Star Piece (Super Mario RPG)
- “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.”
- —Geno, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars
Star Pieces are a set of seven star-shaped pieces that make up the Star Road in Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars and its Switch remake. The Star Pieces play a pivotal role in the game, as they are needed in order to restore the broken Star Road and restore the world to normal. When the Star Pieces are first seen falling from the sky at the beginning of the original game, they are shown to be gold. However, all later appearances of the Star Pieces depict them with rainbow colors, presumably to differentiate them from each other.
Near the beginning of the game, Exor penetrates the Star Road prior to landing in the center of Bowser's Keep, thus shattering the road into the seven Star Pieces. The Star Pieces fall from the sky and land in various spots across the world. Mario's quest, in which he is aided by Mallow, Geno, Bowser, and Princess Peach, revolves around finding the seven Star Pieces to repair the Star Road, thus allowing wishes to continue coming true. At the same time, the Smithy Gang is on the hunt for them as well, hoping to prevent the power of wishes from returning, allowing the gang to fill the world with weapons.
Light-blue Star Piece
The first Star Piece lands somewhere near the Mushroom Kingdom. Although its discovery is never really explained, it is most likely found by either Claymorton or a Shymore while Mario and Mallow are pursuing Croco through Bandit's Way. Claymorton's group terrorizes the Mushroom Kingdom while hoarding the Star Piece in the Mushroom Castle throne room until Mario and Mallow arrive and defeat the group. Mario then claims the Star Piece, but he is uncertain as to what purpose it serves.
Green Star Piece
The second Star Piece lands somewhere in the Forest Maze. Geno is the first to learn of its whereabouts and arrives at Rose Town to begin his search, possessing a doll belonging to Gaz in the process. Mario and Mallow choose to follow the doll into the Forest Maze, not knowing where the Star Piece can be. Eventually, they stumble across Bowyer, just as one of his Aero flunkies presents him with the Star Piece that he found. Mario and Mallow aid Geno in defeating Bowyer and agree to join forces, collecting the second Star Piece in the process. However, an Aero witnesses the whole event unnoticed and goes to tell Smithy. Geno then joins Mario in his quest to find the remaining Star Pieces.
Orange Star Piece
The third Star Piece crashes deep within the Mole Mines, triggering a cave-in. The cave-in causes Dyna & Mite, who are playing in the mines at the time, to be trapped. The citizens of Moleville attempt to rescue them but fail. Eventually, Mario's group arrives in Moleville and is informed of what happened. After venturing into the mines and receiving a Bambino Bomb for defeating Croco a second time, Mario's group is able to reach the room where the Star Piece had crashed into the rafters. It is unknowingly guarded by Punchinello, who accidentally frees the Star Piece by setting off a King Bomb, which crushes him upon summoning it. As Mario's group is covered in soot when the King Bomb detonates, the third Star Piece seemingly senses this predicament and restores the trio to its standard appearance after being collected. With the third Star Piece acquired, Mario's group soon finds Dyna & Mite and is able to escape from the mines through the minecart.
Purple Star Piece
The fourth Star Piece lands atop Star Hill. After Mario's group traverses Booster Tower and Marrymore, the group finally rescues Peach from a forced marriage with Booster. After returning Peach to the Mushroom Kingdom, Mario and his allies are stumped, as they have no idea where the next Star Piece can be. Mallow then suggests that they should head to Tadpole Pond and ask if the Frog Sage might know. The Frog Sage hears of the next Star Piece's whereabouts and sends the group to Star Hill to search for it. Mario and his allies eventually find the fourth Star Piece after exploring Star Hill, where it has been left unguarded, and it is easily recovered.
In the remake, the color of this Star Piece is still purple.
Blue Star Piece / Pink Star Piece
The fifth Star Piece plunges into the sea, where it is claimed by Jonathan Jones, if not by his Bandana Reds or Bandana Blues. The eccentric citizens of Seaside Town tell Mario's group of the Star Piece's whereabouts, and the group sets off to Jonathan Jones's Sunken Ship to find it. After traversing the ship, Mario's group finds the Star Piece in the possession of Jonathan Jones, who makes the group fight him for it.
After Mario's group defeats Jonathan Jones and returns to Seaside Town, the village elder and the townspeople reveal their true identity of Speardovich, and he demands for Mario to hand over the newly claimed Star Piece, torturing the real elder if Mario refuses. After giving up the Star Piece, Mario's group confronts Speardovich before he can make his getaway. Jonathan Jones, who had taken a liking to Mario after their duel, blocks Speardovich's escape. After Mario's group defeats Speardovich, Mario regains the Star Piece.
In the remake, the color of this Star Piece has been changed to pink.
Red Star Piece
The sixth Star Piece lands inside Barrel Volcano. Although it remains untouched for a lengthy period of time, the Nimbus of Nimbus Land witnesses the Star Piece falling into the crater. After Mario's group rescues King Nimbus and Queen Nimbus, the group is informed of the Star Piece's whereabouts and drops into Barrel Volcano to search for it. After defeating the Czar Dragon and Zombone, Mario's group finds the Star Piece. Right before Mario gets hold of the Star Piece, Axem Red of the Axem Rangers swipes it. Mario and his allies chase the Axem Rangers out of the volcano in their attempt to get back the Star Piece. Eventually, Mario's group defeats the Axem Rangers atop The Blade, and Mario's group is able to finally claim the sixth Star Piece.
Yellow Star Piece
The seventh Star Piece lands in Bowser's Keep, where it is quickly claimed by the Smithy Gang. After the second Star Piece is recovered by Mario's group, the surviving Aero who witnesses the event informs other members of the Smithy Gang of the Star Pieces and their true potential. Thus, the seventh Star Piece is seemingly branded to the chest of Smithy himself (in the remake, he instead wears it on a necklace). Upon encountering Smithy, Mario's group demands for him to hand over his Star Piece, but he refuses, instead asking the same of the group's Star Pieces. Ultimately, the two sides engage in a fight, with Mario's side coming out the victor. With Smithy defeated, the seventh Star Piece is free from his grasp, and Geno, now in possession of all seven Star Pieces, is able to repair the Star Road.
Names in other languages
|Chinese (Traditional)||星之碎片 (Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS website)
Xīng zhī Suìpiàn
星星碎片 (Super Mario RPG)
|French||Fragment d'étoile||Star fragment|
|Italian||Scheggiastella (Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars)
Frammento stellare (Super Mario RPG)
|Star-shard; same as Paper Mario's Star Pieces|
|Spanish||Estrella fragmento||Star Shard|
- Official Chinese website for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS. Retrieved October 22, 2020.
- 《超級瑪利歐RPG》的最新資訊公開！ | TOPICS | 任天堂(香港)有限公司網站 Nintendo. Retrieved June 21, 2023.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Italian e-manual, pag. 6