Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
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Gamestyle (10 out of 10) (100%)
Miyamoto could give Peach a tash, make Mario an uber-realistic BT salesman, cel-shade every darned game on the Gamecube; and we wouldn't give a stuff. Simply because, what we have here is beyond doubt the GBA's best game along with Advance Wars; and a heart-warming reminder of by-gone days where Link and the Moomins were never mentioned in the same sentence. Words almost defy me. This is the game to convince young whipper-snappers that 2D is king, or the title to make SNES fans like us weep. An incredibly ambitious, well rounded and superb game. And most importantly now playable on the toilet.Jul 28th, 2006 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Snackbar-Games.com (5 out of 5) (100%)
All in all, if you liked the original Super Mario World and you want to revisit a familiar land or if you're not familiar with the Mario franchise and interested in seeing what its all about, its a great game and I recommend you pick it up.Feb 5th, 2006 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Armchair Empire (10 out of 10) (100%)
Is this game really THAT good to garner a 10 out of 10 rating? Just on pure nostalgia value, no ifs, ands or Koopa butts about it. There’s nothing to complain about concerning this title. It’s pure old-school gaming fun at its finest. GBA owners, this game needs to be in your stockpile. If you haven’t already, go out and buy it now! It’s an instantly classic redefinition of an already classic title from the Golden Age of gaming.May 1st, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
GamePro (US) (5 out of 5) (100%)
Through mechanizations most inexplicable, magical beings have managed to cram the original SNES Super Mario World into a GBA cart with enough room left over for a nice assortment of new stuff like special coins and the ability to play any level as Luigi (complete with floaty 2D jumping skills). To make matters even more magical, not one iota of the graphics clean, colorful quality or tight control has been lost in the translation. And there’s even an enhanced copy of the original Mario Bros. arcade game (though it’s the same as in the first Super Mario Advance game) just for kicks.Feb 20th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
AceGamez (10 out of 10) (100%)
Super Mario Advance 2 offers many things to do and playing through it will bring back fond memories of the Super Nintendo era; even veterans of the game will enjoy playing it over again now that there is a progress sheet included. Getting all of the Yoshi Coins will take some time and probably cause a lot of frustration but it will definitely keep you playing, as I have gone through the game and achieved 100% more than once and I loved every minute of it. The best Mario side-scroller and perhaps the best Mario game ever is now portable and better than ever for you to enjoy wherever you want, anytime. Thank you Nintendo, now all we need from you is an equally brilliant, brand new Mario side-scroller!Jan 11th, 2004 · Game Boy Advance · read review
UOL Jogos ( ) (100%)
No fim das contas, Super Mario Advance é um jogo que já nasceu clássico. Mesmo uma década depois de seu lançamento, ele continua mais divertido do que nunca. Mal podemos esperar pelos remakes de Super Mario 3 e Yoshi's Island...Mar 7th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Gaming Target (10 out of 10) (100%)
SMW GBA even features a multiplayer mode, in the form of a total reinterpretation of the original Mario Bros. Arcade game. You may play Mario Bros. Classic solo or Mario Bros. Battle with 1-3 more friends, via game link cable. Fans of this classic game will rejoice at the inclusion of this feature. However, the majority of you will be disappointed that it is the exact same multiplayer expansion found in the first Super Mario Advance. While it is disconcerting that no new additions or modes have been included, it is at least somewhat satisfying to know that Super Mario Advance and Super Mario Advance 2 are fully compatible in multiplayer.Feb 20th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Consoles Plus (96 out of 100) (96%)
Adapter cette version Snes de Super Mario World était un sacré challenge. Il a été relevé avec brio, ce qui en fait le meilleur jeu de plates-formes GBA.Mar 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Game Informer Magazine (9.5 out of 10) (95%)
I know that Andy, as well as many of you, are screaming for a new GBA Mario, I, for one, can keep beating all 96 of Mario World's stages till the cows come home, and am perfectly happy waiting. Nintendo has another must-have cart on its hands.Apr 2002 · Game Boy Advance
