Friday, January 27, 2017

After the Fact - Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)

With 2016 passed by and 2017 emerging with more and more new things in store, I'm hyped not only for Nintendo's next console; the Nintendo Switch, but any upcoming Mario titles for the console. In this post, I'll be discussing the next game of the plumber in the main Super Mario series after 3D World on the Wii U: Super Mario Odyssey. We all have yet to find just when Nintendo plans to release it this year, so I'll be discuss the subjects of it's trailer, gameplay mechanics shown within it, and my overall anticipation for it during my wait. So without further delay, let's get down to business.

Trailers for games with possible potential always hype me with absolute excitement. My hype for this (at least deep inside myself) felt a lot like Youtuber Josh Scorcher's strong anticipation for Zelda's Hyrule Warriors on the Wii U about four years ago. That's right; I'm hyped for this more than anything else for this year. From films, to TV, you get the idea. Getting back to the trailer, it's one that pumped me with excitement when we're given glimpses of moments like Mario entering the city and even running past and by your normal typical humans, jumping off HIGH BUILDING HEIGHTS, bouncing off car hood, and swinging off night lights on the street. Equally as much as any plaformer with real potential besides Rare's upcoming Yooka Laylee (which arguably hearkens back to the days of Conker's Bad Fur Day and Donkey Kong 64 (or just any 3D Platformers on the N64),  while also acting as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie), Super Mario Odyssey is worth waiting for after it introduced those exciting new features in it's great gameplay mechanics. Speaking of which...

Ultimately when comes down to it, what usually makes you super excited for a particular game? (You guessed it!) The gameplay footage a la its trailer. And with Odyssey's footage, I feel it'll be something like the first ever kid-friendly Grand Theft Auto of gaming. (At least in terms of an initial concept) One of my favorites is that you platform from building to building like you're actually in New York City (except in this upcoming installment, it's renamed "New Pork City") as well one of Mario's newest uses of both a platform to bounce on and a boomerang to throw; his own cap. (Though I am still curious about the eyes on the "M" of Mario's hat) I feel Mario's leap and falls from high heights on things like city buildings will be something like any 3D outings after Sunshine (on the Gamecube), so I won't be worrying to much about what Nintendo does with the game when it comes to that stuff.

The thing that will stun me most though when the game's release date comes as if the ENTIRE city is one BIG hub to goof around in. (Much like GTA itself) It may have been fun to do the same thing in both 64 and Sunshine, but I will admit however that you don't need much of a hub in any Mario game similar to it to make the game that much more fun. If Nintendo doesn't make plans to make the biggest hub world in Mario history, fine by me. But at least give the game the same platforming bliss as always, Nintendo. Other footage shown like the robotic caterpillar on top of the Empire State-like building, a giant chef-dressed bird, a golden lion Mario was briefly seen riding on, Cap shops for Mario to make exchanges (possibly), and Bowser's army with Airships and his new makeover of a suit also pump me up with boiling blood for the game even more so there's one too many things for me discuss.

To make myself very clear, this upcoming Mario title for the Nintendo Switch is one thing I'm anticipating for more than anything (more than even the other subject, which I won't go into detail for those who can't stand it unlike me, and even the Switch itself). I am waiting with bated breath for more things like the next Super Smash Bros. and the new features in the re-release of Mario Kart 8 (or Mario Kart 8 Deluxe I should say), but if you know me very well, you clearly know I'm a total sucker for Mario titles, and just anything Nintendo (but most of all Mario). I also have a thing for platformers, specifically kid-friendly ones (meaning I have not played Conker's Bad Fur Day and won't bother doing so), so that would definitely explain to you why I'm not that much into first or third-person games, nor others like Hack N' Slash ones. So to wrap this up, Odyssey is what I want most this year, but even despite that statement, I'll still be anticipating other good things with possible potential as well.

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Friday, January 20, 2017

MLP:FIM ~ Top Ten Underrated Episodes

They definitely deserve more love and praise. Welcome to another MLP post, bronies and pegasisters, and today I'm counting down my picks for the Top Ten Underrated Episodes. For this list, I'm looking at the those episodes of the series that, despite how much they've either been overlooked or underappreciated, deserve a better rep than they have at this point. Once again, I'm not ranking these on how good they are, but rather how much I feel they deserve less hatred or whatever.

