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Super Mario RPG remake release date, gameplay, everything we know

The existence of the upcoming Super Mario RPG remake means that, at long last, the 1996 Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars is receiving a new breath of life. Announced at the Nintendo Direct on June 21, 2023, we can expect to see this anticipated RPG arrive in November this year.

Even though we've only got one trailer currently, there are a lot of reasons why the Super Mario RPG remake is an upcoming Nintendo Switch game worth keeping on your radar. The polished appearance and graphics of the remake mean the experience is likely going to be more beautiful, more accessible, and more approachable than ever.

We’re anticipating the Super Mario RPG remake to become one of the best Nintendo Switch games, and that’s going off a single trailer. So, if you’re looking for a Mario title worth keeping an eye on outside of the launch of Super Mario Bros: Wonder, and something completely different to the traditional Mario experience, it’s worth checking out the Super Mario RPG remake. Here’s everything we know so far.  

Super Mario RPG Remake - cut to the chase 

  •  What is it? A remake of the 1996 SNES game, Super Mario RPG 
  •  When can I play it? November 17, 2023 
  •  What can I play it on? Nintendo Switch  
  •  Who makes it? Nintendo 

Super Mario RPG Remake release date and platforms

Super Mario RPG

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The Super Mario RPG Remake release date is November 17, 2023 - surprisingly close to the release of another upcoming game you might want to keep an eye on and the first 2D Super Mario title in over a decade, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, which is set to release in October.

Due to being a remake of the original SNES Super Mario RPG, the game will only be available on the family of Nintendo Switch consoles. However, as a significant remake for the Mario franchise, we’d be surprised if the original SNES title didn’t make its way onto the Nintendo Switch Online SNES library to coincide with the launch.  

Super Mario RPG Remake trailers

Mario and Mallow by a pond in Super Mario RPG Remake

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So far we have only seen one trailer for Super Mario RPG, shown as part of the Nintendo Direct on June 21, 2023. The short trailer opened with graphics for the original Super Mario RPG title, before cutting to a more polished and modern character model of Peach and Mario. Following the title card, we are taken through some in-game footage showing Mario and his crew running through levels, and environments, and facing a handful of enemies in turn-based combat. 

Throughout the trailer, we also see a number of animated cutscenes, but whether or not these are in-game isn’t stated. The full trailer can be seen below:

Super Mario RPG Remake story and setting

Mario riding yoshi in Super Mario RPG remake

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The story of Super Mario RPG focuses on Mario and his companions as they track down seven Star Pieces across the world and attempt to face up to Smithy, a towering enemy responsible for crashing into the world and splitting the star. However, he didn’t come alone. You will need to face hoards of enemies sent by Smithy as a team in order to get to the villain and relocate the star fragments. 

As a remake, we expect the story to largely remain the same as the original with no drastic twists and turns, but there is a potential that certain interactions and dialogue between characters may change or make references to the original game in a light and humorous way. This hasn’t been confirmed, but the tone of Mario games is always kept light, so it would be surprising if the remake didn’t mimic this tone with more updated language.

The setting covers a variety of landscapes, as you’d expect from a Super Mario Bros game. Similar to how you explore different worlds within the traditional 2D format, throughout the RPG remake you will navigate different environments such as grassland, deserts, and mountains to make your way around the vibrant map fighting Smithy’s army. 

Although we are yet to receive an in-depth look at the various places you’ll be challenged to explore during your time with the Super Mario RPG remake, the trailer offers a quick look at some of the backdrops for more intense combat, such as an airship and a beach setting which we expect to see more of as we crawl closer to its release.  

Super Mario RPG Remake gameplay

Mario and Peach in the upcoming Super Mario RPG remake

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Regarding the action of the Super Mario RPG Remake, we’ve only had limited insight into the game and how it will play to suit more modern expectations, but there are a few conclusions we can draw from the trailer we have seen and the experience the original game offered. As a remake, we can expect a lot of the core mechanics of the first game to carry across, providing a starting point for us to build a better idea of what to expect in terms of in-game content.

Firstly, the roster of playable characters. Of course, the titular Mario and his crew of Peach, and Bowser are playable, as you’d expect from any game involving the plumber, but you’ll also be able to revisit the game's original characters, Mallow and Geno, in their reimagined glory. Currently, it's unclear whether or not we will see some new additions to the roster, but as a remake of the original, we aren’t counting on it. 

Similarly to the original title, you will be challenged to navigate different environments and face different enemies and obstacles depending on where you are. A lot of the enemies you will face will be reminiscent of more modern Mario games, such as Goomba, Koopas, and Wigglers, but you will also come up against numerous characters you might only have experienced if you played the original game. 

You’ll face a huge number of enemies in traditional RPG-style turn-based combat, but these standard encounters will be broken up with hard-hitting boss battles, too. As you traverse different environments, you’ll need to prepare your team to take on a few enemies at once, but when it comes to boss-style battles, you’ll more than likely be up against one single enemy. 

Even though we still have a lot to learn about whether or not any new elements will be added to the game, we expect more information regarding any drastic changes to the game's content in comparison to the original to come to light the closer we get to the release date. With only one trailer under our belts, we are anticipating a further delve into the game's content the closer we get to November, but there's already a strong chance it could become one of the best RPGs once it finally arrives.

Super Mario RPG Remake news

Super Mario RPG Remake Mario

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Super Mario RPG Remake announced with November release at Nintendo Direct
A remake of the 1996 Super Mario RPG was announced as part of the June Nintendo Direct. The announcement trailer showcased the title and its more up-to-date appearance, walking us through some of the combat and in-game content we can expect to see at release. At the end of the trailer, we receive a release date, stating that the remake will arrive on November 17, 2023. 

If you're looking for a lengthy journey to sink your time into, you might want to check out the best single-player games, but if, like Mario, you don't want to face the journey alone, it's worth checking out the best multiplayer games on PC too. 

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