Super Mario RPG, arguably one of the best RPG games on the Super Nintendo and one of my all-time favourite role-playing games, has landed on the Nintendo Switch. The game features new and updated graphics, a remixed soundtrack and modern RPG elements while preserving the charm or the SNES original. And, the entire gang of Mario, Bowser, Princess Peach, and original characters Mallow and Geno are all here.
Super Mario RPG Details
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Developer(s): Nintendo, Intelligent Systems, Square Enix
Genre: Role-playing game (RPG)
ESRB Rating: E (Everyone)
A familiar journey begins again filled with charm and humour
Super Mario RPG starts off with a simple story that’s familiar if you’ve played other Mario games. Once again, Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach, and Mario has to rescue her. The game doesn’t waste time and throws you right into a final battle with Bowser, which Mario naturally wins. Super Mario RPG’s story contains a twist: Princess Peach isn’t saved because a giant sword named Exor, who’s part of the Smithy Gang, crashes into the castle and sends Mario flying.
Now, Mario has to find his way back into Bowser’s Castle, but that’s just the start of his problems. The arrival of the Smithy Gang has some serious consequences, and Mario ends up on a much bigger quest. He needs to collect seven star fragments to fix the damaged Star Road and stop the Smithy Gang’s threat to the world.
The story retains its originality, with unexpected alliances and bizarre enemies that add a refreshing twist to the Mario universe. Although the story in Super Mario RPG takes a serious tone, it’s told in a funny and clever way that made me laugh quite a bit. Even though Mario doesn’t talk, he uses his body to show how he feels, and it’s often really funny. People in the game know Mario because he’s a famous hero. When he talks to other characters, they sometimes ask for proof that he’s really Mario, like asking him to jump. They also wonder why he hasn’t fixed all the problems in the world, and what they should do about it.
Engaging turn-based combat
Super Mario RPG’s turn-based combat, in addition with well-timed button presses, helps keep the action going on a consistent basis. The inclusion of varied attacks and equipment that directly impact combat dynamics adds depth to the gameplay that many will be surprise to find. You move through different areas divided into stages on a world map, much like the Super Mario World games. The world map clearly shows you where to go next, so you don’t have to wander around aimlessly or talk to every character to figure out your next step.
Small touches, like Bowser throwing only Mario and the introduction of triple move attacks, add to the game’s overall charm. While combat may seem straightforward, there are some puzzles and secrets that offer a level of challenge. This dynamic system keeps the battles engaging and prevents them from feeling repetitive. The incorporation of various weapons and equipment adds a layer of strategy, as each they not only alter your character’s stats but also influence each character’s combat animations and abilities.
Super Mario RPG allows you to customize your heroes with accessories, badges, and equipment, offering a level of freedom in party building. The inclusion of optional side-quests, action moments, and a variety of mini-games, from musical challenges to racing Yoshis, ensures that there is more do do above and beyond the game’s main story.
Optional content that brings challenge and excitement
In addition to the main questline, Super Mario RPG offers optional content that ranges from challenging puzzles to some pretty exciting side-quests. The inclusion of action-oriented moments differentiates Super Mario RPG from other games in the genre and allows it to break away from the traditional RPG mold. You can choose to jump into these optional activities, discovering hidden secrets, facing tougher enemies for greater rewards, and participating in entertaining mini-games that add depth to the game’s already vibrant world.
The introduction of green coins as a reward for defeating stronger enemies adds an interesting layer to the game’s economy. While the main currency is used for essential items and gear, green coins offer additional incentives for those looking for a greater challenge. This optional currency opens up new ways of exploration and experimentation, this reinforces the game’s commitment to providing a rich and varied gameplay experience.
More than just a fresh coat of paint
Super Mario RPG on the Nintendo Switch is a testament to the care that was taken to bringing this beloved classic to the platform. The additions, such as a monster list and the option to switch between original and remastered music, brings a fresh experience to the game without detracting from the original design.
I really like the game’s updated visuals. It’s more inline with modern games with lots of bright colours and attention to detail, but it still has that special charm from the original SNES version. They also added some short cut-scenes that help tell significant parts of the story that look really good.
The musical score of an RPG, or any game for that matter, is a crucial element that can have a significant impact on your overall experience. Super Mario RPG, with its memorable tunes, is no exception. While there are repetition of certain tracks, the quality of the music is phenomenal and only enhances rather than detracts from the gameplay.
Super Mario RPG on Nintendo Switch is a fun and modern adventure
Super Mario RPG on the Nintendo Switch isn’t just a nostalgic throwback; it stands as a testament to the enduring brilliance of the game’s design. The careful and respectful approach taken in remaking Super Mario RPG on Nintendo Switch ensures that both long-time fans and newcomers can enjoy the magic of a game that feels just as wonderful today as it did in 1996 on the SNES.
The game’s visual along with the gameplay improvements and refinements add to an enhanced overall experience, blending nostalgia with innovative features. The developers’ meticulous attention to detail, covering combat mechanics, character animations, and puzzle design, really goes to show their commitment to making a game that not only respects the original but takes it to new heights. The addition of difficulty options and extra content increases the game’s replay value.
With promises for future releases, such as the 2024 re-release of Paper Mario: Thousand Year Door, it seems Nintendo is successfully bringing classic RPGs into the modern era and I couldn’t be happier.
+ Timeless charm that retains its nostalgic appeal
+ Engaging combat that combines turn-based with real-time
+ Innovative new gameplay mechanics
+ Rich character customization
+ Memorable and nostalgic soundtrack
– Some minigames can feel repetitive
– Limited fast travel
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF SUPER MARIO RPG
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 4/5
Overall Rating 4.3/5 (86%)
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