Request RPG Elements in SMBC

Discussion in 'Characters' started by Scorpion42, Apr 4, 2012.


How would you like to see RPG elements implemented into SMBC?

  1. As character-specific gameplay

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  2. As a gamemode

  3. No RPG in my SMBC, FOAD.

  1. Scorpion42

    Scorpion42 Level 6: Lakitu

    So far we've tried to stay away from them.

    When I'm talking about RPG elements, I'm first of all talking about building up your character to make them more and more powerful.

    It's sort of there. As you progress through the game, you collect power-ups that make your character stronger or give them new abilities. But the reason I don't think they count is because once you die, you lose everything, and you have to start over from scratch. Unless you find a Fire Flower, of course, but I don't really understand how that works.
    The characters that had RPG elements in their own games don't have them in this one. The result is that they have a ridiculous amount of power-ups and the loss from dying is that much bigger. In their own games, they would respawn with their items. Here, everything is gone.

    Some characters had health in their games. Not initially an RPG element. But once you can increase the amount of health you have, like in Legend of Zelda by finding a piece, or in Simon's Quest by levelling up, it plays into the theme of growing stronger, and thus becomes an RPG element.
    In SMBC health is, once again, sort of there, but in a different form. You take a hit, and normally you die, but if you have a Super Mushroom you just lose that and have to take another hit to bite the dust. It's not an rpg element because even though you have to find a mushroom to be able to withstand more than one hit, you can't collect more than one, and can't do anything to collect more than one. It's a constant variable, whereas in RPGs you increase your variables, grow stronger.

    In Legend of Zelda and Simon's Quest, you can buy stuff from vendors using a currency (Fun fact: the currency additionally acts as ammunition for some weapons in both games) The vendors sell either ammo, some of which can also be dropped by monsters, items such as healing potions that only work once, or more permanent items like weapons or upgrades (Things that make your character stronger). The last category have been turned into power-ups in SMBC, the first one is dropped by fallen enemies, and the middle one is not present for several reasons.
    In both Legend of Zelda and Simon's Quest, money is most easily aquired by grinding. In fact, in Simon's Quest grinding is the only method possible for getting hearts. In Legend of Zelda you at least had the option to, for instance, play The Money-Making Game. Or maybe you knew the locations of the friendly Moblins. This, among other things, makes it the better game.
    Because grinding is tiring and time-consuming.

    Just to clarify, what I consider grinding is not simply killing monsters to get stuff. It's killing constantly spawning monsters to get stuff. In Metroid and Mega Man, for instance, you get health and ammo by killing monsters. So you can leave and go back to the area to kill the same monsters over and over until you have full health. In Castlevania you get items from monsters and candles, and if you ascend some stairs to the next floor and then go back, any monsters and candles you destroyed will have respawned. You can use this to stock up on hearts before fighting Dracula, for instance.
    In SMBC no monsters respawn (Except podoboos maybe), but there are levels where they spawn endlessly. The Cheep Cheep levels, Bullet Bill levels, levels with Bullet Bill Blasters and levels with Lakitu. These can be used for grinding for ammo and 1-ups (for Mario and Luigi). In the original SMB you could also grind for lives using the 1-up trick, but that's a feature that has been taken out of SMBC, even though it grew to be intentional in the Lost Levels and All-Stars.

    The second defining feature (in my opinion) of an RPG is that it has some degree of non-linearity. At first sight, some might say that SMB is strictly linear. Hell, with classic scrolling on you can't even go back!
    But the fact is that very early in 1-1 you come to a crossroad. You can either go down the pipe to get lots of coins and, more importantly, faster to the end of the level, or you can stay on the surface and get more powerups before you reach the end. Using Warp Zones, you can skip over a lot of the game. You can reach and defeat Bowser either as small, Super or Fire Mario, and either by blasting him with Fireballs or using the Axe. You have many options when it comes to playing the game.
    Legend of Zelda is an even better example. People do Swordless runs, where they try to reach Ganon without using the sword, and 3-Heart runs, which is the same but the only restriction being to not collect any heart pieces along the way. Hell, some people have even done 3-heart swordless runs! In Simon's Quest, you don't have to be full level beat the game, and the Metroid series is well-known for it's minimalist runners.
    In Mega Man, however, you have to beat all 8 Robot Masters before you can proceed to Wily's Stage, and whenever you beat a Robot Master, you get their weapon whether you like it or not. So even though it has a theme of growing stronger, it's still not an RPG.

