Star Hill – Super Mario RPG Ep. 15

Well, hello there. Welcome back to Save File Plays Super Mario RPG! Last time, we managed to break up Booster and Toadstool’s wedding, and saw Mario get a kiss on the cheek from Bowser. We then battled the Lovecraftian horror that was Bundt. Now that all that is said and done, Toadstool is in the party’s possession, and it’s time to take her back to Mushroom Kingdom. Though… there’s something else to do in Marrymore first.

MUSIC: The Merry Mary Bell Rings

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I think it’s time to check out that suite everyone keeps going on about.

Innkeeper: We here at the Marrymore Hotel are offering a very special deal for a limited time only. If you choose to stay in our lovely deluxe suite, you shall receive a once in a lifetime gift!

Well, sign me right the heck up!

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Innkeeper: Sir, this is the gift we promised you upon selection of the suite. We hope you will enjoy it.

It’s a Flower Tab. I’ll take it!

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Wow, pretty good service.

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Uh…

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Oh.

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Ah, whatever. Why the heck not?

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Hmmm… he said to ring the bell for service, right??

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How about a drink?

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Dang, I think this is the only place in the game that you can buy Kerokero Colas. At least for now. I mean, we’re here, we may as well splurge, right?

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Cool, thanks!

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Uh…

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I SAID “Thanks.”

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OKAY, THIS IS GETTING AWKWARD.

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GET THE HELL OUT OF MY ROOM!!!

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THERE. Now Mario can shower in peace!

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WHOA. Maybe Mario should have turned the water down a bit.

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Dang.

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Oh, well. Time for some shut-eye!

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Ah, much better!

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You know, it’s okay. Mario’s had it rough lately.

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What’s a few…

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more…

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nights?

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Innkeeper:  ONE NIGHT! I’ll have to receive 100 coins for each night you have extended your stay. Wait a minute,,, you’re broke! I have no choice but to make you work for the remaining amount!

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WELP.

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Guest:  Hey, you’re mighty handy around here. You deserve a tip. Go on, take it!

30 Coin tip. Not bad!

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Dang. There’s a chance you can get another Flower Tab from doing this, but I don’t really think it’s worth it. Mario’s broke now, but you make money so quickly in this game that it doesn’t really matter. It’s a far, far cry from Legend of Legaia in that sense.

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Now when we leave Marrymore, the game automatically makes Mario travel to Mushroom Kingdom. Oh well, let’s get it over with.

MUSIC: Hello Happy Kingdom

But first, let’s check in with our hidden friend!

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Invisifriend:  The Chancellor’s been worrying since you left. Come see me later!

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Toadstool: I’m finally home! And with Mario… and some wonderful… new friends! They saved my life.
Toad: Let’s go find the Chancellor.
Toadstool: Lead on! Come on, Mario. We mustn’t keep the Chancellor waiting!

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Chancellor: I’m a nervous wreck!
Toadstool: I know I’ve worried everyone… But I’m fine! I can take care of myself… With a little help from Mario!
Chancellor: Come, everyone! Let’s get out of this drafty doorway!

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Toadstool: But… you MUST tell me one thing! How on earth can you trust… Bowser?
Chancellor: Trust… Bowser? What ARE you talking about?!

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Toadstool: Chancellor! Listen, everyone, RELAX! Mario’s got things under control!

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I actually really like this picture. Mallow’s got the whole “I’ve got you, bro” thing going on, while Mario is giving Bowser some space.

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Mallow: …the others can add their comments along the way! The Princess, Bowser, and Mario were thrown in different directions after a terrible explosion… Something HUGE crashed through the Star Road high above Bowser’s place… and…

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Mallow: Right into Bowser’s Keep!

