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One of the best platform games ever. SNES Zamppa (102)
A great game - possibly the best Mario Game ever! SNES darthsith19 (70)
A great Mario game. SNES Classix (101)
The king of platforms is back! SNES BigJKO (71)
The best platform game ever SNES optrirominiluikus (118)
Nice game! But it's overrated. SNES james bright (5)
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The greatest game in this universe. SNES NovedSelim (221)

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Critic Reviews

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SNESThe Game Hoard (Dec 22, 2017)
Super Mario World lands right in the sweet spot of what a 2D Mario platformer should be. Plenty of variety, fun power-ups, accessibility, and a game that is packed with little touches that make it more than just a typical Mario Bros. game.
New Nintendo 3DSNintendo Life (Mar 10, 2016)
It was brilliant on the SNES and it's still brilliant on the New Nintendo 3DS. The colourful visuals work well on the small screen, whilst numerous enemies and high quality level design help make the game fun to play and then play again. Aside from portability and the "original resolution" mode this is much the same as previous re-releases, but if you're yet to pick up Super Mario World this is a New 3DS download that comes highly recommended.
WiiMag'64 (Feb 28, 2010)
Nintendo liefert mit „Super Mario World“ ein Musterbeispiel eines abwechslungsreichen, unterhaltsamen und motivierenden Jump’n’Runs, an dem sich andere Hersteller wirklich ein Beispiel nehmen können. Hier entdeckt man die Wurzeln zahlreicher zukunftsweisender Jump’n’Run-Elemente und man kann das investierte Herzblut der Entwickler regelrecht spüren. Auch heute noch gelingt es dem Titel seinen einzigartigen Charme zur Entfaltung zu bringen und so verneige ich mich vor diesem spielspaßüberquillenden Meilenstein.
Wii (May 08, 2013)
„Super Mario World“ ist und bleibt ein Pflichttitel für jeden Videospieler. Der unglaubliche Charme des Titels, die unzähligen legendären Momente sowie die auch heute noch hübsche Grafik machen das Spiel zu einem der, wenn nicht sogar dem besten 2D-Mario Spiel aller Zeiten. Die Wii U-Features rechtfertigen eine Wiederanschaffung allemal, der Titel selbst das Wiederspielen sowieso.
Wii UNintendo Life (May 04, 2013)
For anyone still on the fence about Super Mario World, the answer is yes, download it now. This is the apex of 16-bit platforming, a cornerstone of the gaming canon, and - most importantly - just as much fun to play today as it was twenty years ago. If you're yet to experience the thrill of discovering a secret exit, the joy of soaring through a level with your super-cape, or the unique tragicomedy of accidentally running off a cliff while trying to catch up to a runaway Yoshi, you're in for some of gaming's best-loved and most iconic moments. And if you already have fond memories of beating the game back in the day - or if the original cartridge is sitting in your SNES as you read this - off-screen play, a vibrant Miiverse community, and the chance to play through it all again may well be reason enough to dive back into Dinosaur Land. This is one of the best games of all time; clear your weekend, call over a Player Two, and enjoy!
SNESThe DOS Spirit (Mar 21, 2011)
Da var det dags med den korte oppsummeringen og det er meg en glede å kunne anbefale dette spillet på det sterkeste til alle som ønsker å spille SNES på emulator. Det er virkelig et spill uten bugs, feil eller mangler, og det er en ære å kunne forære spillet med de toppkarakterer og belønninger jeg kan få til. Løp og last ned!
100 (UK) (Jun 09, 2007)
As for its value today, it passed the simplest of tests with flying colours. This column nearly missed its deadline, because I downloaded Super Mario World for reappraisal and ended up losing the best part of an afternoon to rediscovering its impeccable design. It's awesome. You need to have it.
SNESTotal! (Germany) (Jul, 1994)
Sollte es tatsächlich noch irgendwo bedauernswerte Menschen geben, die dieses Modul nicht besitzen (oder der Hund oder die kleine Schwester haben es gegessen), für die sollte die Devise klar sein: kaufen, kaufen, und nochmals kaufen! Denn wem dieses Spiel nicht gefällt, der sollte mal zum Arzt gehen!
