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Super Mario Advance 2: Why can't they leave a good thing alone?
By Aidan J Spurrill   

Last edited: Friday, May 03, 2002
Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2002

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The Game Boy Advance port of the classic SNES title, Super Mario World, isn't much of an advance. Actually, the original was better.

When I picked up the display GBA at my local Real Canadian Superstore and noticed that the showcase title of the day was Super Mario Advance2, I expected to play an encore presentation of the SNES classic I already knew and loved. As it turned out, the game was all I expected, plus some new features that apparently were thrown in to detract from the overall quality of the game and to make the player want to murder that fat little plumber.

Ok, the gameplay itself is identical to its predecessor, and all the original levels seem to be here, and Yoshi is back in all his glory. Both Mario and Luigi are playable, and have varying abilities; something I don't remember being the case in the SNES original. Luigi, being taller, can jump higher--with a painfully ugly jumping animation I know wasn't in the original game--but is also a larger target.

The game's graphics seem to be identical to the orginal, although I have to admit they looked better on a TV. As for control, the GBA control scheme is functional, but not nearly as natural feeling as the SNES version's.

Sound is where the whole game is ruined. Oh yeah, the music's fine, with all the classic tunes from the orginal making it to the GBA, but some good-intentioned techie decided to add Voice clips for the two plumbers. But you know what they say about the road to hell being paved with good intentions, right?

I'd have greatly preferred it if the developers had gotten lazy and stolen the voice clips from Mario 64, but no, they had to record new ones.
After hearing Mario say "Ah, Momma Mia!" while dying for the second time you'll want to keep the little freak alive just to avoid hearing his painfully bad voice. You'll also start wanting to avoid power ups that could save your life just so you don't hear him say"Dat's just what I needed" again. To make matters worse, Luigi's voice is even more grating and painful to listen to. Of course, you could just play the game with the volume at zero, but then the catchy music would also be shut off.

Another amazing new feature I discovered in this port involved jumping. Whenever Mario or Luigi land a jump, they automatically step froward. This is exceedingly annoying when you're trying to land on a single-square block, which you are required to do on several occasions. The new jumping system also makes it nearly impossible to get back on Yoshi if an enemy knocks you off. It was already hard enough to get back on the freakin' dinosaur on SNES, but if you fall off on the GBA version, you might as well just go on without the extremely helpful little dino.

After playing this game once, I couldn't recommend it to anyone. If you want to play Mario World, buy a SNES and the original cartrige. The SNES version was excellent, but this port is a slapdash hackjob that never should've made it onto the store shelves.

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Reviewed by sharon gallagher 12/30/2002
it was ok but im not able to get from world 5 to world 6,even though i have cleard all of world 5 it brough6t me back 2 a level a allready cleard. how the hell do i grt on to the next level
Reviewed by Charlotte Spurrill 12/13/2002
ROTFL Your reviews are always worth reading b/c they are sooooooooooooooo funny. Loved this!
Reviewed by Amanda 11/10/2002
I think that the version of this game on GBA is excellent. Of course, it can get very frusterating at times that I just have to turn the volume all the way down, and I sometimes get bored with it very easily, but overall, I think it is a great game that is lots of fun!
Reviewed by Mertie D. Taylor 6/26/2002
excellent! i think it is a much better version than SNES. the color is much better, the charachter's voices are nice just like the first SUPER MARIO ADVANCE. also i like the ability to take a break to play the classic arcade. It would be nice to bake a game with all the original Mario games, like 1,2,3 and MARIO WORLD on one, and the arcade,PAPER MARIO, and MARIO64 on another.
thanks, for i do not have NES or SNES!
Reviewed by Aidan Spurrill 6/5/2002
And again I receive a perfect 10 after my "grammer" is cited as poor. I'd appreciate honest ratings, people. If this was being hadned in to a teacher for marks, I would lose marks for bad grammar, so why do people insist on giving me perfect scores on pieces that they sayare imperfect?
If my work is bad give me a bad mark! If it's okay, give me an okay mark!
Be honest! A low mark won't hurt my feelings. If you're being honest, I don't mind a low rating!
Reviewed by Esther Spurrill (Reader) 5/14/2002
Great review, but your grammar needs some work. Guess I won't be buying Mario Advance (not that I planned to anyway).

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