Also, don't forget to check out my list of the Top Ten Overrated My Little Pony Episodes...

S4, E11, P71, OE76

Is it a crime to include an episode of Discord on this list? Besides the fact that he's still my favorite character, Three's A Crowd itself just screams 'humorous', I know some might disagree and call Discord's antics for this episode rather annoying, but if you ask me, I think he was just fine since he was his normal trolling-self of course, and that his blue flu and 'Glass of Water' song both crack me up hysterically. I'm even happy to state that one user on Deviantart considered it her favorite episode of the series via her version of the MLP Controversy Meme (at least at this point). There are also three kinds of people in the fandom; (1) those who love Discord's newer redeemed self, (2) those who don't, and (3) those who just find him nonsensical (redeemed or not).

Whether or not Discord's one of your favorite characters of the series, we can all make an agreement that he was phenomenally hilarious in this underrated Season 4 installment. In fact, his humorous antics make this more and more awesome to point where it's even my "rewatchable" episodes category (as you've probably seen my consider it on my list of rewatchable episodes). No matter who else judges it for things like Discord's antics, I'll always have this for the rest of the series as one of the best of all time.

S2, E17, P41, OE43

I could've chosen the first Hearth's Warming episode (aka my most rewatchable episode) since its sequel often overshadow it. But I had to go with Hearts and Hooves Day since I see one too many reviews or ratings for it on the fact that its humor is despised only for how *stupid* it is. Either way, I find it very humorous and realistic when I look more clearly at it. When you look more clearly at the love poison and the details, you can really understand why Big Mac and Cheerilee do a bunch of lovey dovey talk that it would really crack you up. Even the script makes for something both hilarious and rewatchable. I can see why you haters may not like it that much, but since I find its humor and plot more realistic than bogus like Ponyville Confidential or other holiday-themed installments like both Nightmare Night episodes, I don't think it deserves that much rant.

S5, E14, P98, OE105

Canterlot Boutique is the original The Saddle Row Review, but with more complex and realistic elements of an actual episode with great portrayals of its characters without any really annoying stereotypes. I've already included Row Review as a dishonorable mention on my most overrated episodes list, but Boutique of Season 5 doesn't get much attention since it isn't considered creative by most as other episodes of the show's seasons. By my standards though, I can see an episode that gives a character like Rarity so much potential and hope for her true character traits. If Rarity Takes Manehattan deserves a better rep than some people once gave it (as it didn't do so well with high enough reception- at least among its first airing), then I think an episode with a similar idea to it like Canterlot Boutique deserves better since it made Rarity's character just as great as Season 4 did.

Too bad she's less than what she used to be despite still being favorable after P.P.O.V. (Pony Point of View).

S4, E4, P64, OE69

Now here's an episode I feel is a bit overshadowed by other episodes of the same concept (like Read It and Weep) and of other episodes of the same writer who wrote for it; Dave Polsky (like For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils and Twilight Time). I've always loved adventurous episodes involving the likes of Daring Do and Rainbow Dash, but this doesn't get much attention or love thanks to one of Daring Do's untold villains (the greedy Dr. Cabbleron) and for the fact that its predecessor overshadowed it as I said. Honestly though, I think its plot was done fantastically considering it has all the factors an awesome episode should have; a realistic plot, proper character portrayals, and any other elements you'd expect in a good episode all around.

I don't understand everyone's reason(s) for hating it so much (because I'm not a know-it-all), but since this makes my list of underrated episodes, I really feel it doesn't deserve any of the hatred it receives.

S4, E21, P81, OE86

Despite how terrible she was written (along with Twilight) in Season 6, Rainbow Dash at least had better and more realistic character development throughout the show's first four seasons. And Season 4's Testing Testing 1, 2, 3 is no exception. In some moments, I can relate to it like another brony who also loves Thomas the Tank Engine (like Zack does). Some of these particular scenes include those where Rainbow Dash constantly goofs off without paying any real attention to those teachings and lessons of the Wonderbolts from both Twilight and the other Mane Six members, and even sitting through all that knowledge not even seeming amused or told enough. This may be where Rainbow Dash is like some student of any grade who goofs off in class, but I think it's the perfect way of helping teachers of specific students to learn to help their students to desperate to be taught about the important things of history (and other subjects) by finding the perfect way to teach them; even if it's strolling through a town observing their surroundings.

