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  • Summary: Set in the Mushroom Kingdom and featuring its cast of well-known characters, this adventure RPG begins with a familiar scenario: Mario must rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser. However, a mysterious new enemy named Smithy soon appears, and Mario and Bowser are forced to fight as allies forSet in the Mushroom Kingdom and featuring its cast of well-known characters, this adventure RPG begins with a familiar scenario: Mario must rescue Princess Toadstool from Bowser. However, a mysterious new enemy named Smithy soon appears, and Mario and Bowser are forced to fight as allies for the first time in their long history. In the quest to defeat their powerful new foe, they'll journey across a wide variety of locations (a town of mining moles, a tropical forest, a thundering waterfall--just to name a few) and tackle a mix of obstacles requiring both expert timing and strategy to overcome. Along the way, they'll gain experience and grow more powerful, while also meeting new characters whose unique abilities will be needed to take on Smithy and his gang. Striking a perfect balance of traditional RPG elements and the action-packed game play Mario is famous for, it's easy to see why this title has earned "legendary" status! Expand
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  1. Nov 8, 2012
    10
    This is easily one of the best Mario games ever made and one of the most challenging ones as well. Being the first Mario RPG, it was certainlyThis is easily one of the best Mario games ever made and one of the most challenging ones as well. Being the first Mario RPG, it was certainly well thought through by the developers and a very well made game altogether. Using the basic RPG elements of Final Fantasy and new environments plus a progressive story makes it an addicting classic that was first released for the SNES/Virtual Console. It earns a 10/10 from me. Expand
  2. Jul 4, 2018
    10
    Still my favorite RPG, even if it is basically RPG for Dummies or Baby's First RPG.

    The visuals are great, with bright 3D rendered
    Still my favorite RPG, even if it is basically RPG for Dummies or Baby's First RPG.

    The visuals are great, with bright 3D rendered characters and beautiful environments, though I guess you kind of have to get used to the floating island aesthetic.

    Anyway, the game is funny, the new characters are interesting and memorable (there's a reason why Geno still pops up in a cameo every so often), the music is definitely unforgettable, and the battle system is fun to explore. Do you try to beat your Super Jump record with Mario? Do you keep Mallow around to use Psychopath on everyone? Do you keep Princess Toadstool because of her healing abilities (the game is too easy for me to ever pick her)? Do you use Bowser's physical attacks? Do you rely on Geno's special attacks?

    This game's only flaw is that it's too short. But it makes up for it with side quests, collectables, and mini-games. Every single area has secrets or minigames worth investigating. One collectable is so obscure and out of the way, you may actually restart your game to see if you can get it when you realize it's actually missable (probably the only missable item in the game).

    When you've collected all the items you want to collect, cleared all the side-quests and mini-games, beaten all the bosses (including the optional ones), and finally beaten the game, you get to see an ending that's so satisfying, with an excellent epilogue and beautiful parade of characters, that most RPGs just haven't been able to top it.

