Pipe Vault – Super Mario RPG Ep. 10

Welcome back to SMRPG! Last time, we ended up getting my personal favorite character, Geno! We also got another star piece, and figured out what the story is with them. They seem… they seem kind of important, huh? So from here on out, our two goals are as follows:

  1. Find Princess Toadstool
  2. Find all the Star Pieces
  3. Kick Smithy’s arse

That seems manageable, right? Well, now that we’ve gotten rid of Bowyer, Rose Town should be all cleared up. Let’s see if that’s the case, shall we?

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Well, this is MUCH better!

MUSIC: Rose Town

And what a tune!

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Oh, yeah, it’s not like he’s standing in front of you or anything.

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Gaz: Mommy! SEE, mom? THIS is the Geno I was talking about!
Gaz’s Mom: My, my, what a fabulous costume! It must be kind of hot for the person wearing it, though.
Gaz: Awww, forget it, mom. All right, Geno, let’s play!
geno: How I wish I could! But Mario and I must leave now to find… the missing Star Pieces.
Gaz: Star Pieces? You mean like shooting stars? What for?
geno: Well… How can I explain this… Well, Gaz… It’s like this…

geno: This is how it used to be…

geno: Do you get it?
Gaz: Uh uh… NOPE! You lost me.
geno: Well, let’s just say that if things stay the way they are, your wishes will never come true.
Gaz: WHAT?! So you mean even if I grow up, I won’t ever be strong and cool like you?
geno: No one’s wishes will come true until the Star Pieces are found and the Star Road repaired. Which is why I have chosen to join these two in order to find the missing Star Pieces.
Gaz: So that’s it…! Well, Mario needs all the help he can get!


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Mallow: It’s not worth it, man! He’s just a minor!

geno: That’s a promise!
Gaz: COOL! Oh, wait a minute! This is yours, Geno, so take it along with you!

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geno: Thanks for being a good sport, Gaz. I’ll see you when I get back.

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The Finger Shot is a weapon for Geno, which increases his Attack by 12. Definitely a welcome boost, since he has no equipment yet. I also toss the Fearless Pin on him because it offers the best stat boosts, +3 to both defenses.

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Here are his stats, by the way. Geno is basically the quintessential glass cannon. Hits like a truck, but takes damage like tissue paper.

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We have some new destinations, but I’m going to make a quick pit stop in the Forest Maze.

MUSIC: Beware the Forest’s Mushrooms

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The Finger Shot in action.

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When we hit the maze portion, we got a hint a few episodes ago to find something “nice.” I don’t remember it off the top of my head, but I definitely did it right while I was playing! (Left, left, straight, right, I think)

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OH BABY. The total haul here is 3 Flowers, 2 Frog Coins, and a full heal Mushroom. Not too shabby, and totally worth it for a 5 minute detour.

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Let’s check out the Pipe Vault though, shall we?

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If you guess that we would be going down a pipe, HOT DAMN, you are a genius!

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MUSIC: From Inside the Earthen Pipe

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I think I may have said this in the very first update, those fireballs are adorable. Sparkys are fast, can use Drain, and have a regular physical attack. They also have stupidly low defense and are easily killed.

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Mario gains a level after that fight. We only gained 2 exp, so I guess he was very close.

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Yeah, they look pretty cool.

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There… are Goombas here. There’s nothing special about them. They’re just regular old Goombas. I have no idea why they’re here. Just a design decision, I guess.

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There’s also a Thwomp! We can’t fight the Thwomp.

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We CAN jump on its head though!

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It ends pretty poorly.

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We also run into one of the oldest enemies of Mario Lore… the Piranha Plant.

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As you can see…

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They can take one hell of a beating. That’s right, it takes all 3 characters just to put down one of them.

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And the rewards are far less than stellar. Totally not worth it.

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The next area has some nice treasure, so I’ll just show that off quickly.

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3 Frog Coins, 5 Regular Coins, and 1 Flower. Very nice.

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Okay, I guess it WAS worth it.

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Er… “Goomba thumping,” you say?

Sign me up! I guess…

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You can farm Flower Tabs here too, just keep beating your past score by 1 each time. After awhile though, it’ll get pretty difficult.

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Those white flowers are jerks. If you land on them, you’ll lose some coins.

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I’ve also been hoarding Flower Tabs/Jars/Boxes. I’m already more than 1/3 of the way to max FP.

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And with that, we reach the other end!

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There’s also a hidden Frog Coin behind the Save Box.

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Now… where does this path lead?

MUSIC: Welcome! Yo’ster Island!!

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Unfortunately, we can’t talk to any of them. Well, we can, but we can’t understand them.

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Except for this guy! This is OUR Yoshi!

Yoshi: Say… now that you’re here, we could use your help. Please talk to a few of my pals here and… What? You can’t understand them? Well, hop aboard, and I’ll be your interpreter!

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Yoshi: Of course!
Pink Yoshi: Here, take my cookies. Good luck! I’m rooting for you!
Yoshi: Thanks! I’ve got MAJOR support on my side, so I can probably win today!

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Boshi: You’ve got yourself a race… One on one!

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What follows is a little racing minigame. Just alternate hitting A & B to the beat of the music, and you’ll have no problem.

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If you need an extra boost, you can hit Y, and Yoshi will gobble down a cookie, causing him to sprint forward. But there’s a pretty long delay, so you can’t really depend on it.

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Pink Yoshi: Starting today, Yoshi’s the new BOSS around HERE!
Boshi: Since WHEN have you been able to spring like that? Well… I had my day in the sun. Let me give you a tip! Race someone SLOW. That way, you’ll be able to stash away the cookies!
Yoshi: But we don’t need a BOSS! Anyway, I just want to race!

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I’ll show off the Yoshi Cookie in battle next time.

NEXT TIME: The Yoshi Cookie! Also, MOLE PEOPLE!

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