"As soon as Nintendo announced on Monday that Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars would finally be hitting the North American Virtual Console, I knew that two things were going to happen: one, I was going to download it immediately and spend most of Labor Day playing it; and two, I would likely review it for Throwback Thursday. Well, as you can see, both of those predictions came to pass. Despite my continued excitement for this game, I had never actually played it before (just another downside to missing out on the 16-bit generation the first time around). Still, I had it on good authority that an old-school RPG/platformer made by both Square and Nintendo would be right up my alley, and the fact that this game is still beloved by fans twelve years later is a testament to just how great it really is.
Super Mario RPG, as the title implies, uses many elements common to role-playing games, and even without the familiar Nintendo cast is a very solid 16-bit RPG. Though the story is more shallow than some games of the genre (Princess Toadstool has been kidnapped by Bowser… again!), it becomes more intricate as the game goes on. Items like potions have been Mario-ized, becoming mushrooms, and MP is known in this game as Flower Power; these little details give the game a more unique feel than the average Final Fantasy-wannabe. As expected, there are some well-known Nintendo characters to be found within the game, as well as some new and quirky characters that will also join the fight."