November 28, 2023

Super Mario RPG’s remains charmingly off-brand | A Tamatem Review

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, released for Super Nintendo in 1996, was a groundbreaking role-playing game (RPG) that stood out from its contemporaries with its bright, accessible, and engaging gameplay. While other RPGs of the era were known for their mature stories and lengthy playtime, Super Mario RPG offered a more lighthearted and manageable experience, making it an ideal choice for newcomers to the genre.

The game’s familiar characters, lighthearted story, reasonable length, and timed button-pressing during combat made it a refreshing alternative to the more serious RPGs of the time. Even today, more than 25 years later, the original formula still holds up and delivers an enjoyable journey.

Bizarre Characters and References

Beyond its fun combat, visuals, and story, Super Mario RPG is known for its quirky and bizarre elements. The Nintendo of 1996 was still experimenting with the boundaries of Mario’s universe, allowing developer Square (not yet Square Enix) to introduce unique characters and situations that would not be possible in today’s more sanitised gaming landscape.

The remake thankfully preserves all of this weirdness. The game features entire races of characters never seen again in the Mario universe, Shy Guys engaging in full conversations, and dialogue choices that make Mario come off as a bit of a jerk. In one memorable scene, a party member has to hold Mario back from punching a child Toad who casually insulted him.

The game is also brimming with references to other Nintendo franchises and games, adding to its overall charm.

Engaging Combat with New Additions

Combat remains a highlight of Super Mario RPG, and the additions in the remake enhance the action without detracting from its original appeal. A new Action Gauge fills up as players successfully execute Action Commands (timed button-pressing), allowing them to unleash powerful Triple Moves.

The remake’s combat system adds a layer of depth and strategy to battles, encouraging players to experiment with different party combinations to see all of the Triple Moves. While the visual feedback for Action Commands could be improved, the overall combat system is still engaging and enjoyable.

Pace and Overall Experience

The remake of Super Mario RPG features a slightly brisker pace compared to the original, with an average playtime that is shorter than its predecessor. This streamlined experience makes the game more approachable for newcomers while still providing enough content for longtime fans.


Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is a timeless classic that has been faithfully recreated in this new remake. The game’s bright and accessible gameplay, quirky characters, and engaging combat make it an enjoyable experience for both newcomers and longtime fans alike.

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Tamatem Games is committed to helping the Arabic mobile gaming market reach its full potential. By localising popular mobile games, publishing original Arabic mobile games, supporting eSports, and investing in Arabic mobile game development, Tamatem Games is playing a key role in shaping the future of Arabic mobile gaming. Our most popular games include Fashion Queen, VIP Baloot and Battle of Kings. In addition, card players from across the MENA region have been enjoying our in-depth card game, VIP Jalsat.

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