S4, E6, P66, OE71

Too many people shun this only because it rips off a lot of other superheroes - mainly in comics, but I just don't get any of that. Whatever the case of those who dislike this may be, I still like it for its entertainment factor which makes for an entertaining and joyful experience. If you don't like it for being a ripoff of other superhero franchises, you're entitled to your opinion, but that's a bit harsh. The story may not be one of the newest things a series has ever done, but at least we got a fresh formula that really stands out above the first disaster that tried its own hand at this kind of concept (even if you don't see it clearly) known as The Mysterious Mare Do Well. If the villain isn't really good enough for you, then I think the action will be. And yes, I do agree that the antagonist of the episode/Spike's comic book (the Mane-iac) isn't that cool, but on the brightside, she and her henchponies make for some awesome action against the Power Ponies as I said.

The morals were both great even those who hate this don't agree with me that much, and overall for its awesome action, awesome but recycled and overhated plot, and well-delivered messages of friendship, Power Ponies is not as bad as those might think, and I myself think it deserves a much better rep.

S5, E16, P100, OE107

People may hate TV episodes and movies because they lack excitement. With Made in Manehattan  though (for MLP), I feel it's proof that excitement doesn't matter in anything as long as you give it a complex and realistic storyline for the sake of either developing characters, add something new to a series, or just give a show much needed potential - and this sequel to Rarity Takes Manehattan does exactly that. Coco Pommel is also an underrated character with a lovely personality and charming traits to her true character, but the main thing that makes this awesome is its new idea of a plot involving them fixing up theater to help Coco herself to put it all together after learning of just how much she loved doing it as a young filli. I will admit more entertaining episodes are better than this, but I still just can't help consider it admirable since Rarity, Applejack, and Coco, all at the same time, develop excellently here, that they become even more charming to this series of ponies.

The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone, Top Bolt, and Viva Las Pegasus were admittedly better installments from my standpoint, but writer Noelle Benvenuti honestly deserves more shots at Friendship Is Magic. Add in the fact that both of her episodes have that "rewatchable" factor to them, and you have two outings that come out as achievements that really don't try to disappoint you. But seriously, I don't think it deserves poor reception just cause it lacks entertainment like some of Season 5's Premiere The Cutie Map.

S4, E24, P84, OE89

Spike doesn't seem to get a lot of good installments or treatment throughout Friendship Is Magic, but he's been superb in pretty much every episode he's taken part in; and yes, even the sloppy ones like The Crystalling and The Times They Are A Changeling. Spike is honestly one of the most sympathetic characters in My Little Pony since he's been getting pretty good development throughout all six seasons and he's really just impossible to loathe...except for maybe very few mean-spirited abominations that made him (and few other characters) all OOC like Ponyville Confidential, but I digress that factor. Considering this was one of Spike's major shining roles, Equestria Games makes him a hero yet again after the Season 3 Premiere and despite Spike's nonsensical anthem song, he's at least proven himself a powerful character who's willing to save an empire in any time of danger.

And for that matter, I can't help but defend any redeeming qualities about it over any bits of its imperfection.

S5, E6, P90, OE97

It seems episodes centered around Appleoosa don't get much attention or love since episodes in other places like Canterlot and the Crystal Empire (at least for those besides Ponyville in Equestria) get more attention for their ideal concepts. Like Made in Manehattan however, concept still doesn't matter; story and morals (at the same time) trump concept and entertainment in an episode. An episode still needs good pacing and a real story to be good, and I feel Appleoosa's Most Wanted takes both of them into account. Sure, it's not the best episode of Season 5, nor that of episodes that take place in Appleoosa, but with a sympathetic pony like Trouble Shoes having just enough backstory to make you feel for him, spot on performances by the Crusaders, and a wonderful moral Trouble Shoes stated, Most Wanted deserves better than what most give it.