Nintendo Le Magazine Officiel (9.5 out of 10) (95%)
Avec ses 72 niveaux, ses 24 sorties secrètes et sa maniabilité exemplaire, SMA2 est, à ce jour, le meilleur jeu de plate-forme 2D.May 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Retro Gamer (95 out of 100) (95%)
Considering the ease at which SNES games can be ported to the GBA, it was somewhat inevitable that Super Mario World would appear. And rightly so. It is one of the greatest 2D platformers ever made and feels perfectly at home on Nintendo’s dinky handheld. The music may not sound as great as the original SNES, but it’s a small quibble when you’re getting 96 of the mostly perfectly designed levels that the genre has ever witnessed. Add in little touches like the ability to play as Luigi and the added inclusion of the original arcade Mario Bros and you have one of the GBA’s finest moments.Jan 2006 · Game Boy Advance
GameSpot (9.4 out of 10) (94%)
The game holds up fabulously, and the slight modifications that Nintendo has made to the game for its handheld release make it even better. Super Mario World is the fourth game in the Super Mario Bros. series. The game was originally released on the Super Nintendo a decade ago, serving as a pack-in for the system. In many ways, the game is merely a refinement and expansion of the concepts introduced to the series in Super Mario Bros. 3. Still, the game served as an excellent way to usher in Nintendo's new system. Now, Nintendo is cashing in on its past successes by delivering a version of its amazing platformer for the Game Boy Advance. The game holds up fabulously, and the slight modifications that Nintendo has made to the game for its handheld release make it even better.Feb 12th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
IGN (9.3 out of 10) (93%)
The biggest addition to the Mario gameplay, though, is the introduction of Yoshi to the gameplay. By hatching an egg, you can ride on the back of the dinosaur, using his big feet to stomp on previously hazardous enemies, or his tongue to swallow smaller bad guys. And if you unlock the special Star Road levels, you can gain access to the different colored Yoshis, each having their own special abilities after eating Koopas.Feb 11th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Game Informer Magazine (9.25 out of 10) (92%)
It's easy to see and play on the Game Boy Advance and will have you playing and re-playing for years to come.Apr 2002 · Game Boy Advance
64 Power / big.N / N Games (92 out of 100) (92%)
Es scheint wirklich so, als sei die Zeit an Super Mario World spurlos vorbeigegangen. Ältere Spieler erfreuen sich an den alten Tricks und Abkürzungen. der Nachwuchs bekommt eine Lektion in Sachen Videospielgeschichte erteilt. Der perfekt ansteigende Schwierigkeitsgrad des insgesamt nicht besonders schweren Spiels erfreut Einsteiger wie Profis gleichermaßen. Super Mario World gehört zu den besten 2D-Jump‘n‘Runs aller Zeiten und somit auch in jede GBA-Sammlung. Dieses Spiel muss man einfach haben!
64 Power / big.N / N Games (91 out of 100) (91%)
Auch wenn sich die Neuerungen in Grenzen halten, macht SMW heute noch genauso viel Spaß wie vor einer Dekade, zumal es die aktuelle GBA-Konkurrenz in Sachen Technik und Leveldesign unangespitzt in den Boden rammt. Um es mit Marios Worten zu sagen: “Woohoo - just what I needed!“Jan 2002 · Game Boy Advance
Yahoo! Games ( ) (90%)
The Game Boy Advance conversion, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, is just as much a testament to how the original's classic gameplay can hold up to today's standards as it is a testament to how well the GBA can simulate SNES development. The game, even in portable form, retains the exact same look and feel of the Super NES original, from the graphics and sound, to the clever use of hardware special effects...and with all this in place it's still a brilliant platformer more than ten years later.Feb 12th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Thunderbolt Games (9 out of 10) (90%)
Super Mario World is basically just a larger, prettier game than the earlier Mario Bros. games on the NES. The port that Nintendo did is very good; there is no slowdown and only a few issues that occur. One of these issues would be that the GBA screen is too small. Often levels are in caves, and you can't see from the roof of the cavern to the floor. Often you jump, and a bird will fly down and hit you and you will die. This also occurs in castles, but to a lesser extent.Feb 20th, 2003 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Computer and Video Games (CVG) (9 out of 10) (90%)
