Review by peach freak

"At least this is better than Series 1...."

This is Series 2 out of 2 series released for Mario Advance 4. I consider this one better because it has more fun stuff to do. There was supposed to be a Series 3 and 4 for this game, but Nintendo cancels them both. These E-Reader cards are fun to play around with both in and out of the E-World.

Graphics: 10/10
Of course, if these E-Reader cards are meant to be for Super Mario Advance 4, then the graphics are supposed to be great. This is still true. The graphics are still colorful and easy to see. Almost everything has been well designed, such as Mario and Luigi, most of the items, enemies, backgrounds, and so on. These just have minor step-ups from the Super Nintendo version of Mario Bros. 3.

Gameplay: 9/10
Series 2 is more fun than Series 1. The main reason why is better levels and the item cards are cool. One of the cards is a Cape. This is the Cape from Super Mario World that allows you to fly in the air until you let go of B and stop tapping Left to stay in the air. The other neat card is the Blue-Green switch, which puts the vegetables from Super Mario Bros. 2 into the main Super Mario Bros. 3 levels. But, some of the levels in this game are also fun. The best ones are Vegetable Volley, which has the Super Mario Bros. 2 vegetables in them, Swinging Bars of Doom (a fun fortress), and the Old Switcheroo (which has P-Switch fun in it). In Series 2, there are few annoying levels, and one of them would include the Para-Beetle Challenge.

Outside of card selection for this series, the levels are just fun. You go around each of the levels, stomping on enemies and solving the few puzzles in this game. You also have to get to the tile at the end of the level and hit it, and in some areas you'll need to defeat a certain enemy. Each level is new and I was looking forward to playing a lot of the new levels in Series 2, most of them which I enjoyed. The new things in these E-Reader cards are the Ace Coins, where you can get a 1-up for collecting all of them in a level and if you collect enough you can open mini games. But, since Nintendo cancelled Series 3 and 4, this almost gets rid of the point of collecting these since you can only get 1 mini game.

Sound Effects: 9/10
These are your same old sound effects from the older Mario games. The sound of going down a pipe, getting hit, getting a Mushroom, etc. But, in Mario Advance 4 and the E-Reader levels, a new sound effect is that Mario and Luigi can talk. They do when they get hit, lose a life, get a Mushroom, and so on. The sound effects are cool though. Some are nice and the rest are just annoying.

Music: 9/10
The music in this game is nice as well. I like the music inside the E-Reader castle (even though that area is pointless) and most of the levels too. The E-Reader map music is ok and the rest is good as well. Most of this music brings up the good old days back then. Also, since this is on a GameBoy Advance, most of the music has been toned down because of the GameBoy Advance's smaller audio compared to the music on the Super Nintendo. But, the music on this is still great.

Replayability: 6/10
Like in Series 1, you only have a limited number of levels to choose from. But, I find these more fun than the Series 1 levels and since there is new stuff in Series 2, it will take just a tad bit longer for these levels to get old. After playing these a few times, the levels will get old and you will have nothing to do again if you beat Mario Bros. 3. The few good reasons to play this game again are to just for your own fun, get better at these levels, grab the hidden E-Coins are get the Ace Coins you missed. Otherwise, these levels will get old fast if you are a great player at this game.

Worth Buying?
Even though you can't rent E-Reader cards, yes these are worth buying. You'll have more fun with these levels, and not only you'll have fun in World-e, but the new items will give you more fun in the main Mario Advance 4 levels, items you can't get. Such as the Cape and the Blue-green switch. You can have more fun with these and do slightly more stuff in the game. If you don't want to spend money on the E-Reader, don't get this.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Originally Posted: 05/23/05

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