Any time a new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate character is announced, one of the first things people ask isn’t how the fighter plays. Instead, people demand to know what the ever-gluttonous Kirby will look like once he inhales them and copies the new character’s power. And so, shortly after Minecraft Steve’s Smash Bros. reveal, screenshots of what seemed to be a blocky Kirby started going viral.
Here’s the bad news. It’s not real. The images floating around right now all seem to hail from a two-year-old Wii U mod made by Jory Satana that adds a more pointy version of our puffball to the platform fighter. Already, there’s a comment under the mod posted on Thursday that reads, “well, sakurai did it.”
Despite this sad truth, the internet’s gears are in hyperdrive. Many are expressing love for “Minecraft Kirby,” or drawing up fan art that uses the mod’s art style as inspiration for their depictions. Others are content with just cracking jokes about what Minecraft Kirby will inevitably look like. And some are just riffing off the possibilities of a cuboid friend.
There’s always the possibility, of course, that the modded Minecraft Kirby turns out to be weirdly prescient about how Nintendo’s official version will end up looking like. If nothing else, I’m sure that the real Minecraft Kirby will be plenty cute, even if he’s exactly the way we imagined he would be.