- Number of Players
- Release Date
Game Boy Advance
- 9th Feb 2002
- 12th Apr 2002
- 14th Dec 2001
Wii U eShop
- 3rd Apr 2014, ¥700
- 25th Dec 2014, $7.99
- 10th Mar 2016, £6.29
Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (Subscription)
- 26th May 2023
A world in no need of change
Having Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World exist alongside the original Super Mario World is like having two legit copies of the Mona Lisa hanging in the Louvre: each is fundamentally a masterpiece, and any attempt to compare the two is mostly going to come down to nitpicking about the way each is framed and whether...
Update: Available now!
Update [Fri 26th May, 2023 03:05 BST]: Switch Online's GBA app has now been updated - meaning Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscribers can now access Super Mario Advance, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 and
EarthBound! Donkey Kong! Fire Emblem!
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Catching up on history
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Kids will believe anything these days
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When Super Mario World was released in 1991, it turned the action/platform genre on its head.
The game's incredible depth and unrivaled creativity made it an instant success, and even today it stands up to the test of time. Ten years later, other game designers are still striving to create a platform game as intense and challenging as Super Mario World. It's hard to believe that the entire adventure has been wrapped up in a portable package, but it's true. From graphics to gameplay, Super Mario Advance 2 recreates the classic Super Mario World experience perfectly. The development team even used a special color palette designed to make this one of the brightest, most vibrant GBA game to date.
While planning the perfect vacation on Dinosaur Island, things go awry for Mario and Luigi when they learn that Princess Peach has once again been kidnapped by the ever-diabolical Bowser. Being chivalrous plumbers, Mario and Luigi set out on a massive adventure to rescue their long-time friend. To reach their goal, they'll have to crush Bowser's evil Koopalings and solve some of the most challenging puzzles they've ever faced.
Players can choose to play as either Mario or Luigi before entering a level. Mario is more speedy than his brother, and Luigi can float in the air longer than his pudgy sibling (a new feature in the Super Mario Advance version). By collecting power-ups, both brothers can take advantage of awesome special abilities. A Mushroom makes Mario grow, a Fire Flower allows him to shoot fireballs, and a feather equips Mario with a Cape. The Cape can be used to eliminate enemies, or it can also enable Mario to fly briefly if he has enough space to get a running start.
Other moves include a block-breaking Spin Jump and the ability to carry items like Shells and P-Switches. P-Switches turn blocks into coins and vice versa, which provides plenty of fodder for fun, perplexing puzzles. Another great gameplay feature is the ability to ride Yoshi. In fact, Yoshi's very first video game appearance was in Super Mario World. When riding Yoshi, Mario or Luigi can make their dino pal slurp up enemies, regurgitate fireballs and carry special items.