Super Mario World
- This article is about the video game for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. For other uses, see Super Mario World (disambiguation).
- "SMW" redirects here. For information about the game known as "Super Mario Wii" in South Korea, see Super Mario Galaxy.
|Super Mario World|
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
|Platform(s)||Super Famicom / Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo Super System, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS), Super NES Classic Edition/Super Famicom Mini, Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online|
November 21, 1990
August 18, 1991
April 11, 1992
July 1, 1992
Nintendo Super System:
Virtual Console (Wii):
December 2, 2006
February 5, 2007
February 9, 2007
February 9, 2007
April 26, 2008
Virtual Console (Wii U):
April 26, 2013
April 27, 2013
April 27, 2013
April 28, 2013
Virtual Console (New 3DS):
March 3, 2016
March 3, 2016
March 4, 2016
March 4, 2016
Super NES Classic Edition:
September 29, 2017
September 29, 2017
September 30, 2017
October 5, 2017
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
September 5, 2019
September 6, 2019
September 6, 2019
September 6, 2019
September 6, 2019
September 6, 2019
Give the world a whole new look!
March 31, 2022
March 31, 2022
March 31, 2022
March 31, 2022
|Language(s)||English (United States)|
|Mode(s)||Single player, multiplayer|
Super NES Classic Edition:
Super NES Classic Edition:
Super Mario World is a 2D action-adventure platform game and a launch title released for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990, developed by Nintendo EAD. It is the sixth entry in the Super Mario series and a direct sequel to Super Mario Bros. 3. In being a sequel, the game retains many of the elements that debuted in Super Mario Bros. 3, such as the world map and Koopaling boss fights, while introducing a large variety of new gameplay mechanics, such as an expanded and less linear world map and the ability to save the game. Introduced in Super Mario World is Mario's sidekick, Yoshi (and his species that shares his name), who serves as a playable mount for the Mario Bros. with his own unique abilities and gameplay style. The overall game was meant to be modeled after an action movie franchise, as can be inferred by the Japanese version of the Koopaling defeat scenes as well as the summary on the back of the Japanese box.
The game was released to best-selling status on the SNES, received large amounts of critical acclaim, and is commonly seen on Nintendo's best games of all time on various critic listings. Many of the game's introduced characters, game mechanics, and artistic themes influenced later titles in the Super Mario franchise, where the character Yoshi was popular enough to receive a series starring him. The game was followed in 1995 by a prequel, Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, which is set many years before the events in Super Mario World. The game has spawned various non-game media such as a cartoon series that is based on the game, which debuted on September 14, 1991, one month after the American release. Various manga adaptions of the game have sprung up, one notable series being Super Mario-kun, which has its first volumes based on Super Mario World released in 1991 and is still ongoing today.
Super Mario World is included in the Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World compilation title released in December 1994. An enhanced port of Super Mario World was later released on the Game Boy Advance as part of the Super Mario Advance series, titled Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. The original version was also rereleased on the Wii's Virtual Console in 2006, the Wii U's Virtual Console in 2013, and the New Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in 2016. Super Mario World is one of the included titles in the SNES Classic Edition and Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, the latter of which also includes a version titled Super Mario World: Give the world a whole new look!, which was released on March 31, 2022, and begins in Fall with 99 lives and a Cape Feather in the Item Stock.
From the instruction booklet:
After saving the Mushroom Kingdom from Bowser and the rest of the Koopas in Super Mario 3, Mario and Luigi needed to recuperate from their adventures. Together they agreed that the best place to vacation was a magical place called Dinosaur Land.
But while Mario and Luigi reclined on the beach for a relaxing nap, Princess Toadstool disappeared, apparently seized by evil forces. After searching for hours for their missing friend, Mario and Luigi came upon an enormous egg in the forest.
Suddenly the egg hatched, and out popped a young dinosaur named YOSHI, who proceeded to tell Mario and Luigi a sad tale of how his dinosaur pals were sealed in similar eggs by a group of monstrous turtles.
"Monstrous turtles!,[sic]" exclaimed Luigi. "Bowser and his bunch have returned!" Mario slowly nodded his head in agreement and, along with Luigi and Yoshi, set off across Dinosaur Land to find the Princess and to free Yoshi's friends. As they began their journey, Yoshi handed Mario a beautiful cape. "This may help you," Yoshi said. "Some say it has magical powers."
With a little luck (and help from a magic cape), our hearty crew can defeat the seven worlds of Bowser's Krazy Koopa Kritters. Many locations are well-hidden so explore everywhere and try everything. Not all locations have to be explored to rescue the dinosaurs and save Princess Toadstool, but there are many "starry" treasures to be found in far-reaching places. You'll need to search all areas to find what kinds of treasures are there... in Super Mario World.
Super Mario World is the only sequel in the Super Mario series to take place directly after the events of a previous entry. After Bowser's previous defeat, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool decide to recuperate in Dinosaur Land. Meanwhile, in Dinosaur Land, Bowser 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 Toadstool is missing. While searching, they find the Koopa Troop. Upon the Mario Bros. freeing the friendly Yoshi, he exclaims that the Koopas have invaded, confirming that Bowser has indeed returned and taken the opportunity to claim the princess.
As Mario and his friends travel through Dinosaur Land, they uncover the Valley of Bowser, where Bowser is fought on his castle roof in his Koopa Clown Car, holding Toadstool hostage. Upon his defeat, he gently drops the princess and retreats. Toadstool rewards Mario or Luigi with a kiss as fireworks celebrate freedom, signifying that their vacation can resume with their new good friends. The reunited team returns to Yoshi's House, where the team and three other Yoshis watch the eggs hatch into babies, removing the spell.
As the game is a 2D platformer, the object is to get to the Giant Gate to advance to the next level before the timer runs out. Mario (or Luigi) can jump over and on top of various platforms and obstacles and stomp on various enemies to defeat them. In addition to these basic moves, Mario can spin-jump to destroy certain types of blocks and enemies, whereas or lets Mario dash if held down. When the player presses either of those buttons when Mario is next to some items, he can pick them up and carry them through the level as the buttons are held. Mario can now hold objects underwater; when he does, he can swim quickly when the player uses only without pressing the jump button. When Mario hits the Giant Gate at the end of the level, if he touches the vertically moving tape between the gate, he gets awarded Bonus Stars depending on how high the tape is when he touches it. If he collects 100 Bonus Stars, Mario can play a bonus game that helps him earn extra lives. Some levels contain a Midway Gate, which not only powers Mario up to Super Mario when touched but also serves as a checkpoint for Mario to respawn near if he gets defeated in the level.
In order to obtain most power-ups, Mario has to hit various blocks, which may contain items. The basic Super Mushroom, which turns Mario into Super Mario, causes Mario to grow bigger and allows him to sustain an extra hit. When Super Mario hits a block, usually a more powerful item spawns in the Super Mushroom's place, such as a Fire Flower or the newly introduced Cape Feather. Introduced in Super Mario World is the Item Stock, where Mario can hold on to extra items should he find them while in powered-up forms; players can manually drop their reserve item by pressing . If Mario gets damaged and turns into regular Mario, the reserve item automatically deploys. A newly introduced character and power-up in Super Mario World, Yoshi, appears when Mario hits certain blocks. Mario can ride Yoshi when he jumps on him, and he helps Mario with his own unique traits and abilities.
If Mario gets touched by an enemy or a damaging obstacle while he is in his normal form, he loses a life. If he gets damaged by an enemy while in a power-up form, he reverts to his normal form. If Mario loses all of his lives, the player receives a Game Over and is prompted to continue from their last save with five more lives. Some obstacles defeat Mario instantly regardless of what power-up he has, such as falling into pits or lava, getting crushed, and not making it to the goal in time. Every time Mario gets defeated, he gets sent back to the world map.
Super Mario World retains the world map system from Super Mario Bros. 3 with more expanded features. Rather than having levels and worlds segmented, all worlds and levels are seamlessly connected to each other, with a heavier focus on multiple paths per level clearance, and thus creating a less linear map, with a few exceptions. Typically, prior to entering new areas, Mario has to defeat a castle boss, usually one of Bowser's seven children, the Koopalings. Once they are defeated, the castles they reside in are destroyed and cannot be replayed, though in international versions of the game, they can be replayed if players hold and on the castles' remains.
Two-player mode returns, where players take turns playing through the game; Player 1 controls Mario, while Player 2 controls Luigi. Players can opt to use the same controller or two controllers to play the mode. If one player fails to clear a course, the other player takes a turn, and if a Midway Gate is touched, the other player starts at the Midway Gate. Players can also hand each other lives on the map screen if they press or .
