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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES)

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Description

Super Mario RPG is a console RPG starring none other than Nintendo's popular character Mario. This game starts off like almost every other Mario game, with Bowser kidnapping Princess Toadstool. However, when Mario goes to Bowser's Keep to save her, a giant sword made by the evil Smithy crashes into the castle and sends Mario, the Princess, and Bowser flying to separate parts of the world.

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 maximum number of hit points and flower points (magic points). The battles are also turn-based, but this time there are timed attacks and defenses. Timed attacks allow you to inflict more harm than normal to an enemy. Timed defenses, on the other hand, allow an enemy to inflict less harm than normal. You are only allowed to have three out of five team members on your party at a time. Mario is always in your party, regardless. Your team members can also purchase more weapons and abilities, along with better armor.

Screenshots

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars SNES Battle! Mario's attack in progress
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars SNES Wandering around. Visible enemies
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars SNES Chancelor's palace
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars SNES "World Map"

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Mario RPG" -- Japanese title
  • "スーパーマリオRPG" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A classic that reignited my passion for the console R.P.G. festershinetop (9480) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
A fantastic, lush game with little room for improvement Ben Burdick (6) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
The first RPG I beat is also my favorite! STU2 (72) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars
The best "Super Mario" game I've played gamewarrior (5065) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
Square and Nintendo a dream team TheNightWalker (16) unrated
Why does it seem like just because sqaure made a game means it's good? Classic Nigel (150) 1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars1.4 Stars
Great RPG for Snes Dason Rise (20) 4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars4.6 Stars
My favorite game on the Super Nintendo Matt H. (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

GameFan Magazine May, 1996 97 out of 100 97
1UP May 09, 2004 9.5 out of 10 95
Netjak Aug 13, 2003 9.4 out of 10 94
Gemakei (formerly Zentendo) Sep 25, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Retrogaming.it Feb 26, 2008 9 out of 10 90
RPGFan May 28, 2001 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun Jun, 1996 87 out of 100 87
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 21, 2010 16 out of 20 80
GamesCollection Nov 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
RPGamer Aug 29, 2000 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Cameos

There are lots of cameos and game-related appearances in this game: Link is sleeping in Rose Town Inn, Samus Aran appears in a bed at the Mushroom Kingdom Castle, models of Arwings from Star Fox and F-Zero racecars can be seen in Hinopio's Shop, Final Fantasy IV's boss music plays while fighting Culex and last, but not least, there's a boy in the Mushroom Kingdom playing on a Gameboy!

Cut content

There were a number of enemies which were designed and coded for the game but didn't make it into the final version. The related links section has a site that contains pictures and information on these enemies (as well as other things).

Dialogue

Mario doesn't have any dialog in this game. Not one word. He will however nod his head yes/no and act out previous events in order to explain things to other characters. He'll even dress up for the occasion.

Exor

A big misconception (poor dialog?) with this game is that the giant sword's name is "Smithy". That is incorrect.The sword's name is "Exor". Smithy is the person who made the sword and head honcho of it as well as several other of the enemies.

Awards

  • EGM
    • Feb. 2006 (Issue #200) - named #103 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
Information also contributed by Big John WV, Mark Ennis, and WildKard

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