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Masahiro Sakurai pays tribute to Geno and Exor for the 25th anniversary of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 9, 2021 at 12:52 p.m. PST • Comments: 11

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars ended up being one of the most important video games of the Super Nintendo era by providing Mario a more story-rich experience while also serving as the final collaboration with Square for over half a decade.

Many fans are taking to celebrating the classic title today on Super Mario RPG's 25th anniversary since its initial launch including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Director Masahiro Sakurai, who shared a special tribute to the game's characters and one of its most recognizable bosses.

Sakurai's latest daily Smash Ultimate developer screenshot depicts Mario with his hammer weapon alongside Peach and a Mii Gunner in Geno's costume, and they're all apparently tryin to attack the sword that appears on the Kalos Pokemon Stadium stage.

Said blade is almost certainly a reference to the boss character Exor, which most Nintendo fans will likely recognize from the cover art and title screen of Mario RPG where he's planted atop Bowser's Keep.

The actual text of Sakurai's post itself doesn't offer too much more insight beyond simply celebrating Super Mario RPG's release and its importance of giving Nintendo's mascot a deeper story for the first time though he also seems to reference the track Beware the Forest's Mushrooms despite the fact the song itself isn't in Smash Ultimate.

Kirby's creator and biggest fan is also a longtime vocal supporter of the RPG-exclusive character Geno even though his wishes to add the doll to the game has only led to his half-step inclusion to the crossover series so far.

"Geno was actually a character I wanted to include as a fighter," said Sakurai in an interview after Smash 4's development came to a close. "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."

He extrapolated further by saying the character is "incredibly popular" with the him getting a significant number of votes and requests to make him a fighter, so they went with a Mii Fighter costume so the fans could get some sort of representation.

Many players were hopeful Geno could finally make the jump to a real boy in Smash Ultimate after the other "impossible" character choices like King K. Rool and Ridley joined the roster and his Mii attire was absent from the game for over two years.

Those wishes came crashing down like a star, however, once Final Fantasy 7's Sephiroth came into the picture, and Geno's Mii costume releasing alongside him.

Nintendo, Square Enix, nor Sakurai have ever really given a concrete answer as to why Geno isn't a fully-fledged fighter, but much of the speculation boils down to the companies having bigger fish to fry than someone who only appeared in one game 25 years ago.

This isn't the first time Sakurai has created a similar Mario RPG homage within Smash Ultimate in recent months either since he also put Mario, Geno and Bowser together in front of Sephiroth's Final Smash in reference to the secret boss Culex.

Maybe Sakurai's love of the character can garner him a coveted spot in Smash some day, but until then, the Geno Whirl will live on in our hearts... and Miis.

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