Super Mario RPG [Game Review]

Super Mario RPG

Title: Super Mario RPG
Developer: Nintendo, Square
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform: 
Nintendo SNES
Category: 
Role-playing
Release Date: 
Mario 9, 1996
How we got the game: 
We got it on the SNES Classic and also have it on the Wii virtual console, as well as the original SNES cartridge

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Prepare to just have me absolutely gushing about this game. It’s one of my absolute favorites and it will never get old!

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Super Mario RPG is an old classic. We were super excited when we found it was on the SNES Classic. We have the game on the Wii virtual console if we ever wanted to try playing it again, but it’s cool to play with the old controllers again.

gameplay

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Super Mario RPG features classic RPG elements in a Super Mario game. The story is linear with a large map to follow and explore, with battles following the typical RPG formula with attacks and party members.

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You, of course, play as Mario, as you go through your journey trying to save Toadstool and then the rest of the world. As you journey further you meet new people who join your party. You end up with five members total with three being able to battle at once.

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Battles allow all party members to gain experience, even those who aren’t actively battling. Members level up when they gain enough experience, increasing their HP, attack, defense, and special stats. The further you move along in the story, the stronger weapons and armor are available to you, along with accessories to ward off status ailments or increase stats as long as the character wears them.

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It’s easy to allow your team to work together in any given group of three since they all level up together whether they’re active in battle or not. Mallow and Toadstool were great at healing the other members of the team, so they weren’t used together much. Still, the team possibilities were pretty good.

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Toadstool and Mallow were both great with magic power, yes, but Mallow could also be geared toward more fighting with his magic while Toadstool had more healing capabilities. Mario was the classic, balanced-all-around character, and Bowser was the tank with his high defense. Geno had the highest attack power, but wasn’t so great with the defense stat. It’s always interesting trying to figure out which characters to use for which boss battles. I kind of wish that all five could be used in battles together, but I suppose that would be overkill.

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It’d be cool if it was like Pokemon and you were able to swap out characters if one died. Still, the system worked and we didn’t die too many times anyway.

graphics-music

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Even as a kid, I had always enjoyed this game’s graphics and music. The world was always vibrant, with each area having its own unique style, and the character models were great. Even though they were mere pixels, the character sprites had some surprisingly distinct and accurate facial expressions. Mario especially was wonderful, considering he was the silent protagonist!

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I agree each area was vivid and unique from other areas. The monsters as well as the inhabitants of the world had cool styles and were nothing like anything from Mario games today (aside from the toads, goombas, etc). Mario, as silent as he is, is a sassy fellow in this game. He tells a good amount of stories in this game and it’s always amusing.

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Yes, just seeing him and the other party members mime out parts of the story when explaining key points to NPCs was always great to see. There’s even a running joke in the game with the characters falling on their faces, similar to when we would “facepalm.” The music is fantastic as well, with each pieces matching the mood of the area we were in. It was composed and arranged by Yoko Shimomura, who notably worked on the Mario & Luigi series as well as composing tracks for Super Smash Bros. for the 3DS and Wii U.

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The music, like most video games, are songs that just get stuck in your head. They’re fun to hum along with and upbeat. The battle music was fantastic as was the music for when a battle was won. Every time we won a battle, both Kris and I immediately started singing the song each and every time.
story

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Bowser is at it again! He has kidnapped Princess Toadstool and it’s up to Mario to save her. But that’s only the beginning of the story. Mario defeats Bowser pretty quickly but then his castle is taken over by Smithy. Mario teams up with two new friends, Mallow and Geno, as well as Bowser and Toadstool to defeat Smithy and save Star Road, thus saving the world.

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The storyline itself is a little cliche, but it works. Smithy, in his plot for domination over Mario’s world, destroys Star Road, the place where wishes on shooting stars were granted. With the Star Road destroyed and its Star Pieces scattered over Mario’s world, wishes are unable to come true anymore. Geno, a star spirit, has been tasked with finding the Star Pieces and repairing the Star Road. Mallow is a young “frog” who is searching for his true home, finding his place both in the world and with the team of heroes. Mario and Bowser form a truce for the first time and Toadstool, before she was known as Peach, proves how formidable she is on the front lines.

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…That about sums it up. You explained it much better than I ever could.

replay-value

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Yes, the story and gameplay are rather linear, and there’s not much of a variety in terms of switching out party members, but this game is one that I can replay over and over without getting bored. The graphics and music are wonderful, the writing is fantastic, and the characters are amazing. I can’t gush about this game enough!

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This is the definition of a classic. There’s nothing too special about it, but the overall game is just so much fun and upbeat. We’ll be playing this one again in due time again… and again.

Super Mario RPG gets…
5 out of 5 lives.

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Star Fox [Game Review]

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Title: Star Fox
Developer: Nintendo, Argonaut Software
Publisher: Nintendo
Platform:
Nintendo SNES
Category:
Rail shooter, shoot ’em up
Release Date:
February 21, 1993 (2017 on the SNES Classic)
How we got the game:
We bought the SNES Classic 

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The only experience we ever had with Star Fox, aside from the characters being featured in the Super Smash Bros. series, would be Star Fox Adventures for the GameCube. The GameCube game, apparently, derailed from the genre that the Star Fox series was known for, so we were excited to actually try out the original Star Fox game for the SNES.

