User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 90
  2. Negative: 4 out of 90

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  1. Nanask
    Oct 16, 2003
    0
    This is a game that wastes your time.
  2. Alex
    Jul 8, 2006
    3
    Too hard, took so long just to get through the first two worlds, and thats with the guide.
Metascore
94

Universal acclaim - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. But amidst all this dispensable extra substance is the core mechanic of Mario; the one thing that holds true to the series, and one thing that ensures Mario is leaps and bounds ahead of its platforming peers - inertia. The faster you run, the higher you jump. It's a brilliantly simple concept that works perfectly.
  2. The bottom line is that this is Mario hop-n-bop action at its finest, with a goodly amount of minigames thrown into the mix for good measure... As great as it ever was. [Fall 2003, p.38]
  3. 97
    They just don’t make games like this any more, and this particular game really shows us how far we’ve come and that you don’t need flashy graphics and surrond sound to have a mind-blowing game.