Super Mario RPG, first released in 1996 for the SNES, has received a complete makeover, and in true Nintendo fashion, it is an absolute banger.
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The remake retains the old-school charm of the original, but with its updated visuals and music, it remains a worthwhile endeavour for old and new fans alike.
Super Mario RPG Review Roundup
Here are some reviews and first-look articles for Super Mario RPG from around the web. At the time of publishing this article, the score for this game was 85 per cent on Opencritic and 83 per cent on Metacritic.
Super Mario RPG already held up pretty well if you didn’t mind a bit of dust on its different systems, but now there’s no excuse not to see why Mario’s most unexpected adventure is still so beloved.
Super Mario RPG is legendary for a reason, and that’s never been clearer than with this remake. It looks great and smartly evolves the original combat system to make it even more engaging. While the game can’t fully escape the limitations of ’90s JRPG storytelling, it still offers a zany quest well worth undertaking today.
Super Mario RPG is one of the most interesting remasters I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing. Returning to 1996 and joining Mario and pals on this zany adventure that contributed greatly to my love of turn-based RPGs was a nostalgic joyride.
The game has been tweaked only slightly to add some new mechanics and make the adventure even more welcoming than it already was. The result is an experience that only shows its age slightly and rewards longtime fans and newcomers alike.
Super Mario RPG is an all-time classic game that both RPG lovers and Mario fans alike owe it to themselves to play. This Switch remake brilliantly preserves the spirit of the original SNES game, with some great quality-of-life enhancements and a phenomenally redone soundtrack.
There is a lot to love in the Super Mario RPG remake. An adorable art style, deceptively deep combat, an excellent updated soundtrack, and genuinely funny skits and writing all make this game as much of a joy to play as the SNES original. If you can look past the simplicity of the game overall, and the occasionally frustrating experience that is the jumping puzzles, this is a stellar addition to the Switch’s already stacked library.
Super Mario RPG is so faithful to the original that calling it a remake feels disingenuous. The game is more of a top-to-bottom remaster. Every scrap of it had been re-built, polished, and reborn for the modern era.
Mufaddal Fakhruddin has been writing about games and technology for the past 15 years. He has lost count as to how many reviews he has written over the years, but he is sure headphone reviews make up at least 70% of that.