    So I guess my definition of an RPG-video game is not that you Play a Role in the Game.
    It's that you can build up your character to make them stronger, but you don't have to.

    Introducing RPG elements into SMBC, either in the form of a character or a game mode, might make a good game. SMB is that kind of game where it's linear in that there is only one direction, but non-linear in that there are several paths to the goal. Additionally, opportunities for grinding are very rare. Not only can you choose to skip upgrades or levels to finish the game in a harder or faster way, you might do it by accident or not even knowing it if you don't know the game very well, so even if you finish the game once there are still several other different ways to play it. If upgrades were hidden in the levels, or sold by Mushroom Retainers at the end of worlds, then if you used warps or other shortcuts you might miss them and play the game in a different way than you maybe intended. In another playthrough, you might get the item you missed last time but forget another one. If you didn't have enough money to afford the item for sale because you chose the surface instead of the underground shortcut filled with coins in 1-1, then you would have to be more thorough when playing through the following levels if you were to be able to afford it when reaching the next vendor. If you skipped over alot of the game, you would earn less experience, putting you at a lower level when facing the final boss than you could've been, meaning you'd have less abilities or hits to take before you'd die.

    However, SMBC is very much an arcade game at heart, a game which you can just pick up and start playing without having to put too much thought into it. Introducing RPG-elements would just make it too complicated. But in that case I think we should also take out the ridiculous amounts of powerups some characters have, because they really don't work too well with the current system when there are this many.
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  2. uglyrodent

    uglyrodent Level 9: Spike Top

    I skimmed cause that was really long. This sounds interesting, but I'll have to read it in more detail later to form a full opinion.

    I do want to mention that if getting stronger is an RPG element, than 90% of games of the last couple years would be RPGs :p
  3. Scorpion42

    Scorpion42 Level 6: Lakitu

    Yeah, maybe RPG is the wrong term. However, having an RPG-element does not necessarily make a game an RPG.
    I was kinda inspired by Egoraptors Sequelitis on Megaman, even though, as I explain in the OP, I don't consider Mega Mans upgrades RPG. But hey, I know nothing about Mega Man X so maybe that fits within my scope?
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  4. TheomanZero

    TheomanZero Level 9: Spike Top

    Okay, this is just an idea that popped into my head, and it may not be a good one at all, but I'm saying it anyway:
    Suppose that every time you beat a Bowser at the end of a castle, you pick one of your power-ups (if you have any), and choose to make it permanent for the rest of the game -- you don't lose it when you take damage, and you start each life with it. For mutually exclusive power-ups (Bill's guns, Simon's sub-weapons, Samus' beams, etc.), you would start each life with that one, but could still collect the others as power-ups, which would then replace your permanent one until you died.
    (Example: Simon beats Bowser and chooses the Holy Water to make permanent. Next level he picks up the Boomerang Cross and that becomes his sub-weapon, replacing the Holy Water. Then he dies and has the Holy Water again on his next life.)
    So yeah, that would be a way for characters to get stronger over time, though it would be optional (you could skip the castle levels using Warp Zones). Obviously this would be an alternate game mode, not a replacement for the current one. (And I'm still not sure I want an RPG mode at all.)
    So, does that sound like a workable idea at all?
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  5. Scorpion42

    Scorpion42 Level 6: Lakitu

    How was it in Metroid? Were you able to go get the different beams unlimited times? Or were they gone for good once you collected them from a Chozo statue?
  6. sbq92

    sbq92 Level 9: Spike Top

    The beams can be recollected any number of times.
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  7. Scorpion42

    Scorpion42 Level 6: Lakitu


    But anyway,
    Maybe. It wasn't like that in Castlevania nor Contra, but of course the system should apply to all characters.
    I think there might be better systems, though.
  8. The Master of Blasters.

