Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 28
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 28
  3. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. 100
    All the important elements that made "Super Mario World" a classic are preserved in this portable version and should inspire other companies to revive other SNES titles for possible GBA ports.
  2. 100
    As I played through the game there was no slowdown and everything looked crisp and just right.
  3. 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.
  4. With even more improvements made over the near-perfect SNES game, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 deserves the highest honors.
  5. 100
    It's a must-have for the Game Boy Advance, and proof positive that great game design transcends technology and time.
  6. 100
    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.
  7. 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.
  8. Game Informer
    Super Mario World represented the best of gaming a decade ago, and it has only become better with age. [Apr 2002, p.86]
  9. Pocket Games
    An excellent illustration of why games don't need fancy 3D graphics to be good. [Summer 2002, p.28]
  10. The game holds up fabulously, and the slight modifications that Nintendo has made to the game for its handheld release make it even better.
  11. 93
    Even though it takes a simple weekend to finish the game, you haven't beaten it until you've opened all 96 levels...the game has so much challenge and replay value because of all the hidden treats.
  12. A mind-meddlingly varied game that throws new ideas at you every ten paces. [NGC]
  13. 91
    As good as a platformer as we'll ever see. However, it's time that the Nintendo brain trust hits us with something new with the same level of quality.
  14. Seriously addictive - and seriously fun.
  15. A remake of the 1991 release, and it makes a great game even better.
  16. For me Super Mario World is the greatest Mario game ever, now that it's on the GameBoy Advance both my sleep and relationship are beginning to suffer, I simply can't put it down.
  17. GMR Magazine
    Portable "Super Mario World"... You should buy it. [Feb 2003, p.97]
  18. Even if you have never even played SMW, it's still fun to go out and play one of the games that truly defined the Mario franchise. This is a great game.
  19. The problem with this game for most adult gamers is that we remember it only too well! And though a surprising amount of changes have been made for this version, it's still not quite what GBA freaks deserve.
  20. 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.
  21. Nintendo Power
    Creative design, excellent challenges and tricky secrets. [Feb 2002, p.152]
  22. Those who enjoyed an inkling of SMA or this title's antecedent on the SNES platform, should not walk, but run to their nearest entertainment outlet to grab this gem.
  23. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    It's still one of the best platformers ever, now perfectly ported to GBA...a true classic. [Mar 2002, p.145]
  24. 89
    It is a masterpiece that will last for one to two weeks.
  25. Play Magazine
    Handheld gaming simply cannot get any better. [Feb 2002, p.65]
  26. 80
    One of the best 2D side scrolling games on any portable. It will have you searching its 96 levels for quite a while, and even past the end.
  27. SMW:SMA2 doesn't push the GBA by any means, it certainly doesn't matter in this case.
  28. Super Mario World was a historic move for the Mario franchise that deserves recognition. You certainly won't regret picking this one up.

Awards & Rankings

#3 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
#4 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2002
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 233 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 233
  1. Aug 16, 2011
    A remake of a Masterpiece. Super Mario world is one of the best games of all time.
  2. 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;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. Full Review »
  3. Jan 30, 2017
    Best remake ever of a game, with creativity and level-design the best I have ever seen in a 2d platform game. A game that truly can beBest remake ever of a game, with creativity and level-design the best I have ever seen in a 2d platform game. A game that truly can be replayed endlessly. Full Review »