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A classic that reignited my passion for the console R.P.G. festershinetop (9633) 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 (5048) 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

Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.0
Graphics The visual quality of the game 4.2
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they are executed. This rating is used for every game except compilations and special editions which don't have unique game content not available in a standalone game or DLC. 4.0
Overall User Score (109 votes) 4.0

Critic Reviews

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Total! (Germany) (Jun, 1996)
Alles in allem funktioniert die Kombination zweier unterschiedlicher Genrewelten hervorragend: Sind Berührungsängste mit ungewohnten Spielelementen erst einmal abgebaut, fühlt man sich in der Welt von Super Mario RPG schnell wie zu Hause. Die Story erreicht zwar nicht die Tiefe eines Square-Spiels, und auch die Musik kann manchmal etwas nerven. Entschädigung gibt es aber massenhaft: opulente Rendergrafik im Mario-Stil, hervorragende Animationen und Grafikeffekte und die vielen (oft versteckten) Extras und Zugaben wissen zu gefallen. Das einzige, was zum vollkommen Glück noch fehlt, wäre eine PAL-Version...
GamePro (US) (May, 1996)
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.
Whenever the best video games are discussed, Mario's assorted adventures are frequently mentioned. Super Mario RPG is a worthy addition to this list, bringing together the best of two popular gaming institutions while wowing the senses with great visuals and sound.
GameFan Magazine (May, 1996)
Square has amazed me time and time again with what they've been able to do on the SNES, but with the recent announcement of exit stage left, I thought for sure those days were behind me. But with Super Mario RPG is not only everything a Nintendo Mario game should be, but everything a Square RPG should be as well. The two combined equal a game that can only be described as legendary.
Nintendo Land (Sep 13, 2003)
Mario stars in his RPG in the highly anticipated, "Super Mario RPG." Mario RPG was created by proven power houses Nintendo and Squaresoft. They created a jaw dropping game that blends a nice mix of outright humor and incredible story that will keep you playing this game for weeks!
1UP (May 09, 2004)
The graphics of Mario RPG is typical of Nintendo, using clean and colorful graphics along with nice animation. The combat engine is similar to many other RPGs and is easy to use. Nintendo put the sound processor to work in Mario RPG, providing a gamer with great sound effects and music. RPG fans will have hours fun and enjoyment with Mario RPG.
Netjak (Aug 13, 2003)
Square, well, they are now called SquareEnix, and Nintendo should do this more often. Those two companies struck gold in Super Mario RPG. The entire package from gameplay, controls, sounds, graphics, and all-important story is complete. If we could get more titles like this, gaming would be sweet for sure. Now, if you haven’t yet, get your hands on this game and give it a run, you will definitely not be disappointed.
Game Players (May, 1996)
All in all, Super Mario RPG is a game for the whole family (of gamers that is). The adventure has plenty of size and complexity for the seasoned RPG pro and for the action player, there is a real hands-on, interactive feel. Just as we all knew it would be, this game is everything Nintendo promised.
As for replay value, you won't find much here, aside from a few side quests. Does that really matter when the game will take you tens of hours to beat? I only wish that Nintendo would follow their tradition of porting SNES games to GBA, but this time with one that I'd actually like to play on the road: Super Mario RPG. This is a worthy investment of time and money for any SNES owner.
PGNx Media (Dec 28, 2003)
One of the funniest games. Bar none. The last game in the first era between Nintendo and Squaresoft in 1996 came up with Super Mario RPG, which took Mario into the role-playing world and made everything a free-for-all from there, making Mario the center of a new universe and a bigger world that we had never seen before and letting him loose from there. Mario RPG was well-received in 1996 and, seven years later, that reception has only gotten stronger, with some gamers calling it the best non-Final Fantasy game ever. That may be quite a statement when you compare the game to Chrono Trigger, but there is some decent reason to see why this game would be that highly regarded.
90 (Jan 07, 2010)
Super Mario RPG est minimaliste, un peu loufoque et terriblement accrocheur. Un formule chère à Nintendo, qui marche à tous les coups.
When you finally meet Smithy, you'll realize he looks a lot like an evil version of Santa Claus -- churning out all sorts of weaponry for all the bad little boys and girls. While heroes Mallow (a little cloud boy) and Geno (a doll possessed by a Star Road spirit) haven't seen much air time since this title, they also both have their moments of greatness. Well, at least Mallow does during his personal quest to find his true family. Geno's main purpose is simply to provide exposition. But the "sin" of having one party member being thinly written is an easy one to forgive when I consider just how great Super Mario RPG is. People looking for a stern challenge probably will be disappointed, but the pure charm and personality this game possesses will win the hearts of just about anyone else.
In many ways, Super Mario RPG is for the beginner because it offers a simple control and employs many platform game experiences that most gamers are familiar with. Even with its simplicity, this game offers the most hardcore RPG players a fantastic experience that includes a humorous story and many secrets to uncover.