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Mallow: Now Bowser’s Keep has been taken over by monsters who work for some creep named “Smithy.”
Bowser: They’ve thrown me out of my own… I mean… I decided to take a vacation! They can’t DO this to me! Anyways, I was working on a plan to get my house back, when… Mario walked up to me and BEGGED me to let him join the Koopa Troop! I had no choice but to let him in. It was pathetic.
Toadstool: It’s okay, Mario. we know Bowser’s stretching the truth a little! And… Mallow… how about you? Why are you traveling with Mario?
Mallow: Well, because Mario’s helping me find my real home… and my parents… That’s why we’re on the road together.

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Uh… it’s actually not. It’s kind of NICE that Mario is helping him out. Geez.

Toadstool: I hope you find your real parents soon! And… um, Geno… was it? Why are you and Mario…
geno: The Star Road is destroyed. I’m here to fix it. Mario is helping me search for the Star Pieces. I need them to rebuild the road…
Toadstool: Star… Pieces?
Mallow: The Star Road grants our wishes! Unless we find all the Star Pieces and fix the Star Road, we can kiss our dreams goodbye!
Toadstool: WHAT?! This is dreadful news! Awful! Horrible…! Isn’t it?

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geno: Say Bowser kidnapped you. Without the aid of the Star Road, you’d probably never be rescued!
Bowser: Actually, that sounds pretty GOOD to me! Let’s just forget about these… Star… things!
Toadstool: Great, Bowser. Then you can just kiss your precious “Keep” goodbye!
Bowser: HUH?! WHAT?! Huh? Let’s see. If Mario can’t find the stars… Toadstool will be MINE! But I won’t get my Keep back… unless Mario finds that stars! So if I want my Keep back… we need those star things, but… Huh?! Run that past me again!

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Toadstool: I just don’t think I could take a world without wishes… We need to go and find those Star Pieces, NOW!
Chancellor: Princess! You CAN’T be serious! You’re NOT thinking of joining them, ARE YOU? This is sheer madness… You’re a Princess! What will people say?!

She’s a Princess. She can do whatever she pleases.

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Toadstool: I’m tired… I think I need to lie down in my room for awhile.

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Chancellor: Now then! Thanks to Mario, the Princess is back. I now declare this date to be known forever, as… Hey, wait a minute! You don’t suppose… could it have been this “Smithy” who attacked our Kingdom? I fear we have no cause to rejoice. In fact, Mario, we must ask you for yet another favor. Please… on behalf of all of us, you MUST defeat Smithy… It is the only way we shall ever live in peace again.

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Well, I guess it’s time to head out.

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Buh?

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THAT IS NOT HOW PHYSICS WORK!

Toadstool: Please, Mario! Take me along with you, please! Don’t worry. Grandma helped me through this one, so no one will ever notice that I’m gone! So… let’s go find us a star! Hmm… But I wonder where it could be. I have absolutely no idea! Do you?
Mallow: Mario!

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Toadstool: What should we do?
Mallow: We should ask Grandpa! My Grandpa should know!
Toadstool: Okay then! Let’s do it!

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Well, the narrator seems pretty pumped about it.

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For some reason, a Mario/Toadstool/Bowser party is amusing to me. Maybe because they’re the true “Mario” characters, while Mallow and Geno were created for this game.

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Anyway, Toadstool comes equipped with the Slap Glove and the Polka Dress. She’s also 1~2 levels behind the rest of the party. She is very much the “White Mage” archetype, as she joins with 2 spells. A single-target heal spell, “Therapy,” and a group heal spell, “Group Hug.” Basically, Toadstool breaks the game wide open, as it’s pretty much impossible to die with her in the party. To people who say this game is too easy (and it is actually pretty easy), try playing it without any of the game-breaking equipment, and without using Toadstool in your party.

That’s my Toadstool rant. Let’s get back to the game.

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So like Mallow said, let’s hit up Tadpole Pond and talk to Frogfucius to figure out our next destination.

MUSIC: Grandpa and the Delightful Tadpoles

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frogfucius: A large star has been sighted on “Star Hill.”

SWEET. SMELL YA LATER!

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(You actually have to do that to open up the next area)

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I’m also making a quick pit stop at Booster Pass. If you remember, about 2 updates ago, I stepped on a switch in Booster Tower that said “Go check out Booster Pass!” So… I’m finally doing that.