WiiNintendo Life (Feb 06, 2007)
Nintendo fans often argue over which is the best game - this or Mario 3 - and it's likely that in 50 years time they'll still be debating the considerable merits of both games, but in my opinion SMW comes out on top; the sheer scale of the challenge coupled with some beautiful visuals and classic music help to make this one of the greatest videogames ever created. It goes without saying that this should be right at the top of your Virtual Console download list.
100 (Mar 12, 2007)
Wer sich nur ein Spiel für die Virtual Console zulegen kann, muss hier einfach zuschlagen - denn das hier ist es, das Spiel für die sprichwörtliche einsame Insel. Besser werden Jump’n’Runs nie mehr!
SNESThe Video Game Critic (Nov 21, 1999)
The "world" is huge compared to previous Mario games, with a nice variety of settings including my favorite - haunted houses! A battery backup allows you up to save up to four games in progress. High in quality and super fun, this should be standard issue for all SNES owners.
SNESAll Game Guide (1998)
While it's not quite as groundbreaking as Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World is more fun than any of its predecessors. And that's what really matters. That, and the fact that it helped to introduce the Super NES, which went on to sell over 20 million units in the U.S.
The dictionary definition of "Killer-App" would probably read Super Mario World were it not just a geek's term for a bloody good game.
SNESHonestGamers (Jan 13, 2004)
Like most Mario games, it has a knack for capturing us and taking us away for hours, days, weeks at a time. The three on the NES all had that uncanny ability to make the real world disappear--but SMW is most ambitious in replacing the drab everyday with its own blue and white world of flying dinosaur friends and other childlike fantasy. SMB3 came close in terms of expansiveness; perhaps it could have been the first true Super Mario land--but SMW will be the world to you.
SNESPGNx Media (Jul 07, 2002)
Mario went into the 16-bit dimension and he made all of his fans smile once again for the second straight year... Super Mario World is either the favorite of the old Mario games or the least favorite. Rarely there is anything in between. Even if the game is your least favorite, though, the game is at the top of the ranks, which is extraordianry. The game redefined everything we thought we knew about the Mario games and put in a little variety and a new character, Yoshi, who is now one of the most beloved Nintendo characters ever.
SNESCubed3 (Oct 15, 2003)
As you will be aware of by now, Super Mario World is set on an overworld map. Nice and simple every time you complete a level you get to move onto the next one, until you've uncovered the path to get all the way over to Bowser's castle. Of course it isn't quite that simple. Many of the levels have 'secret exits' which require you to do various things in the level to discover. For example Ghost houses often hide a secret exit somewhere inside that just needs to be found like a normal, but other levels may require you to find a key then an exit. This adds another layer to the game, finding all the exits in the game, as stated earlier is quite a tough little challenge, one that you will be rewarded for as well… Well that's about it, all that's left is to go and play the actual game, enjoy it all of you.
96 (Mar 06, 2007)
Download this game off the Virtual Console; it’s more than worth the 800 points. You’ll easily put more hours into this than 90% of the other games that are available as of right now. If you’ve never played this game before you’re definitely in for a treat.
The graphics are absolutely brilliant, with some fantastic visual gags (the look of surprise on a nasty's face when it's grabbed by the dinosaur is hilarious) and the marvellous music (complete with honky-tonk piano samples) really shows what the Super Famicom's PCM sound chip can do. Quite apart from all that, the gameplay is just so addictive, you'd better be prepared to stay stuck to your screens until you've completed it! Overall, a totally fantastic game - what more can I say?
SNESN-Force (Jun, 1992)
You can't miss this one - it's the ultimate intro to the gob-smacking world of the SNES!
SNESVideo Games (Jan, 1991)
Nintendo hat es wirklich geschafft, von Donkey Kong über Super Mario 1, 2 und 3 bis hin zu Super Mario World sich jedesmal zu steigern. Super Mario World ist das beste Spiel seiner Klasse und ganz allgemein eines der genialsten, fesselndsten und einfach besten Videospiele aller Zeiten.
SNESPower Play (Mar, 1991)
Was kann man machen, um eine neue Konsole erfolgreich auf dem Markt einzuführen? Klar, man bietet als eines der ersten Spiele ein neues "Super Mario"-Abenteuer an. So geschehen mit dem Super Famicom von Nintendo und "Super Mario World", das offizielle "Super Mario Bros. 4".