One of the SNES's best titles, in my opinion, this fresh new concept for the Mario franchise gets overshadowed by Chrono Trigger too often -- it's just as wonderful a game in its own right and deserves the SNES RPG limelight with the likes of Final Fantasy 6 and Chrono Trigger, it's just more distinct in its flavor. While battles can sometimes get a bit repetitious (as is the case with most RPGs) and some of the isometric platforming elements are less than spot-on
Gamervision (Sep 05, 2008)
Problems aside, this is one game that’s held up wonderfully over the past twelve years and is probably one of the most worthwhile Virtual Console titles available. Before this week, you could only find this game on eBay probably upwards of its original retail price, so getting it for $8 is an absolute steal. It’s a shame that neither Square nor Nintendo makes games like they used to.
90 (Feb 26, 2008)
Super Mario RPG è l'esempio più lampante che l'unione fa veramente la forza, di questo gioco si è detto poco negli anni anche perché non è mai stato convertito per il mercato europeo, una scelta a dir poco sbagliata che Square adottò già con altri capolavori, Chrono Trigger su tutti. Ma come ogni capolavoro che si rispetti anche Super Mario RPG "Legend of the Seven Star" terminerà lasciandovi con la speranza di vederne un seguito; innanzitutto vi avverto che il titolo in questione vi durerà parecchio anche se siete dei maestri di RPG, tra le tante cose appunto scoprirete molti segreti tipici di Squaresoft che vi tormenteranno il cammino, alcuni dei quali a mio parere molto curiosi.
RPGamer (2004)
The lack of a unified storyline hurts the overall score of Mario RPG, but the game is still great. Lots of great gameplay and plenty of Mario nostalgia. I recommend this game to any RPG or Mario series lovers. Its simplicity makes it a good game to bring newcomers to the RPG genre as well. You can't go wrong with Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.
Cubed3 (Apr 13, 2004)
Simple to get into, not too hard to get fully accustomed to, but never so easy as to be boring. Whilst not up able to beat the Square/Nintendo greats, it can certainly sit in their close vicinity!
I can honestly say that I did not plan on seeing a new Mario game until the Nintendo 64 was unveiled. The characters seem too childish for older gamers, but the long adventure itself, that involves actual gameplay and good storyline, will keep many gamers interested. The graphics of Mario RPG is typical of Nintendo using clean and colorful graphics along with nice animation. The combat engine is similar to many other RPGs and is easy to use. Nintendo put the Super NES sound processor to work in Mario RPG, providing the gamer with great sound effects and music. RPG fans will have hours of fun and enjoyment with Mario RPG.
Mega Fun (Jun, 1996)
Das Ergebnis der Zusammenarbeit von Squaresoft und Nintendo ist sehenswert. Es beginnt schon bei der Grafik: In DKC 2-Qualität springen Super M und Co. durch die farbenfrohe Welt. Die Musik klingt entsprechend bunt und lebendig. untermalt von ziemlich realen Geräuschen und dem allgegenwärtigen Doiiing. Die einfache Bedienung (fast alles geht mit 2-3 Knopfdrücken), gepaart mit übersichtlichen Menüs, machen SMRPG auch für die Nicht-Rollenspie1er unter Euch interessant. Allerding ist hochkarätige Technik allein nicht alles. Im Vergleich zu den anderen Squaresoft-RPGs oder Breath of Fire 2 vermisse ich deren gewaltige Spieltiefe. Die Handlung ist sehr linear aufgebaut (mehr wie ein Adventure). die Rätsel sind für RPG-Freaks insgesamt zu simpel. Ergo: Durch die Einfachheit und durch die Einbindung von Jump ‘n Run-Elementen ist dieses technisch exzellente Garne mehr etwas für Neueinsteiger.
RPGFan (May 28, 2001)
Any Square fan that can stand a bit of cutesy would be well advised to get it, and even if you normally steer clear of such games it wouldn't be a total loss. Perhaps it's not a classic, but it is definitely a milestone in graphical technology and probably changed the way that Square thought about 3D. All in all, it's a good game for Mario fans and a worthy effort all around.