    The Master of Blasters. Level 2: Koopa

    I like this idea. Exp grinding on goombas FTW?
  9. Rey D

    Rey D Level 12: Super Mod

    *insert NO face*
    I'm fine with adding some RPG elements, but I'm against XP grinding. I don't think any NES game had XP grinding mechanism, by the way. The closest thing I can think about is collecting hearts in Dracula 2, but that was it.
  10. sbq92

    sbq92 Level 9: Spike Top

    Final Fantasy, Elfland, pre-Marsh Cave, 4,000 GP Silver Sword. This was most definitely a place where grinding was necessary.
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  11. Rey D

    Rey D Level 12: Super Mod

    → Aw yes. I meant Platformer NES games.
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  12. Nitron_ZX

    Nitron_ZX Level 5: Spiny

    Getsu fuumaden had XP for the sword at least (though it was maxed out pretty easy through normal play :p )
  13. TheomanZero

    TheomanZero Level 9: Spike Top

    Castlevania Chronicles includes an interview with Igarashi Koji as a bonus feature. In this interview, he said the reason he included an experience system in Symphony of the Night was to allow players who aren't skilled enough to beat the game normally to still make it to the end by grinding until they're powerful enough.
    In other words, grinding is a substitute for skill. If you're skilled enough, you should never need to do it, and it should certainly never be necessary to beat the game. At least, that's what IGA thinks, and I trust him.
  14. Scorpion42

    Scorpion42 Level 6: Lakitu

    You would also gain levels in Dracula 2 (Which isn't actually a sequel to Dracula, but a sequel to Castlevania, so why do you and the japanese call it Dracula 2?) Not to mention Zelda 2. It's interesting how similar they are.
    He's right. Platforming skills are one way to beat the game. It also helps to strategize your equipment.

    Or you can read up on all the exploits on the internet.
  15. Rey D

    Rey D Level 12: Super Mod

    → That's what I meant. Collecting hearts to gain levels.[/quote]

    → The japanese name is "Akumajou Dracula", so the name of the franchise is basically "Dracula", hence "Dracula 2". It's also more sensed than "Castlevania 2" because it's more about Dracula than the castle. Especially in that game.
    Also the subtitle is "Noroi no Fuuin", means "Accursed Seal", which is a lot more accurate to the plot.
  16. Scorpion42

    Scorpion42 Level 6: Lakitu

    You gain levels by collecting hearts? I thought it was by killing things... Oh wait yeah that makes sense.
    Nu-uh! Castlevania 3 is named Akumajou Densetsu in Japan, so Akumajou (Devil's Castle) is just as important.
    The first two GameBoy Castlevania games are named Dracula Densetsu, and that kinda defeats my argument doesn't it.
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  17. TheomanZero

    TheomanZero Level 9: Spike Top

    The Japanese Castlevania titles are full of inconsistency (the series title has gone between "Akumajou Dracula", just "Dracula", just "Akumajou", and even briefly "Kyassuruvania") and overloaded titles (five games all called "Akumajou Dracula", known in the West as "Castlevania", "Vampire Killer", "Haunted Castle", "Castlevania Chronicles", and "Super Castlevania IV"). I wouldn't touch it with a ten-foot pole.
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  18. Rey D

    Rey D Level 12: Super Mod

    Anyway, I think that Simon's Quest is the only game that makes you gain level when you reach a certain amount of ammo-currency, right?
  19. Nitron_ZX

    Nitron_ZX Level 5: Spiny

    SQ it actually doesn't use the hearts as exp, it's a separate thing, dependent on the enemy killed. plus they don't all give exp IIRC.
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  20. Scorpion42

    Scorpion42 Level 6: Lakitu

    Wait, I remember clearly gaining a level after collecting 100 hearts. You flash and regain all your health, right?

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