Before I get to my top pick, here are some
Honorable Mentions

S5, E22, P106, OE113

I know I've already included one involving you-know-who, and it may be just me, but I think I've lied this whole time and gone back to liking the most hated episode involving my favorite character of the series. Whilst I can't say it's a masterpiece, What About Discord? did show that it's okay to be jealous (better than Green Isn't Your Color ever could), Discord's trolling no matter how far he goes makes for a humorous experience, and Twilight deserved what she got coming to her for missing out on Discord's weekend with her friends. The characters were all great, the moral was superb, and the plot was so entertaining that I prefer this over...

Just kidding.
Nope, I currently still hate it.

S5, E19, P103, OE110

But, I'm not kidding with TOWPPK. I can't say this is intensely incredible either, but I do have to say this isn't as bad or pointlessly stupid as most people would consider it to be. People say its humor is just plain stupid just cause of the fact that Pinkie tries way too hard to keep Cadance's and Shining Armor's new baby suprise for Twilight a secret. But I think its fun for her to try keep it sealed as best as possible although I wouldn't call this the funniest episode of the show. I also think it's great that writer Gillian M. Berrow tries her hand at the show for once and not just the comics, and frankly I feel as though she succeeded here. This is basically where she handles and balances the humor properly with just enough of it and every other element to make a good episode.

This may not be Pinkie's best effort (whereas that would still be Pinkie Pride), but it was at least something new with quirky performances and laughs, a charming storyline, wonderful moral (despite not being admitted clearly enough even towards the end of it...sadly), and great development for Equestria's Element of Laughter, The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows easily earns my top spot as the episode I feel deserves a lot less hatred than many give it, and I really can't wait for Berrow's next two installments in Season 7 this year. So good luck to you, Gillian.

Do you agree with my list? What do think is the most underrated episode of Friendship Is Magic?

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MLP:FIM ~ Top Ten Overrated Episodes

A lot of episodes may be worthy of praise, but these outings don't exactly deserve the status that they're clearly at. Welcome back, bronies and pegasisters, and now that I'm back with more MLP, I'm counting down my picks for the Top Ten Most Overrated Episodes (of Friendship Is Magic). For this list, I'm looking at well known episodes of the show that I feel don't quite deserve that particular level of rep given by fans. I'm not saying all of these episodes are bad, in fact, some of them are admirable. But this list isn't about how good (or bad) they are, this list mainly focuses on my thoughts on them as to why I feel they've gotten too much attention and earned more than they should've gotten upon first airing.

S6, E17, P125, OE134

I think any episode with Discord having a major staring role (minus What About Discord? and To Where and Back Again of course) can be considered good, but Dungeons & Discords isn't quite favorable enough for me to call great. Don't get me wrong when I say I think its concept and plot were both greater than other episodes I personally favor, but my main problem is how it barely lives up to its title and that it takes absolutely no place in a dungeon whatsoever. Instead, for most of the plot we have wonky pacing where the board is basically explained by Spike instead of Discord immediately bringing it to life to make its plot more realistic.

Now I won't disrespect any of you who like any of the episodes you'll be seeing on this countdown so much, but I feel among some of you, all of these entries aren't criticize clearly enough with any flaws they might have. But getting back to Dungeons, thank Celestia though this at least brought Discord's potential back after Neal Dusedau nearly destroyed (or more appropriately, got rid of) it towards the end of Season 5.

S1, E20, P19

I find all of McCarthy's episodes to be spot on (at least the ones she's written the teleplay for), but they aren't all favorable or perfect. If there's one thing Green Isn't Your Color isn't, its rewatchable. The reason for this (at least for me) is that Photo Finish has an obnoxious personality that I really can't stand, and that Rarity often gets rejected. I will admit the message that comes across it is great, but the plot really doesn't make for something I'd look back on. A decent effort by McCarthy, but giving Fluttershy too much credit and rejecting Rarity isn't something I like to sit through more than just one time (and one time only).

