Written by Steve.
Originally written for Games I Own, Like And
Hate, Steve wrote a book about the game when I usually just have a few
paragraphs for it, but I didn't mind despite the fact it stretched the page to
Then I came to my senses and realised "jeez this is stretching the
page to ridiculous levels" several months later and thought it'd work best as a
General Writing, for that way it could actually have breaks, pictures, and other
such things. Plus, it's about time there was a General Writings review that was
positive for once.
Aside from the pictures and formatting and
whatnot, the text is unchanged from Steve's original write-up, so any
opinions you disagree with can be blamed on him. And it was actually Shigefumi
Hino who designed Yoshi, but I won't hold that against ya Steve :]
After what felt like a lifetime in front of the Spectrum ZX4 and loads of
other crap I could never really comprehend, a majority of the time spent waiting
for the ancient machine to load its green cassettes, father dearest returned
home after a hard day’s work down at the grind (work) and I suddenly find myself
in the possession of one of the most powerful machines back in the day! A Super
Nintendo Entertain System, or SNES for the abbreviation jockeys.
After being told to wait patiently for him to connect it up to the TV and get
the whole thing set up for playability purposes, the whole family gathered
around and father flicked the switch.
INSTANTANEOUSLY, the screen turned to blue sky, the grass was green, underground
was kind of biscuity coloured and a little man with a huge nose ran across
jumped on some turtles, picked up its shell, released it towards a rotating
block and lo and behold! a green dinosaur pops out!
Naturally, my first impressions of the game was: “Wow, this doesn’t take the
timing equivalence of a full course dinner with some after dinner wafer thin
mints to load”. Naturally I went to make myself a peanut butter and jam sandwich
while my father (who’s still the bigger kid than I am) sat down to play the
He didn’t get very far. And I enjoyed my sandwich so much I made myself another
and made myself sick on that and packets of cheese and onions crisps… but that’s
Many years passed and Super Mario World came to be one of the favourites.
The graphics were pretty – beautiful, I’d almost go to say. I’m not a member of
the spriting community or anything like that, so I like the sprites and
backgrounds that were used. The world map was ingenious! The sprites are
simplistic compared to later (and possibly earlier) games, but these stand the
test of time that 15 or 16 years later they are still being used by the
The actually adventure itself is breathtaking! Kind of… but it’s damn
exhilarating for a 2D platformer! Cheapness isn’t a problem… well, for me
anyway. I feel if you jump out into the wild blue yonder there’s always going to
be a 50/50 chance of survival or excruciating death at the bottom of the screen.
The game as a whole has stood the test of time, as many would attest to! Sure
the sprites have been overused to death hundreds of times over, but it goes to
show that once again they’re top quality. And with the brilliant invention of
Yoshi, Shigeru Miyamoto can look back and smile at creating a masterpiece – a
work of art if you’d want to be so bold!
On a side note, ’tis a shame his wonderful creation of Yoshi has never properly
been used since the sequel Yoshi’s Island (unless you want to count Yoshi’s
As a nostalgia hit one night, friends and I were discussing the brilliance that
is this game and we eventually had to dig the machine out and play. Four guys,
two teams, as Mario, one as Luigi. Excellence ensued. (On a personal note, it
didn’t help that my team were expert Super Mario players, and the other team
sucked, they couldn’t quite figure out how to run whilst accomplishing other
things… sad story, but we completed it in about 3-4 hours, ’twas a fun filled
evening, with laughs and beers all around!)
It seems this review talks about everything but the actual game in depth. That’s
because it’s not just the game that makes it so great, it’s the very essence of
playing it, remembering it and having a great time with it. Sure, you can sit on
your own and try to get all 96 exits (we’ve got 95) but for a more fun filled
experience play it with friends or in a group or with your family or something!
And remember the days when the world was young, Nintendo was innocent, Mario
first met Yoshi, everyone actually acknowledged Luigi’s existence, and Bowser
did a damn fine job of kidnapping Peach (or Princess Toadstool) but of course
Mario did a better job or rescuing her!
Because that’s what this game is, folks: a nostalgia trip!
And for those of you who haven’t experienced it: buy, borrow, bootleg or even
steal a Super Nintendo to play this on! Because the original experience is the