One of the major criticisms of SMA2 is the fact that neither SMW nor the additional Mario Bros multiplayer game is original. And with the truckload of reworked retro titles that have been flooding onto GBA, like Gradius, ISS, and all the greatest hits packages, surely we have to recognise simply re-releasing a classic SNES game on GBA is lazy. It's this that brings Mario down to a nine instead of a ten. But don't get us wrong, SMW is a near flawless game, and has hardly aged in terms of playability and boasts more levels and action than you can shake a mouldy mushroom at. It may be old but SMA2 will fill your handheld world with utter joy.Mar 5th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Portable Review (36 out of 40) (90%)
As for replay, this game seems to have a bit less than the first Mario Advance game. Sure, there is the goal system, which offers a reward after finishing all of them, and the Yoshi coin system, which the Red "A" Coin collection system from the first Mario Advance game was based on. Also, the side-game "Mario Bros. Classic" from the first game returns, which adds a multi-player feature, which was removed from Super Mario World.Oct 23rd, 2005 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Pocket Gamer UK (9 out of 10) (90%)
Super Mario World will grab your gaming heart and never let go, but make sure you enjoy every moment - the grip will never again be as tight as the first time around.Oct 22nd, 2005 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Gamereactor (Sweden) (9 out of 10) (90%)
Att ta fart och lyfta från marken är precis lika härligt som det låter, faktum är att hela spelet fortlöper i samma underbara anda vilket gör det svårt att slita sig ens för att ta korta (och tyvärr nödvändiga) matpauser.May 28th, 2003 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Game Over Online (90 out of 100) (90%)
Some will view the GBA rendition of SMA2 in disdain but the strength of the title's basic concepts and rudiments help make it an entertaining title on new hardware as well as in our new 3D-crazed era. In this respect, SMA2 represents a landmark title for the GBA. On the one hand, it is an elegiac tribute to the original developers of the title.Feb 20th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Meristation (9 out of 10) (90%)
En la redacción hemos tenido serios problemas para valorar en consecuencia este juego. Se nos presentaba la dicotomía entre jugadores que ya llevan unos años en este mundillo y los novatos. En el caso de que se formara parte del primer grupo, Super Mario Advance 2 no sería más que un "remake" de un verdadero clásico, que si bien en su tiempo significó la consecución de un estilo y la sublimación del planteamiento original de la serie, ahora no hallaríamos nada que realmente nos sorprendiera. En cambio, los neófitos seguramente no habrían tenido la oportunidad de jugar a esta obra maestra, una leyenda -ahora viva- de los videojuegos que nadie en este mundo debe perderse sea por la razón que fuera.Apr 10th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Eurogamer.net (UK) (9 out of 10) (90%)
As nice as it would be to see a proper purpose-built Mario game on the GameBoy Advance, in its absence Super Mario World is the best we could have hoped for. And very, very enjoyable it is too.Apr 2nd, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (9 out of 10) (90%)
Perhaps the worst thing about Super Mario Advance 2 is that it leaves you learning for a new 2D Mario game, hopefully theyâre listening and it wonât be too long. Also the same original Mario Bros game which featured on Super Mario Advance has been lazily put on, surely we could have had an original take on the game instead.Apr 2nd, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Game Play 128 (89 out of 100) (89%)
Ce jeu permettra aux nostalgiques de revivre une fabuleuse aventure et aux plus jeunes de devenir maîtres dans l'art du pad. De longues heures de fun vous attendent !Mar 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Computer Bild Spiele (1.59 out of 6) (88%)
Hier wartet eine Wunderwelt voller witziger Überraschungen darauf, entdeckt zu werden. Stundenlanger Spielspaß ist garantiert. In 96 Spielstufen bekommen Sie es mit den verrücktesten Gegnern, den kniffligsten Rätseln, den gefährlichsten Fallen zu tun. Lassen Sie sich nicht von der knallbunten Comic-Grafik täuschen – auch ausgefuchste Spiele-Profis kommen auf ihre Kosten. Und das witzige Bonusspiel „Mario Bros.“ erlaubt bis zu vier Mitspielern hitzige Duelle. Testurteil:„gut“.May 2002 · Game Boy Advance
Jeuxvideo.com (17 out of 20) (85%)