After the player beats every special level in the Special Zone, a game aesthetic change called Fall occurs, where the world map obtains a different palette and some enemies get their sprites changed. Once Fall is activated, these changes cannot be reversed unless the save file is deleted and a new game is started.
|Action(s)||SNES||Wii (Classic Controller)||Wii (GameCube Controller)||3DS||Wii U||Switch (Dual Joy-Con / Pro Controller)||Switch (Single Joy-Con)|
|Move||Left/right||/ Left/right||/ Left/right||/ Left/right||/ Left/right||/ Left/right||Left/right|
|Crouch||Down||/ Down||/ Down||/ Down||/ Down||/ Down||Down|
|Look up||Up||/ Up||/ Up||/ Up||/ Up||/ Up||Up|
|Dash / Interact / Special ability||/||/||/||/||/||/||/|
|Screen Scroll Option left (does not work in auto-scrolling levels, at Yoshi's House, in the Top Secret Area, or in Boss Rooms)|
|Screen Scroll Option right (does not work in auto-scrolling levels, at Yoshi's House, in the Top Secret Area, or in Boss Rooms)|
|Use item / Return to map from a completed level (when paused)||+|
Worlds and levels
Super Mario World takes place on Dinosaur Land, an archipelago of themed areas, and players navigate on this world map, which visualizes traveling through the island. Unlike in Super Mario Bros. 3, the levels on the world map are marked directly on Dinosaur Land, creating a seamless, organic appearance between worlds and levels. Players first start out on Yoshi's Island at Yoshi's House, where the path immediately branches off into two levels. The order of the world themes is unique to this title: Players first start in grassy plain-like worlds while eventually venturing into a cave, onto twin bridges, into a forest, onto a rocky island, and finally into the Valley of Bowser, which takes on a subterranean wasteland appearance. Haunted Ghost Houses are introduced in Super Mario World and populate Dinosaur Land; unlike traditional level layouts, they tend to contain puzzles and traps designed to confuse the player. Cave levels and levels that primarily take place underwater or where water is prevalent are additionally marked such on the map, with most cave levels outside the Vanilla Dome and the Valley of Bowser featuring rocks around them, while Mario gets submerged in water for the water levels.
Super Mario World contains nine worlds and 73 (74 if the Back Door and Front Door are counted as separate levels, and 76 if the Top Secret Area and Yoshi's House are counted as levels) levels in total, 24 of which have secret exits for a total of 96 exits. Almost all worlds contain four regular levels and at least one secret level. Levels marked in yellow contain one exit, while levels marked in red contain an alternative, secret exit. Other points of interest include the Switch Palaces, Warp Pipes, and the star-shaped portals to Star World that are unlocked only when players find the associated secret exit. Switch Palaces activate respectively colored permeable Dotted Line Blocks and turn them into solid Exclamation Mark Blocks that can be stood on or hit from below. Once Switch Palace levels have been completed, they cannot be visited again. Warp Pipes warp players to different areas of the map, usually to different worlds altogether. Finally, Yoshis cannot be taken into castles, fortresses, or Ghost Houses, though Yoshi remains outside for the player if they exit the level. In castles, players have to defeat the Koopalings, while in fortresses, players need to defeat Reznors.
Star World and the Special Zone are bonus worlds that are accessed when players find secret exits throughout Dinosaur Land, and are represented by glowing stars, where the player can warp into. The Star World levels require the player to find a key and keyhole secret exit to progress through it, while the Special Zone is a linear area that is unlocked when players complete all of Star World's secret exits. The Special Zone levels are much more difficult relative to the levels in this game; none of the levels contain Midway Gates, and some can be long while others use level gimmicks.
|Yoshi's Island is mainly a grassy plains-related world that does not contain any underwater levels. The main enemies in this world include Monty Moles, Koopa Troopas, Rexes, and a few others. Iggy is found in his castle at the end of this world. Completing this world leads to Donut Plains. This world also contains the Yellow Switch Palace. This is the only world (along with the Special Zone) not to have any secret exits.|
|Yoshi's Island 1||Yoshi's Island 2||Yoshi's Island 3||Yoshi's Island 4|
|Yoshi's House||Yellow Switch Palace||#1 Iggy's Castle|
|Donut Plains is the second world in the game. It is known for featuring the first Ghost House and for being the first to have a course with multiple exits. The Cape Feather is utilized frequently. The name of this world is a reference to its unique shape. It has two Ghost Houses, the Green Switch Palace, and Castle #2.|
|Donut Plains 1||Donut Plains 2||Donut Plains 3||Donut Plains 4|
|Donut Ghost House||Green Switch Palace||Top Secret Area||#2 Morton's Castle|
|Donut Secret 1||Donut Secret 2||Donut Secret House|
|The Vanilla Dome is a big cavern full of sparkling diamonds and contains a Ghost House, a large lake, the Red Switch Palace, and Castle #3. It also contains lava pools with the large Blarggs living within them.|
|Vanilla Dome 1||Vanilla Dome 2||Vanilla Dome 3||Vanilla Dome 4|
|Vanilla Ghost House||Red Switch Palace||Vanilla Fortress||#3 Lemmy's Castle|
|Vanilla Secret 1||Vanilla Secret 2||Vanilla Secret 3|
|The Twin Bridges area is semi-sky-based, as it has sky and land levels. This world contains one underwater level and the third portal to Star World.|
|Butter Bridge 1||Butter Bridge 2||#4 Ludwig's Castle|
|Cheese Bridge Area||Soda Lake||Cookie Mountain|
Forest of Illusion
|The Forest of Illusion is a maze-like forest, where Mario or Luigi may sometimes have to find the secret exit in a level in order to progress, as the normal exits create a circle leading nowhere. This world contains the Blue Switch Palace, a fortress, and Castle #5.|
|Forest of Illusion 1||Forest of Illusion 2||Forest of Illusion 3||Forest of Illusion 4|
|Forest Ghost House||Blue Switch Palace||Forest Fortress||#5 Roy's Castle|
|Forest Secret Area|
|Chocolate Island is an island on the southeastern side of Dinosaur Land. The boss here is Wendy. This is the only world where Mario and Luigi can find Dino-Rhinos and Dino-Torches.|
|Chocolate Island 1||Chocolate Island 2||Chocolate Island 3||Chocolate Island 4|
|Chocolate Island 5||Choco-Ghost House||Chocolate Fortress||#6 Wendy's Castle|
Valley of Bowser
|The Valley of Bowser is, as the name implies, Bowser's base of operations. The entrance to the Valley of Bowser appears after the player passes through the Sunken Ghost Ship. This world is mostly cave-themed and contains a fortress, Castle #7, and Bowser's Castle.|
|Valley of Bowser 1||Valley of Bowser 2||Valley of Bowser 3||Valley of Bowser 4|
|Valley Ghost House||Valley Fortress||#7 Larry's Castle||Front Door and Back Door|
|Sunken Ghost Ship|
|Star World is a mystical road far above the Mushroom World, and it is linked to various locations around the world. It consists of five stars, each of which serves as a warp point.|
|Star World 1||Star World 2||Star World 3||Star World 4|
|Star World 5|
|The Special Zone is the final and most secret world. It can be accessed after the player completes Star World and takes the secret exit from Star World 5. This world is known for containing the most difficult levels in the game, and each level has its own unique gimmick.|
Mario and Luigi are the main playable characters. In two-player mode, Mario is controlled by Player 1 and Luigi is controlled by Player 2. If Mario loses a life or completes a level in two-player mode, Luigi comes into play until he does the same. The two may also share extra lives on the world map. The two have identical mechanics.
|Dolphin||A sea creature that gives Mario or Luigi a ride in certain water levels. Dolphins move in jumping arcs or can jump up and down. In Japanese versions of the game, they can be eaten by a Yoshi, while they cannot be eaten in international versions. They appear in Vanilla Secret 3 and a small section at the end of Chocolate Island 1.|
|Princess Toadstool||The princess of the Mushroom Kingdom, who is kidnapped by Bowser during the vacation. The main objective of the game is to rescue her from Bowser.|
|Yoshi||Mario's sidekick who requests for Mario's assistance. After he is freed from his egg, he can give rides for Mario or Luigi and eat intrusive enemies.|
In addition to Mario and Luigi, Yoshis of four different colors appear in the game, and they can be controlled once acquired and help the Mario Bros. in many levels of the game. Green Yoshis hatch out of eggs, usually found in various blocks throughout the game. If an egg is found but the player already has a Yoshi, the egg instead provides a 1-Up Mushroom. If a Yoshi gets hurt, it runs off, requiring the Mario Bros. to chase it down if they want to ride it again. A Yoshi can additionally provide a Yoshi Boost (or Double Jump) to Mario or Luigi if he jumps off the Yoshi. Some levels contain berries, and Yoshis can eat them and produce eggs from them if enough are eaten. Yoshis can eat most enemies, though they cannot immediately swallow most shells, requiring them to spit the shells out before they eventually swallow them.
Red, Blue, and Yellow Yoshis are uncommon in Super Mario World. They are first encountered in Star World, which is accessible by using the five Star Roads found throughout the game. Red, Blue, and Yellow Yoshis are found as Mini-Yoshis, small and unable to be ridden. However, through carrying them, the Mini-Yoshis eat the enemies and items they touch. When they eat five enemies, shells, coins, or active Grab Blocks, they transform into adult Yoshis and can be used normally. If a Mini-Yoshi eats a single power-up, it grows up instantly. Mini-Yoshis of all colors hatch from the eggs rescued from the castles during the end credits of the game.
|Yoshi||Green Yoshis are able to eat enemies by using their long tongues and jump on spiked foes without taking harm as well as walk across Munchers. They can use a Koopa Shell's power depending on the color of the shell.|
|Red Yoshi||Red Yoshis can spit out any Koopa Shell in the form of three fireballs. These fireballs turn a variety of enemies into coins. Red Yoshis are found as Mini-Yoshis in Star World 1 and Star World 4.|
|Blue Yoshi||Blue Yoshis can fly regardless of what color the Koopa Shell is in their mouths. Additionally, a Yoshi can become a Blue Yoshi if he touches Yoshi's Wings, which appear in some levels and act as shortcuts to the end of the stage. Blue Yoshis are found as Mini-Yoshis in Star World 2.|
|Yellow Yoshi||Yellow Yoshis can create small sand clouds when they hit the ground while they carry a Koopa Shell in their mouths, defeating enemies within the range of the cloud. They are found as Mini-Yoshis in Star World 3 and Star World 5.|
Enemies and obstacles
Super Mario World retains some of the enemies from Super Mario Bros. 3, such as the common Koopa Troopas and their varieties, Ghost House-dwelling Boos, Buzzy Beetles in a cave environment, and Cheep Cheeps underwater, while introducing more species that would regularly appear in later entries in the Super Mario series, such as Magikoopas, Fishbones, Swoopers, and Wigglers. Goombas are featured less prominently in this title and function differently than in prior Super Mario titles; they are later localized as Galoombas. Some of the new enemies introduced are variants of other species, such as the cape-wielding and flying Super Koopas, the large Banzai Bills that are encountered before regular Bullet Bills, the spike-donning Spike Tops, and the pipe-inhabiting Lakitus. Included with the introduced enemies are various new obstacles, most of which populate the castle and fortress levels in the game, and several of these obstacles would make later appearances in the Super Mario series, namely Grinders and Skewers.
