Super Mario World

aka: SMW, Super Mario World: Super Mario Bros. 4
Moby ID: 6591
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Mario is having a vacation in Dinosaur Land when he learns that Princess Peach Toadstool has been kidnapped by the evil King Koopa Bowser. When Mario starts searching for her he finds a giant egg with a dinosaur named Yoshi hatching out of it. Yoshi tells Mario that his fellow dinosaurs have been imprisoned in eggs by Bowser's underlings. The intrepid plumber has to travel to their castles, rescue the dinosaurs, and eventually face King Koopa himself, forcing him to release the princess.

Super Mario World is a jump-and-run platformer and a follow-up to Super Mario Bros. 3. The gameplay is similar to previous installments and includes fast-paced platforming in (mostly) side-view stages populated by various enemies and traps, which must be completed within time limits. Mario has access to his traditional power-ups — the Super Mushroom that makes him bigger, the Fire Flower that allows him to throw little fireballs at enemies, and others. A new power-up is the Cape Feather: when wearing the cape, Mario can spin to hurt enemies, and fly as long as the player is able to sustain his balance in the air. Another new feature is the possibility to ride the dinosaur Yoshi, who can eat enemies and gain special attacks from some of them. In order to unlock certain areas, it is sometimes necessary to physically pick up and carry items (e.g. keys) and use them in appropriate places.

The game's world is divided into several large areas, each containing a number of stages. Outdoor scenarios prevail, but there are also many underground and underwater levels. Each large area has at least one ghost house, typically containing more elaborate traps and ghostly non-destructible enemies. In order to venture to the next area, the player usually has to visit a castle (a more difficult stage with harder enemies and dangerous traps) and defeat the boss enemy guarding it.

Many stages have secret exits, which lead to optional areas, such as fortresses with recurrent boss enemies, interconnected stages of the Star World, and Switch Palaces, which allow the player to materialize specifically colored bricks in all the stages, gaining access to power-ups and other secrets. Secret areas may also open access to other dinosaur types, with different abilities such as breathing fire or flying.


  • スーパーマリオワールド - Japanese spelling
  • 슈퍼 마리오 월드 - Korean spelling

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Credits (SNES version)

23 People (16 developers, 7 thanks)

Lead Director
Map Director
Area Director
Programming Director
Mario / System Programmer
Object Programmer
Background Programmer
Map Programmer
Area Data Input
Character Graphic Design
Sound Composer
Special Thanks
Executive Producer



Average score: 94% (based on 42 ratings)


Average score: 4.3 out of 5 (based on 402 ratings with 9 reviews)

A great game - possibly the best Mario Game ever!

The Good
Hmm... where to begin? To start, it had the best graphics of it's time. It has excellent music and good controls. There are 96 levels, some are hidden, some are Castle's, Fortresses or Haunted Houses. You get power-ups suck as the Mushroom, Fire flower and Magic Cape. There are lots of new and exciting enemies. Each castle is unique in it's own way and has a cool boss at the end. Each fortress has just as many enemies and traps at the castles and each has 4 Reznior's at the end. There is usually one ghost house in each of the 7 world's, and the ghost houses are usually trickier than the normal levels. You also get to ride on Yoshi and there are different colors of Yoshi that have different specialties. What can I say, great game. If you think it's to easy just try doing it with no power-up's (I completed the whole game this way - no Yoshi, either).

The Bad
Well, the game's great but there are definitely things to add here. One thing is if you play a lot you get to good and it's to easy. But the main thing I don't like about it is okay, you beat Iggy, then Morton, then Lemmy, then Ludwig and it's all cool. Then Roy is exactly the same as Morton. Should he be harder, though? Like maybe it takes 5 jumps to destroy him and he throws punches at you or something? Then Wendy's the same as Lemmy and then Larry, the last boss besides Bowser, is the same as Lemmy, the first boss! Larry should be much harder, though, since he's near the end and Lemmy was way back at the beginning!

The Bottom Line
Go get it and play it. It's fun.

