Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars

This collaboration between Squaresoft and Nintendo really changed everything. Aside from inspiring two long-running series of Mario spin-offs, this original title is exceptional all on its own. It boasts a vibrant graphical style, quirky and memorable characters that have rarely resurfaced (hello, Mallow and Geno!), and some of the catchiest music from Mario’s entire catalog, courtesy of future Kingdom Hearts composer, Yoko Shimomura. Its turn-based combat system features a heavy emphasis on timed button presses, a trait that would frequently be repeated in future Mario spin-offs. It’s also genuinely funny. Even 25 years later, it’s possibly the best Mario RPG.

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