When Fall is unlocked, some of these enemies have their graphics changed; however, their behaviors are unaltered.
|Image||Name||Description||First appearance||Last appearance|
|Amazing Flyin' Hammer Brother||This enemy tosses hammers from its swooping platform, attempting to attack Mario or Luigi. It can be defeated by hitting the bottom of the platform it sits on.||Donut Plains 4||Outrageous|
|Ball 'N' Chain||A large spiked ball on a chain that cannot be defeated. The chain is harmless; it swings behind Mario or Luigi. A Ball 'N' Chain cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||#2 Morton's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Banzai Bill||A giant slow-moving bullet. The cannons Banzai Bills are fired from are not seen anywhere in the game.||Yoshi's Island 1||Awesome|
|Big Boo||A giant Boo Buddy. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Donut Secret House||Forest Ghost House|
|Big Bubble||A slow-moving green bubble. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Vanilla Ghost House||Valley Ghost House|
|Big Steely||A giant metal ball thrown by Bowser. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Bowser's Castle|
|Blargg||A lava dinosaur. Only its eyes are visible before it dips back into the lava and lunges at Mario or Luigi. It cannot be stomped on.||Vanilla Dome 1||Chocolate Secret|
|Blurp||A fish wearing goggles. It swims in only one direction.||Donut Secret 1||Star World 2|
|Bob-omb||A walking bomb with a short fuse. Bob-ombs are portable once Mario or Luigi stomps them. They also appear in bubbles.||Vanilla Secret 2||Chocolate Island 5|
|Bony Beetle||A mummified Buzzy Beetle that periodically ducks and bears spikes.||Vanilla Fortress||Valley Fortress|
|Boo Buddy||A shy ghost that stops moving when Mario or Luigi looks at it. It is impervious to fireballs and capes. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Donut Ghost House||Valley Ghost House|
|Boo Buddy Block||A shy ghost that turns into a block when Mario or Luigi looks at it. While in Boo form, it cannot be stomped on.||Choco-Ghost House|
|Boo Buddy Snake||A chain of Boo Buddies that bounce around the room nonstop. They are impervious to fireballs and capes. They cannot be stomped on.||Choco-Ghost House||Valley Ghost House|
|Boo Crew||Boo Buddies in a cloud are usually transparent, which is when they are harmless, but periodically turn opaque, which is when they are dangerous, to dive at Mario or Luigi.||Donut Ghost House||Forest Ghost House|
|Bowser Statue||A small statue of Bowser. The gray Bowser Statues spit fire, while the gold ones hop around.||#5 Roy's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Bullet Bill / Pidgit Bill||A slow-moving bullet. It is impervious to fireballs.||Vanilla Dome 4||Outrageous|
|Buzzy Beetle||A small turtle that behaves just like a green Koopa Troopa, except fireballs have no effect on it and it never leaves its shell.||Donut Plains 2||Chocolate Secret|
|Chainsaw||An invincible saw blade that follows a designated path. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump and with Yoshi.||Cheese Bridge Area||Way Cool|
A turtle dressed in football gear who charges at Mario or Luigi. All types of Chargin' Chucks take three stomps to defeat.
|Yoshi's Island 1
Yoshi's Island 1
Donut Plains 1
Donut Plains 2
Vanilla Dome 2
Valley of Bowser 4
Forest of Illusion 2
Forest of Illusion 3
Valley of Bowser 4
|Cheep Cheep||A small fish that slowly swims back and forth. Cheep Cheeps also are found in bubbles; once popped from them, they flop across the level.||Yoshi's Island 4||Mondo|
|Circling Boo Buddies||Boo Buddies flying in a circle formation. They are impervious to nearly all attacks.||Donut Secret House||Sunken Ghost Ship|
|Climbing Koopa||The green variety moves slowly, while the red variety is as fast as Mario and Luigi.||#1 Iggy's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Decoy||This harmful impostor pops out of pipes used by Lemmy and Wendy. Decoys always come in pairs and can be stomped on.||#3 Lemmy's Castle||#6 Wendy's Castle|
|Dino-Rhino||A slow-moving ceratopsian dinosaur. When jumped on, it turns into a Dino-Torch.||Chocolate Island 1||Chocolate Island 2|
|Dino-Torch||A tiny Dino-Rhino that breathes fire.|
|Disappearing Boo Buddy||A Boo Buddy found in a group that disappears and reappears.||Sunken Ghost Ship|
|Dry Bones||A Koopa Troopa skeleton. It falls apart when Mario or Luigi stomps on it, and after a short time, it reforms its body. It can also throw bones at Mario or Luigi. It is impervious to fireballs.||#2 Morton's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Eerie||A dinosaur-like ghost that floats in zigzag patterns. Eeries are impervious to most attacks.||Vanilla Ghost House||Valley Ghost House|
|Falling spike||A spiked obstacle that falls from the ceiling.||Vanilla Fortress||Valley Fortress|
|Fire Snake||A jumping ball of fire that leaves fire behind as it jumps. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Outrageous|
|Fishbone||A darting fish skeleton. It is impervious to fireballs.||Vanilla Fortress||Bowser's Castle|
|Fishin' Boo||A Lakitu-like ghost in a cloud, fishing with a blue flame.||Choco-Ghost House|
|Fishin' Lakitu||A Lakitu fishing with a 1-Up Mushroom. If Mario or Luigi takes the bait, the enemy turns into a normal Lakitu.||Forest of Illusion 4|
|Flame||Fire dropped by Bowser. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Bowser's Castle|
|Flashing Shell||After its transformation, a flashing Shell attempts to hit Mario or Luigi by spinning around and dashing towards him.||Donut Plains 4||Funky|
|Floating Mine||A floating spiked mine. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Yoshi's Island 4||Sunken Ghost Ship|
|Flying Goomba||A hopping winged Goomba.||Donut Plains 4||Funky|
|Fuzzy||A black fur ball that follows a set path. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Donut Plains 3||Way Cool|
|Goomba||A round, chestnut-like creature. After stomping a Goomba, Mario or Luigi can carry it for a short distance and throw it. Some Goombas come floating in bubbles.||Donut Plains 4||Funky|
|Grinder||A spinning saw blade. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Forest Fortress||#6 Wendy's Castle|
|Haunted Hole||A gap in the platform that moves left and right.||Choco-Ghost House|
|Hothead||A giant spark that slowly circles a platform. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||#6 Wendy's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Jumping Fire Piranha Plant||This rare Jumping Piranha Plant spits fireballs.||Cookie Mountain||Funky|
|Jumping Piranha Plant||A carnivorous plant that jumps out of a pipe. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Yoshi's Island 1||Groovy|
||Yoshi's Island 3
Donut Secret 2
||Koopa Troopa / Mask Koopa||
||Yoshi's Island 3
Yoshi's Island 2
Donut Plains 3
#3 Lemmy's Castle
|Koopa without a Shell||A shell-less Koopa Troopa.