Video Games (Jun, 1996)
Und gerade für diese Sorte von Menschen, genannt auch manisch depressive Rollenspielneurotiker, scheint Super Mario RPG genau das richtige zu sein. Die Story ist leicht verständlich, die Helden allseits be- und anerkannt. Es ist wie ein Kurlaub in Baden Baden, wo man sich den angestauten RPG-Frust vom Leib schrubben kann. Für alle anderen, die im Leben noch nie ein Rollenspiel in der Hand gehalten haben (genannt auch Normalsterbliche) wird der Eistieg in dieses Genre erheblich erleichtert, getreu nach dem Motto “Oh, Mario! Kenn‘ ich, nehm‘ ich!“ Durch die Grundstruktur des Spiels, die stark an Super Mario World angelehnt ist, und die einfach zu handhabende Steuerung dürfte sogar ein Rhesusaffe auf Krückstöcken keine merklichen Probleme beim Spielen haben.
neXGam (Mar 10, 2007)
Auch wenn vereinzelte Fanboy-Reviews anderes verlauten lassen, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars ist kein Genre-Meilenstein. Macht aber überhaupt nichts! Marios Rollenspiel-Ausflug bietet gewohnte Genre-Kost und erweitert sie um Hüpfpassagen und viele spritzige Ideen, leidet jedoch unter einer recht vorhersehbaren Storyline und einem belanglosen Schwierigkeitsgrad. Abgerundet wird das kultige Modul von einer erstklassigen Optik, die sich getrost zum 16Bit-Olymp zählen darf.
Just Games Retro (Jul 12, 2017)
Super Mario RPG, despite the slightly off presentation and the rather simplistic design in some areas, is still a fantastic game, and alongside Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy III, and Earthbound, definitely deserves its place on the Super Nintendo RPG Mt. Rushmore. The combat is solid, especially the inclusion of Timed Hits and Blocks to add a layer of interactivity, the presentation is great, although slightly different than what you’d be used to, and the story is fun and enjoyable, even if it drifts considerably out of the normal Mario canon. I definitely recommend it, and even if RPG is a four-letter word for you, it’s certainly accessible to anyone, and even though RPG honks may scoff at the difficulty, even they’d probably admit this is a solid entry into the genre, handled by people that know what they’re doing. Give it a playthrough, just remember, make very sure you know what you’re getting into if you take the Shiny Stone.
80 (Jul 21, 2010)
Une adaptation de ce type aurait pu significativement entacher l’univers de la série. Pourtant, Square a su admirablement lier les rouages du jeu de rôle à ceux du jeu de plates-formes, sans le moins du monde dénaturer celui-ci. Il reste tout de même principalement destiné aux fans inconditionnels de la série et non aux habitués des RPG, car cet épisode ne propose qu’une approche très simpliste du genre. Super Mario RPG demeure donc très sympathique et vraiment plaisant à jouer.
GamesCollection (Nov 19, 2008)
Super Mario RPG si rivela agli occhi dei giocatori odierni come un esperimento riuscito solo in parte: non è il grandioso incontro degli elementi migliori dei platform e dei giochi di ruolo che ci si sarebbe aspettati dai due colossi giapponesi dell'intrattenimento, ma anzi è un gioco abbastanza modesto, simpatico e divertente questo sì, ma modesto. Consigliato solo ai curiosi, data la disponibilità sulla Virtual Console di Wii al modesto prezzo di 900 Wii Points (9 euro) e ovviamente ai collezionisti incalliti; per tutti gli altri, meglio guardare altrove. Nota: il gioco è solo in inglese, e per proseguire è necessario conoscere almeno le basi della lingua d'Albione.
Console Obsession (Dec 30, 2004)
It possibly may however of been a little lightweight for some hardcore fans of the genre and lacked serious challenge next to other SNES RPGS, but Mario RPG still offered much for the less demanding RPG gamers and at the same time fans of the portly plumber. Not the greatest RPG ever by a stretch, but Mario RPG still stands the test of time as a quality game.
80 (Jul 15, 2004)
It really feels like a SquareTendo collabo. Classic Mario feel and charm combined with 16-bit Square's penchant for fun, captivating gameplay. On the short side, but regardless I highly recommend it.
So what's wrong with it? Well, nothing if you're a fan of Mario, but what about the average RPG fan? Will he or she get into playing as the Italian plumber? It's hard to speak for everybody, but I found it somewhat annoying. It's an enjoyable game with first-rate production, but I didn't take to the Mario concept. I enjoyed Yoshi's Island tremendously and look forward to Mario 64, but this particular marriage didn't quite work for me. It's still very entertaining however, so if you're not scared away by Mario, dive in and prepare to enter his world.
RPGamer (Aug 29, 2000)
Though the game may take the novice closer to 20 hours to fringe through the first time, veterans should easily be able to complete this game within twelve to fifteen hours, sans major sidequests and searches for rare items. The time length of the game is unusually short, but don't let that sway you. Super Mario RPG is definitely worth getting out the ol' SNES, dusting it off and taking a weekend to play through. Even though it seems as if this particular game was slapped together to make a quick buck from two particular gaming sub-genres, it is indeed worth at least a rental. Its unique qualities put it right up there with other Square games, and its nostalgic, Mario brand world appeals to Nintendo/Miyamoto fans. Quite simply, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars... is fun. Break out the cartridge cleaner and feather duster. It's time to go snooping through Princess Toadstool's room.