's NSFW victory animation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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Here's how Xbox's Phil Spencer reacted to Minecraft Steve's NSFW victory animation in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The now-gone win screen animation was unintentionally raunchy

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • October 23, 2020 at 9:56 a.m. PDT • Comments: 9

When Steve from Minecraft joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate last week, he made quite the stir. Not only were fans feeling like he was a very strong character right out of the gate, but his victory screen animation turned a lot of heads due to the unfortunate placement of the meat that he holds in his hand after winning the match.

The unintentionally NSFW pose quickly got people talking, and even Head of Xbox Phil Spencer chimed in on the matter. His reaction was shared by Kotaku editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo, coming from a recent interview Totilo conducted with Spencer.

Totilo notes that the interview with Spencer took place shortly after Steve became available in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It didn't take long for fans to notice the phallic win screen, and as a result, Spencer was shown what all the people were talking about.

The transcript from the interview was shared on Twitter, detailing the meeting between the two on Microsoft Teams. Upon seeing it, Spencer took a long pause and asked who made the image — not believing it to be real at first.

"Yeah. Who did that?" Spencer asked. The interviewer clarified that this was indeed a real image and not edited. "I assume that will be fixed," Spencer concluded.

Spencer's response after actually seeing the win pose definitely seemed more serious than earlier on in the transcript. I can't imagine you'd be too happy seeing the main character from an IP your company owns represented that way, especially in someone else's game.

Nintendo swiftly took care of the Steve win screen problem with the 9.0.1 Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch that went live two days ago. Though it did not specify in the patch notes that Steve's meat was removed from the victory pose, fans were quick to spot the change.

9.0.1 did bring with it a number of bug fixes for the new DLC character, though. Most of the changes were made to Steve's Minecart special move, which was causing various instances of unintentional behavior.

Photo credit: Xbox.

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