Flashback Friday: Super Mario RPG

Double Jump Kris Mii Hey everyone, Kris here!

Going along with the majority of posts for the rest of this week, today I’m raving about my favorite Mario game, a classic from the past – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars.

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Super Mario RPG was a game originally released in 1996 for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. In 2008, it was released on the Wii’s Virtual Console. I didn’t hesitate to download it.

Super Mario RPG was probably the game that first got me hooked to video games. My younger self was always bothering my very patient uncle to play the game for my entertainment until I eventually tried to play it on my own. Since then, it cemented my love of video games, and Super Mario RPG is the game that I’ve replayed and completed the most to this date.

This game was the first to give Mario a taste of a role-playing game and was responsible for the famous spiritual successor Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series. It granted the player a vast world to explore and a unique party of characters. Bowser and Princess Toadstool (now known simply as Peach — this is how old the game is!) join Mario, along with two new characters, Mallow and Geno. Geno, especially, rose to a famed popularity, enough so he’s a favorite contender for the Super Smash Brothers franchise despite being owned by Square Enix rather than Nintendo.

Although the story line is a bit cheesy, especially to some older players, Super Mario RPG is a timeless game that continues to be enjoyable no matter how many times it’s played through.

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