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  • Summary: Mario hasn't even had a chance to savor his victory in the original Super Mario Advance, and already he's back for more in Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. This game is a re-creation of the Super NES classic Super Mario World, featuring every last secret exit and all 74 levels of platform-jumping action. Once again, Princess Peach has been kidnapped by the ever-diabolical Bowser, and Mario and Luigi set out on a massive adventure to rescue her. As either Mario or Luigi, you'll solve puzzles, shoot fireballs, fly, and discover the hidden secrets in Dinosaur Island. Expand
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
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  1. If you haven't already, go out and buy it now! It's an instantly classic redefinition of an already classic title from the Golden Age of gaming.
  2. The crisp sprites appear even better suited on the little screen, with the bright, colourful and incredibly well drawn, nicely animated cartoon-like sprites shining, even with GBA's legendary 'dark screen' problem.
  3. Luigi is difficult to control and it will be a new experience to take him through the whole game, but it definitely adds to the replay value of this already huge game.
  4. It's still one of the best platformers ever, now perfectly ported to GBA...a true classic. [Mar 2002, p.145]
  5. Portable "Super Mario World"... You should buy it. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  6. Super Mario Bros. Advance 2's awesome looking graphics are highly detailed and stay true to the game's source material, right down to the last pixel. Yes, down to the last pixel.
  7. Super Mario World was a historic move for the Mario franchise that deserves recognition. You certainly won't regret picking this one up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 29
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 29
  3. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    A remake of a Masterpiece. Super Mario world is one of the best games of all time.
  2. Apr 29, 2012
    Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 may have an awkward title, but it is truly a great game! The controls are solid and you are definitely in control of Mario. The world is extremely vast with many secrets, even top secrets! I always played with Luigi because Mario can not jump as high. The Mario Bros. add-on was not all that great, but it was there in cause you wanted to take a break from the game. The game was challenging and immensely exploratory. This remains one of my favorite Mario games because of its gameplay that can not be put down until the end! It is not that replayable in my opinion based merely on its size, but overall amazing buy for the Game Boy Advance! Expand
  3. May 3, 2011
    It's not a new game, but it's an excellent port of a masterpiece in the palm of your hands. Pros: Excellent visuals, control, and audio; overall, it's an unforgettable platforming experience. Cons: Not many additional features. Expand
  4. Nov 23, 2013
    This is personally my favorite Mario game of all time and along with Super Mario Bros. 3, this encapsulate the experience of how our modern Mario has come to be.

    With expert level design, classic music, and a great deal of hidden unlockables, this game is far better than the New Super Mario Bros. which follow an all too predictable structure. You'll face an enormous variety of challenges on your way to Bowser's castle, and there won't be a single moment of boredom. Even after you take down Bowser, you'll want to find all the special coins and unlock all the special stages because you want to experience this whole game, not because you feel like you need to unlock some achievement or something.
  5. Jun 28, 2013
    It's essentially the same game as the SNES version, except now you can also play as Luigi. That's not a bad thing, considering this is one of the best games of all time. Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2013
    I am sooooooo late to the review party on this, but I am retro gaming now. What a great way to play this classic. I was a Sega kid back when this was out, and missed all the SNES fun. Now that I beat the main game, 73 levels so far, I can gush about how this is a must for any gameboy advance owner. The only complaint is the addition of Luigi, he is the worst developed playable character I have ever used on a Nintendo product. He is insanely clumsy and frustrating--hence, I do not use him at all now. Expand
  7. Feb 18, 2013
    Really great, spot on port of the classic snes title, and also includes the classic Mario Bros. arcade! with updated graphics and sound, as well as a few new extras added, this is an amazing way to experience the original Super Mario World, and is a wonderful game in general. Expand

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