Review by Blackjack4x

"First SNES game, well made"

You may think an 8 rating is a little high for this game, but whenI considered it, I don't think so. This is a two player game, asusual, player one is Mario and player two is Luigi. The game consistsof seven main worlds, comprised of several levels, a couple offortresses and a castle each. There are many special levels andsecrets in this game, including two hidden worlds, Star World andSpecial World. The assortment of enemies has expanded from SuperMario Bros. 3. The usual mushrooms, fire flowers and stars are back,along with a cape, which acts like the raccoon tail of Mario 3but is more diverse, and a balloon, which puffs Mario up and allowshim to float high in the sky. The most noticable difference is thefirst appearance of Yoshi in this game, the green dinosaur with thelong tongue who has since gone on to be a video game star in his ownright. Yoshi can be found in nearly every level of the game and isridden by Mario. He can eat some enemies and if Mario is hit whenriding him he can be retrieved. There are several different colorsof Yoshi in the game, each with a special ability. As mentionedabove, many of the game's levels contains a secret; these are markedon the map as red instead of the usual yellow. Finally, there arefour switch palaces, red, yellow, green and blue. When found andactivated ,they make the imaginary blocks become solid, and this isessential to completing certain levels.

Graphics: 7/10

Colorful, and an improvement over the NES games. Still, firstgeneration SNES. The enemies look good, as do the areas of the game.The appearance of each world is very different.

Sound: 8/10

Lots of tracks, most of them acceptable, and the usual plethora ofsound effects in a Mario game, such as when you collect an item,bop an enemy, grab a coin, get hit by an enemy, go down a pipe....Just about every action has an accompanying sound.

Gameplay: 9/10

Control in the game is very good. Mario can walk or run, fly with acape, or duck. Several more actions are available when wearing acape. The multitude of secrets is a great addition. In fact, StarWorld and Special World are secrets in themselves. These are a nicetouch to the game. Counting the levels in these worlds, there are96 in the game. Some of them are very small, but this is still arespectable amount. The difficulty is not too bad, and once you getused to the controls you should be breezing through most of thelevels.

Replay: 9/10

Very high. The secret levels add much replay value. Even when thegame is completed, you could really have only played half thelevels. Much time can be spent finding secrets, and each level usuallyhas hidden items and paths to uncover. Special World will keep youbusy for a little while, because it's the hardest area of the game.

Overall: 8/10

A great game to introduce the SNES onto the market. To this day, it'sa very strong title. It was well made, was pretty big, tons of secretsand still retained that Mario feel. This game was packed in withmost early SNES systems, so if you have a SNES you've most likelyplayed it. If not, give it a look.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 02/22/01

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