S5, E13, P97, OE104

Now this is no doubt a divisive choice for an episode. (Or should I basically just say MOST- if not all of these entries are) But this is the episode where Princess Luna lost all of her mojo she once had and instead was derailed into a dangerous crybaby to Equestria for the second time. And to think, she did that just cause she harmed Equestria when she was only possessed as Nightmare Moon even before the show's pilot's plot. And I have to say it no longer holds up as something admirable for me since now that I look at it more clearly, the moral was atrocious - and also something dangerous to teach children. The one and only reason people ever instantly favor this is because of all the action it provided as to making everypony's dreams clever, but really, all of them (the Mane Six's specifically) are all cliched and not very interesting. A TV episode really should not be praised for any visual effects or concept. These are plots I'm talking about. And so if they aren't properly constructed enough to tell a real story with heart, then they fail their purpose to exist even for their shows.

I've also made another comment on Luna's character on my second collab with Zack Wanzer the Railfan Brony, and to sum Luna up best nowadays: "Pinkie slandering about her in Luna Eclipsed is bad enough, not to mention she's often treated like Starlight when it comes to turning characters into nothing but pointless plot devices, but the fact that Magic Sheep completely wrecked her true character is honestly proof enough that even die-hard Luna fans really need to look more clearly at her personality, and not just (and only) the things that she's capable of doing. (Because really, we obviously blame Scott Sonneborn for ruining her)." And no disrespect or offense to any of you who love Luna so much, but for those of you who like only for what she can do, you really should not judge her only for she can do because as Bridle Gossip taught us all; "Don't judge a book by its cover."

S2, E9, P33, OE35

Meghan McCarthy never ceases to impress me with her writing, but Color and Elite don't earn or win my attention or praise over. Rarity has been a great character despite losing a bit of mojo during Season 6 (see my second collab with the Railfan Brony for more details), but here, she was a little too overracting, and the rest of the Mane Six felt more like embarrassing nincompoops than their true characters as to think about Rarity equally as much as she clearly thought about Twilight at first during her visit to Canterlot. I feel this isn't criticized enough in that one particular sense, and a lot consider it to be the best of the season...or at least better than others that had more humorous and realistic plots than this. I can respect McCarthy's ideas for delivering morals throughout innovative plots, but no writer of any particular TV series in general is perfect. (And the less said about her involvement with writing 28 Pranks Later's story the better)

S2, E14, P38, OE40

Applejack's performance in The Last Roundup is not watchable one despite the clever moral that came across the episode's plot. Unfortunately, it seems a lot people also adore it only because of how writer Amy Keating Rogers gave Derpy Hooves a brief speaking role (of only like a minute or two) that also caused major controversy that, according to the internet, offended the disabled. And frankly many call it better than it should be considered for what it teaches. I do have to admit it's good, but Applejack's performance is one I can't stand here even though mean-spirited acts can be done right when it comes to teaching audiences important lessons about friendship even in the slightest.

S2, E18, P42, OE44

And here we have an episode I can relate to strongly via Pinkie's process of stalking Cranky. The moral is also too predictable and is a reminder of all my days of not giving my former friends in school enough space (but all of them are just my acquaintances nowadays) - something of which I don't like to be reminded of. Now sometimes I can and sometimes I can't let go of my past, but if there's anything I'd like to forget, it's all of the embarrassing and stupid aspects of my life like stalking some of my former friends. This may be worth showing to those who went through those similar problems like me, but I don't really like looking back on it. Plus, Pinkie already knows better than this and other plots in Season 2 have been more complex and gripping. On the flipside of the good stuff that make it at least admirable enough, this doesn't act mean-spirited in the wrong way and makes Cranky an understandable character for his own personality and backstory.

S1, E17, P16

I was tempted to include Scare Master, but Stare Master hasn't gotten quite enough judgement in a few aspects like the second Nightmare Night episode has. First off; the moral's pathetically predictable that even the most naive kids would figure out just by reading the episode's plot description. Second; the Crusaders were rather annoying and completely stupid here than they were their normal selves. And third; Fluttershy really knows better than what was going through her head when making the decision to watch over the Crusaders here. Honestly, even Keep Calm and Flutter On did this plot better since Discord was more humorous as his usual self during redemption than the Crusaders were for this averagely fair effort by former writer Chris Savino. Discord also has more humor to himself than most other characters do. And I've seen the Crusaders act as mature as possible throughout everything they've ever starred in, but here, they to me were nothing but irritating four year olds.