SNESRetroage (Dec 29, 2012)
Super Mario World to idealna pozycja na długie zimowe wieczory, polecam zagrać samemu, z bratem, z siostrą, z dziewczyną, z chłopakiem, z mężem, z żoną, a najlepiej z dzieciakiem – moc frajdy dla wszystkich gwarantowana.
SNESNintendo Land (2003)
This one BIG game it has around 75 different courses for you to complete! Mario also gets a new tool the Cape. With the cape Mario can fly using a special technique. A must buy for all SNES owners!
SNESN-Force (Nov, 1992)
Still one of the best platform games available and it's absolutely free when you buy an SNES.
Wii UWiiDSFrance (Jul 01, 2013)
On pourra toujours critiquer le rythme actuel côté sorties Console Virtuelle et l’arrivée de certaines cartouches en 50 Hz – une exclusivité européenne dont on se serait bien passé – mais Nintendo a quand même eu la bonne idée d’ouvrir le service avec l’un des meilleurs jeux de son catalogue rétro. A acheter les yeux fermés pour tous les fans de plateforme ! A noter que les joueurs s’étant déjà procurés le titre sur Wii devront repasser à la caisse (1.5€) pour profiter des nouvelles fonctionnalités Wii U, à savoir : off-TV Play, sauvegarder n’importe quand et possibilité de modifier la configuration des boutons.
SNESRetroguiden (Aug 13, 2010)
Med nutidens moderna casual-spel och relativt korta indie-spel i åtanke passar SMW in väl i dagens spelutbud, nästan bättre än vad det gjorde när det först släpptes. Med sin uppbyggnad kan det med lätthet gå från att behandlas som ett casual-spel på veckorna, där man betar av en bana då och då, till att bli helgens stora spelfokus där man går på djupet för att hitta spelets dolda genvägar och bonusbanor.
90 (Apr 30, 2009)
Super Mario World est un jeu d’exception qui aura lancé la carrière de la Super Nintendo de la meilleure des façons. Considéré à juste titre comme une des références absolues en matière de plates-formes 2D, cet épisode ne peut laisser personne indifférent, et même s’il n’innove pas énormément, ce tout premier Mario doté d’un système de sauvegarde donnera encore du fil à retordre à ceux qui voudraient le terminer en trouvant les 96 sorties cachées. Pourvu de graphismes attachants et d’une bande-son de très haute volée qui marquera son temps, cet excellent jeu sera réédité à juste titre dix ans plus tard sur Game Boy Advance en guise de clin d’œil à ce qui fut un des plus grands jeux de la Super Nintendo et l'un des meilleurs Mario de tous les temps.
90 (Apr 30, 2009)
Super Mario World est un jeu d’exception qui aura lancé la carrière de la Super Nintendo de la meilleure des façons. Considéré à juste titre comme une des références absolues en matière de plates-formes 2D, cet épisode ne peut laisser personne indifférent, et même s’il n’innove pas énormément, ce tout premier Mario doté d’un système de sauvegarde donnera encore du fil à retordre à ceux qui voudraient le terminer en trouvant les 96 sorties cachées. Pourvu de graphismes attachants et d’une bande-son de très haute volée qui marquera son temps, cet excellent jeu sera réédité à juste titre dix ans plus tard sur Game Boy Advance en guise de clin d’œil à ce qui fut un des plus grands jeux de la Super Nintendo et l'un des meilleurs Mario de tous les temps.
Here you have it! The ultimate Mario adventure! Super Mario World is a perfect subtitle, with 96 areas to explore! Everything just plain blew me away! Only one game in this genre rates higher in my book, but since tens are impossible, Sonic will have to share the same rating.
SNESGame Freaks 365 (2000)
Overall, Super Mario World added something for each thing it removed, and it provided a fun experience in the process. If it weren't for Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World would easily reign supreme as the best 2D Mario platformer in existence (and I count New Super Mario Bros. in that statement).
