Super Mario World
Reviewed by Nathan Cepelinski
This is my review of Super Mario World, a very great game for the
Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It starts with Mario and Luigi
wanting a vacation, so they go to Dinosaur Land. But soon, they notice
that this isn't the time for a vacation. Bowser has struck again! Mario
and Luigi must be tired of this! Bowser had kidnapped Princess Toadstool
(oh, gee, that's new!) and hidden deep under the ocean of Dinosaur Land.
Mario and Luigi must travel through 74 worlds to reach Bowser, and then
defeat him to free the princess. Does this sound easy? Believe me, it isn't!
Graphics 8.7 out of 10
he graphics of Super Mario World are great! There are backgrounds, too!
The backgrounds aren't too simple, but they're not complicated, either,
to distract you from the actual game! Scaling is also used in the game,
partly because of the built-in scaling of the SNES. For example, at the
end of the game, in the battle with Bowser, he flies toward the screen
in his funny looking flying vehicle. This may seem like a simple effect,
but really, it's not.
The foreground of the game, mostly Mario, Luigi, and the enemies, are
very detailed, unlike the backgrounds. Mario, for instance, is wearing a
red top with blue overalls that have two gold buttons. His head is
covered with his special hat, the red cap with the letter M (for Mario)
on it. Luigi is the same, except that his cap and top are green, and his
cap has the letter L (for Luigi) on it.
Music and Sound 9.5 out of 10
Boy, how catchy can video game music get? Every time I finish playing
Super Mario World, the tune is in my head for the rest of the day! Even
though all the music in the game is actually based on the same tune,
it sounds very good. Also, the music in each level is chosen by the
background picture in that level, very wisely. For instance, you could
find yourself in a Ghost House, Castle, or Fortress, listening to spooky
music. Or you could find yourself underground, hearing mostly drums.
You could also find yourself battling a boss, listening to music with
suspense. You could find yourself above ground, at night-time, listening
to the piano. Lastly, you could find yourself out in the open, on a sunny
day, listening to happy, cheerful music. When you play the game, you'll
probably agree with me that this music sounds pretty good!
Game Challenge 7.0 out of 10
Super Mario World is pretty tough to pass, but not that much. Approximately
75% of all the levels in Super Mario World are mostly easy. About all the
skills you need to pass these levels are the skills that you learned and
used in the last few levels, plus a couple of new things. On the other hand,
the other 25%, probably mostly Castles and Fortresses, might be incredibly
hard to pass for most people. In these levels, you have to learn lots of new
skills in order to pass them.
When I say that it's a little easy to pass Super Mario World, I just mean
to beat Bowser, not to get all 96 Goals. There are hidden exits of several
levels, which lead to hidden levels. And then those hidden levels might
have hidden exits in them, which lead to more hidden levels. Whenever
you pass a level in its normal way, you get one of the 96 Goals. When you
pass a level by its hidden exit, you also get a Goal. Some very hard-to-reach
hidden exits lead to an entrance to the Star Road, where you pass levels
that lead to where you can transport to different places in Dinosaur Land.
That's why the Star Road was nicknamed the Shortcut to Bowser. Also, to
"pass" a Star Road level, you need to find the hidden Goal in that level. You
would also get a goal for passing the levels normally, but that wouldn't
lead anywhere. If you find the hidden Goal in the last Star World, you'd go
to the TREMENDOUSLY hard Special Zone, with eight top secret levels. But
that's only if you're looking for all 96 Goals, so don't worry!
Game Play-Fun 9.0 out of 10
Well, all I can really say in this section is that Super Mario World is
very fun. Especially when you jump on you reptilian friend, Yoshi, and
you are able to eat up enemies!
Well, some levels in Super Mario World can get very frustrating, like, for
example, the Valley Fortress. In this level, you need to go through lots of
spikes that keep coming down from the ground, going up again, and then
coming down again. Timing is everything in this level. It might get very
annoying for most people when they are trying to pass it. So when you are
playing the game, and you're at one of these frustrating levels, just remember
that it's just a game, and it doesn't matter if you don't pass a level.
Replayability 10 out of 10
The replayability of Super Mario World is fantastic! After you pass Bowser,
don't think that you've finished the whole game, and that it's now a waste!
You can always go for all 96 Goals, which without anybody's help, should
take you as long as it took you to get to Bowser, maybe longer. Then, you
can go for the maximum number of extra lives, 99. After that, you can go
for the maximum number of points, ten million. Finally, you can do the
whole thing over again (I'm not joking!) and master all the levels, so that
you can help one of your friends pass the game! Super Mario World is an
Game Value 9.7 out of 10
Super Mario World is definitely worth its price. If you read the whole
review, than you'll agree with me. The game has great graphics, music,
challenge, replayability, and is just plain fun.
Overall 9.0 out of 10
Super Mario World is a great game overall. I recommend it to anyone that
has a Super NES. You'll really like it, I guarantee it!