Besides, when it comes to Fluttershy-centered episodes, this is often the first thing even besides die hear Fluttershy fans that most people feel like watching. Seriously though, other outings like Hurricane Fluttershy, Dragonshy, and Flutter On were more realistic and charming than this annoying but acceptable chapter.

S6, E16, P124, OE133

I may be sounding more and more similar with the Railfan Brony on opinions on the show's episodes (minus others like Crusaders of the Lost Mark, The Cutie Mark Chronicles, and Baby Cakes), but The Times They Are A Changeling makes my list because I think too many people praise it even ignoring how the ending just ruined its possible decency. Spike's song also hasn't gotten at least a small bit of real criticism since Cathy Wesluck's admittedly talented singing was wasted on A Changeling Can Change's lyrics on what the song itself represents. Starlight's part seems nonsensical and most people like it cause Starlight makes a pointless appearance, but it also gets major "overrated" points for not developing Thorax enough as to making him a decent character. If Hasbro's really going to fix this episode up, they're going to have to at least avoid using a stupid song to rush its ending (with or without pointless roles like Starlight's, Sunburst's, or Flurry Heart's).

And I see this on dozens of best episodes of Season 6 episodes lists, and really thought it would've deserved it... If only Kevin Burke, Chris "Doc" Wyatt, and (partially) Michael Vogel... Did not. Rush. That. Ending!

S6, E8, P116, OE125

I was tempted to include Confalone's Hearthbreakers instead, but A Hearth's Warming Tail earns this dishonor instead since it may have had a decent plot with rather hit-or-miss construction, but does it seriously deserve to be considered the best of the season? Or even the best holiday-themed episode of Friendship Is Magic? My answer to a big fat "no." It's also nothing exciting since it just rips off other Christmas-themed films like the franchise of A Christmas Carol and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas with no new elements to make it something original of the franchise. I haven't watched A Very Minty Christmas from Gen. 3 of MLP, but I am not curious to watch that at all, as I prefer just to stick with this current 4th generation of ponies. Sure, it's the only exception I have to Starlight's forgettable and nonsensical roles in Season 6, but since a lot of people call its plotline gripping, it really doesn't even deserve to stand amongst the greatest Friendship Is Magic episodes of all time. All I really need from holiday-themed episodes of MLP is a newer idea of a plot like my most rewatchable episode (the first Hearth's Warming episode) with a gripping backstory of Equestria; Hearth's Warming Eve.

Before I unveil my Number 1 pick, here are a few (honorable- or, in this case)
Dishonorable Mentions

S5, E9, P93, OE100

Pretty much every entry on this list is put on here for the fact that they overshadow and are often ranked higher than other episodes of their respective seasons by most, and Slice of Life is another example as one of the worst efforts of Season 5 by my standards. If you think it's cheating for me to include the show's so-called 100th *special* (when, in terms of a plot, the underrated Made in Manehattan is clearly the real 100th episode), then hear me out on just why SoL is far, FAR too overpraised.

Most people call it even the best episode of the series since it's very humorous and that the background ponies of Ponyville all get a shining role while the Mane Six get less than 5% of that screentime to at least be in the background. If I compared this to movies, it'd be the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice of My Little Pony episodes. To put it precisely, basically everything about it was rushed. All of the background characters were given very little detail about them, their personalities aren't told enough like Discord's inside jokes in you-all-know-what, and to add insult to injury, Gummy's speech in that one scene was nothing but pointless and corny. The same can be said for Legend of Everfree, but Slice of Life's moral is harmless while Everfree's are all rather dangerous for those of all ages. The plot is uninteresting, and the laughs are nonexistent. I can praise its animation and sound design, but the fact that its plot is majorly confusing with too many personalities and stories crammed into one is enough proof that some of you should seriously judge an episode more by its story and not just its humor and facts about what it tries to do for once (like the fact that it just gives most background characters at least a few seconds of shining roles).

And it's also like Jack and Jill where it clearly has no real plot whatsoever.

Do you agree with my list? What episode of My Little Pony do you think is a little too overrated?

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Mario Game Review - Super Mario World (SNES, 1990)

In a time when Nintendo released its second home console (after the original NES), the Super Nintendo has made big $s with Super Mario World. Hailed by some as the best Mario game of all time, I myself would have to call it just one of the best Mario games of all time. But that's not a bad thing, in fact, I don't have anything too bad to consider about it. Without further delay though, let's review it.