||Yoshi's Island 2
Yoshi's Island 2
Yoshi's Island 1
Donut Plains 4
|Lakitu||A turtle that rides in a cloud and throws Spiny Eggs down at Mario or Luigi. If Mario or Luigi hits him with a throwable object or spinning cape, he can ride in his cloud for a limited time. However, if a Lakitu is stomped on, the cloud disappears.||Forest of Illusion 4||Gnarly|
|Lakitu in a Pipe||A Lakitu that lives in a pipe and throws Spiny Eggs at Mario or Luigi.||Vanilla Secret 2||Forest of Illusion 4|
|Lava||Molten rock that instantly causes Mario or Luigi to lose a life. A chocolate version of lava appears in the Chocolate Fortress and Chocolate Island 4.||#1 Iggy's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Lava Bubble||An invincible ball of lava found in castles. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump. The diagonal type is always in the air, bouncing off any walls it runs into in an attempt to hurt Mario or Luigi.|
|Lil Sparky||A little spark that circles a platform.||#6 Wendy's Castle|
|Magikoopa||A Koopa sorcerer in a blue robe. It changes Rotating Blocks into various enemies and items and teleports.||#3 Lemmy's Castle||#7 Larry's Castle|
|Mechakoopa||A mechanical version of Bowser. After stomping it, Mario or Luigi can pick it up and use it as a weapon.||Bowser's Castle|
|Mega Mole||A giant Monty Mole that lives underground. It can be ridden on.||Chocolate Island 4||Valley of Bowser 2|
|Monty Mole||A mole that pops out of mountains and the ground and gives chase.||Yoshi's Island 2||Cookie Mountain|
|Muncher||An invincible black plant.||Donut Secret 2||Mondo|
|Ninji||A black star-like devil that jumps up and down.||Bowser's Castle|
|Para-bomb||A parachuting Bob-omb.||Vanilla Secret 2||Chocolate Island 5|
|Para-Goomba||A parachuting Goomba.||Donut Plains 4|
|Pillar||This obstacle moves slowly for some seconds, revealing itself, before suddenly smashing almost anything on its way. After some seconds later, it moves slowly back.||#1 Iggy's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Piranha Plant||A carnivorous plant that lives in a pipe. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump. It can be defeated with fireballs, capes, or Yoshi.||Vanilla Dome 3|
|Pit||Falling into a pit causes Mario or Luigi to lose a life regardless of the form he has.||Yoshi's Island 1||Funky|
|Pokey||A mobile cactus with a spiked head. If Mario or Luigi is riding Yoshi, a Pokey will have five sections instead of three. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Yoshi's Island 4||Groovy|
|Porcu-Puffer||A fat spiny fish that swims in the water. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Vanilla Secret 3||Chocolate Island 1|
|Rex||A blue dinosaur that takes two stomps to defeat. After the first stomp, the Rex is squished to half its size and becomes faster. A second stomp flattens it completely and defeats it.||Yoshi's Island 1||Awesome|
|Rip Van Fish||A sleeping fish that will chase after Mario or Luigi if it is awakened.||Donut Secret 1||Star World 2|
|Sand tide||A sandy yellow platform. It usually moves up and down to crush Mario or Luigi, though some sand tides simply sink upon him landing on one.||Donut Plains 2||Valley of Bowser 2|
|Skewer||This obstacle moves up and down, blocking the path.||#6 Wendy's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Spike||This obstacle comes down from the ceiling or up from the floor. Most spikes do not retract all the way, leaving their points exposed.||Chocolate Fortress||#7 Larry's Castle|
|Spike Top||A single-spiked red turtle that climbs around walls and platforms. Just like Buzzy Beetles, Spike Tops are immune to fireballs. They cannot be stomped on, but they can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Donut Plains 2||Valley of Bowser 4|
|Spike Trap||A pointy obstacle that damages Mario or Luigi.||#1 Iggy's Castle||Bowser's Castle|
|Spike-lined ceiling||Functions similarly to sand tides, except it moves only downwards until Mario or Luigi hits the ON/OFF Switch, forcing it to go up.||#4 Ludwig's Castle|
|Spiny||A spiked turtle that cannot be jumped on. Spinies are born from Spiny Eggs, which are thrown by Lakitus.||Vanilla Secret 2||Gnarly|
|Spiny Egg||A Lakitu throws this. When it hits the ground, it hatches into a Spiny.|
|Sumo Brother||A fat turtle that stomps the ground and sets fire to everything below him.||Cookie Mountain||Funky|
|Super Koopa||A flying shell-less Koopa Troopa.
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|Swooper||A green bat that lives in a cave and swoops downwards.||Donut Plains 2||Valley of Bowser 2|
|Thwimp||A tiny stone that hops around. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||#2 Morton's Castle||#7 Larry's Castle|
|Thwomp||A large stone that drops as Mario or Luigi approaches. It cannot be stomped on, but it can be bounced off with a Spin Jump.||Bowser's Castle|
|Torpedo Base||It fires Torpedo Teds that are invincible to all available forms of attack.||Soda Lake|
|Torpedo Ted||A slow-moving torpedo.|
|Turtle Cannon||An indestructible cannon. It shoots an endless number of Bullet Bills; however, it does nothing if the player is near it.||Sunken Ghost Ship||Outrageous|
|Urchin||A spiked creature that follows a set path underwater.||Forest of Illusion 2|
|Volcano Lotus||A fire-spitting lotus plant. It cannot be jumped on, though fireballs, capes, or Yoshi can defeat it.||Donut Plains 1||Groovy|
|Water tide||Constantly rises and lowers, forcing Mario or Luigi to swim while also pushing him back.||Mondo|
|Wiggler||A yellow caterpillar. When Mario or Luigi jumps on its head, it turns red and moves faster. It is impervious to fireballs.||Forest of Illusion 1||Outrageous|
The bosses of the game are comprised of Bowser's seven children, the Koopalings, all who guard a castle at the end of every world, and Reznors, the guardians of the fortresses. The Koopalings share the same boss patterns with another Koopaling pair, with the exception of Ludwig, though the later-encountered Koopaling of the shared boss fight has a more difficult variant of the fight. Reznor boss fights are all the same, regardless of which fortress is played on. Once the Koopalings are beaten, a small cutscene plays, where Mario rescues a trapped Yoshi inside an egg and destroys the Koopalings' fortifications through various means, unique for each Koopaling. For example, Iggy's Castle crumbles in a typical fashion when Mario hits a TNT switch; Ludwig's Castle rockets off and crashes into a nearby hill, causing a bandage to appear where it impacted; and Roy's Castle causes an accidental explosion to Mario instead. The levels cannot be normally played again once cleared, though in international versions, they can be replayed if the player holds and on the castle's remains. Bowser, the primary antagonist of the game, can be fought at both the Front Door and Back Door, though the Back Door is a far shorter level that provides almost direct access to the boss.
The Big Boo is the game's sole secret boss, encountered in the Donut Secret House, and the only boss not encountered in a castle or fortress. He can also be fought again in all versions of the game by accessing the level normally.
|Reznor||A fire-spitting triceratops that comes in a set of four. Reznors guard the exits of all fortresses.|
|The Big Boo||The boss of the Donut Secret House. He moves around the room while invisible, then suddenly reappears.|
|Iggy Koopa||Boss of castle #1, located on Yoshi's Island. He tries to push Mario or Luigi into a pool of lava while spitting fireballs.|
|Morton Koopa Jr.||Boss of castle #2, located in Donut Plains. He runs up the walls of his room, trying to drop onto Mario or Luigi.|
|Lemmy Koopa||Boss of castle #3, located in the Vanilla Dome. He pops randomly out of seven pipes along with two decoys of himself.|
|Ludwig von Koopa||Boss of castle #4, located on the Twin Bridges. He spins in his shell around the room, stopping to shoot fireballs.|
|Roy Koopa||Boss of castle #5, located in the Forest of Illusion. Like Morton, he runs up the walls of his room, trying to drop onto Mario or Luigi.|
|Wendy O. Koopa||Boss of castle #6, located on Chocolate Island. Like Lemmy, she pops randomly out of seven pipes along with two decoys of herself.|
|Larry Koopa||Boss of castle #7, located in the Valley of Bowser. Like Iggy, he tries to push Mario or Luigi into a pool of lava while spitting fireballs.|
|Bowser||The final boss. He hovers above in his Koopa Clown Car, dropping Mechakoopas, Big Steelies, and Flames.|
Items and objects
There is a total of six power-ups that provide transformations in the game, with one being exclusive to Yoshi. Most power-ups emerge from the blocks populated in levels, and players are able to carry an extra item in their Item Stock if they are already powered up. While the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower, and Super Star return, Super Mario World introduces the Cape Feather, which gently floats down when it appears onscreen as well as being able to be spawned from defeating a Super Koopa with a flashing cape. The new Power Balloon is a rare item used in a few levels and serves as a temporary transformation for Mario and Luigi.
In addition to the power-up items, Mario and Luigi can encounter other level features that help them progress through the level, such as 1-Up Mushrooms granting them extra lives or keys and keyholes granting them access to secret levels.
