Welcome back to Save File plays SMRPG. Last time, Mario got the crap kicked out of him in Rose Town by a doll. I don’t really know how that works, but it happened! YOU ALL SAW IT. Said doll then came to life and walked right out the front door. We should probably so something about that.
Mario wakes up in the Inn. I guess they dragged him upstairs somehow.
MUSIC: Here’s Some Weapons
Gaz: It was amazing, mom! I just saw Geno walk into the forest! Neat, huh?
Gaz’s Mom: Yes, dear. That’s nice, dear… And isn’t Geno the one who broke my lamp the other day?
Gaz: Awww, Ma, that was just, well, you know… now THIS WAS REAL! I SWEAR, Mom, REALLY! It’s true! I SAW HIM outside!
Gaz’s Mom: All right, Gaz, let’s hear it! What are you trying to get out of this time, hmmm?
Gaz: Mom, I didn’t DO anything. I really, TRULY saw Geno walking into the forest!
Gaz: Geno… doesn’t know his own strength!
We can now head to the Forest Maze.
Alternatively, HERE is a badass acapella version of the Forest Maze music by Smooth McGroove.
There’s a hidden chest containing a Kerokerocola right in the first area of the maze. You can also see a mushroom up there…
You can pick them up, but be careful, as some of them turn into monsters.
The next area has a Wiggler. You can jump on them, and if you do it right, Mario bounces, and you get a coin. If you can do it enough times, you’ll start getting Big Coins (worth 10 coins), and apparently Frog Coins as well. Unfortunately, it’s really tricky, and I can never pull it off. The tree trunk with a spotlight on it doubles as a pipe that the party needs to head down.
So here are 2 new enemies the, uh… bee… (I don’t remember what it’s called, I think I have it in another screenshot though). It has a regular attacks, as well as Thornet, which as you can see here poisons characters. Poison is more of a nuisance than anything. It also turns characters purple, which makes Mallow kind of look like grape taffy. The Mushroom enemies are called Amanitas, and they have a physical attack, as well as another annoying attack that I’ll show off later.
I don’t think I showed off the NokNok Shell. Mario just tosses it up and then kicks it at an enemy.
The Amanita’s attack consist of it turning its mushroom cap upwards at a party member. It just makes them look like they’re grinning, to me.
…will turn a party member into a mushroom. When a mushroom, characters can’t do anything. They restore a piddly amount of HP per turn, but that’s about it. Definitely one of the more annoying status effects in the game.
Heading upwards, we run into some more enemies. The Guerilla is somewhat of a cameo (looks familiar, doesn’t he?). Hits hard, and has a lot of HP. The Wiggler is an enemy from Super Mario World. It has a physical attack, can raise its own attack power, and also can cast Sand Storm, which is a full-party attack and also causes the Fear status, which suuuuucks.
He’ll then launch you back above ground.
And a new path has magically appeared! Video game logic.
So there’s a Save Box in the next area, which means that something big is probably coming up.
There’s also a hidden chest that has a Red Essence in it. Red Essence are basically the best items in the game. They make a character invincible for 3 turns. However, by virtue of being perhaps the best item in the game (and there are only a limited amount), I’ll probably never use them because I’ll be thinking “Well… what if I need them in the NEXT fight?” Video game logic.
The next area is the “maze” part of the Forest Maze. There are 4 paths and a ton of enemies. For now though, Geno is only one step ahead of us, and we just have to follow him.
I really have absolutely no idea what this enemy is supposed to be, but it’s called an Octovader.
Bowyer: For cover they run, nya! FUN this is, yes. Nya! Another 1,000 will I shoot!
GOOD GOD. Look at that mug!
Good lord, that face is TERRIFYING.
Mallow takes a dive, but at least he’s trying.
MUSIC: Fight Against an Armed Boss
So here’s Geno, our new party member. His only special attack right now is the Geno Beam, which we’ll see in a bit. He doesn’t have any equipment, so his unarmed attack is just rocket blasting his fist at an enemy.
So here’s this fight’s gimmick: Bowyer can lock out a command. Commonly, it will be whichever one you were using most. In most cases, that will be your regular attacks.
Geno Beam in action.
The results of a Super Jump from Mario.
Mallow’s HP Rain spell.
Here’s a better shot of Static E.
And eventually, Bowyer explodes into a shower of Coins.
Pretty good reward. Flower Box is the next step up in the Hierarchy, and ups the party’s max FP by 5 points.
: Why are you staring at me? You know I’m more than just a doll, don’t you? Have you guessed the truth? I’m a visitor from above, and this is a form I’m borrowing briefly.
: You mean, like, from the sky or something?
: Higher than that, I’m afraid! Do you two know anything about the “Star Road?” Completely in the dark, eh? Well, it’s a big mess up there right now, and it concerns you too! Let me explain… You’ve heard of wishing upon a shooting star? At the “Star Road,” your wish is transformed into a star. When it’s granted, it then turns into a shooting star and falls down to earth. So you see, the Star Road plays an integral role in granting wishes. But ever since a sword destroyed the “Star Road,” everything’s come to a halt. No stars have been made since. The way things stand, yours is a world where wishes can’t come true anymore.
: That’s “STAR ROAD,” my fluffy little friend. Yes, that star is a broken piece of the Star Road. I’m here to find them all and repair the Star Road. The broken Star Pieces… There are 7 all together. For peace to return… we must get rid of Smithy, find the Star Pieces, and repair the Star Road.
MUSIC: Got a Star Piece
I think Mario should be a little insulted by that. We could have had TWO MARIOS in our party! Or Bowser or Toadstool! I think we might have gotten shafted. (That’s a lie, Geno is awesome.)
Things are definitely looking up!