I need a Hero. I’m holding out for a Hero… in Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Nintendo finally pulled the metaphorical curtain back on details about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s new DLC fighter, Hero. The character comes from Square Enix’s Dragon Quest series and the effort put into doing him justice is nothing short of impressive. Hero’s attacks, alternate costumes and Yggdrasil’s Altar stage all represent him flawlessly. Best of all, you won’t need to wait to get your hands on him—he’s available right now!
Alongside Hero and the new battleground are several other major additions to the game. The following are all part of Smash Ultimate’s 4.0 update:
- New Dragon Quest-themed Spirit battles.
- Character balancing to the existing roster of fighters.
- Final Smash gauge now times out. If you don’t use it, you lose it!
- New Online Tourney and Event Tourney modes.
- The ability to predict who will win during Spectate mode, which can win you prizes.
- The Edit Video feature has been expanded on, now allowing you to use photos and videos.
- A new “Very Easy” difficulty in Adventure mode.
- New Square Enix themed Mii Fighter costumes are available for purchase.
All of this is great for fans like me eagerly awaiting something new in Ultimate. While all of this content is exciting, it’s the new Mii Fighter costumes that have fans scratching their heads. It’s no secret Square Enix has developed iconic franchises ranging from Final Fantasy to Tomb Raider, but there’s one Smash Bros. aficionados are particularly fond of: Super Mario RPG. Moreover, Geno from the game has long been one of the most requested fighters and he’s still missing in action. Since all of the new Mii costumes are based on Square Enix IPs, where’s the Geno costume?
Fans want a Geno Mii costume
To satisfy fans wanting a Geno Mii costume, Nintendo added one as DLC in Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U alongside the arrival of Final Fantasy 7’s Cloud Strife. So, it’s surprising to see the costume has not returned in Smash Ultimate alongside the new Square Enix-owned DLC since the publisher has partial ownership of Geno.
The exclusion of Geno’s Mii costume is disappointing, but it doesn’t rule out future possibilities for the character. The Super Mario RPG star is already featured in Smash Bros. Ultimate as a collectible Spirit and avatar for online play. This means that Nintendo has already secured the rights to use him, so why wouldn’t Nintendo and Square agree to re-release the Geno outfit for fans? It’s not much of a jump to suggest that there are other plans in place for the obscure character. Granted, that is entirely speculation on my part, but it is backed by historical precedence.
The exclusion of Geno’s Mii costume is disappointing, but it doesn’t rule out future possibilities for the character.
As of publication, there are still two unannounced characters set to arrive as DLC for Smash Bros. Ultimate and the identity of these fighters is anyone’s guess. Geno may be one of them, or could join as a Mii fighter outside of the ongoing Fighters Pass. Only time will tell what Nintendo has in store for us, but the lack of Geno’s Mii costume in Ultimate remains a curious exclusion.