MUSIC: The Road is Full of Dangers

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IT MADE A CAVE MAGICALLY APPEAR!

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What? Spikeys? Seriously?

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Apprentice: If I beat you, they’ll make me Snifit 4! If I’m lucky!

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He is not lucky.

Fun fact though, if you can manage to lose to him (I’ve done it before, by doing a deliberate low-level run, and removing all armor and weapons before battling him), he actually DOES become Snifit 4. All that means is that he wears black, and stands guard outside Booster’s room at the top of the Tower. You can also lose to more apprentices, and create more Snifits. I think I’ve managed to get like 4 or 5 more Snifits.

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This is the real reward for hitting that switch though, not crushing the dreams of a young apprentice. Which is still pretty awesome, regardless.

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ALL RIGHT! TO STAR HILL!

MUSIC: The Starlight’s Flower

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…it’s very blue.

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So to get through Star Hill, you need to turn on the Star Flowers. There’s about 4-5 in every area. When you activate them, the Star Gate opens up, and you can proceed.

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geno: Some wishes that haven’t been granted yet are falling because the Star Road was destroyed. Frogfucius mentioned hearing about a Star Piece on this hill. Let’s see if we can find it!

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The little stars on the ground that have smiles can be interacted with. They’re actually wishes! I’m able to figure out most. This one is obviously Frogfucius, and is actually a hint towards a little side quest later on.

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Of course, new area means new enemies! The Sackits are super fast, getting to go before anyone in the party. They usually just run away. The lizards are Geckos, and the adorable mole looking things are MukuMukus.

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The Princess’s Slap Glove acts exactly as advertised. Slap/backhand/slap.

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Pulsars have an auto-kill move that activates if you don’t kill them in one attack. But it’s pretty easy to defend against.

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I feel like these wishes are probably Raz and Raini’s.

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Er, this one… um…

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Mallow: C’mon, our quest for the Star Pieces is important! Everyone’s counting on us! We’ve got to hurry!

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It’s cool, Mallow.

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The Mastadoom is just THE MOST METAL ENEMY IN THE GAME.

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Of course, being undead, it’s super weak to Fire.

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Well, that’s the first area down. No Star Piece yet.

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This is from Toadofsky, whom we haven’t talked to yet.

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Bowser snags a level as I battle my way through Star Hill.

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Mallow: It’s from my mom and dad. They’re wishing for me to come home!

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MUSIC: Sad Song

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Mallow: Come on, Mario. We’ve got a busy schedule to keep. I’ll make you eat dust if you don’t hurry!

That’s the right attitude to have, Mallow!

MUSIC: The Starlight’s Flower

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Mario snags himself a level.

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Don’t mind if I do!

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Toadstool just gained 13 HP in one level. That is MASSIVE for this game.

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Mallow also gains a level!

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Chef Torte!

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…Belome? Shouldn’t he be dead?

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Locke: That’s right, TREASURE HUNTER! I’m not some two-bit thief!

Locke Cole from Final Fantasy VI (Easter egg!)

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Hrmm, that’s area 2, still no Star Piece.

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Hey, remember when the Mario Bros were supposed to be plumbers?

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Geno yells at you if you try to leave without finding the Star Piece.

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Oh, hey, there it is. It’s just… sitting there? No enemies? No boss fight?

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How… anti-climactic.

MUSIC: Got a Star Piece

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Well, whatever, I guess! I won’t complain.

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More than halfway done!

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Oh hey, a new town! I salivate at the thought of all the new equipment.

MUSIC: Here’s Some Weapons

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Oh, uh… hmmm.

I guess the Inn would be the best first stop.

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Why… why is he standing on the desk? Oh well, free lodging, can’t complain!

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See ya on the flip side!

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…WHAT THE HELL?!

NEXT TIME: Something’s Fishy in Seaside Town! (HAHAHAHAHahahaAHBLAUGAHLGHALHBLAHG I hate myself for that pun)

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