Power-ups and transformations
|N/A||N/A||Small Mario/Luigi is default and the weakest form Mario or Luigi starts with. If he touches an enemy from damaging areas, such as their sides, as well as damaging obstacles, he loses a life.|
|Super Mushroom||Super Mushrooms turn Mario or Luigi into Super Mario/Luigi. He can sustain a hit from most obstacles and reverts to Small Mario/Luigi if he gets hit. When Super Mario or Luigi hits blocks, they spawn with more powerful items, such as Fire Flowers or Cape Feathers. 1,000 points are awarded.|
|Fire Flower||Fire Flowers turn Mario or Luigi into Fire Mario/Luigi, enabling him to launch small fireballs that defeat enemies and give out coins when defeated. 1,000 points are awarded.|
|Cape Feather||Cape Feathers turn Mario or Luigi into Caped Mario/Luigi. He can spin his cape to defeat enemies as well as slow his descent while the jump button is held down. Caped Mario/Luigi can fly if he is given a running start. 1,000 points are awarded.|
|Power Balloon||Power Balloons turn Mario or Luigi into Balloon Mario/Luigi. He can float for a limited time, and extra Power Balloons replenish the time spent in the air. No points are awarded upon him collecting the item.|
|Super Star||Super Stars make Mario or Luigi become Invincible Mario/Luigi temporarily, allowing Mario or Luigi to defeat most enemies by running into them. If the player collects more Super Stars in blocks while invincible, the duration of the invincibility is extended. 1,000 points are awarded. Enemies defeated while the player is invincible count towards points eventually becoming 1-Ups or 2-Ups, depending on the enemy.|
|Yoshi's Wings||Yoshi's Wings grant Yoshi the ability to fly and enter Coin Heaven. They turn any Yoshi blue after completion, making this the only way to get a Blue Yoshi outside Star World.|
|1-Up Mushroom||If Mario or Luigi collects this, he gets an extra life. These mushrooms may also come from eggs if Mario or Luigi is already riding Yoshi as either brother finds them from a block/passes them by.|
|3-Up Moon||If Mario or Luigi collects this very rare item, they both get three extra lives.|
|Berries||Eating ten Red Berries in one stage causes Yoshi to lay an egg with a Super Mushroom. Two Pink Berries produce a Yoshi Cloud. Green Berries add 20 seconds to the time limit. A berry is also worth the same as a coin.|
|Coin||When Mario or Luigi collects 100 coins, he gets a 1-Up.|
|Bonus Coin||If Mario or Luigi collects all ten Bonus Coins thrown by the Yoshi Cloud, it throws a 1-Up Mushroom.|
|Dragon Coin||If Mario or Luigi collects all five Dragon Coins or more on one stage, he gets a 1-Up. 1,000 points are awarded, then double for each one collected.|
|Gray Coin||Pressing a Gray P Switch turns basic enemies into Gray Coins for a limited time. If enough are collected, they create extra lives.|
|Jumping Board||Jumping on this allows Mario or Luigi to jump much higher than normal.|
|Key and keyhole||If Mario or Luigi grabs a key and puts it in a keyhole (which is hidden in a level), a secret level is unlocked.|
|Lakitu's Cloud||If a Lakitu is defeated without being stomped on, his cloud can be ridden for a short time until it disintegrates.|
|Magic Ball||An item that ends the current stage when touched. It appears only in the Sunken Ghost Ship.|
|Mini-Yoshi||If Mario or Luigi passes nearby a lone egg, it hatches into a Mini-Yoshi. The player must feed the Mini-Yoshi five enemies, shells, coins, or active Grab Blocks for it to grow into an adult Yoshi. Feeding the Mini-Yoshi a single power-up causes it to grow up instantly. Every time a Mini-Yoshi eats something other than a power-up, the player receives a coin and 200 points.|
|Switch Block and Gray P Switch||When a blue Switch Block is pressed, blocks transform into coins and vice versa. If a Gray P Switch is pressed, most basic enemies, such as Spinies, transform into Gray Coins. After a short period of time, the changes made by either switch revert to normal.|
Blocks and other objects
|Beanstalk||Found hidden in blocks, Beanstalks grow out of blocks and give players access to upper parts of a level, including new areas that can lead to secret exits. Players cannot climb them while riding on Yoshi.|
|Blue Door||A door that is visible only if a Switch Block is active.|
|Bonus Block||A block that gives out a 1-Up Mushroom if the player has 30 coins. If the player has fewer than 30 coins, the block gives out one coin.|
|Bouncing bough||A platform that can be bounced on like a Jump Block or Jumping Board. It is always attached to the side of another object.|
|Brown Block||A Prize Block that no longer has an item in it. Some Brown Blocks form snakes that carry players through the level.|
|Bubble||Bubbles float around and can contain Super Mushrooms, Goombas, Bob-ombs, or Cheep Cheeps.|
|Count-Lift||A lift that moves in a straight line to the right and counts down. When its timer reaches zero, the lift falls.|
|Diagonal platform||An angled dirt and tuft platform facing either top left or top right. It slowly moves to one side, stops, and then moves back repeatedly.|
|Dotted Line Block||A permeable block that indicates the presence of an Exclamation Mark Block. Dotted Line Blocks turn solid once the ! Switch of the corresponding Switch Palace is activated.|
|Exclamation Mark Block||A block that starts out as a Dotted Line Block prior to the player hitting the ! Switch at the block's corresponding Switch Palace. After the ! Switch is activated, Exclamation Mark Blocks turn solid, behaving as platforms or as Prize Blocks. Yellow and green Exclamation Mark Blocks contain a Super Mushroom and a Cape Feather, respectively.|
|Flimsy Lift||A stationary platform that drops when the player lands on it.|
|Floating island platform||A grassy platform that floats on water. The platform will sink if Mario or Luigi steps on it, and it will rise back up.|
|Flying Platform||A platform composed of three non-spinning gray Rotating Blocks with wings. Amazing Flyin' Hammer Brothers also ride on Flying Platforms, but theirs have only two Rotating Blocks.|
|Flying Prize Block||A Prize Block with wings that moves about. Once hit, it turns into a static Brown Block.|
|Fossil float||A fossil-like platform that floats on lava. The platform will sink if Mario or Luigi steps on it, and it will never rise back up.|
|Giant Gate||Marks the end of the level. Players who hit the moving tape get awarded Bonus Stars depending on the position it is hit in; players who get 100 Bonus Stars have the opportunity to play a bonus game. If players hit the tape at its highest point, they will get 50 Bonus Stars and three extra lives.|
|Grab Block||A dark-blue block that can be picked up and carried. Once grabbed, it can be kicked away to defeat enemies.|
|Ice Block||A frozen version of Rotating Block that acts as a slippery platform.|
|Jump Block||A block that causes the players to automatically jump. When the jumping is timed right, players can jump even higher, acting similarly to a Jumping Board. Some Jump Blocks contain power-ups within them, and they can be activated by hitting them as normal blocks or by touching them.|
|Message Block||A block that gives out Points of Advice, which are designed to help players learn the game.|
|Midway Gate||A striped gate that serves as the level's checkpoint when touched. When players lose a life, they spawn near the checkpoint rather than at the beginning of the level. If Small Mario/Luigi touches the Midway Gate, he powers up to Super Mario/Luigi.|
|Mushroom Platform||A mushroom that serves as a platform.|
|ON/OFF Switch||A block that can change the path a Pulley Lift travels on or can toggle the direction of a falling ceiling in #4 Ludwig's Castle.|
|Piston Lift||A lift that acts as a balancing scale. Landing on one causes it to sink while another lift rises. Piston Lifts are shaped as mushrooms.|
|Prize Block||Gives a variety of items when hit, such as coins, power-ups, and other items. Once depleted, it turns into a Brown Block. Some Prize Blocks are Coin Blocks that contain a total of 10 coins. Some Prize Blocks are hidden and are revealed either if the player hits them or if they are activated by a Switch Block.|
|Pulley Lift||A lift that travels along a track.|
|Red ? Block||A block that activates a floating spotlight found near the end of Bowser's Castle.|
|Rope||An object players can climb on, similar to a Beanstalk and a fence. Ropes are used to travel through a level. Players cannot climb them while riding on Yoshi.|
|Rotating Block||A block that flips when it is hit from below or by Caped Mario/Luigi, causing it to be unable to be landed on. Super Mario/Luigi can destroy Rotating Blocks by spin-jumping on them. Chargin' Chucks can destroy them, and some enemies are hidden in them.|
|Roulette Block||A block that contains power-ups that swap between the available types. Items that are released from the blocks still change form when they are out.|
|Semisolid Platform||A variety of platforms that can be jumped through.|
|Single Swing Lift||A platform attached to a pivot point. The brown version is stationary until stood on, while the gray version perpetually rotates in a certain direction.|
|Skull Raft||A platform composed of four segmented skulls that appears on lava. When landed on, it automatically moves.|
|Snake platform||A platform composed of Brown Blocks that, when stood on, travels through a level.|
|Spotlight||Helps Mario or Luigi see in the dark. It appears only in Bowser's Castle and is triggered by a red ? Block.|
|Stretch Block||A platform composed of five blocks that stretch or compress in a set pattern, either vertically or horizontally, sometimes alternating between the two.|
|Triangular Block||A block that allows Mario or Luigi to run up walls. Yoshi cannot run up walls, though he can bounce off Triangular Blocks.|
|Triple Swing Lift||A set of three platforms that perpetually spin around their pivot point.|
|Warp Pipe||A pipe that can lead players to another area of the level if they either duck or jump into one. Some Warp Pipes contain varieties of Piranha Plants or Lakitus, some extend and retract (found only in Forest of Illusion 4), and some large, diagonal Warp Pipes launch players.|
|Water lift||A brown platform that floats on water. The platform will sink if Mario or Luigi steps on it, and it will rise back up.|
|Yellow Door||A door found in Ghost Houses, fortresses, and castles. Yellow Doors take the player to another portion of the level. Large red doors serve as entry points to a boss.|
|Yoshi Cloud||A cloud that hatches from an egg after Yoshi eats two Pink Berries. If Mario or Luigi catches all ten Bonus Coins that it drops, it will release a 1-Up Mushroom.|
|1-Up Chamber||A bonus area accessed through pipes in some levels. This minigame lets players win up to five 1-Up Mushrooms by hitting Prize Blocks in a correct order.|
|Bonus game||At the ends of levels that are not castles or fortresses, if players receive 100 Bonus Stars at the Giant Gates, they play a minigame that gives them the opportunity to earn bonus lives.|
|Coin Heaven||A bonus, sky-themed area accessed by using pipes, Beanstalks, and Yoshi's Wings, where players are typically awarded many coins. Unlike in other areas of the level, if the player falls, they do not lose a life and resume the main level. The variant that requires Yoshi's Wings auto-scrolls and contains five Dragon Coins; if players drop down, they finish the level.|
|Control Coin||When hit from certain Prize Blocks, Control Coins are coins players can control the direction of with .|
|Fence||Located in a variety of castle or fortress levels, fences can be climbed on by players. Players can also hit a fence to activate Revolving Doors and to defeat Climbing Koopas on the other side.|
|Pipe Cannon||A diagonal-facing Warp Pipe that shoots Mario or Luigi out of it. Pipe Cannons are exit points, usually from an underground area.|
|Switch Palace||A bonus level that contains a ! Switch that turns the respectively colored Dotted Line Blocks into solid Exclamation Mark Blocks. Once completed, Switch Palaces cannot be accessed again. There are four Switch Palaces in the game, and all except the Yellow Switch Palace require players to take secret exits to access them.|
While composer Koji Kondo had created many different melodies for Super Mario Bros. 3, he decided to use the same melody in Super Mario World, albeit in an arranged form, assuming that the player would be able to recognize the melody while being exposed to new variations of music throughout the game. The melody was believed to be inspired by "Green, Green," a folk song recorded in the 1960s that was very popular in Japan. This being the first game developed for the SNES, Kondo felt "overjoyed" about being able to take advantage of the increased technological capability, which allowed eight instruments to be used at once. To express the technological novelty of the new console, he used samples of several different instruments (as named below), implementing them all, one after the other, in the game's title song. As development progressed, Kondo grew concerned over how people would react to his unusual combinations of instruments as he noted the use of the NES's traditional square waves and triangle waves had "gained acceptance" with consumers. For the game's sound effects, Kondo decided to use a variety of musical instruments to emphasize that the game used traditional technology with a hybrid of new materials. For example, Mario's jumping sound is a reappropriation of a pan flute sample. The music took around a year and a half for Kondo to compose.
