Review by Falsiloquos

"The second best of the Mario series"

The second best of the Mario series

Once again in Super Mario World, the Princess has been kidnapped by Bowser. You think she'd have beefed up security after the last couple times, but apparently she never learns. And once again it's up to Mario (and to a lesser extent, Luigi) to save her.

Super Mario World (hereafter just SMW) is essentially just the same old thing we've seen, but it has been attractively repackaged for the Super Nintendo, with quite a few new surprises in it, not the least of which is a dinosaur named Yoshi. Whenever you find an egg, no matter what color it is, you will find a new Yoshi (which makes getting them killed a little easier, I suppose). Yoshi adds a whole weird new dynamic to this game, he eats enemies, allows you to do some neat new tricks, and in some cases, allows you to fly, shoot fire, or stomp all enemies on the screen.

The rest of the gameplay is nearly identical to Super Mario Bros. 3, but much more refined. For example, in SMB3 you could fly by using your Tail, and in SMW you fly with a Cape, and can, if you're skilled enough, stay in the air indefinately by using the cape as a glider of sorts. So, although the game is similar to look at, there are a lot more things you can do with it, a lot more secrets to find. There are 82 or so levels in this game, most of which are levels that are secret. Some of these levels, such as the Star Road, add a great deal of challenge to the game, as you have to figure out creative ways to pass those levels.

So, by simply adding more depth to the game, Nintendo managed to create a great new game, when all they really did was repackage the old game, something they would excel at, doing it not only for every ''Super'' Nintendo game, but also for their ''64'' games.

Graphics: 7 The graphics are colorful, if nothing spectacular. This game didn't really show off what the SNES was capable of, but it is still an attractive little game.

Sound: 8 Oh sure, they're still just bleeps and bloops, but they're now in CD quality sound!

Fun: 9 By perfecting the gameplay, Nintendo made this game one of the most fun games to play, and that counts for quite a lot.

Overall: 8 This game is a fun one to play, but it doesn't really add anything new to the world, by reusing the same plot and gameplay. But it's still really fun to play, which counts for a lot.

Reviewer's Rating:   4.0 - Great

Originally Posted: 04/10/00, Updated 04/10/00

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