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'I actually wanted to include Geno as far back as Brawl' - Sakurai spills the beans on one of the most requested Smash Bros. characters

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • March 6, 2016 at 5:58 a.m. PST • Comments: 26

The other day, Super Smash Bros. director Masahiro Sakurai conducted an interview with the Japanese magazine Nintendo Dream, and actually went out of his way to clarify exactly how he feels about Geno from Super Mario RPG, a fairly low-key character that has amassed a huge fanbase requesting him from Smash Bros.

Anyone who was around the message boards during the buildup for Super Smash Bros. Brawl will undoubtedly remember a large faction of Geno supporters campaigning for this peculiar character to join the fray, and while it was fairly common for people to wave their efforts off as nonsensical (largely due to Geno being owned by Square-Enix rather than Nintendo), it turns out that these wishes for the blue-cloaked puppet weren't actually that far from being realised.

You can find an excerpt from the interview below, translated by myself, EventHubs' MajinTenshinhan.
Sakurai: Geno was actually a character I wanted to include as a fighter. He has a gun for an arm, and just seems like he'd fit absolutely perfectly into Smash.

I was hoping I'd be able to put him in as far back as Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but unfortunately that never ended up materializing.
You can find more from Sakurai's interview below.
Interviewer: And that's why you included him as a Mii Costume this time around?

Sakurai: Yes. He's incredibly popular. Even though he's an old character, we keep getting loads of votes and requests for us to put him in the game. Even though he still isn't in as a playable fighter, I made sure he'd be in as a Mii costume so his fans would at least feel that they got something.
Even though Sakurai doesn't specify exactly why Geno didn't make it in, it's interesting to note that such a relatively obscure character was close to making the cut -- at least if Sakurai had gotten his way -- not just once, but twice.

How do you feel about Geno? Are there any other characters you feel are still missing? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Himastime Blog's Interview Excerpt Photograph.
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