Review by peach freak

"A must have for your GameBoy Advance"

Super Mario Advance 2 is an excellent remake of Super Mario World. When I picked it up, I enjoyed this game a lot, and in my opinion, I preferred this game over the Super Nintendo version. Like Super Mario Advance, there are new features in this game.

Story
One day, Mario, Luigi, and Peach were heading to Dinosaur Land for a vacation on their air balloon. When they landed, Luigi jumped out of the air balloon, he equipped his feather and turned into his Caped form, and gave Mario his feather, and they inspected the island. But when the brothers returned, they found out Peach was missing. Bowser must be at it again...

Graphics: 10/10
The graphics are much improved over the Super Nintendo version. They are colorful and easy to see. Luigi finally has blue overalls instead of purple overalls now. Mario, Peach, and Yoshi look good too, and so do the enemies. The world maps look great, and level backgrounds have been designed well too.

Gameplay: 10/10
The gameplay is the exact same thing as the Super Nintendo version. There are 71 levels, 25 secret exits, where there is still a total of 96 levels. But still, there are many new features in this game. Now Luigi can jump higher, making the game easier. You go through the 71 levels using the Fire Flower, which you can through fireballs at enemy, or the Feather, which can allow you to fly.

And, here is the first game in the Super Mario Advance series where you can use Yoshi too. You can use his tongue to eat some enemies. Eating different Koopa Shells gives him temporary powers. But if you find a non-green Yoshi, that Yoshi has the same powers no matter which Koopa Shells you eat.

Now, Nintendo added 5 Yoshi Coins in every level now. You get a little award for getting 5 Yoshi Coins in each level too. This time, they also save your current score, and you can save at any level now, without clearing a Castle, Ghost House, or Switch Palace to save. Just like Super Mario Advance, Nintendo put in the Mario Brothers Arcade.

Sound Effects: 10/10
There are new sound effects in this game. Mario and Luigi can talk now, and their voices are very good. Yoshi sounds good, the sound effect of going down a pipe sounds decent, and stomping on enemies have a good sound effect. Mario and Luigi have a good sound effect when they jump.

Music: 10/10
Ok, compare the GameBoy Advance's audio to the Super Nintendo's. What do you get? Remixed music! Some of the big name remixes are Vanilla Dome, Forest of Illusion, and Valley of Bowser. There is new music too. On the screen where you select Super Mario World or Mario Brothers, the music there sounds good. The other new music is very good too. For the level music, the music sounds good and the music of Mario/Luigi being invincible is good.

Replayability: 10/10
It's fun playing this game again! When you replay this game, you could try collecting all the Yoshi Coins, or clear all 96 exits. You can make a better record for how many lives you have left, or try to improve your score. So don't ditch this game when you beat it, there's a lot to do.

Mario Brothers Arcade

Graphics: 10/10
The graphics have been much improved over the original. The graphics in this game are colorful and easy to see, and Mario looks good. The enemies and backgrounds have a nice design too.

Gameplay: 8/10
This is pretty much straightforward gameplay. To defeat an enemy, you must get below the ledge they're on, then knock them over by hitting them under the ledge they're on, then get on the ledge and kick him into the water. To beat the phase, you must defeat all the *main* enemies in that phase. Some of the phases are Bonus Games, where you can get an extra life by collecting all the coins at the Bonus Game. There are only a small selection of enemies though. Also, when you quit the game, it has an automatic save feature, if you got a higher phase or score and you quit, it still will count.

Also, there is a multiplayer option in this game, where you need a GameBoy Advance Link Cable and Super Mario Advance 1, 2, this game, or 4. You can choose to play cooperative play in Classic Mode, where you play the phases together. Or face off in Battle Mode, where you must collect 5 coins to win. When playing 2 Player Battle Mode, there is a Garbage Can, where you can go in and grab in item. To gain coins, you must defeat enemies, and coins will come out of the pipe for each enemy defeated. Or on 3-4 player Battle Mode, there is no Garbage Can, where you just collect the coins. You can have 2-4 players in either Classic or Battle Mode.

Sound Effects: 10/10
The sound effects are good in this game. Mario sounds good, and defeating an enemy, and collecting a coin sound good, while others sound good too. It also sounds nice when you kick an enemy to the water.

Music: 9/10
The music is good too. I love the Bonus Game music, it sounds really good. Also, the music in the phases sound good too. The beginning of the phase isn't bad either. The normal phase music doesn't sound bad too.

Replayability: 6/10
It may get boring playing this game again, because if you get game over on a really high phase, you'll have to start from scratch from Phase 1. Or, you can replay this to improve your phase and score.

Rent or Buy?
Buy this game, you'll really love it. This game is really fun to play and beat 100%. Also, if you have the money, get Super Mario Advance 1, 3, and the all new Super Mario Advance 4. I have the first 3, enjoyed them a lot, and I know I will love Super Mario Advance 4 when I get it.

Overalls:
Super Mario World: 10/10
Mario Brothers: 9/10


Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 10/27/03


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