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Super Mario World (1990) is a running and jumping game where you help Mario on his quest to save Princess Toadstool and Dinosaur Land from Bowser and his minions. Play is similar to earlier Mario games, only here the levels are larger and have vertical height, so exploration and discovery is as much of the challenge as the well timed jumps. It stands out not only for being the first of its kind, but how it slowly lets you peel back layer upon layer to discover secrets, hidden levels and a whole host of initially unseen areas.

You explore as Mario or his brother Luigi through the varied worlds and levels with the goal of reaching the goal post at the end. You can also gain a wide range of abilities, such as the versatile Cape, Fire Flower or even ride on Yoshi, a dinosaur who can eat enemies, as well as gain abilities by eating the shells of Koopa Troopas.

Super Mario World is considered a stand out game in the series, selling more than twenty million copies. It is available in a number of releases:
  • Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (1994) SNES
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2001) on Gameboy Advance.
  • Super Mario World (Virtual Console) Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch Online as part of the classic games service.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Super Mario World 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Ellen Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Platform game with Adventure and Traversal elements. This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:


Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete. To get all the stars on all the levels can take up to 20 hours.


This game is good if you want to:

This game has helped players develop their Knowledge as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Level

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to explore levels, spot ways to find secrets and cope with duing unexpectedly.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 4-year-olds play this game:


You can only play this on older systems (Game Boy Advance, Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System) but can usually find it second hand on eBay.

Super Mario World

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There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/11/1990, updated in 2002

Out Now: 3DS and 2DS, GBA, NES, Super NES and Switch

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Platform (Adventure and Traversal)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Pixels

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

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