How Super Mario became an unlikely RPG star

In the mid-’90s Nintendo entered into an unlikely partnership. The company known for Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda teamed up with Squaresoft (now Square Enix), the developer behind the Final Fantasy series of dense role-playing games. The goal was simple: to extract the gameplay and structure of an RPG like Final Fantasy, and inject it into the light hearted universe of Mario. It worked! Super Mario RPG not only became a cult hit following its release 1996, but spawned two...

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