Originally, this was supposed to be a sequel to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, but when Nintendo and Square had some disagreements, Nintendo decided to change the game so it would have no relation to the Super Mario RPG.
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Game critics were not very receptive to the 2D design of the game's characters, comparing it to Parappa the Rapper. Shigeru Miyamoto publicly defended this design approach explaining that the game was made with amateur gamers in mind.
The game was first shown at the Nintendo Space World '97 show, a former trade show hosted by Nintendo.
Raphael the Raven is noted to be the master of Lavalava Island by one of the Yoshis in the village there. Raphael the Raven also is the name of one of the bosses in Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
The background music in Yoshi's Village contains pieces and remixes of the title theme from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
In Toad Town, there are a pair of characters from the dojo named Lee and Chan. This is in reference to famed martial artists Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
Mr. Moustafa in Dry Dry Outpost sometimes goes by the name Sheek when disguised in robes. This may be a reference to Sheik from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the identity Zelda takes on when she is disguised.
Goombario:Mario, I know all about your adventures around the world. You've been everywhere! And you always get the best of the bad guys. Every time! You're the coolest! I wanna be just like you!
Fuzzy:Meeeeork! Meork! Come and get me if you can! Nyeah, nyeah!
Bombette:I have a little score to settle with those Koopa Bros!
Kooper:I don't even care that I have no shell on! I'm gonna show those Fuzzies what's what!
You ignored all those very scary
Don't you have the common sense
to get scared and run away?
What's wrong with you!?
Bowser: Mario always defeats me... This time I became invincible and I STILL couldn't beat him!
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I... I am delicate!
I'm behaving like a delicate
princess, just like the Ministers
taught me to!
I love to be delicate!♥
Peach: It's still all right, Twink.
Bowser hasn't noticed anything.
He looks scary, but he's
basically a major bonehead.
Let's get out of here. C'mon!
Toad: The slogan of Toad House is...
"Refresh your Body and Soul!"
Would you like to take a nap?
The Master: Hm! You have great hidden strength for one clothed like a plumber.
Connection to Other Media
If you go into a blue home in Koopa Village, there is a radio station called Golden Oldies that can be selected on the radio. The theme that plays on this station is a remix of a segment of the Super Mario World credits theme.
After facing off against Fuzzipede, the Whale makes a reference to Dr. Mario when the Whale says: "Whew! I feel so much better now! They should call you Dr. Mario!"
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