Ultimate is also rumored to include an additional Square Enix representative, causing some to point to Geno in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, a game that was developed by Square Enix and published by Nintendo for the SNES. For years, the Super Smash Bros. community has requested that Geno become a playable fighter, even though Super Mario RPG was his only appearance in a video game. In the title, Geno was a benevolent being known as a Star who possessed the body of a wooden doll in order to help Mario, Bowser, and Princess Peach save the Mushroom Kingdom.
The demand for Geno has been noted by Sakurai, who once said that he too wanted Geno in Super Smash Bros during the development of Brawl. Like many others, Sakurai felt that Geno was a perfect fit for Smash. Geno does have an interesting move set in Super Mario RPG, where he has a gun for an arm, multiple ranged attacks, and magic spells. Geno's popularity was acknowledged again when a "Geno" Mii costume was added as DLC for Smash 4.
Given Geno's lack of relevance, the character could seem like a strange pick for the roster, but given the history of Super Smash Bros. series, including Geno may not be that much of a stretch. Every Smash sequel featured at least one retro fighter that shocked the fan base. Melee had Mr. Game & Watch, Brawl had R.O.B. and the last installment had Duck Hunt. Geno could fill that role in Ultimate, while also satisfying the Smash community.
Banjo & Kazooie
Much like Ridley, King K. Rool, and Geno, the duo of Banjo and Kazooie are at the top of so many wishlists of characters who should be in Ultimate. Banjo and Kazooie were the protagonists of their own series and are still considered popular today, even though they haven't starred in a game since Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts for the Xbox 360 in 2008.
Backpack-wearing bear Banjo got his start as a playable driver in Rare's Diddy Kong Racing for the Nintendo 64. When he got his own game, Banjo-Kazooie, the character was shown to have an orange, wise-cracking bird named Kazooie riding around in his backpack and assisting him in his adventures. The Banjo-Kazooie games were well-received upon release and remain fan-favorites in the platform genre.
Their chances of getting into another Nintendo game were seemingly dashed when Rare was bought by Microsoft. However, Super Smash Bros. Brawl introduced the idea of adding guest characters from third party companies, once again making the duo look like a plausible option for inclusion. Demand for Banjo and Kazooie is high every time a new installment is announced. Microsoft president Phil Spencer has said that he's open to letting Banjo join Smash, and with Ultimate being all about fan service, this could be the game where it finally happens.
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches December 7 for the Nintendo Switch.