Most people know Mario from the famous video game, Super Mario Brothers. It is the game that started the Italian plumber’s career, after all. Since then, Mario has had tons of crazy adventures, dabbled in sports, and even thrown a couple of parties. Growing up, I played many of Mario’s games and enjoyed them all. My favorite Mario game, however, would have to be Super Mario RPG. Back in 2008, it was re-released on the Nintendo Wii’s Virtual Console. Since people can now get their hands on Super Mario RPG again, I thought it would be a good idea to do a review for the game.
The story begins with Princess Peach getting kidnapped by Bowser (surprised?), and Mario running off to save her. He enters Bowser’s castle and confronts the villain, but is interrupted when a giant sword crashes into the castle. The crash ends up sending Mario, Bowser and Princess Peach flying in different directions. When Mario comes to, he rushes off to the Mushroom Kingdom to tell the chancellor the bad news. The chancellor asks Mario to go to find Peach and discover the purpose of the giant sword. So once again, Mario sets out on a epic journey; not sure who to meet or what to expect.
Super Mario RPG features Mario and his allies battling enemies in turn based combat. There are a variety of moves and items that Mario and his friends can use to defeat them. The game uses a timed button press system, in which moves and abilities are enhanced if you press the button at the right time. Unlike in most role playing games, battles do not occur randomly when you are moving around in the game. Instead, enemies appear in the games environments and only battle Mario and the gang if they come in contact with them. Thus, it is possible for you to avoid a battle if you avoid the enemy. When you’re not busy saving the world, you’ll be spending your time in towns either resting, chatting with the locals, or buying much needed supplies. There are also various mini-games you’ll end up playing throughout the course of the game; which are fun and mix things up a little.
The only complaint I have about Super Mario RPG is that Mario’s brother, Luigi, is not in the game. I found that kind of odd because he usually is in most Mario games. Other than that, this game is quite enjoyable to say the least. Battles are fun and challenging, but never really frustrating if you know what you’re doing. The graphics are colorful and the music is very catchy too. Super Mario RPG’s is also filled with all the charm and humor that you can expect from a Mario game. When it comes down to it, this game does well in all aspects.
Even after all these years, Super Mario RPG is still an amazing game; filled with the nostalgia of old school video games. Not only is it one of the best games in the Mario series, it’s one of the best Nintendo games out there! I loved it as a kid and still do to this day. It’s definitely a game worth revisiting; and the fact that it’s on the Wii’s Virtual Console makes it easy to do so. Whether you like role playing games or are a fan of Mario, you are sure to enjoy this classic.