Today, May 13th of 2020, marks the twenty-fourth anniversary of Super Mario RPG’s release in the US (it was released in Japan two months prior, in March of 1996, and wouldn’t be released in Europe until its 2008 release on the Wii’s Virtual Console, which at the time was a record for longest delay between region releases for a single title).
As far as I’m concerned, Super Mario RPG is one of Nintendo’s finest achievements, and has steadily remained an all-time favorite of mine for these twenty-four years. If you ask me, it’s still the best damn RPG ever.
Sadly, despite being one of the most acclaimed and beloved Mario games of all time, it’s one of the very few that never received a direct sequel (it did inspire the wonderful Paper Mario and Mario & Luigi series, but none of them quite recaptured the same magic as the originator). And it’s basically the only Mario game to not have its characters or world elements carry over to subsequent games (save for a cameo or two). But that hasn’t stopped fans (myself most assuredly included) from hoping and begging Nintendo and Square to bring back this beloved game either through a sequel or simply resurrecting its characters for new titles.
Seriously Nintendo, just put Geno in Super Smash Bros. already. We’ve only been asking for it for twenty years! I don’t mean an insulting, slap-to-the-face Mii costume. The actual character as a playable fighter. You can’t stop adding those Fire Emblem swordsmen that no one asked for. Why not add another character people have actually wanted and asked for for years?
Anyway, happy anniversary to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars! A Legend indeed.
I reviewed Super Mario RPG as my special 300th video game review. You can read my 10/10 review here.
2 thoughts on “Super Mario RPG Turns 24!”
As you know, this was the game that introduced me to JRPGs. I tried to play Final Fantasy before then, but being five, I didn’t get it. It is an incredible experience that demonstrated just how versatile of a character Mario is.
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Indeed. It’s an all-time classic that really shows what makes Mario so special as a character and series. This is also the game that got me into RPGs. I tried to play Final Fantasy afterwards, but they felt so archaic by comparison. One of my issues with the PSOne era Final Fantasies is they seemed to undo the progress Mario RPG (and Chrono Trigger, and some others) made for the genre and went back to more outdated elements (random battles!).
Super Mario RPG is just so good!
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