Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars was the first role-playing game in the Mario RPG sub-franchise of the Mario games. Unlike other Mario games, Super Mario RPG was developed by Squaresoft (before they became Square Enix) and published by Nintendo.
After rescuing Princess Peach Toadstool from Bowser (yet again), a giant sword destroys the Star Road, which creates wishing stars from the wishes of people, and crashes into Bowser's castle. With the giant sword comes an evil greater than Bowser ever was, Smithy. Mario must now team up with several character, including Princess Toadstool and a reluctant Bowser, to recover the seven Star Pieces that make up the Star Road and destroy Smithy.
Why It Rocks
- One of seven games released outside of Japan that used the Nintendo SA-1 chip
- Unlike most RPGs, the storyline is more light-hearted and comical than serious
- 3D style sprites
- Amazing graphics and designs
- The optional boss fight of the game, Culex, is a reference to Final Fantasy
- Two new characters made just for the game, Geno and Mallow, the former who became extremely popular and the latter being the creator of the epic line "Who you think you are? Bruce Lee?"
- Started the RPG sub-franchise of the Mario games, with its "sequels" being the Paper Mario series and Mario & Luigi series.
- Huge world to explore
Even though it was released the same year as the Nintendo 64 which would have made the Super Nintendo fade out in popularity, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is often considered one of the best games ever made.