    The Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi games are enjoyable enough (except their latest entries, honestly) but they simply have nothing on the solid block of pure gold and goodness that is Super Mario RPG. It truly is the best of Nintendo and Square.
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  3. Nov 18, 2011
    10
    This game was the first RPG I played when it was first released on the SNES and it is still one of my favorites on the Wii's Virtual ConsoleThis game was the first RPG I played when it was first released on the SNES and it is still one of my favorites on the Wii's Virtual Console (VC). This game was made with the help of Square-Enix (then Squaresoft). Usually, Mario games have a simple story and a linear world. In contrast, this game has a great story and a dynamic world. Some of the areas will ever change when you complete objectives in other areas, such as when you defeat a boss who is attacking a village. There are many interesting new allies (ex. Mallow and Geno) and new enemies (such as bees that can poison you and a thieving purple crocodile).. There are also a few Easter eggs for those who explore enough of the world, mostly in the appearance and names of characters. The battle system and experience system are simple to understand, but both require a small amount of strategy. Every party member shares the pool of flower points (FP), which is equivalent to MP. This game has many mini-games and side-quests in addition to the story, so that feels like there is always something to do. There are many people who I would recommend this game to: Mario fans, RPG fans, and Square-Enix fans. Expand
  4. Nov 11, 2011
    9
    Mario mixed with RPG sounds like a totally bogus idea. However, Super Mario RPG becomes an extraordinary gaming experience that will pleaseMario mixed with RPG sounds like a totally bogus idea. However, Super Mario RPG becomes an extraordinary gaming experience that will please both Mario and Final Fantasy fans alike. Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars takes familiar characters from the franchise and brings them into a RPG universe with newer characters and a completely different villain that is overly powerful and threatening than Bowser. Mario teams up with two new members named Mallow and Geno, including some familiar faces in this exciting adventure filled with many comical sequences, well written dialogue and an outstanding soundtrack that will shut your brain off of reality. The battle system in the game is really solid too, though trying to get Time Hits accurately from some special attacks can be a hit or miss when attacking an enemy. It is either you know when you exactly press the button for Time Hits or not. Normally I am not a fan of RPG gaming, but Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars has to be one of the best RPG experiences I had ever played through. It is definitely a must recommend for any gamer who are drawn into storytelling and funny characters in a video game. Expand
  5. Nov 17, 2013
    9
    Game: Super Mario RPG
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Nintendo/Squaresoft System: Super Nintendo (SNES) Total Score: 92/100 Value Score: 9.2/10
    Game: Super Mario RPG
    Genre: RPG
    Developer: Nintendo/Squaresoft
    System: Super Nintendo (SNES)
    Total Score: 92/100
    Value Score: 9.2/10

    Description
    Super Mario RPG is a match made in heaven co-created by the creators of the Final Fantasy franchise Squaresoft and the creator of Super Mario: Nintendo. The game featured a visual style not often seen during the SNES era along with the fact it was greatly showcased among other titles that did offer the same style but not the quality. Along with that the game featured a original story twist to the Mario universe, colorful new and old characters, a addicting gameplay structure that will make FF fans leap in joy and a memorable soundtrack that is heavily regarded as a masterpiece even to this day.

    • Story: 10/10
    • Characters: 10/10
    • GamePlay: 10/10
    • Graphics: 10/10
    • Sound: 10/10
    • Music: 10/10
    • Length: 7/10
    • Replay Value: 5/10
    • Player Value: 10/10

    Pros
    +Squaresoft and Nintendo co-developed
    +Mario meets Final Fantasy type of gameplay system
    +Fantastic soundtrack
    +Colorful characters
    +A great plot with a twist to the Mario universe
    +Impressive animation quality in its time
    +A lot of different gameplay elements outside of battle that give a node to the Mario franchise
    +Cameo appearances of other characters and music

    Cons
    -Short compared to other RPGs in its time
    -Low Replay Value/Post game content
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  6. Dec 9, 2011
    9
    I hate RPGs. That being said, this is one of my all time favorite games. I've seen this game criticized for supposedly "only attracting peopleI hate RPGs. That being said, this is one of my all time favorite games. I've seen this game criticized for supposedly "only attracting people to it because it has Mario". Have you even played the game if you think this? They could have replaced Mario, Peach, and Bowser with 3 new characters and it still would have been one of the best games of all time. Nobody plays this "just because Mario". They play it because it's a very well balanced RPG even to this date, the colors and art style are amazing, it has some of the best music of all time in a game, there are tons of secrets, and it's just a ton of fun. No matter how you cut it, this is a good game. Expand
  7. Apr 26, 2018
    7
    The game is dated which is the main reason of the 7/10 though it's still a good game. It wasn't perfect even back in the 1990s when it wasThe game is dated which is the main reason of the 7/10 though it's still a good game. It wasn't perfect even back in the 1990s when it was released but it's one of the more advanced games of the era. I wouldn't recommend it to a new gamer, though it's a good history lesson for fans of the Paper Mario series since this is what started it all.

    Its problem isn't the graphics, they weren't stellar in Paper Mario either, it's the gameplay that is dated. It required movement that is cumbersome and not fun (not hard, cumbersome), the RPG mechanics were limited and very repetitive (e.g. no way to switch character mid-game or even the order) and gameplay was also undocumented in-game.

    All in all the graphics are dated but that's fine, it's not what makes the game dated, it's the gameplay that is very unpolished for today's standards. If you visit the game in 2018 or later I would say better try Paper Mario which has impeccable gameplay even on its first version, but try this if you're in for a history lesson.
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