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Did GameStop actually leak Geno for Smash Ultimate?

Published: 16/Jul/2020 18:00 Updated: 16/Jul/2020 20:09

by Michael Gwilliam

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Smash Ultimate fans have been patiently waiting for the announcement of the next DLC fighter and GameStop may have inadvertently revealed it as Geno in a new video about Paper Mario.

Geno from Super Mario RPG has been a fan-favorite for many fans in both the Japanese and North American communities, frequently near the top of fan ballots.

In a video uploaded by retailer GameStop on July 13, host Pamela Horton was discussing the history of Paper Mario with the release of its newest entry, The Origami King.

Considering Paper Mario is a spiritual successor to Super Mario RPG, Horton discussed the latter’s popularity.

What did GameStop “leak?”

“It was a game way ahead of its time and I could not get enough of it. I mean, there’s a reason people were freaking out when Geno was announced for Smash,” she said.

This line was extremely strange as Geno has yet to be announced as a playable fighter. Is it possible that GameStop had some insider information about future DLC characters?

As she spoke, the screen showed an older Spirit of Geno from Smash Ultimate but just having a Spirit in the game is hardly a character “announcement.”

Geno's Spirit battle in Smash Ultimate
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Geno is currently a Spirit in Smash Ultimate.

Is Geno really becoming a Smash fighter?

One possible scenario is that this video about Paper Mario was meant to be released after a fighter announcement and GameStop actually had knowledge about future DLC. It’s also possible that this was just an incredibly poor choice of words to refer to a Spirit.

That said, as we learned from Min Min, Spirits can in fact become future playable fighters, so there’s still a chance that he ends up in the game.

Additionally, it does seem like a fighter announcement is imminent as multiple clues keep piling up. First, a couple of established leakers claimed that a Nintendo Direct will be taking place on July 20.

Smash Ultimate's challenger pack 7
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Could Geno be the seventh DLC fighter?

Next, the “new” label on the Smash Ultimate website has been removed, less than a month since ARMS’ Min Min was released. This suggests that a new character could be revealed shortly.

The talk of Geno is also especially strange as a popular theory suggests that he will be announced on the seventh month of the year as the seventh DLC fighter and the seventy-seventh character. Super Mario RPG’s full title is “Legend of the Seven Stars” – could something be happening with the number seven?

Only time will tell if Geno really is the next character coming in Fighters Pass Volume 2. In any case, we won’t have to wait long to find out if the rumors are right.

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Hungrybox explains why he’s temporarily quitting Twitch and social media

Published: 24/Oct/2020 12:31

by Joe Craven

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Juan ‘Hungrybox’ Debiedma, Team Liquid Smash main and popular Twitch streamer, has explained why he will be taking a short hiatus from the streaming platform. 

As far as Smash pros go, few have reached the popularity of Hungrybox. The Jigglypuff main, currently plying his trade for Team Liquid, has accumulated a monumental Twitch audience, sitting at over 230,000 followers at the time of writing.

In the 2019 MPGR world rankings, Hungrybox came out as first in the world. However, it seems that the chaotic, full-on life that comes with professional gaming and full-time streaming has caught up with Debiedma.

Team Liquid Smash Melee God Hungrybox addresses accusations
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Hungrybox is the world number one ranked Smash player.

On October 23, the 27-year-old explained his decision to his 235,000 Twitter followers, citing the need to “step away and unplug” for a while. According to his Twitch stats, he has been live every single day since the middle of July. That is over 106 days of consecutive streaming, so there is no surprise that Hungrybox wants some time away.

“Hi guys,” he tweeted, “it’s time for me to unplug and step away for a little while. [I] haven’t taken an actual break from this life in over three years. It’ll do my brain & heart a lot of good. Thank you for all the love. Looking forward to returning stronger. Juan.” 

When will Hungrybox return to streaming?

The Smash pro has not been explicit over when he will make a return, but fans can expect to see him back streaming in the near future. Past streaming breaks have been a few days to a week-long, but it will ultimately come down to how rested and rejuvenated Hungrybox feels.

Fans will just have to remain patient and trust that Debiedma will be back as soon as he feels able.