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I enjoy the cast of characters Star Fox provides and was eager to give the original game a shot knowing it’s a typical shooting game.

gameplay

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Gameplay for Star Fox consists of flying an Arwing through the levels while shooting down opposing airships and grounded enemies. You can choose for the controls for the airship to be inverted, where up is down, and there are a few different options as to which button is the blaster, the brake, and the speed boost.

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While it’s pretty straightforward, it was something I couldn’t handle. I often passed the controller over to Kris and she ended up playing the game for the both of us. I wasn’t a fan of the controls and I was confused about where to go and who to shoot.

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I wasn’t too much of a fan of the controls either, but it was a bit fun just keeping the blaster button pressed and shooting everything that moved on the screen. I… may have knocked out teammates like Slippy once or twice… Whoops. I couldn’t aim to save my life (sometimes literally), especially in the first-person mode, but I wasn’t much better in third-person.

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Shooting was definitely the best part of the game (which is good since that’s basically all you do). But it was tricky because I often couldn’t tell my teammates from the enemies and then they’d yell at me… Oh, well.

graphics-music

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The SNES Classic does a wonderful job of preserving the original graphics and music of the older games. That said, it was a bit funny seeing old the pixels and polygons of Star Fox!

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It was certainly funny to see the older graphics. It was interesting to see the characters as just their heads in the intercoms rather than their full bodies throughout the entire game. The graphics are cool but you can’t tell much of what’s going on.

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The sound effects and music were great, especially when the characters were “talking.” To us, they sounded a little like Porky Pig from the Warner Bros. Bugs Bunny cartoons, haha! The music and sounds did their job, sounding just epic enough to motivate us to try to defeat the enemy with our Arwing.story

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Emporer Andross has declared war on our heroes. Once banished, he set up shop on Venom, the first planet in the Lylat system. He begins a war on Corneria and it’s up to Fox and his team to save everyone.

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That’s the simplicity of the story. Andross is the bad guy that needs to be defeated, and Star Fox is the team to do it. As long as, you know, the player can aim well enough to shoot the enemies out of space, haha!

replay-value

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The original Star Fox is a fun game for nostalgic purposes and a few different difficulty levels. Compared to FPS games nowadays, Star Fox is pretty simple, but it’s a nice change of pace to turn on once in a while.

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I’m not sure I can see myself going back to this game. I don’t have any emotional attachment to this game and, despite how simple it seemed, I had a hard time playing it. Still, it was great to try.

Star Fox gets…
Video game review: 3 Lives3 out of 5 lives.

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Top Tuesday: Favorite SNES Games As A Kid

Rachel Mii | DoubleJump.comHappy Tuesday!

I talked about my favorite SNES Classic games a couple weeks ago and it got me thinking about some of the other games I used to play on the SNES as a kid. Games that didn’t make it to the Classic edition.

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4. Goof Troop

This game wasn’t good. At all. But I loved it anyway. Why? I think it was because everyone else hated it. Kris would never play it with me and I always had to beg my Dad to play guilt-tripping him by saying Kris wouldn’t play with me. I don’t remember the point of this game. The main thing I remember is me playing as Max and my Dad playing as Goofy. As Max, I kept picking up barrels and throwing them at Goofy and my Dad couldn’t figure out why he was losing health. That’s pretty much it.

3. The Lion King

This was always a fun game. Though I don’t think we ever beat it. There was no save and we could never play long enough to actually get through the game. I remember Kris almost made it to the Scar fight once. For some reason, we never did make it though. Still, it was fun to run around like a lion.

2. Tiny Toons: Buster Busts Loose

Tiny Toons was awesome. The game, if I remember correctly, wasn’t actually that bad either. Kris and I used to play and I think our other sister used to play with us as well. Any game that got the three of us playing together was a good game.

1. TMNT: Turtles In Time

The best game ever. You can’t go wrong with anything Ninja Turtles and I wish this game came out on the SNES Classic because I would love to play it again. Kris and I had so much fun with it when we were kids. We were crazy about Ninja Turtles too, so I’m sure that helped.

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Throwback Thursday: Gaming At A Young Age

Happy Thursday! The last Thursday of 2017.

Kris and I recently got the SNES Classic Mini and we’ve been testing the waters with it.

 

Super Mario Kart originally released in 1992 for the Super Nintendo – before I was born. Yet, I remember playing the game at my grandmother’s house with Kris.

I believe our older sister used to play with us as well as did my dad on occasion. Still, I was super young and obviously not very good at it.

I’ll admit I don’t have too many memories of playing the game.

I’m great at Mario Kart now. Mario Kart Wii, Mario Kart 7, 8, and 8 Deluxe, I’m a beast at. (Usually.)

When Kris and I play those games together, I’m usually in first place and she trails behind with the items covering my back. Yet, when we played Super Mario Kart the other night…

I gamed over. How do you game over in Mario Kart? I didn’t even know you had lives.

Kris was in first place most of the time while I came in second once or twice, but I was mostly in 4th… or 8th. I got into last place quite a bit and ended up gaming over on Boo’s Haunted House on the Flower Cup. Each race after that, my half of the screen was darkened with “GAME OVER” written on it just to rub it in.

Apparently, muscle memory doesn’t work when it comes to Super Mario Kart.

Still, it was a lot of fun to play the game again as it’s been way too long. Kris and I had fun and we shared a lot of laughs… especially since I couldn’t steer and couldn’t be bothered to stay on the track.

Do you remember playing Super Mario Kart? Do you have the SNES Classic? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll chat!

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