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Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (1996)

Just as Mario trounces Bowser for the millionth time, a giant, malevolent sword crashes into Bowser's keep, casting Mario, Princess Toadstool and Bowser far and wide, and breaking seven pieces from the wish-granting Star Road.


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One day, Mario was rescuing Princess Toadstool from King Koopa. Suddenly, Bowser's Keep was shaken by a giant sword. With the Star Road shattered and the wishes of the Mushroom Kingdom unfulfilled, Mario and his friends must race against time, battling the metallic warriors of the Smithy Gang. Written by J. Hoffman

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An incredible new adventure where mystery and mayhem rule. See more »


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13 May 1996 (USA)  »

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A cameo appearance is made by Link, from the Legend of Zelda series. He is asleep in the bed at Rose Town Inn after you defeat Bowyer in the forest. See more »


When the enemy called "Formless" is hit by a special technique and becomes a visible enemy, the dialogue box calls him "Mokuka." But the enemy information box in the fight calls him "Mokura." See more »


Geno: Well, we won the battle. Now I hope we don't lose the war. Where are Dyna and the star?
[Star appears]
Geno: I guess my question's just been answered.
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Crazy Credits

During the credits we see that the Mushroom Kingdom is celebrating the defeat of Smithy by holding a parade. As Luigi leads the parade (yes, Luigi makes a cameo in this game), we see humorous scenes that involve Bowser and his minions fixing the castle, Booster with his new wife Valentina and her henchman Dodo, Johnathan Jones and his crew on his ship, prince Mallow with his real parents, and finally Mario and Peach together. The sky turns dark and the Mushroom people's costumes glow a la Disneyland electrical parade and it shows the Mushroom castle (resembling "Sleeping Beauty castle") and ends with fireworks (another Disneyland reference). How many fireworks you bought in Mole village determines which firework is shown. The whole thing ends when Geno returns to his home in the stars, while the music from the original "Super Mario Bros" game plays. See more »


References Metoroido (1986) See more »

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Easily the best video game ever
16 September 2002 | by (Anywhere, USA) – See all my reviews

What makes Super Mario RPG different from the other Mario games is that it's more fun. You are Mario. After saving Princess Toadstool from Bowser yet again, a giant sword crashes into Bowser's castle, sending the three of them off to different places in the world. You have to defeat the sword, from the infamous Smithy gang, and save Toadstool yet again.

The graphics look too good to be true. It doesn't look like a 16-bit system. The replay value is stupendous. You can never grow tired of it. You know what you're supposed to do, but there are so many other littler things that you may bypass the first time (such as Yoshi Island or the casino). You cannot compare it to Super Mario World; they are two completely different games. Super Mario World is a side-scroller; in RPG you can move freely. That opens up a whole new dimension to video games.

Along Mario's path to Smithy, he meets Mallow, a "frog" who cannot jump, Geno, a doll from outer space, Bowser (yes, even he joins the group), and eventually, Toadstool (who is quite a formidable fighter). Each one of them has their strength and weaknesses. The seven worlds you go through are memorable. Something else that is unique is that you may defeat a boss in world 1, and meet him again in world 6. There are more than just 5 recurring characters. You also learn about each character (like Mallow's past), and (this may sound ridiculous for a video game), you care about the characters. Find me another game that does that.

RPG is the best game ever created. I was not a big RPG fan, but I liked Mario, so I bought it. I love it a lot, and I know a lot of other Mario fans can justify with me with saying this is the best video game out there. If you have some spare change and a SNES around, buy this immediately.

My rating: 10/10

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