Masahiro Sakurai: Each Time I Am Asked to Add Geno to Smash Bros, I Delay the Release by One Day

Writing in his regular Famitsu column, Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai has threatened to delay the latest entry in the series every time he is asked to include fan-favorite Geno into the game.


After Sakurai wrote about his arm injury in Famitsu, many can’t afford to add more reason for him to delay the game even further. Geno appeared solely in Square’s Super Mario RPG for the Super Nintendo and has had a cult following since. Many have been requesting his inclusion in Smash Bros. for years.

The following is a translation from the latest Famitsu:

If You Keep Asking About Geno, I Will Delay Smash Brothers by Masahiro Sakurai

I sometimes wish that I could bring myself to let go of some of the responsibility for Smash Brothers, but I can’t. Because of this, people know who to complain to about any problems with the game which includes the character roster.

However, I have finally decided to tackle these complaints head-on for at least fans of a certain character. This is my threat. Every time I am asked to include Geno into Smash Brothers, I will delay the game’s release by one day. Stop asking me to add him.

I mean, I remember during Brawl that many people were outraged when I included Captain Olimar. They said that Olimar was only in two games and since Geno was also in two games, if you include his cameo, that he deserves as much representation. Some even said that Super Mario RPG is more important than both Pikmin games and so Olimar should just be replaced.

I’m afraid of including a representative from Rhythm Heaven because of this. I can already see it now, people complaining that Rhythm Heaven is not a real Nintendo series, that Karate Joe is not a true Nintendo character like Geno, or that the rhythm game genre is not a real genre when compared to RPG games.

I have heard from Shigesato Itoi-san that Mother fans were bad. Well, I think I have him beat. At least Mother is a Nintendo game series. This character doesn’t even belong to Nintendo and I didn’t have any involvement with the game. Snake’s not a Nintendo character but at least he is very popular; only a few extremely vocal fans care about Geno. I’ve seen people argue that if Geno can’t be included because he wasn’t designed by Nintendo that Diddy Kong should be removed because he was designed by Rare.

Every day I receive all these letters, e-mails and packages for this worthless character. Why spend the effort? Go do something more productive. I don’t want to lose the ability to use my arm because I keep opening letters expecting a fan’s praise about Kid Icarus: Uprising and instead getting some stupid note saying include Geno please.

I’m still not sure whether or not to show a trailer during the upcoming E3 Nintendo Direct. I don’t want to receive any death threats when people realize Geno isn’t in it.

If Sakurai does follow through on his threat, the game will already be delayed by almost two months due to fans sending over fifty e-mails requesting Geno’s inclusion since the article’s publication.

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132 Responses

  1. I love Geno to be in SMASH and main him too, Masahiro Sakurai and I really want him so badly in my personal lifestyle of mine!

    • Wtf says:

      Wow your comments are cancer!

    • Colton Waters says:

      GOD-DAMN, your comments are cancer. Geno has NO chance whatsoever to EVER be in a Smash game. He’s unimportant to Nintendo. Now, please. Play with your Mii Costume, kid.

      (I’m fucking responding to this in 2016.)

  2. Dear, Masahiro Sakurai! Please watch this video clip:

  3. Needed Geno for SMASH franchise in time!

  4. Come on, put Genoa in SMASH rosters slot of franchise!

  5. Please, let Geno in SMASH for now cuz I wait for one day of delayed until Geno is actually in SMASH 4!

  6. Masahiro Sakurai! Geno have already been in my heart to believe that’s there’s a chance for to be confirmed in SMASH rosters slot in time and please understand that you’re The best game designer in the world of SMASH franchise!

  7. Come on, Sakurai! It’s greater to have Genoa in SMASH rosters slot in time, ok?

  8. The whole world is waiting for Geno, Masahiro Sakurai!

  9. I hope Geno is in SMASH 4!

  10. Seriously, Geno is very popular and to be confirmed in SMASH 4, now!

  11. Seriously, Geno is very popular and needs to be confirmed in SMASH 4, now!

  12. Regardless, Square-Enix are absolutely not doing anything else with Geno for The time being as of now and I truly mean it that they’re ain’t doing a thing with Geno at all! Seriously, it’s true all right! P.S: Masahiro Sakurai, please you already know what to do with Geno, so might as well have him SMASH franchise in DLC for free and/or pay & play on eShop in SMASH 4, please understand and let be now for nowadays!

  13. Nowadays, Geno gotta be in SMASH 4 for pros to be surprised about Geno for crying out loud!

  14. Geno will be revived in SMASH 4 and to the world’s needs for you to know, Masahiro Sakurai!

  15. It’s time for Geno to be confirmed in SMASH 4!

  16. Geno for SMASH franchise, right now! Masahiro Sakurai!

  17. Come on, Geno needs this chance for SMASH 4!

  18. Oh, for peace sakes! Geno really need to be confirmed and revived for everything else wanted of fans in SMASH rosters slot in time to make special interest sense!

  19. I realized that once, Geno is in SMASH rosters franchise, then it’ll be just picture perfect for fans of Geno and myself for goodness sakes in this chance of perfect timing!

  20. The time has been coming for Geno to be confirmed in SMASH 4, really really!

  21. Geno’s future is playable character in SMASH 4 DLC rosters slot for now!

  22. Masahiro Sakurai-San, please never forgetting to add Geno in SMASH 4 as a DLC playable character in time for real to me and The world happy! P.S: Please understand very well to watch this last chance of video link:

  23. aminay says:

    stop asking for geno you crybaby he’s never going to make it he only appeared once just stop it stop

  24. P says:

    Give the people what they want

  25. angered american consumer says:

    Worthless character? Should I mention duck hunt, villager, wii fit trainer, game and watch, dr mario? The list goes on. I’d love to see Geno, even Mallow, Belome and Croco. While we’re at it, how about knuckles, king k rool, wolf, simon belmont, protoman, maybe even dr wily.

  26. Anonymous says:

    Jesus christ raheem!

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  28. fuck off says:

    shut the fuck up you raheem nigger

  29. Who Wants To Know says:

    He can bitch all he wants. Adding Cloud only added fuel to the fire.