GR+ Live: Why Super Mario RPG still holds up

After more than a decade of Mario & Luigi games and sixteen years of Paper Mario games, you would think that people would have moved past Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars for Super Nintendo. Why do people continue to latch onto this one when there are so many other plumber role-playing games after twenty years? It's because Super Mario RPG captures the very best of Nintendo creativity and Squaresoft's 1990s RPG design skills. Newly released on Wii U Virtual Console, it's high time to dive back into Super Mario RPG to see what it does so well.

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I've been playing games since I turned four in 1986, been writing about them since 1987, and writing about them professionally since 2008. My wife and I live in New York City. Chrono Trigger is my favorite game ever made, Hum's Downward is Heavenward is my favorite album, and I regularly find myself singing "You Won't See Me" by The Beatles in awkward situations.
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