SNES · by darthsith19 (62) · 2006

The king of platforms is back!

The Good
Lively graphics; Simple platform gameplay made unique; Very good, varied music; Just pure and simple fun!

The Bad
Some may find it too childish.

The Bottom Line
Ahh, good old Mario. He's back with a game that proves yet again that Mario just keeps getting better. It has all the quality gameplay of the first three in the series, plus more. The graphics are really unique and have taken a huge step forward due to the 16-bit power of the SNES. They're lively, humorous and just fit the game perfectly. For those who aren't familiar with the series, the gameplay, like with its predecessors, is the typical platform gameplay, involving koopas, and all kinds of strange creatures who just can't stop hunting you. The gameplay is very very polished and always feels very unique in every way. Let's not forget the music. Ranging from the happy, up-lifting forest tunes, to the dark and chilly haunted house melody, it just never fails to amuse you. Unless you think anything with too bright colors should only played by children, this is one game you'll just love, no matter what your age.

SNES · by BigJKO (64) · 2002

Super Mario World: Super Mario Bros. 4 - A Timeless Masterpiece

The Good
Engaging and well-balanced gameplay mechanics. Vibrant and meticulously designed levels offering diverse challenges. Introduction of innovative power-ups like the Cape Feather and Yoshi. Nostalgic charm with colorful graphics and memorable characters.

The Bad
Limited multiplayer options compared to later Mario titles. Some players might find certain levels overly challenging.

The Bottom Line
Super Mario World: Super Mario Bros. 4 remains a timeless masterpiece in gaming history. With its exceptional level design, engaging gameplay, and nostalgic charm, it's an absolute must-play for gamers of all ages. Despite minor drawbacks, its enduring appeal secures its position as a classic 2D platformer, earning it a well-deserved spot in the hall of fame.

SNES · by Riccardo Bastoni · 2023

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1001 Video Games

The SNES version of Super Mario World appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


This game took approximately 29,000 hours to program. (Sources: Nintendo, World Features Syndicate)


Super Mario World sold over 20 million copies and is,a so 2003, the second best-selling Mario game (only behind the original Super Mario Bros., which sold over 40 million), the best selling Super NES game and the best selling 4th generation console game ever. The reason for those huge sales: It was the original "pack-in" game for the Super Nintendo. A copy was included in the package when you bought a new SNES.


Shigeru Miyamoto wanted to have Mario ride an animal since Super Mario Bros. (among other discarded ideas), but couldn't figure out how to make it work within the limits of the Famicom's graphical capabilities. This was finally resurrected in Super Mario World as Yoshi.

Yoshi's arms in the game are orange no matter what color Yoshi you are riding. Art on the box and in the game manual portray only green Yoshi with green arms. The re-release on the Game Boy Advance now has each color Yoshi with arms matching the color of his skin.


  • EGM
    • 1992 Buyer's Guide - Best SNES Game of the Year
    • November 1997 (Issue 100) - ranked #11 (Best 100 Games of All Time) (SNES version)
    • February 2006 (Issue 200) – ranked #88 out of 200 of the "Greatest Games of Their Time"
  • Game Informer
    • Issue #100 (August 2001) – #46 in the "Top 100 Games of All Time" poll
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1992 – Best SNES Game in 1991
  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #2 Best Game Of All Time (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue #37 – #1 in the "Top 25 Platformers of All Time" poll

Information also contributed by Big John WV, Echidna Boy, Marquerite Richardson, MegaMegaMan and PCGamer77


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Game added by Kartanym.

Wii added by Corn Popper. Arcade, Wii U added by Michael Cassidy. Nintendo Switch added by Kam1Kaz3NL77. New Nintendo 3DS added by Harmony♡.

Additional contributors: chirinea, Mumm-Ra, Sciere, Joshua J. Slone, Alaka, Luchsen, Patrick Bregger, Thomas Thompson, Michael Cassidy, Rik Hideto, FatherJack, A.J. Maciejewski.

Game added June 6, 2002. Last modified May 9, 2024.