Review: Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars


Posted by Eric on Monday, September 22nd, 2008 in Retro / Reviews
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars box art

When I first bought RPG back in the summer of ‘96, I’d never played an role playing game before. I don’t even think I knew that this game WAS an RPG. I remember picking it up for two reasons: 1) because the cover was awesome looking; it has all these bright colors and looks very enticing - and 2) I wanted to make my friends jealous. :)

When I got the game home, I popped it in and I was pleased with it’s opening, music, and interface. One thing, though, left me confused; what was with this whole "battle system"? The concept of taking turns to fight each other was new to me, and it left me scratching my head as I tried to follow along with the guide I bought.

Twelve years later, I decided to play the game and take it seriously. I was trained at RPGs with good ol’ Final Fantasy VII, and have been a snob when it comes to RPGs ever since. Some I can play, some I absolutely love, and some I absolutely loathe. So, I set aside an hour or two every night before bed to get some pre-Paper Mario action in.


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Retro gaming comes home in the form of a Super Nintendo®


Posted by Eric on Tuesday, May 20th, 2008 in Gaming Life / Retro
The midi theme song of whatever your favorite game was is going through your head, isn't it?

Went with Torie and Ted to the Sanford Flea Market on Sunday in search of some retro action. I’d hoped to find some rare Sega Saturn games, maybe some SNES collectibles, but hadn’t really even thought about what I’d purchased. The good fellas at Game Trader had a mint condition Model 2 Super NES; I couldn’t resist. I’ve had the traditional console since it was around in the early 90s, but was always fascinated by the sleek miniature design of the Model 2. The only problem is that I think the A/C adapter is bad, because the console doesn’t come on. I’ve tried it with the original model and it does the same: sends a signal to the screen but I guess not enough of one to actually play anything.

Along with the console, I managed to snag a bundle deal on a few games. I’ve not played an actual SNES console in ages as most of this stuff is easy available via emulation. But there really is nothing like playing this stuff with the original controller. Better yet, an ASCIIWare controller!


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