"Nintendo rehashes a classic."

The storyline has not changed one bit. Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool have gone traveling to Dinosaur Land for a vacation. Just after arriving, Princess Toadstool disappears. Mario and Luigi desperately search for her but they cannot find her. They do however confront a local dinosaur named Yoshi. Yoshi tells Mario and Luigi that a group of turtles have trapped his best friends inside eggs and stolen Princess Toadstool. Surprisingly, this band of turtles are Bowser and his henchmen. Mario and Luigi, with the assistance of Yoshi have to fight Bowser and the Koopa Kids: Larry Koopa, Montron Koopa Jr., Wendy O. Koopa, Iggy Koopa, Ludwig Von Koopa, Lemmy Koopa and Roy Koopa to rescue Yoshi's friends and Princess Toadstool. This game was developed and published by Nintendo.

Game Statistics
96 goals.
71 courses.
25 secret exits.
Battery backed memory to three game files.
Includes Super Mario World and the original Mario Bros.
32-megabit cartridge.

Game Design
What you get with Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 is a pixel-perfect port of the SNES classic and the exact same Mario Bros. game that was included in Super Mario Advance. The Super Mario World in this game is not identical to the original; there have been some minor changes to this game. Some of the Dragon Coin locations have been changed to increase replay value. Luigi's sprites have been completely redone and he has never looked better (in 2-D). There have been some game play additions when Luigi is used. Firstly, Luigi jumps just like in Super Mario Bros. 2. His hovering jumping style is a welcome addition and helps in some levels. The final Luigi ''enhancement'' is that Yoshi spits out any enemy he eats when Luigi is riding him. While these new additions may seem nice, what it all comes down to is that there is not much new to this game. Don't expect a nice graphical redesign like the one found in Super Mario Advance or any new levels. If you are looking for an all-new, innovative game this one is not for you.

Basically, the graphics look dated. While 11 years ago, this game looked awesome on the SNES, it pales in comparison to the nicer looking GameBoy Advance games of today. The redesign of the Luigi sprite is excellent and looks much better than the original. When Yoshi spits out enemies some nice sprite scaling occurs that shows off the capabilities of the GameBoy Advance.

Yes the audio is very very good. All of the excellent songs are back in their original form and they are great. When using headphones, the stereo sound is great. Audio samples have been added for Mario and Luigi and add an excellent touch. The voice samples are not as frequent or annoying as in Super Mario Advance. Nintendo did a good job with the sound.

The control scheme has had no major problems transferring from the SNES to the GBA. The only major hindrance occurs when you want to acquire your reserve item. On the GameBoy Advance, the select button is located very close to the start button. When attempting to acquire your reserve item, you might accidentally pause your game. Likewise, when you want to pause your game, you may find yourself accidentally getting your reserve item.

This game is fun. In its day, it did not get much better then Super Mario World; the same applies today. Some of the new additions to this game: the ability to save at anytime and Luigi's new abilities make it less of a challenge.

Replay Value/Game Length
It is kind of a mixed bag here. There are 96 goals in total, which is a tremendous amount. There are a ton of levels. However, most gamers have played and completed this game before. If you have played the original Super Mario World, you will completely finish this game in about 10 hours total. The addition of the Mario Bros. multiplayer (which can link up to Super Mario Advance as well as this game) is not a bad one, but it is nothing new. Nintendo's philosophy is that perhaps something is better then nothing. I don't agree with that.

If you have played and mastered the original Super Mario World, you shouldn't pick up this game unless you are one of the most obsessive Nintendo fans out there. There just isn't enough new to this game to warrant a purchase.

Reviewer's Rating:   3.5 - Good

Originally Posted: 03/15/02, Updated 03/15/02

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