Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

a game by Square

Platform: SNESSNES

Genre: Adventure/RPG

See also:Mario Games, Super Mario Games, RPGs

Well, it's been confirmed! The Super Mario RPG will be making its way to the States. This game has been developed by Nintendo and Square working together. The end result is an RPG with a scope and range like no other. The characters are all rendered, and the battle scenes take a variety of forms. Along the way Mario picks up people to add to his party, like Toad and Yoshi.

Super Mario RPG starts with the simple Mario-sue plot with Bowser kidnapping Princess Toadstool. The quest will take you across the mystical Mario World. You'll see familiar faces, and even Donkey Kong makes a cameo appearance.

This cart has tons 4 of cinemas and neat effects that Square is known for. There's a giant flow of water that chases Mario and the typical snow scenes. This game's graphics rivals those found on the 32-Bit platforms.

If you aren't convinced that this game is going to be hot, try it out for yourself. Super Mario RPG could be the last great game on 16-Bit.

MANUFACTURER - Nintendo THEME - GPG NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1

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There could be no better coupling of forces than Square Soft and Nintendo, and they bring years of expertise to Super Mario RPG. But does it hold up to the toughest RPG standards? If you like fast, funny action, and great rendered graphics, it does.

Plumb and Plumber

Mario has a lot of trouble with relationships. Once again, he's lost Princess Toadstool to evil fiends, and he's off to the Mushroom Kingdom to find her. In order to restore the kingdom, Mario has to find the Seven Stars, indeed a Super quest!

He's aided by spells, neat weapons, and friendly allies -- the most surprising of which is Bowser. Mario finds several new companions (and some old ones, like Yoshi), but can take only three on his quest.

RPGers will be interested in the advancement of levels through combat. After acquiring a certain amount of experience points, you're allowed to increase either your Hit Points, Magic Defense, or Attack Power. You can build up your weapons and armor through the various shops.

Square Deal

Square's hand in this RPG is obvious. Great humor, lots of conversation, and extensive puzzle-solving flesh out the gameplay. And don't let the smooth taste fool you -- the game may have a cute, childlike interface to it, but it's tough, with tons of strategy and side quests.

Added features, like Toadofask's music levels, give the game a high replay factor.

There are also great-looking spells and rendered enemies like Goombas, Sky Troopas, and even Bob-ombs. And expect a surprise or two, like Donkey Kong and Yoshi making guest appearances!

Super Mario Whirl

From the rendered enemies to the rich cinematics, the graphics are stunning. Mario looks exactly like he did in the first Super Mario World for the SNES, and his companions each have unique graphical qualities (for example, Mallow literally jumps out of his shorts when he casts a spell).

The music and sound effects redefine what can be done on a 16-bit system. Great symphonic orchestrations enhance the action.

The controls on SMRPG are also fluid and easy to handle, once you get used to the Landstalker-type 3/4-over-head view of the action. Shops and equipping are done through a rudimentary menu system.

Take a Bowser

This fun, intriguing role-playing game should please diehard RPG fans as well as novice players. Once you pick this one up, you're hooked. Mario lives up to his Super status once again.

reggie posted a review

Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars is a popular game mostly known as Super Mario RPG, featuring the popular and well-known Mario as the main character. The game is an action role-playing game and was released by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). A slightly modified version of the original release is currently available on Nintendo's Virtual Console since 2008.

This time the story focuses on Mario and his friends who, together, try to eliminate Smithy, the game's main villain. Smithy stole the seven star piece of Star Road, a road where people's wishes can be granted. This game features four other characters as playable besides Mario: Bowser, Princess Toadstool, Mallow and Geno. Super Mario RPG contains elements that can be found in other games, including Chrono Trigger and the Final Fantasy series.

Mario has to fight monsters most of the time. They are always visible on the map. Once he comes in contact with them, the fight starts. This allows Mario and the other characters, however, to avoid and escape battles.

The game starts with the player controlling Mario only. On its way to the end of the game, the player will be able to control the other characters as well, however only three of them can be controlled during a fight in the same time.

Each of the characters has its own set of skills, strengths and weaknesses. Toadstool can heal, while Geno and Bowser can do a lot of damage thanks to their great physical strength. The fights happen in a turn based battle system. The player has to press buttons during an attack for a special move, defense or for using another item. This is the first game when this innovative gameplay was introduced; later on it was featured in other Mario games, but also in Final Fantasy VIII.

The music was composed by Yoko Shimomura. She incorporates the music of other compositors, such as Koki Kondo and Nobuo Uematsu. The original soundtrack was published for the first time on March 25 1996 in Japan and contained 61 songs. However, not all of the songs in the game were featured on the two CDs, as the game had 73 tracks.

Super Mario RPG: The Legend of the Seven Stars was a very well-received game, scoring an 8.75 mark out of 10 from Electronic Gaming Monthly. The game is considered the 26th best game ever on GameFAQs and the 30th best game at IGN. The game is the third best-selling game in Japan in 1996, selling 1.47 million copies.

reggie posted a review

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is a hybrid adventure/console role-playing game, (now Square Enix) and Nintendo. The game was released as simply Super Mario RPG was developed and published by Square, and first released by Nintendo on March 9, 1996 in Japan. This game starts off like almost every other Mario game, with Bowser kidnapping Princess Toadstool. The game plays much like a traditional RPG: Mario and the members of his party gain experience points by defeating enemies. These experience points can increase the team's hit points and flower points (magic points).

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