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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!

Frustration

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 unlimited game.

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!

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