Goomba Stomp’s Hall of Fame is reserved for only those Nintendo titles that can be called absolute classics. Chosen by the crew of the NXpress Nintendo Podcast, these bite-sized capsule reviews reflect what we’ve discussed on the podcast over the past six months. Look for more entries every 25 episodes we record.
What do you get when one of the best RPG game developers in the world teams up with Nintendo and creates an RPG starring the most popular video game character of all time? You get Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, one of the most acclaimed games to feature the lovable Italian plumber. An adventure/role-playing title, Super Mario RPG was the brainchild of a corporate collaboration between Nintendo and Squaresoft. Although Square developed Super Mario RPG under direct guidance from producer Shigeru Miyamoto, many fans in the mid-’90s were skeptical that it would be good. But it was, and Mario and the Mushroom Kingdom made the transition to the RPG genre in perfect form. The game was well-received upon release, praised particularly for its 3D rendered graphics and colorful cast. There was nothing quite like it at the time, and so Super Mario RPG became an instant classic, paving the way for two successive RPG-themed spiritual predecessors in the Paper Mario and the Mario & Luigi series. Thanks to its clever gameplay mechanics, rich story, nonstop humour, and dazzling graphics, Legend of the Seven Stars is often touted as one of Nintendo’s all-time greatest games. Super Mario RPG broke all the rules and the result is a one-of-a-kind. Now if only we could get a sequel!
– Ricky D