Review by Ninja Golf

"Mario sure wishes he could pull some laxative out of the ground, for what looks like his little 'constipation' problem."

PROLOG

You must ask yourself, ''What the hell does that synopsis have to do with the game itself?'' Well, if you own it, or have even seen the box art, it is obvious Mario is going through a hard time in his life. Not only has constipation run him down, but he can't seem to pull the correct cure out of the ground. It is a shame to see trademark characters go through what us humans have to go through. Now, on to the game. Super Mario Advance, an updated version of both Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros., the arcade game. It isn't that much of an update, just a new boss, items, and challenges. But what could Super Mario Advance possibly bring to the table that makes it worth another trip down memory lane?

STORY: 7/10

Mario games aren't much for their story, but Super Mario Bros. 2 was a much different story than the rest of the series. You do not fight Bowser, also known as King Koopa, at all in this game (not in Super Mario Bros. 2, but you do in Mario Bros.), but you fight a new nemesis of Mario, Wart. Super Mario Bros. 2 was a game based on Doki Doki Panic, an unknown game that was about to go nowhere, until Miyamoto decided to take the idea of the game, and replace it with the Mario theme. That was one of the smartest moves, in my opinion, that Nintendo ever did. It introduced some of the coolest enemies I have ever seen. Shy Guy? I think I've said enough.

GAME PLAY: 9/10

Game play is the heart and soul of the Mario series. The Mario series practically reinvented the whole platform genre. The first title, Super Mario Bros., is probably known as the best platformer ever to grace a console. Super Mario Bros. 2 twisted the first games formula into something even as great. Before entering a new level, you get your choice of four characters to play as. You got your Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach, your typical Mario characters. Each of them have stats that make each have advantages over the other character(s). The levels/stages are full of items and enemies to destroy. Most of you know, the way to defeat your enemies in Super Mario Bros. 2 is to throw vegetables, enemies themselves, and other items at the enemies. Super Mario Bros. 2 is probably the only Mario game that you never jump on your enemies to defeat them. What's new to Super Mario Bros. 2 this time around? There a tons of new items, a few altered enemies, a new boss, and two new challenges. One of the challenges is the Ace Coin Challenge. A challenge that places five 'Ace' coins in each level. Of course, you have to collect them, but if you collect every coin in every level, you do not get anything new. The second challenge is the Yoshi's Egg Challenge. This challenge places 2 hard to find eggs of Yoshi in each level. Again, if you collect all of the eggs, you do not get anything new. With twenty levels, Super Mario Bros. 2 leaves a lot of replay value. Mario Bros., the other part of Super Mario Advance, is the area that holds the multi-player. You can either go at it in single-player, or with a group of companions. If you have one game pak (the spelling Nintendo gives it), you can only battle against each other. But, if you have the amount of game paks for the amount of people playing, you can try to beat all fifty levels together. If you never enjoyed Super Mario Bros. 2, Mario Bros. is definitely worth it.

GRAPHICS: 8/10

While great for the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) era, the graphics for the Game Boy Advance version could have been a little updated. Colorful and bright colors, with smooth animations make it easy on the eyes.

SOUND: 7/10

The same music from the older version, with only new voice acting added. The voice acting is good the first time through, but may get repetitive the second time through, that is, if you play it a second time through.

OVERALL: 8/10

NEW! BUY OR RENT: BUY

Portable games are very hard to find to rent, although a lot of places MAY carry them. So it is hard not to say for you to buy the game. The multi-player itself makes it worth the purchase.

EPILOG

Super Mario Advance is the game that makes you realize how ultimately fun and amazing the Game Boy Advance is. Although it could have been easily ported to the Game Boy Color, it is much more place worthy on the Game Boy Advance. The Game Boy Advance, or any Nintendo system, has their place for Mario, and the place for Mario on the Game Boy Advance isn't a disappointment.


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 08/04/01, Updated 08/04/01


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