After Bowser's previous defeat, Mario, Luigi and Princess Toadstool decide to recuperate in Dinosaur Land. Meanwhile in Dinosaur Land, the Koopa King and his Koopalings trap Yoshi and his friends in enchanted eggs, eliminating the opposition as they secretly rebuild their forces. Shortly upon their arrival, the Mario Bros. realize that Princess Toadstool is missing. While searching, they find the Koopa Troop army. Upon freeing the friendly Yoshi, he exclaims that the Koopas have invaded, confirming that Peach's persistent captor has indeed returned and taken the opportunity to claim the princess.

Gameplay elements of Super Mario World bring back basically all of those of the previous side-scrolling Super Mario titles, but with new features added in as every other sequel in the series does. The first is of course the introduction to (whom most, including me, consider to be the single greatest/best character of the franchise) Yoshi whom Mario can ride during his journey throughout various levels in the game. The main trait of the game is reach the goal at the end of the level and eventually progress onward to reach the last level of the game by completing more and more throughout a total of eight worlds, including an extra - but optional bonus world. You'll encounter many enemies and obstacles as you run throughout each level, and will be collecting other things like coins and 1-Ups...some of which you can collect via five dinosaur coins per level, although that isn't anything important as to helping you progress through the game.

And speaking of levels, there are a total of 96 in the game within all nine worlds (yeah, NINE since I am counting even the bonus world of course) which all range from underwater environments, to castles, underground lava pits, you get the idea. With lots of platforming sections to test your skill and satisfy you albeit some of the auto-scrolling levels which can get bit frustrating if you're trying to reach a high edge before the screen scrolls past you. With plenty of enemies to stomp on and defeat - from Lakitus, Koopas, Spinies, and Goombas, there are lots of objects and obstacles to overcome throughout each level in the game. The game's bosses - the Koopalings, Renzors, and of course, Bowser - are innovative and creative, but some of them at times feel a bit to easy, but are still pretty fun to fight (especially the final battle with Bowser of course).

With a great amount of levels to play, good boss battles, great new power-ups (like the Feather that provides you a cape, Fire Flowers that allow you shot fireballs of course, and the usual red Mushroom to grow Mario to a more proper size), the new edition of Yoshi, and a near perfect balance of challenge and difficulty, Super Mario World could very well have some of the best gameplay mechanics by far.

Visuals for Super Mario World are wonderful in every conceivable way and I can say its design and overall appeal in its elemental concept still has aged well even past the days of gaming's 3rd generation of consoles. Everything from the design of the game's levels, to its flawless animation, and its great construction of the enemies bosses and characters still add to the fact that World is one the finest looking games on the console with nothing terrible about them, and that's pretty much all I have to say here.

The overall music is admirable for a soundtrack in a Mario game with so many great themes like the Overworld and Underworld themes, to the spooky castle levels for obviously all the game's bosses, and even the title theme and the credits. None of its soundtrack is forgettable, and if you're a hardcore fan of the plumber, it all will sink and stick inside your head for generations. The sound effects are spot on as always and whether they're causal, wacky, or bouncy and funny, they all suit the game perfectly. Everything in this game's sound department is praisable, and that's all I have to say about it.

  • A: Spin jump
  • B: Jump
  • X/Y: Dash/Interact/Special ability
  • L:Scroll camera left (doesn't work in auto-scrolling levels, Yoshi's House, Top Secret Area, or Boss Rooms)
  • R: Scroll camera right (doesn't work in auto-scrolling levels, Yoshi's House, Top Secret Area, or Boss Rooms)
  • Start: Pause 
  • Select: Use item/Return to map from a completed level (When paused)

As proven by the fact there are more than enough levels to play through, a memorable collection of power-ups and even Yoshi, great challenge, and everything else I mentioned, this first installment of the plumber on the Super Nintendo is one of the finest outings in both Nintendo and all of gaming thanks to its fair share of innovation and stellar gameplay quality. With all that said it's a must-buy if you have never got the chance to play it throughout the last 25 years.

Super Mario World could very well be THE best 2D Mario game of the franchise to date.