- Apr 23, 2015
I think someone else mentioned it before, but I think it was more so Microsoft changing its business philosophy than Minecraft itself leading to the better relationship. This new philosophy of wanting to focus on getting their games to more platforms led to them being easier to work with which in turn led to it being easier to get their characters in Smash. Banjo got in due to fan demand, and Steve got it due to pressure from Nintendo on Sakurai to put him in the game. The reason for that pressure is up for speculation as far as I am aware.The whole "Minecraft led to Banjo-Kazooie" seems more like Minecraft itself is the big reason why Nintendo overall teamed up with Microsoft.
Steve is not related to this factor, though obviously him being in is due to how big Minecraft is. It wasn't hard to see coming(honestly, I found it obvious without Verge's influence).