A compilation soundtrack for Super Mario World was released in Japan on February 25, 1991, and it contains original jazz arrangements composed by musician Soichi Noriki and performed by the Mario Club Band; the album additionally contains music from Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 3. The arrangements are recorded on the album's first disc, while the second disc contains the original compositions. The music was also included on Nintendo Super Famicom Game Music, another Japan-only album released in 1992 that contains music from various games released for the SNES. Super Mario Compact Disco, a compilation soundtrack released originally in Japan on August 1, 1993, contains pieces that remix and rearrange music sampling sound effects from the game into a funk and hip-hop-oriented genre with lyrics. Super Mario World music has been featured in several of the Nintendo Sound Selection series, namely Nintendo Sound Selection Vol.2: Loud Music and Nintendo Sound Selection: Endings & Credits, and in several Super Mario anniversary soundtracks, such as Happy! Mario 20th - Super Mario Sound Collection and The 30th Anniversary Super Mario Bros. Music.
The soundfont used for the Super Mario World soundtrack consists of the following instrument samples: the fretless bass, piano, pan flute, brass, and clarinet from the Kawai K1 module; the fantasia synth, arco strings, bass marimba, and slap bass from the Roland D-50 synthesizer; the honky-tonk, steel drum, and oud from the Roland L-CD1 (a sample library built for the S-50 synthesizer); and the dry kick, impact snare, reverb snare, closed hi-hat, and open low conga from the Roland R-8 drum machine. An orchestra hit sample from unknown equipment by E-mu Systems is also present, and it was used to construct Yoshi's record-scratching voice effect. The cannon sound used for the thunder effects is of unknown origin, but it is currently part of the Soundstorm Sound Effects Library; it is the first professional film sound effect to be sampled in a Nintendo game. The origin of the heavy guitar used in the final boss theme is currently unknown.
- For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Super Mario World media.
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- Main article: List of Super Mario World staff
23 people were listed in the credits of Super Mario World, including notable Nintendo composer Koji Kondo for the sound programming and Shigeru Miyamoto as the producer. Takashi Tezuka was the overall director of the game, listed as the "Total Director" in the original Japanese version of the credits.
The game was produced by Shigeru Miyamoto, featuring music composed by Koji Kondo and graphics designed by Shigefumi Hino, and it was the first game designed for the SNES. As an experiment, the teammates ported Super Mario Bros. 3 to the console, and it felt like the same game to them despite the enhanced graphics, so the teammates wanted to create something new for the console (though Super Mario Bros. 3 itself would later be ported and remade for the SNES as one of the featured games in Super Mario All-Stars). Miyamoto has stated that ever since they finished Super Mario Bros., the design staff wanted to have Mario ride a horse. It was believed to be impossible technically until the SNES was developed, and it was changed to a dinosaur due to the team working with a dinosaur land. The team first came up with a crocodile, which the team felt did not fit in Mario's world, so the design was altered to eventually evolve into Yoshi. According to Miyamoto, sixteen people were involved in the creation of the game, and it took about three years to make.
At some point during the game's development, it was meant to be released in North America and Europe under the full Super Mario Bros. 4 title, but it was later shortened to simply Super Mario World. Miyamoto has stated that this is his favorite game of the Super Mario franchise.
Pre-release and unused content
- Main article: List of Super Mario World pre-release and unused content
Dinosaur Land was drastically different from the final version, possessing an appearance similar to the various kingdoms of Super Mario Bros. 3. Specifically, it was to feature things such as Toad Houses (which could possibly mean that Toads were once considered to populate Dinosaur Land) and more Super Mario Bros. 3-style fortresses. In addition to this, the game originally had the subtitle "Super Mario Bros. 4" on the Title Screen.
- Main article: List of Super Mario World glitches
Glitchy graphics from defeated enemies
The balls on Iggy's and Larry's platforms can be destroyed by the sliding attack, as can the Grinders (using a Triangular Block). This results in glitchy graphics, most likely because the developers did not intend for these enemies to be defeated. The same happens if Mario does a nosedive in the second level of the Bowser battle. The Big Steely is defeated as a red sprite of Princess Toadstool's head.
In order to do this glitch, the player must go to the end of Chocolate Island 3. Under the goal, the player must jump off Yoshi to the Giant Gate so that the screen does not scroll up. If this is done correctly, Mario is barely seen when he finishes the level, and because Mario is not present on the bottom of the screen, the screen begins to flicker in many colors as the stage begins to fade out. When he comes back to the overworld map, the entire world is glitchy and colored with red and blue. If Mario visits the Forest of Illusion or the Valley of Bowser and comes back to the main overworld, the entire world is ivory-colored instead. The glitch ends if the player completes a level or visits a Star Road.
A number of changes were made to Super Mario World when it was released internationally following its initial Japanese version. This included translating the Japanese names and words and tweaking various levels to make the game easier for international audiences.
- Yoshis can eat the Dolphins as if they were regular enemies in the Japanese version of Super Mario World but not in the international versions of the game, likely due to them not being enemies. However, this change was later reversed in the reissue, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2, allowing Yoshis to eat the Dolphins in the non-Japanese versions of the game as well.
Level design changes
- Donut Plains 2 has an added Exclamation Mark Block after the three Prize Blocks near the beginning of the level. Similarly, Vanilla Dome 1 has an added Cape Feather in one of the Rotating Blocks in the structure found early in the level in the international version.
- The secret exit to Chocolate Island 3 was made more conspicuous through the use of two additional arrow signs, rather than one sign found in the Japanese version.
- In Donut Secret House, the walls at the end of the two main rooms were extended a bit to fill the whole screen.
- In the Sunken Ghost Ship, the three 1-Up Mushrooms at the bottom of the Ghost Ship are absent in the Japanese version.
- #3 Lemmy's Castle has a time limit of 400 seconds instead of 300 seconds. Funky also provided the players more time in the international versions of the game via the presence of nine green berries instead of the original three in the Japanese version; as having Yoshi eat green berries adds 20 seconds to the timer, this meant the international players could accumulate triple the extra time than in the Japanese version of the game.
- In the Japanese version, the coins at the end of Funky spell out "YOU ARE SUPER PLAYER!!" while in international versions of the game, more coins were added to correctly say, "YOU ARE A SUPER PLAYER!!"
- Both the file-selection and mode-selection title screens change between the different versions. On the file-selection screen, the Japanese text was changed to English for international releases, and in both cases, "1991" was added to the original's 1990 copyright date to reflect when the North American and PAL versions were released. The logo was also changed to make the shadowing of the letters less pronounced, and the "TM" was rewritten in the same lettering style as the title itself. In the Japanese version, the logo uses the same font as Super Mario Bros. 3. As shown in the comparison of the file-selection screens below, the PAL version differed from both the Japanese and North American releases in height. Each version also has its own marker to denote whether all 96 exits were found or not.
- All instances of Japanese names occurring in-game were changed to English.
- The sign at Yoshi's House was changed from katakana (Japanese script) to the English alphabet. Also, the sign has some shade in the international versions.
- The enemy names were all translated as well, although rather than Japanese script, they were written in romaji (English letters) in the Japanese version itself. This includes the credits, the writing on the Reznor wheel, and the sign on Bowser's Castle.
- In addition to being translated, various other changes are made to the level names.
- While block numbers are used in the original Japanese names, the numbers in the international version match the font style used in the lettering.
- In the Japanese version, all level names are followed by 「コースｘ」, "Course X," but in the international version, the names are simply numbered (i.e., 「ヨースターとう コース１」, "Yōsutā tō Cōsu 1," changes to "Yoshi's Island 1" instead of "Yoshi's Island Course 1").
- Cheese Bridge Area's, Cookie Mountain's, Forest Secret Area's, and Chocolate Secret's Japanese names are all followed by 「コース１」, "Course 1," but as there are no additional levels sharing these names, the numerical designation is dropped for the international versions.
- However, the Special Zone levels are not numbered. Gnarly and Tubular are both 「おたのしみ コース」 (Fun Course), Way Cool and Awesome are both 「マリオスタッフもビックリ コース」 (Even the Mario Staff is Shocked Course), Groovy and Mondo are both 「スペシャリストのための コース」 (Specialists' Course), and Outrageous and Funky are 「チャンピオンシップの コース」 (Championship Course).