Super Mario Advance 2 est un hit. Une fois encore, Nintendo nous fait le plaisir de nous offrir un jeu excellent et accrocheur. Ceux qui ont déjà terminé le jeu original sur Super Nintendo se feront une joie de se relancer dans cette version GBA. Les autres découvriront dans cette cartouche un des meilleurs jeux de plates-formes à ce jour.Apr 10th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
GameSpy ( ) (80%)
While there are arguments that Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 breathes new life into the 2D gaming genre, I highly doubt that this title is capable of that. First, this is not a new game. It's been around for a over a decade, and the fact that a game of this caliber has to be rehashed in order for the kiddies to appreciate it doesn't wash. Secondly, while Super Mario Advance 2 represents the Golden Age of gaming on a smaller screen, this game is not anything but what it was to gamers 10 years ago -- one terrific good time.Feb 15th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
NintendoWorldReport (7.5 out of 10) (75%)
Mario Advance 2 is enjoyable, but those reasonably familiar with Super Mario World should probably just rent the English version in a few months. Newer Mario fans will find countless hours in this little pack, despite the fact that it’s an obvious quick buck, and importing the game is a realistic option. For the many with previous experience, though, there is way too little to do, and those who buy the game will likely be disappointed.Dec 30th, 2001 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Gaming Age (B) (75%)
When all is said and done, what you get in Super Mario World is a good port of the SNES game. Luckily this is one of the best action-platform games ever released. Now you can take it anywhere and play it anytime you like. This game still manages to pack in the fun and is simply a joy to play. I?m looking forward to Mario Advance 3, which will be a port of Super Mario Bros. 3, my favorite Mario game of all time. In the meantime this game delivers the goods, especially to those who have never before played Mario World before.Mar 15th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
Game Freaks 365 (7.2 out of 10) (72%)
Also, since the game is only one player, they gave Luigi his attributes from Super Mario Brothers 2 and give you the option of switching characters between levels. This makes some parts easier also, but if you do it differently, and play through once with each, it can add to the replay value, which otherwise depends on your wanting to play through again and again, which you will since that's the nature of the older gameplay based games. If you have never played this game before, you owe it to yourself to pick up this version.2002 · Game Boy Advance · read review
The SNES Classic revived on the GBA - with a few differences
If you never had the chance to play the original Super Mario World, this is the perfect opportunity to play the SNES classic in the palm of your hand. As the SNES launch title, Super Mario World demonstrated the power of Nintendo's new console, and continued the popular mario franchise. While its release on the Gameboy Advance is not as revolutionary, the graphics are slightly more colorful, and there are a few minor changes in the levels. A nice addition is the ability to play as either Mario or Luigi for any of the worlds, and the score card that tracks your progress and game completion time. The sound and music sound practically as good as the SNES original, and the timeless gameplay is intact. There are a ton of worlds to explore, and the inclusion of the arcade predecessor to Super Mario Bros, Mario Bros, adds to the value of the cartridge, and has had a graphical facelift.
While this game is a worthwhile purchase, there are a few drawbacks........
For one thing, I think Nintendo would have done better to have done a complete remake of the game with the same tilesets, as the levels are basically the same as the originals, with a few minor item placement changes.
It would have been nice if they had included a two player swap-mode, so you could play two-player with one console.
The music is not quite up to quality of the original in some maps. Some of the replacement instruments sound phony.
The Bottom Line
A very entertaining platform game for those who missed out on the original. If you played the original, you'll still enjoy this cartridge, but Nintendo could have increased their sales by modifying the maps, or including some new ones. Overall, a must buy. It's a classic platformer in the palm of your hand, what more could you ask?
by Ryu (50) on May 4th, 2002 · Game Boy Advance
This classic gem remains just as good as it was in the early 90's. In fact it's even better than before!
