Super Mario World Review - Virtual Console

Super Mario World Review - Virtual Console
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A 2D Platforming Masterpiece - Super Mario World Review

There was a time when gamers thought no game could match what Super Mario Bros. 3 brought to the table. That game featured some of the best platforming gameplay of its time, and it proved that Mario was a gaming mascot to be reckoned with. When the Super Nintendo launched, Super Mario World was packed in with the console, and gamers got the chance to experience an all-new Mario adventure that would become a classic as the years went by.

Super Mario World Storyline (3 out of 5)

The cast of Super Mario World.

Like the Mario games before it, Super Mario World’s plot is very straightforward and revolves around Bowser’s kidnapping of Princess Toadstool. That had been the tale for years, and it has been the tale for subsequent games in the series to this day. This time, however, Mario and Luigi are also out to help the inhabitants of Dinosaur Land, who were trapped by Bowser, his henchmen, and his Koopalings.

Super Mario World Gameplay (5 out of 5)

Super Mario World features even more solid platforming in the Mario universe.

Super Mario Bros. 3 was lauded for its clever platforming, inventive level design, and colorful graphics. Super Mario World takes all of those elements and creates an experience that feels brand new while staying true to the Mario formula. You guide Mario from left to right, from right to left, up, and down. The levels are big and feature numerous enemies and pitfalls. And while Super Mario World is definitely challenging, it never feels unfair or cheap. In other words, if Mario falls to his death, it’s not due to poor level design.

This wouldn’t be a Mario game without some cool power-ups, though, and Super Mario World features a number of items for the plumber to utilize. Aside from the standard Mushroom and Fire Flower power-ups, Mario can also collect new items. With the Cape Feather, Mario dons a cape and can fly in the air and get to hard-to-reach areas. There’s also the P-Balloon, which bloats Mario up and allows him to float in the air for a short period of time.

Quite possibly the biggest addition to the Mario franchise came in the form of a green dinosaur named Yoshi. The now-popular character made his debut in Super Mario World and had a number of unique abilities. Depending on his color, Yoshi could fly, spit out fireballs, or pound the ground, in the process taking out any nearby enemies. Yoshi just added more to what was already an excellent package in Super Mario World.

Graphics and Sound (5 out of 5)

Mario once again utilizes various power-ups.

When it launched, Super Mario World was praised for its colorful visuals and awesome soundtrack. Even as the years went by and the SNES became an again system, Super Mario World still featured some of the best graphics of its time. It should come as no surprise then that this title still looks great to this day. The varied color palette, great character sprites, and unique level design have all made it through the years without a hitch, and there’s a great sense of artistry in Super Mario World’s graphics. Not surprisingly, the sound holds up well too, and Super Mario World’s soundtrack is memorable, catchy, and very enjoyable to listen to.

Lasting Value (4 out of 5)

Super Mario World uses an overworld map, much like Super Mario Bros. 3.

Super Mario World features seven massive worlds each with their own set of challenging levels. The game features a save feature, and it’s a good thing too, because you’ll want to go back and play through your favorite levels all over again. Additionally, there are hidden exits in some stages as well as bonus levels to unlock. For 800 Wii Points, you can bet you’re getting your money’s worth.

Super Mario World Review - Overall Score (5 out of 5)

Yoshi made his debut in Super Mario World and from there went on to become one of the series' most popular characters.

If for some reason you’ve never played Super Mario World, there’s no reason for you not to download it. This is a game that can easily be enjoyed by platform game fans as well as gamers who prefer other genres. There’s just so much charm in this game that it’s hard not to recommend it to gamers. There’s a lot to see and do in Super Mario World, and those who download this title will have the chance to either relive their retro memories or experience one of the most iconic games in the Mario series.