- The flavor text after defeating a Koopaling and destroying their castle is a generic text for every Koopaling in the Japanese version. In international versions, each Koopaling is given their own flavor text.
- While various enemies change designs after the game is changed to the Fall setting, in the credits, the replacements are given new monikers in the SNES version; in the Super Famicom and Game Boy Advance versions, their names remain the same.
- Like the enemy names, the staff credits are also written in romaji in the Japanese version, but various small changes are still made:
- The title of "Total Director" is changed to "Main Director," "Back Ground" is corrected to "Background," and all instances of "Programer" are changed to the "Programmer" spelling for the international release. "C.G. Designer" is elaborated upon as "Character Graphic Designer" outside Japan, and various other titles are tweaked, with "Course Director" becoming "Area Director," "Course Editor" changing to "Area Data Input," and "Player and System Programer" becoming "Mario and System Programmer."
- The spacing of certain words is also tweaked, and a colon is added to "Special Thanks" in the international version.
- Dayv Brooks is added to the "Special Thanks" list for his translation work on Super Mario World.
Notable mistakes and errors
- Several graphical errors are present in the game. Of note is that the Magikoopas' unique palette has their colors ordered incorrectly, resulting in the area that should be occupied by the lightest shade of blue instead having the darkest. This is fixed in the Game Boy Advance version by giving them the normal blue palette.
- The Koopa bosses are all depicted with three fingers on each hand. This is fixed in the GBA version. Most of the Koopalings' sprites are made to resemble their Super Mario Bros. 3 counterparts (likely to be more easy to recognize), even when the result would be off-model from their artwork, such as with Iggy having only one tooth and Wendy having a white bow with red spots.
- Morton, Roy, and Ludwig are given green, blue, and yellow palettes, respectively, in gameplay. In the credits, they are given turquoise, gray, and pink palettes, respectively. However, in order to match up with their Super Mario Bros. 3 palettes, they should be given the gray, pink, and turquoise palettes, respectively. The credits also give Ludwig Morton's teeth, which would remain for his appearance in Super Mario Maker 2.
- Lemmy is depicted as being yellow and has large fangs and spikeless arm cuffs, likely owing to having the same body as Wendy to conserve graphic space.
- Iggy is accidentally given Larry's hair, leaving Iggy's unused except for in the credits. This error remains in the GBA version.
- Bowser is depicted as being primarily green. This is fixed in the GBA version to make him primarily orange. In addition, he lacks the spiked cuffs on his arms. This error is kept in the GBA version. Bowser's sprite was redesigned in the Super Mario World theme of Super Mario Maker.
- Yoshi's arms are orange, as are those of the rest of his species.
- Due to how Chargin' Chucks' graphics are assembled, their graphics have many errors. Most conspicuously, their heads come off for a frame when they are hit. Other errors include their facemasks going behind the rim of their plastrons in certain poses, and the facemasks also being visible in front of the clapping effect. They are also assigned a green palette in-game despite being colored with blue highlights in their artwork and being given a blue palette in the credits. However, when running, their shoulders have a blue palette very briefly.
- Despite Dry Bones being skeletal Koopa Troopas, they are depicted as being far larger than their living counterparts. They also have neck and arm bones in their sprites but not their artwork.
- The two lower tiles on the back-facing Climbing Koopas appear to be switched, as the lower part of the shell moves in the opposite direction as the upper part of it, and the limbs are not oriented as they are in the front-facing sprites.
- Spike Tops are seemingly depicted with six legs in the game, despite seemingly having four in their artwork. This is retained in the Super Mario Maker games.
- Despite being given green feet in their artwork, Goombas are assigned the yellow palette in-game, with the yellow only affecting their feet anyway.
- Monty Moles have incompatible designs between their jumping and running sprites, with the former having a split lip and the latter having a smooth curve for a mouth. The GBA remake continues this with Mega Mole's unique defeat sprite seen by having Yoshi eat one while playing as Luigi.
- Due to how Mechakoopas' tiles are assembled, the sprite of one getting up from being stunned appears to have half of an extra lower jaw under its full jaw and half of an extra foot over its full foot.
- Big Boos have lower fangs, white eyes, and a bluish coloration in their sprites, but they appear identical to normal Boos in their artwork. In many future games, the two remain identical in appearance outside of size.
- In the Japanese version, the message spelled out with coins in Funky reads "YOU ARE SUPER PLAYER!!" in a typical case of Engrish. The Western versions fix the grammar to "YOU ARE A SUPER PLAYER!!" thus adding more coins to the level.
- The English localization refers to the enemy known as Kuribon in Japan as "Goomba," either in an accidental mistranslation or a deliberate attempt to group the two creatures together, possibly to seem more familiar to players. This led to confusion in Western depictions as to whether or not the two creatures were the same thing until Super Mario 3D World retranslated them as "Galoombas," though Mario Party Advance seemingly made an earlier attempt with "Goombob."
Super Mario World received universal critical acclaim, and it is held as among Nintendo's best games with a strong legacy. The game ranks with an average of 94.44% aggregate score in GameRankings before it was merged with Metacritic. Although Metacritic does not have an official aggregate score on the game, due to it being released before Metacritic's inception, the user review is shown to be mostly positive. Much of the game's general praise is directed to the game's visuals, gameplay, level design, secrets, and music, while retrospective reviews often opine that the game is still very playable today and that new players should play it.
Alex Navarro of GameSpot scored the game an 8.5 out of 10 in his review for the Virtual Console version of the game on the Wii, recommended players to play the game if they have not already. He has praised the game as a "well-crafted adventure," stating that nothing in the game feels "superfluous," and that while he pointed out that it was rather short for modern game standards, the secrets are easy to overlook on a first playthrough of the game. He has praised the graphics, describing them as "colorful" and "cute" and stands out as one of the best-looking games of the system, saying that the visuals still hold to the modern era; he has praised that the game's music is some of the best the Super Mario franchise has ever seen, calling the tunes "supercatchy." The only bad listed in the review of the game is the distinct lack of Kuribo's Shoe. Lucas M. Thomas of IGN also scored the game an 8.5 out of 10 for the Virtual Console version of the game, noting the game's successful history and how the game still feels good to play today despite the age. However, Thomas felt that Super Mario World does feel lacking, and he pointed out how Miyamoto felt he could have done more to the game to distinguish it from being a graphically upgraded continuation of Super Mario Bros. 3 and that during the time, Nintendo's competitor, Sega, took advantage of it and introduced Sonic the Hedgehog.
Jamie O' Neill of Nintendo Life gave the game a 10/10, writing about the game's legacy and history when it was first released and that the game is still playable today; he has written that while many games can be considered "classics," only a few can be considered "masterpieces," which O' Neill has referred to them as. He has stated that the game is not the flashiest showcase of the SNES's graphical effects, but he has praised the game's bright and colorful aesthetics. He has praised Koji Kondo's efforts on the soundtrack, where the themes are diverse and they carry on various moods, such as the atmospheric Ghost Houses and the energized credits tune that settles into a "beautiful melancholy" when the characters reach Yoshi's House to conclude their adventure. He has called the game's controls "perfect" and said that the game's meticulous secrets lend it a long-lasting appeal. O' Neill has then mentioned that the game scored number 2 on Nintendo Life's 20 debut SNES games from the Nintendo Switch Online.
Dan Whitehead of Eurogamer gave the game a 10/10 on his brief overview of various Virtual Console games, stating that the column nearly missed its deadline because he "ended up losing the best part of an afternoon to rediscovering its impeccable design."
The game was placed 16th in the 100th issue of Nintendo Power's "100 best Nintendo games of all time" in 1997. The game placed 47th in the 200th issue of GameInformer's "Top 200 Games of All Time."
|Wii||Lucas M. Thomas, IGN||8.5/10||"Super Mario World could be argued to take the crown for greatest 2D Mario platformer, and as such earns almost immediate recommendation for download to your Wii. The recommendation is tentatively withheld, however, pending examination of your history of ownership with the game, its ported Game Boy Advance iteration, Super Mario Advance 2: Super Mario World, has become one of the best-selling games of all time on Nintendo's handheld systems since its release five years ago. The portable package is perfectly playable, meaning you should save your Points if you're one of the millions of gamers to own it there, in cartridge form. Otherwise, download away. Especially you, stalwart Sonic supporters; the white flag is waving, the war now at an end. Come experience Mario's adventures, and the debut of his dinosaur friend."|
|Wii||Alex Navarro, GameSpot||8.5/10||"Of course, odds are that many have experienced this game in one way or another over the years, be it with a copy of the original SNES release, or with 2002's fabulous GBA remake. If you own either of those and still have the required systems to play them, this VC version becomes significantly less necessary. However, if you're too young to have played the original game back in the day (or just spent most of the '90s in the era's equivalent of a disco haze) and never got around to picking up the GBA version, there's no excuse not to give Super Mario World a try now."|
|Wii||Dan Whitehead, Eurogamer||10/10||"SMW pretty much invented the platform game as we know it today. It may have been one small step for Nintendo, but it was an evolutionary leap for gaming."|
|Wii U||Jamie O'Neill, Nintendo Life||10/10||"While many retro games can claim to be a classic, not many are a solid gold masterpiece. Super Mario World is a masterclass in side-scrolling platforming design, to the point that modern 2D game developers should be encouraged to study it as a pre-requisite of mastering their craft. The artistry on display here is not just the way Koji Kondo's tunes fit perfectly with Dinosaur Land's locations in its creative world map – with courses that were presented with subtle 16-bit graphical flair for the November 1990 launch of the Super Famicom – but its success as an outstanding video game is predominantly due to stellar course design and its tantalising 96 level exits. It's the hidden gameplay surprises that keep you playing and returning for more, so it's the secrets that are ultimately Super Mario World's 'special' sauce."|
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Super Mario World was bundled with the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, making it the most sold game for the SNES, selling 20 million copies.
