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GameStop may have leaked Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC character and it's one fans have wanted for a long time

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • July 17, 2020 at 9:24 a.m. PDT • Comments: 47

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has just seen the release of its latest DLC character, Min Min from ARMS. Min Min is the first contender in Fighters Pass Vol. 2, and we now potentially know who will follow her as the next DLC character ahead of their official reveal.

In a new video from GameStop, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's next character was seemingly leaked. If this turns out to be legitimate and you're looking to avoid spoilers, we advise you turn back now.

GameStop recently released an "All In" video focusing on the Paper Mario series in honor of the upcoming release of Paper Mario: The Origami King. Host Pamela Horton walks viewers through the history of the franchise, looking back at the series' roots.

Naturally, such a look back takes us right to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. While providing some details on the RPG title, Horton mentions how much fans love the game and talks about the title's unique humor and character designs.

What follows is a very peculiar statement about Geno, the fan-favorite Star Road Warrior. "I mean, there's a reason people were freaking out when Geno was announced for Smash!" Horton says.

Obviously, this is an odd exclamation considering Geno has not been revealed as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It also doesn't quite line up with anything related to the character and the crossover fighting game.

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On-screen during this statement we see Geno's character art on the Spirit Board. If Horton is referring to Geno's spirit, that wouldn't fit the bill as fans weren't "freaking out" when he was revealed to be a non-playable piece in one of the Smash Bros. series' newest modes — the reaction was quite the opposite, actually.

The very same can be said for the Geno Mii Fighter costume that was released back in Super Smash Bros. 4. Fans were not thrilled about this choice as it meant that the Mario RPG representative wouldn't be a playable character, and that also took place back in 2015.

The implication here, considering the source, is that GameStop was given early information on Smash Bros. Ultimate's next DLC character and may have included that detail under the impression that an official announcement was planned to already have been made by this point.

Nintendo has been very vocal about their current set of circumstances regarding the adjustments made due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With employees working from home, including Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai, there's a chance that an announcement of the next character was initially planned to be made by now, but may have been set back due to the current situation.

During the presentation showcasing Min Min, Sakurai reiterated that development has been more of a challenge due to the pandemic. He noted that even despite what's going on right now, the Smash Bros. development team promises to deliver the next five DLC characters with their own special trailers.

"Even in the video game industry, some games may be facing challenges," Sakurai said on the subject of the pandemic. "The launch plans of some games may be changed." With that having been said, it is possible that the Geno reveal was meant to have happened already, but was ultimately delayed.

A reveal of Geno for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate definitely would have coincided well with the press and launch of the new Paper Mario game. However, now that that window has been missed, fans will likely be looking to the rumored Nintendo Direct that is believed to be taking place later this month.

Geno is a character that fans have been requesting for a very long time now. Even Sakurai himself wants Geno in Super Smash Bros., and in the past he's tried to make it happen but to no avail.

On YouTube, GameStop followed up in the comments saying that they do not have any insider information on the matter. "To clear up any confusion, Geno is a spirit in Smash, not a playable character (as shown in the footage at 2:07). We don't have any information regarding new Smash characters that the public doesn't have," the company wrote.

We don't know for sure if this potential slip of the tongue is confirmation that Geno is next in line for Smash, but he is a character that is high up on the list of fan demand. We'll just have to wait and see what happens here.

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