Super Mario World was released on November 21, 1990 in Japan for 8,000 Yen. Also released as a Nintendo Power edition (same game ID) on September 30, 1997.
As per Nintendo tradition, an episode of the Mario series was a launch title for a Nintendo game system (the Super Famicom in this case) and became an immense commercial success. The pack-in launch title for the Super Famicom. The game has sold over 20 million copies worldwide.
Shigeru Miyamoto had wanted Mario to have a dinosaur companion ever since Super Mario Bros., but the dinosaur couldn't fit into the limitations of the Famicom. Super Mario World marks the debut of Yoshi, Mario and Luigi's dinosaur friend.
Ranked as the 8th best game for a Nintendo console in Nintendo Power's Top 200 Games list. Ranked 7th in Official Nintendo Magazine's 100 greatest Nintendo games of all time. Won Nintendo Power's Game of the Year award in 1991. Named the fifth greatest game of all time in the final issue of Nintendo Power.
The game has often been compared to "Super Mario Bros.
", in the sense that both games 'set the bar' for all subsequent sidescrollers released on their respective systems. Super Mario World introduced many now common concepts to action gaming, such as giving the player the ability to revisit levels to find overlooked secrets. It was one of the first games to reward the player for 'getting one-hundred percent' (finding all the secret exits in the levels, many of which lead to secret levels), an idea that has since become very popular. Super Mario World is still considered by many to be one of the greatest games ever because of it's simple, yet creative and addictive gameplay.
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