Coming Down the Pipe in the #11 Position…
So, let’s get this straight: We’ve got an Italian plumber that is “dating” a princess, his best friend is a mushroom, he rides a dinosaur, and his rival is a confusing turtle… dragon thing. Okay, got it. No need for explanation. Why would anything in this series need an explanation with a premise like that? The odd thing about Mario and the gang is that, in spite of all the ludicrous insanity that these games have brought to us over the years, it works. Not only does it work, it works REALLY well. So well, in fact, that Mario himself has been in well over 250 games. I kid you not. He has become, unequivocally, the face of gaming. Having played the vast majority of his games myself, I can confidently say that Super Mario World has to be one of my all-time favorite Mario titles.
Who doesn’t want a dinosaur as a pet?!
The premise of this particular title doesn’t change from the run of the mill Mario adventure. Time and time again, Peach is kidnapped by Bowser because of course she is, and only a plumber can save her. This adventure, however, you are accompanied by your good ol’ pal Yoshi, who made his first appearance in this particular outing. Yoshi really is the driver of this whole game. Sure, Mario and Luigi are fun and all, but this is the first time we truly get to use the Mario/Yoshi combination… And it’s freaking awesome!
Actually, this game launched a lot of firsts that have since become staples of Mario and Nintendo lore; Yoshi, actually having names for Koopa’s kids, Mario’s yellow cape, etc. All of the Mario titles since owe a huge debt to the Super Mario World.
An Adventure to Remember…
Like I said, Mario has been in over 250 games and this one stands out as one of the best. Why? There was something about this game that just sucked me in and gave me hours upon hours of entertainment, for one thing. I still have my Super Nintendo and this is the game that rests comfortably in the game slot when the system isn’t in use. Even when I do boot up the ol’ SNES, Mario rarely leaves his well-earned resting place. The difficulty level is just high enough to still give me a challenge, but not so hard that I end up getting frustrated. This thing is perfectly balanced, and never stops being fun.
Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t argue with the impact Mario and his crew have had on gaming as a whole. I leave you with a solid 5 out of 5 for this awesome classic.