Review of Super Mario World (SNES)

Bowser is as Bowser does. And Bowser has once again gone and kidnapped a princess. In Super Mario World, Bowser has kidnapped Princess Peach and stolen the dinosaur eggs from Dinosaur Land. It is up to Mario (and Luigi) to rescue them all!

Even if you are not an SNES or retro fan, if you like the modern Mario games, you’ll love Super Mario World. This game was my childhood, and I remember spending countless hours in the basement playing it. It has a save mechanic, and dozens of levels to beat to save the hostages.

In addition to these levels, there are dozens of other secrets hidden away as well. Some of them are obvious and easy to find, but a good number of them are tucked away where you will never think to look. Star Road, the Top Secret Area, and the Switches are scattered throughout the world, and each of them are well worth the extra effort.

The controls are just like every other side-scroller Mario game, and are easy to learn. In addition to the regular array of mushrooms, flowers, and stars, you also have a feather, giving you the ability to fly. This really puts the ‘super’ in Super Mario World, as you can take to the skies to search for hidden areas and coins.

With nearly a dozen bosses to defeat, there are a large number of ‘lands’ you must trek through in order to reach the Valley of Bowser. With the familiar Mario music and sound effects along the way, this game looks surprisingly good for an SNES game (in my opinion).

As with any other Mario game, Super Mario World has a lot of replay value. You can pick it up and play, go for the completionist, or see how quickly you can get to the end without actually playing all of the levels or defeating each of the bosses (you’ll be surprised).

All in all, this is a fantastic game, and is one of my personal favorites. I love the nostalgia that comes with this game, as well as the challenge. It’s fun, has so many secrets, and you can FLY. Although it can be hard to find some areas, and it takes forever to move on the world map, I still highly recommend Super Mario World to anyone, especially fans of the genre.

Princess Peach is counting on you. Do you have what it takes to rescue her?


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