SNESVideoGame (Oct, 1991)
Super Mario World, ou Super Mario Bros. 4, tem como personagem o velho e conhecido Mario do Nintendo de 8 bits – game que já possui três versões – só que evidentemente, um jogo muito mais sofisticado. Esta versão para o Super Nintendo (americano) ou Super Famicom (japonês), de 16 bits, apresenta muito mais recursos, novos movimentos, cenários surpreendentes e, no melhor estilo das versões de 8 bits, músicas e efeitos sonoros excelentes. Mas continua o mesmo Mario que todos amamos.
90 (Mar, 2005)
All in all it’s a frickin' good game hey, especially at the price I got it. Okay, maybe it’s not Nintendo’s best, and people will argue that SMB3 is better or whatever, but I think this is the second best Mario game ever, bettered only slightly by Yoshi's Island: Super Mario World 2... damn I love that game.
In the end, it’s simple – if you enjoy Mario-style platformers, you should own this game. If you don’t already have it on the SNES or GBA, the Virtual Console version is just as good (and arguably ever so slightly better), and this game deserves a spot in your library.
Neben dem gelungenen Sound kann ich noch die Grafik ansprechen, die, zumindest teilweise, sehr gut gelungen ist, unter anderem erkennbar an den relativ großen, sich drehenden Sprites. Dennoch meine ich, hätte man grafisch noch etwas mehr leisten können, hätte man alle technischen Möglichkeiten und altes vorhandene Know-How eingesetzt. Dennoch: Auch dieses Game zeigt wieder, daß SMB, gleich, welcher Form, ausnahmslos und immer zur spielerischen Augenweide wird.
SNESMegablast (1992)
Super Mario World spielt sich wie ein Gedicht, an herzhaften Gags und sinnvollen Details (z.B. Spielstand-Speicherstationen) wurde ebenfalls nicht gespart. Verglichen mit Super Mario Bros. 3 mag das Teil vielleicht nicht ganz so genial sein, aber das macht die tolle Präsentation mehr als wett. Mario ist und bleibt halt ein echter Siegertyp!
SNESNintendo Difference (Jun 22, 2003)
Un jeu qui garde tout son charme malgré son âge. Un tas d’innovations, un monde coloré, l’apparition de Yoshi, le level-design poussé à son paroxysme font de ce jeu encore aujourd’hui une référence en matière de jeu de plate-forme. Incontournable parmi la légende Nintendo.
WiiIGN (Feb 05, 2007)
Super Mario World could be argued to take the crown for greatest 2D Mario platformer, and as such earns almost immediate recommendation for download to your Wii. The recommendation is tentatively withheld, however, pending examination of your history of ownership with the game – its ported Game Boy Advance iteration, Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World, has become one of the best-selling games of all time on Nintendo's handheld systems since its release five years ago. The portable package is perfectly playable, meaning you should save your Points if you're one of the millions of gamers to own it there, in cartridge form. Otherwise, download away. Especially you, stalwart Sonic supporters – the white flag is waving, the war now at an end. Come experience Mario's adventures, and the debut of his dinosaur friend.
WiiGameSpot (Feb 06, 2007)
Of course, odds are that many have experienced this game in one way or another over the years, be it with a copy of the original SNES release, or with 2002's fabulous GBA remake. If you own either of those and still have the required systems to play them, this VC version becomes significantly less necessary. However, if you're too young to have played the original game back in the day (or just spent most of the '90s in the era's equivalent of a disco haze) and never got around to picking up the GBA version, there's no excuse not to give Super Mario World a try now.
SNESPlay Time (Sep, 1992)
Auf Nintendos Prachtstück kommt die Titel- und Leitfigur Mario zu neuen Ehren. Die „Super Mario World“ ist das reinste Paradies für alle Anhänger des Jump`n`Run-Kults, denn die Programmierer haben es diesmal tatsächlich geschafft, tolle Grafiken mit einem bestechenden Gameplay zu verbinden.
SNESEntertainment Weekly (Sep 27, 1991)
Mario bops his enemies, eats power mushrooms, crawls in and out of drainpipes...all the things he's been doing for the past five years, and in settings not remarkably advanced, graphically, from those of previous eight-bit games. Super Mario World amounts to advertising, a vehicle intended to show off the capabilities of the Super NES as well as goad brand- conscious kids into buying the system in the first place.