Super Mario Worlda game by Seichen, and Nintendo
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This was one of the first two releases for the system and undoubtedly will be the biggest seller. This Mario possesses larger characters (just check out the size of the Bullet Bob in the screen shot below!), multiple-scrolling backgrounds, and incredible sound and music. Mario also has a dragon pal, named Yossie (at least in the Japanese version) that he can ride or use as a springboard. We were blown away by the echoing sound effects when Mario is in a cavern and the transparent graphics at the ghost house (notice how you can see the house through the clouds in the screen above).
Super Mario World is a game formerly known as Super Mario Bros. 4 in Japan, developed and released by Nintendo for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). Super Mario World is a platform video game released for the first time in 1990 and followed by lots of releases and ports. Takashi Tezuka directed the game along with Shigeru Miyamoto.
The main characters are Mario and Luigi, who need to save the Dinosaur Land from the main villain of the game, Bowser. The two brothers travel across seven worlds in this huge success of the 90s, which sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. This version introduces new power-ups compared to the previous Mario games.
Later on the game was re-released three times, with Super Mario All-Stars for SNES in 1994, Super Mario Advanced for Game Boy Advance and for Wii’s Virtual Console in 2007.
The game is a 2D platformer. The player controls Mario or Luigi from a third-person perspective and shares the same gameplay as in the previous Mario games, although this version has new elements. In this game the player can also float with the help of special items and also execute jumps such as the spin jump.
There are in total two game screens: an overworld map, which displays an overhead presentation of the current world, and a level playfield. The player has to complete stages to progress through the overworld map. Each stage has its own boss that needs to be defeated in order for the player to progress.
In this release the multiplayer option is available too, allowing two players to cooperate in the game. However, the player can’t control the characters in the same time and they will have to take turns in this multiplayer option. Yoshi, a dinosaur companion that featured in the following releases as well was first introduced in this version.
The plot follows the two brothers in their vacation on Dinosaur Land, but in this time Pricess Toadstool disappears and Luigi and Mario go to save her. They come across a giant egg in the forest that hatches and gives birth to Yoshi. After finding out who their enemies are, Luigi and Mario go on a quest to defeat them and save the princess.
Super Mario World is one of the most popular games in the history of the world, regardless of which platform we consider. The game was a critical and commercial hit and still continues to receive great reviews. On Game Rankings the users voted the game with a total average of 9.6 out of 10, which is more than impressive for a game released in 1990. The game was rated as the 8th best Nintendo games and Famitsu readers rated the game as the 61st best game in the history.
As stated earlier, the game sold over 20 million copies over the world, but this is not all. Super Mario World was the pack-in title for the SNES and helped the console to become more popular, aiding Nintendo to sell around 50 million units over the world.