I have written many blogs for this website. Almost 1000, by my count. And this one is most likely going to be the most honest, open-hearted writeup I’ve done yet.
I’m giving up on Geno being added to Smash.
There, I said it. Play the goddamn Forest Maze music while I unravel my brain explaining to you why I’m giving up.
Geno, originally introduced as one of the playable characters in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, has become somewhat of a cult figure in Mario and Smash lore, as he’s barely made an appearance since that game. Largely (I think) because the rights to Geno are currently owned by Square Enix, rather than Nintendo.
“But, Dom, isn’t Cloud Strife in Smash? And isn’t he owned by Square Enix?! Why is this such an issue for Smash!?” you might be asking. And to tell you the truth, I have no idea! A couple of years ago, Sakurai himself remarked on wanting Geno in Smash per an interview with Nintendo Dream.
—What led you to decide to make a Geno costume after all this time?
Sakurai: To tell the truth, it’s because I wanted Geno to be a playable character. He has a gun for a hand, and I think he fits in really well with Smash. During Brawl, I thought it would be great if I could add him, but in the end it didn’t become a reality.
—Because of that, you added him as a Mii Costume this time?
Sakurai: That’s right. He’s very popular. When talking about older characters, Geno always gets a lot of requests. He didn’t appear as a fighter, but I was able to achieve something kind of close to that as a Mii Costume.Nintendo Dream Interview with Sakurai: Part 3
But the fact of the matter is, I’ve given up. I’ve written half a dozen blogs for this website wanting Geno to return to Nintendo’s forefront, but it just doesn’t seem like it’s happening.
And before you say something smart, this is absolutely not me trying to reverse jinx him being added into the game. No way, no how. I’m a realist!