Super Mario Advance Game Boy Advance

Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Not only will expose a whole new generation to one of the classics, it will challenge those who remember it the first time around.
  2. You may argue that Mario Advance is old fashioned, but it’s a testament to the strength of the gameplay that it still pulls you in and keeps you fixed to your Game Boy.
  3. There are tons of bright, varied colors and it’s definitely eye-candy. This isn’t the best I’ve seen (Iridion 3D, Pitfall and Tony Hawk 2 look incredible) but it’s still pretty. I still can’t believe this is all on a handheld.
  4. 90
    With its more strategic pace and multiple choices of characters, you can't go wrong.
  5. 90
    And even in its diminutive form, the game feels exactly the same as it always has—pros, cons, and all.
  6. Its finest qualities are its simplicity, depth, superior graphics and outright compelling gameplay.
  7. The music is a wonderful addition and overall the game is just entertaining. Even the instruction manual is colorful and thorough.
  8. The added features, and classic gameplay makes for one great game.
  9. My overall experience with Mario Advance was a good one even though it lacks originality. It’s a blast from the past – the control even feels the same – and it brought back some fond gaming memories.
  10. Super Mario Advance might be nothing more than a beefed-up port of an old game, but hell, it’s a Nintendo classic.
  11. Effectively highlights the power of the handheld with its brilliant, rich visuals and will provide hours of challenging fun, especially for those who haven't played the original games on which it is based.
  12. Odd naming system. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  13. 80
    You've already seen it all, and much that's new has an empty, unsatisfying air about it that there should be lots more of this good stuff. But if you do pick up Super Mario Advance, I can pretty much promise you won't regret it for a second.
  14. It's not new, but it still provides more fun than most games you currently find on the market.
  15. The best version of Super Mario 2/Mario Brothers on the market. If that’s what you’re looking for, buy this game. If you’re expecting more than a port of a ten year old game, though, you may be disappointed.
  16. 80
    If you think back to the days when you plunked quarter after quarter into the SM series of games (or played them on the NES) with fondness, you'll have a ball reliving it with a fresh coat of paint.
  17. My advice -- hold on to your $30 until Nintendo releases the inevitable sequels to Super Mario Advance featuring games far worthier of another look.
  18. It’s unfortunate that Nintendo didn’t release an all-new side scrolling Mario game.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. Jul 6, 2014
    Game: Super Mario Advance Genre: Adventure/Platformer Developer: Nintendo System: Gameboy Advance (GBA) Total Score: 76/100 Value Score: 7.6/10

    • Story: 5/10
    • Characters: 9/10
    • GamePlay: 8/10
    • Graphics: 8/10
    • Sound: 8/10
    • Music: 8/10
    • Length: 6/10
    • Replay Value: 5/10
    • Player Value: 9/10

    +Visual animations have been changed and improved along with some enemy sprites
    +Voices have been added to characters including bosses and mini bosses
    +Includes Mario Bros. as a secondary game

    -All the weirdness of the original SMB2 is still intact along with the inclusion of awkward voices of the birdos.
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  2. Nov 9, 2011
    Enhanced versions of Super Mario Bros. 2 and Mario Bros. are what is on this game. They both are very fun to play, especially Super Mario Bros. 2, which captures the same fun that the original has. Full Review »
  3. Jun 14, 2011
    Weirdest Mario ever! Thank goodness they returned to the original formula for 3 (and every 2D Mario since.) That being said, the strangeness of this one is it's charm, and I can't believe that there are so many characters here that havn't been seen since. Full Review »