On paper, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is a recreation that most likely shouldn’t exist. It introduced collectively Nintendo’s platforming icon with RPG big Sq. in a method that appeared not possible, imbuing the denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom (and past) with bucketloads of character past the hops, jumps, and yelps they had been beforehand identified for. It’s acquired humour in spades, from tongue-in-cheek jokes to characters pantomiming occasions every time they retell them. It’s bizarre and hilarious, and it is aware of it — and that’s why folks like it.
So it’s a darn good factor that Super Mario RPG, the Swap remake of 1996’s turn-based favorite, retains the weirdness that gave the SNES unique a particular allure. Not a hair is misplaced on this remake. We stated in our preview that this is without doubt one of the most devoted HD variations we’ve ever performed, and now that we’ve seen every little thing the sport has to supply, we stand by that assertion, and it’s all the higher for it. This can be a magical expertise reworked to close perfection with high-definition readability.
That’s true proper from the second you first look and listen to the sport. Nintendo has accomplished a tremendous job updating the visuals in a method that is still devoted to the clay-doll type of the 16-bit model whereas additionally giving it a brand new lease of life. It appears like you may attain into the display screen and contact the fluffy clouds of Nimbus Land, and you’re feeling the warmth of the lava in Pipe Plaza because it glows and sizzles. All of that is accompanied by a rearranged soundtrack – supervised by unique composer Yoko Shimomura, simply as she did with 2022’s Live A Live remake – that’s as dreamy and catchy as the unique.
It’s outstanding to see the entire cities, dungeons, and maps get this glow-up – grassy, blurry plains are remodeled and now you can see particular person leaves and specks of dust on the bottom. The brand new visuals additionally enable facial expressions to get much more artistic. Each time Mallow smiles is irresistible, Bowser’s seen sobbing is funnier than ever, and the animation carries over into beautiful cutscenes peppered all through the story (each Triple Transfer additionally will get certainly one of these). And, true to the unique, there is not any voice appearing both, with solely Bowser’s grunts being vocalised. This initially feels a bit awkward throughout CGI scenes, however we’re undecided we might need full voice appearing, even from Geno and Mallow.
The sport goals for 60fps all through, and for essentially the most half, it hits that, aside from some pretty noticeable body drops in sure areas. This occurred in places with numerous water such because the Kero Sewers, Tadpole Pond, and the Sea. It additionally momentarily happens throughout Triple Strikes proper as the sport transitions from the CG cutscenes again to the battle. That is solely a small blemish on what’s in any other case a stunning remake, nevertheless it’s a bit stunning, nonetheless.
What isn’t stunning is the story. Tremendous Mario RPG’s narrative isn’t going for something deep, however depth isn’t actually the purpose. The sport is aware of precisely what it’s – a enjoyable journey that includes everybody’s favorite platforming plumber. And ‘enjoyable’ actually is the key phrase right here; Mario’s expedition to save lots of the Princess may lead right into a world-spanning quest, however the pleasure is within the journey and the small print. We’ve talked about allure in spades, however the cutscenes and the dialogue on this recreation are riotous, and it’s exhilarating to go round each city and discuss to everyone every time you progress to a brand new location.
Plenty of the dialogue is strictly because it was on the Tremendous NES, although a number of popular culture nods have been swapped out (RIP Bruce Lee reference). Plus, we’re undecided we are able to forgive Frogfucius being modified to Frog Sage. Come on now. Although Mack to Claymorton may make up for it. Virtually.
The straightforward story, abundance of humour, and visuals apart, the gameplay is the place many of the smaller tweaks to Tremendous Mario RPG are available in, though the fight isn’t bringing something new to the desk by way of the style. On the time, the timing-based fight was a novelty, however the recreation isn’t a lot of a problem even on the usual issue, although it is nonetheless a pleasure to play.
The timing-based button presses, which grew to become a staple of Mario’s subsequent RPG adventures, can take some time to good, even with the added exclamation level assist. For those who do begin to get higher, the exclamation will ultimately cease showing, that means you may’t use it as a crutch. Plus, the timing is completely different for each single character, weapon, and assault, so there’s a good quantity of ability concerned. You don’t want to nail them to get by the bottom recreation, however you will have them for lots of the non-compulsory quests and executives.
The brand new options like splash injury, Triple Assaults, and the exclamation mark can’t be turned off, which suggests the Swap remake is even simpler than the Tremendous Nintendo unique for essentially the most half. However there’s a brand new wrinkle within the type of Particular Enemies — stronger variants of enemies that may randomly seem in battle. These hit tougher, have higher stats on the whole, and require a bit extra thought than common encounters. They’re nonetheless manageable, however they do randomly add a bit extra flavour for many who are on the lookout for a bit further problem. Oh, and if it is a problem you need, then attempting to do 100 jumps in a row is nonetheless arduous.
By way of issue, followers of the SNES recreation and RPG veterans do have one thing new to stay up for after the credit roll that is a large step up from the bottom recreation. Whereas it does not present something near the hardest the style has to supply, it does add a number of further hours and one other layer of pleasure for many who really fall in love with Tremendous Mario RPG.
And we reckon that’ll be rather a lot of individuals with this Swap remake. The 27 years between the Tremendous NES model and its reincarnation have been very sort to Tremendous Mario RPG. This can be a timeless online game with easy controls, a vibrant forged, and a boatload of humour that’ll have you ever grinning from ear to ear the entire method by. This remake has been dealt with with love and care which shines by within the beautiful new visuals, stunning rearrangements, and simply how shut it’s to the beloved unique.
Tremendous Mario RPG is right here in all of its bizarre, great glory for a brand new technology to expertise, and units a brand new normal for methods to do a devoted remake proper. Delivering a superbly preserved, pure expertise for followers of the unique and an accessible entry-point for style newcomers, the sport’s infectious allure, writing, and polished gameplay accomplish that a lot to raise this past what might need been merely a easy RPG starring Mario.