This game was one of the first SNES titles and introduced us to Yoshi the popular dino pal of Luigi. It's back on the GBA an it's additions make it just that little bit better. The gameplay remains some of the best ever seen in a video game. It hasn't aged at all and still feels as fun and addictive as ever. All the levels of the SNES are back and the brilliant level design that keeps you focused all the time works just as well as it did on the SNES. There is simply nothing bad to say about this part of the game. The graphics are a bit simplistic but they make sure you don't lose the feeling of the SNES classic. The catchy tunes are back and voices are included in this version and the sound remains good and doesn't sound too different from the SNES version. The lasting value of this game is still amazing. After defeating Bowser you still can go for all Yoshi coins and try to beat the Star World which is out of the main quest or even try to beat the horribly difficult Special World. This game has some additions that were not present in the original such as a playable Luigi (complete with advantages and disadvantages when compared to his brother) and a level list that shows beaten levels and which goals you achieved in them. Also included is the Mario Bros. arcade game also included in other GBA Mario games including the multiplayer mode.
There is no two player mode in Super Mario World on the SNES like NES Mario games had. Nintendo didn't fix that for the GBA version. Only the arcade Mario Bros. has multiplayer. The graphics look a little bit aged at times. Instead of Mario Bros. which was also on the first Mario Advance game, Nintendo could have added another game instead but it's a nice extra nonetheless since you buy it for SMW.
The Bottom Line
One of those few games you don't mind being a port. This is one of the games that should be in your GBA collection. Still great if you played it on the SNES, if not you'll like it even better. Must have!
by Rensch (203) on Feb 11th, 2006 · Game Boy Advance
Super Mario World marks the first time that a SNES port has actually been done to it's greatest. The game retains many of the games former glory while bringing it to a portable system. The damn awesome gameplay is back. Some losers call it easy. It is easy when you first play it. Then go into the further levels and I dare you to call it easy then. These levels have been created for the maximum enjoyment of players. It's nothing new from the original, but will still keep you glued to the GBA trying to get baddies into Bowser's balloon without getting hit. SMW's music and sound is so close to the original. While it's not the same, DEFINITELY not the same, it is excellent and keeps the funny happy go 200 cups of coffee feel. The game looks good too. While it's not up to the standards as other previously released GBA titles, the games insanely beautiful and adventurous look is back.
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The Bottom Line
Super Mario World is one of the few SNES ports that doesn't blow. This game is the one for all you GBA owners. If you like games, you'll like this. Only the most deprived, blood loving, gore-crazy maniac will hate this game. Buy this game. I give it a solid 5 out of 5
by ThE oNe (180) on Jan 5th, 2003 · Game Boy Advance
After releasing Super Mario World for the SNES, Nintendo decided to milk it's Mario cow AGAIN and port the stupid game to the GameBoy Advance in 2001.
Since that year, people can play a "classic" wherever they go!
What's good about the game? Maybe in the near future this game will be worth a lot of money and I can sell it and use the money to buy much better games like expansion packs for The Sims 3!
Oh my GOD! It's the SAME story, yet joined with new characters like the dinosaur Yoshi! Princess Peach is whisked away by that evil Bowser yet again and since she is too lazy to find a way out herself Mario and Luigi must rescue her. It may not seem to bad, but the designers obviously were unable to come up with a story from previous games. It's like that in EVERY Mario game. Rescue the stupid princess, again and again and again.
The graphics are some of the blandest looking I've ever seen in years. The backgrounds get so repetitive I feel as if I'm playing an Atari 2600 game, which have really repetitive graphics.
The music is also horrible. It loops over and over again before your ears nearly go deaf. The PC Speaker from those old IBM computers in the 80s make much better music.
All of the above things may seem pretty big, but this next one is what kills this game (and pretty much all other Nintendo-developed games). This game, is so FRUSTRATING! It's easy to die, and when Mario touches an enemy for the 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000th time you want to rip the cartridge out of your Game Boy and tear it into pieces! This game was made for children(obviously). If it's frustrating for those of us who are older, then I cannot imagine what it's like for a 8 year old!
The Bottom Line
Please do not play Super Mario World. I cannot stress this enough. Do not play ANY game developed by Nintendo, period. All of them are of abysmal quality. Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing is a much better game than this masochistic piece of garbage, and certainly a lot more fun!
by J W (103) on Nov 6th, 2010 · Game Boy Advance
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