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Rhythm Encounter 135 – Super Mario RPGs

Rhythm Encounter 135 Super Mario RPG and Mario & Luigi Characters

It’s-a-us, the Rhythm Encounter crew! With the impending launch of the remaster for the beloved sequel, Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, we decided it was high time to talk about Mario’s illustrious RPG career. Starting with 1996’s Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and extending through the Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario games, the idea of a Mario-based RPG went from an unheard of collaboration between Nintendo and then-Squaresoft to multiple styles of games across several generations of consoles. And, as it turns out, incredibly talented composers are attached to every game’s soundtrack. So strap on your overalls and join us for some of our favorite Mario RPG music!

Featuring: Mike Salbato, Hilary Andreff, Mario Garcia, Jimmy Turner; Edited by Paul Dennis

Links for this episode


World 1 – Dream City
0:08:53 – Dreamy Castle Rendezvous (Yoko Shimomura) – Mario & Luigi: Dream Team 
0:11:25 – Rogueport (Yoshito Hirano and Yuka Tsujiyoko) – Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

World 2 – Mushroom Stomp
0:26:25 – Beware of Forest Mushrooms (Yoko Shimomura) – Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
0:28:31 – Battle (Yoko Shimomura) – Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time

World 3 – And My Name’s Birdo
0:46:42 – ‌Enter Birdo (Yoshito Sekigawa, Shoh Murakami, Yoshiaki Kimura, Hiroki Morishita, and Fumihiro Isobe) – Paper Mario: The Origami King
0:48:39 – This is Booster Tower (Yoko Shimomura) – Super Mario RPG (Remake)

World 4 – Bowser’s Castle 4
1:06:25 – ‌Game Point (Motoi Sakuraba) – Mario Tennis (GBC)
1:08:16 – The Grand Finale (Yoko Shimomura) – Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story
1:30:34 – Mario’s Bonus Track!

Album Links

Since Nintendo generally prefers not to release soundtracks — despite the notable composers involved in these games alone — most of our links for this episode are to unofficial game rips, since that’s what we’ve got!

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Sound Selection (incl. Partners in Time, Bowser’s Inside Story)

Mario Tennis (GBC)

Paper Mario: The Origami King

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door

Super Mario RPG Original Sound Version

Super Mario RPG (Remake)

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Mike Salbato

Mike Salbato

Mike has been with RPGFan nearly since its inception, and in that time has worn a surprising number of hats for someone who doesn't own a hatstand. Today he attempts to balance his Creative Director role with his Editor-in-Chief status. Despite the amount of coffee in his veins, he bleeds emerald green.

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