There’s always one game in a series that seems to stand out from the rest of the pack for whatever reason, as your favorite title in that series. For Zelda, it’s A Link to the Past, for Metroid, it’s Super Metroid, and for Mario, it has to be Super Mario World. Sure everyone is going to have their own favorites for their own reasons, but this is one game that ushered in a brand new generation, and helped shape the future of games. When it was released alongside the Super Nintendo back on August 23rd, 1991 videogames changed, simple as that. Let’s take a look back at one of my favorite videogames of all time, which just so happens to be on the Wii U Virtual Console, for all those who have never experienced this gem before, or would like to re-experience it again.
First let’s talk about the build up to launch. People tend to forget this, but Super Mario Bros. 3 was released in North America on February 12th, 1990, a year and half before the SNES’ launch. Sure I adored that game, and still say it’s one of the very best NES releases of all time, but the fact is I didn’t have very much time with it before Nintendo Power started hyping the SNES. The Super Famicom was released in November 1990, and so you can imagine how many articles the magazine started publishing about the forthcoming console. Once we started to see all these beautiful images of this next-gen system I just couldn’t believe what was right around the corner. Super Mario Bros. 3 would end up being one of my last “super hyped” NES games before I switched over to SNES mode. Needless to say, when my brother and I opened up this box, our gaming lives changed forever.
From the incredible design of the system, to the wonderful controller, we were so hyped even before we plunked the game into the system. Once we did though, well things changed. We were never the same after witnessing the first few seconds of this intro.
Looking back today I’m still amazed at how many wonderful games graced the SNES. To think that it all started with Super Mario World, and continued on from there. This was a special time for gamers, and I doubt very much we shall ever experience these feelings again. Everything felt so fresh and original, even though most of the games were simply evolutions of what came before. Whatever the case may be, the Super Nintendo, and Super Mario World will live on forever because they changed the very landscape of gaming.
If you have never had the chance to experience Super Mario World before, do yourself a favor and pick it up right away. If you haven’t played it in years, you owe it to yourself to give it another spin because classics like this are called classics for a reason.