SNES Review: Super Mario World
Review by: Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Super NES
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Platform
 # of Players: 1-2
 Size: 4 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: Yes

 Release Date:
 US: Aug 17, 1991

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Final Score:
9.5/10

Back in the summer of 1991, a new Nintendo system was coming out. It was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. The system was packed with a Mario game, called Super Mario World. This game was another Mario sidescroller which was amazing.

Here's a funny fact: Did you know most of Nintendo systems were launched with a Mario game?

The story started like this. Princess Toadstool was captured yet again by Mario's arch-nemesis Bowser. He must rescue the princess, and the story is basically like that. The Koopa-Kids are back and so are most of the enemies in previous Mario games to make it a tough time for Mario to rescue Princess Toadstool.

There were a ton of levels in SMW. About 96 levels in total if you include the secret exits. This game is the first Mario game to feature Yoshi, your beloved dinosaur, there are also 3 other colours of Yoshis, Red, Blue and Yellow including the regular Green. Also there are many secrets waiting to be found in SMW.

Super Mario World is a multiplayer game, but it's taking turns multiplayer. It's bascially using the same file and rotating turns, one person is Mario and the other is Luigi. Both characters are exactly the same, even in size except that Luigi has a green cap. When you defeat a castle at the screen it shows Luigi bashing it down but it says Mario instead of Luigi in the text.

Super Mario World set a new standard for side-scrollers, and even Donkey Kong Country for the SNES doesn't compare to it. It did it in the way Super Mario 64 did.

Super Mario World also introduced the "!" blocks. After the cap switch has been pounded all the dotted blocks of that colour will turn into blocks that you can step on which greatly helps in some levels. That's not all the yellow blocks contain Super Mushrooms and the green blocks contain Cape Feathers, which are also helpful.

The graphics in Super Mario World are cartoonish. The backgrounds in the level looked excellent and each charater looked really cool, unlike the old NES Mario games.

The sound effects and music are great, and sound really cool. Most of the sound effects and tunes are re-mixed from the NES Mario games. But they sound much cooler.

The gameplay is great and there is excellent response from the Super NES Control Pad. A good strategy is to always hold the Y button so you're always running and hit the B for jump when needed. For the second time Mario can fly, he can fly by running and jumping up when he has the Cape Feather, similar to the way Mario flies in SMB3.

Super Mario World doesn't disappoint. This is probably the best game on the Super NES. It might not be the best Mario game ever probably Super Mario 64 takes that place of that. Most of the people probably missed this game that belongs in every Super NES game collection. SMW was out of stock for the last few years until Nintendo re-released a few months ago, so now everyone can get a hand on Super Mario World.

-- Hairball (hairball@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Super Mario World is perhaps the best Mario sidescroller of all-time. The graphics may look a bit simple but they are way cool. This is the game that left the NES behind.