Almost everyone knows and loves the likes of Mario, Link, and Pikachu, but what about the slightly more obscure bunch of video game characters who fly under the radar of mass attention? Whether it's the weird and wonderful Tingle from The Legend of Zelda series, or the "top percentage of Rattata" Joey from Pokémon, many of us will no doubt have a soft spot for someone out there.
As it happens, one group of fans have taken this love to the next level, going as far as to create an online petition. Under the project name 'Operation Starfall', this petition aims to celebrate everything Super Mario RPG on SNES, while focusing on a singular set of goals: "the return of SMRPG and its two exclusive protagonists, Geno and Mallow, to the Mario mainstream".
The petition is publically available to see and sign on Change.org, with hopes that Nintendo and developer Square (now Square Enix) might see the fan demand. Three specific goals have been described on the petition, which currently has more than 260 signatures online:
"GOAL 1: Bring Super Mario RPG's beloved characters back for either a remake or a sequel to Super Mario RPG.
GOAL 2: Revive Geno and Mallow for future installments of the Mario series. These two are adored, and we would love to see them return and introduce new fans to them. They are lovable characters, and are thus highly marketable if brought into the modern eye.
GOAL 3: Bring Geno into Super Smash Bros., many Smash fans have been wanting for a very long time."
As well as the petition itself, fans of the project have been discussing the beloved characters and how their message might be spread on the forums at Smashboards; the discussion currently spreads over 17 pages. It has to be said that Geno does already appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Spirit, and we're not entirely convinced that Nintendo would listen to online petitions (Waluigi still isn't playable in Smash, for example), but we admire the dedication nonetheless.
Are you a diehard fan of Super Mario RPG and its characters? Will you be getting involved in the petition? Tell us below.