Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is, in some strange ways, a sequel to Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. That game was developed by Square in 1996, while Hoops was developed by Square Enix in 2006. Where Seven Stars took inspiration from Final Fantasy, Hoops included FF characters like Moogles, Cactuars, and White and Black Mages. It had some problems, but it was interesting nonetheless.
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (2006)