Remakes and ports
Nintendo Super System
The game was ported to the Nintendo Super System, an arcade machine, in 1991. It is the only Super Mario title released on this system. There are a few differences such as a message on the title screen letting the player know what version it is. Players can choose one of seven zones to start in. There is no way to save progress, and a timer counts down on the bottom right corner when play begins, reappearing when time is almost up. Afterwards, a screen appears, asking if the player wants to continue by inserting coins.
Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World
The Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World version gives Luigi a more distinctive sprite where he is taller and thinner and animates differently, while in the original, he is simply a palette swap of Mario, and his moves are identical to Mario's.
Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2
Super Mario World was remade for the Game Boy Advance as the second installment in the Super Mario Advance series, Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. Some of the more notable changes include new sprites for Luigi, the maximum number of lives being 999 that can now be saved, and a list of levels showing whether the secret exit and the Dragon Coins have been found.
Super NES Classic Edition
Super Mario World is one of the 21 titles included on the Super NES Classic Edition.
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Super Mario World is one of the 20 launch titles for Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online, along with Super Mario Kart and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island.
4koma Manga Ōkoku
The Japanese manga series 4koma Manga Ōkoku has a series called Super Mario, in which its seven entries have stories and gags based off Super Mario World.
Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater
The Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater is another Japanese 4koma series that features many 4-panel visual gags based off Super Mario World. For example, one comic has Mario running out of time just as he was about to face Iggy Koopa, as Iggy Koopa dives into Mario: the momentum causes Iggy Koopa to fall into the lava and get defeated as well.
Super Mario-kun's first six volumes are all based on Super Mario World, kick-starting the series and being the game with the most arcs associated with it. While the first four arcs follow the games closely, with each arc having the characters travel through the game's locations, the fifth and sixth arcs have their own storylines that feature content from other Super Mario titles released at the time such as Yoshi and Super Mario Kart.
Super Mario Kodansha manga
Seven entries based on Super Mario World were released for the Super Mario manga series by Kazuki Motoyama.
Super Mario World television series
Super Mario World has an animated television series produced by DIC, being the last of the Super Mario cartoons DIC has produced. It has aired from September 14, 1991 to December 7, 1991, featuring 13 episodes, the least amount of the Super Mario cartoons. While it has faithful elements to the original series, the cartoon has a focus on common prehistoric stereotypes and themes such as the Mario characters living with cavepeople and relying on anachronistic themes to introduce to the cavepeople such as cars, television, and telephones.
The game's success led to five games being released for Japanese and North American arcades.
- Mario Roulette: A Japanese gambling game made in 1991 by Konami.
- Būbū Mario: A Japanese video game-ride hybrid made in 1993 by Banpresto.
- Mario Undōkai: A Japanese marathon game with a dance pad made in 1993 by Banpresto.
- Super Mario World (arcade): A vertical North American Skee-ball-styled game made in 1993 by Fabtek.
- Super Mario Attack: A Japanese side-scrolling gambling game made in 1996 by Banpresto.
Due to the game's overwhelming popularity and success, much merchandise has been released using the Super Mario World theme.
The Super Mario Twin Cooker, a cooking item for household kitchens.
Promotional ice cream that came out after the release of Super Mario World. The ice cream itself is in the shape of Mario's face with a green bubble gum nose.
A set of metallic coins sold in Japan with artwork from Super Mario World. The box includes the metal coins, a crane, and a magnet. The objective of the game is to grab coins by using the small crane and magnet.
A plushie of a Chargin' Chuck based on Super Mario World
A plushie of a Banzai Bill from Super Mario World
A plushie of a Magikoopa from Super Mario World
A plushie of a Rip Van Fish from Super Mario World
A plushie of a Super Koopa from Super Mario World
A plushie of a Wiggler from Super Mario World
A toy in which Mario rides Yoshi with wheels
An animated music box featuring Mario and Yoshi, which plays the overworld theme from Super Mario World
References to other games
- Mario Bros. – Fire Luigi's color scheme is taken from Luigi's coloration in the NES version of this game.
- Devil World – The egg-hatching sound effect originated from this game.
- Super Mario Bros. – If the player waits on the Special Zone map for one minute and 57 seconds, a cover version of the overworld theme will start playing. The 3/4 waltz time signature returns in the "Underwater BGM" after being absent in the "Underwater BGM" of Super Mario Bros. 3, a feature that would become a staple of underwater themes in the Super Mario series.
- Super Mario Bros. 2 – Unaltered Ninjis reappear, and Bullet Bills resembling Pidgits appear in the Fall. Pokeys also return.
- Super Mario Bros. 3 – The Sunken Ghost Ship was once an airship from this game. Also, all of the Koopalings return here. Bob-ombs reuse their keyless artillery graphics here. The intro of the final boss theme is an arrangement of the Dark Land music from this game.
References in later games
- Mario Roulette – Most sounds, music, and graphics from here appear in this game.
- Mario Paint – Many sounds and graphics from here appear in this game.
- Super Mario Kart – Lakitu is nearly identical in appearance in this game. Many tracks in this game are based on levels here. The music that plays in the Ghost Valley and Bowser Castle courses are remixes of the music from the Ghost Houses and the final boss theme, respectively, from Super Mario World.
- Būbū Mario – Yoshi returns, and Bowser kidnaps Peach in a similar way.
- Mario Undōkai – The goal of the marathon is to race on Yoshis.
- Super Mario World (arcade) – The game is named after and themed around Super Mario World.
- Mario's Time Machine – Many sounds and graphics from Super Mario World appear in this game.
- Mario is Missing! – Many sounds and graphics from here appear in this game.
- Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island – This game is a prequel to Super Mario World, though the stories are practically unrelated in sharing some settings, and it uses Yoshi as the main character, although there are nine Yoshis (or ten in the Game Boy Advance remake) for each stage for each zone. Also, Yoshi's sound effects from here were reused in this game.
- Super Mario Attack – The game plays almost exactly like one of the early levels of the game.
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars – The Star Road found here is destroyed by Exor, and it is revealed that Geno is from here. Yoshi's Island also returns as Yo'ster Isle, and a rendition of the overworld theme from this game plays upon first meeting Gaz. Also, the overworld theme can be heard while singing a character to sleep.
- Super Mario 64 – The idea of Switch Palaces is, in a way, carried over into this game. Also, Yoshi references this game when he says, "It has been so long since our last adventure!" when speaking to Mario at the end of the game.
- Super Mario Bros. Deluxe – The first part of the background music heard in the Special Zone was arranged as the "Mystery Room" theme. In addition, if the player beats World 8-4 as small Mario, Princess Toadstool will kneel down and kiss Mario in a similar manner to her actions in the ending of Super Mario World.
- Super Smash Bros. – Mario's and Luigi's down specials, Mario Tornado and Luigi Cyclone, are similar to and could be based on the Spin Jump that first appeared in Super Mario World.
- Paper Mario – The first few notes of the Super Mario World overworld theme can be heard in this game's title screen music. Also, one of the tracks played by the radio in Koopa Village is the ending theme of the same game. The switch theme from this game can be heard in the music during the battle with Bowser???
- Luigi's Mansion – One of Melody Pianissima's musical quizzes names this game as an optional response.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee – There is a Super Mario World-themed level called Yoshi's Island. Banzai Bill also returns, and Mario uses his Cape as his side special move. Trophies of the Koopa Clown Car and Mario riding Yoshi are collectible.
- Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga – In a room in Woohoo Hooniversity, four question blocks from the previous games (the names of which are even stated in their descriptions) can be seen; one of them is the question block from Super Mario World. A cover of the overworld theme from Super Mario World is used for some of the minigames. The Koopalings are also fought in the same order as in Super Mario World.
- Super Mario Sunshine – When FLUDD scans Mario, a video of Mario battling Iggy in this game can be seen.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door – Riding Yoshi came from this game. Also, if Mario gets an email from the RDM, a tone that is a cover of the music that plays when Mario destroys a castle in this game plays. If Mario gets an email from Peach, the Title Screen music from this game plays.
- Super Mario 64 DS – Winged Yoshi returns in the multiplayer mode of this game.
- Mario Party Advance – The results-screen music after the player runs out of Mushrooms in this game is a cover of the overworld theme from Super Mario World. Goombas also appeared in the form they appeared in the game as well.
- Super Mario Galaxy – Many enemies return, such as Magikoopas, Torpedo Teds, and Urchins. Collecting the notes in Deep Dark Galaxy plays the bonus game theme.
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl – A short demo of Super Mario World is playable, and the Yoshi's Island stage returns. Mario's Cape move returns from Melee as well. Also, Bowser uses his Koopa Clown Car in The Subspace Emissary. Finally, the title theme and ending theme are covers and play on the Delfino Plaza stage, as well as the castle theme on the Luigi's Mansion stage. Yoshi's Final Smash, Super Dragon, is based on the powers he can obtain from a Koopa shell, specifically the powers from a Red Koopa Troopa and Blue Koopa Troopa. Hot Head makes an appearance as an item in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as well as a trophy. Blargg appears as a sticker in this game.
- Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games – In the Wii version, an arrangement of the ending theme is used as the music for the third segment of the Mario World routine in Dream Figure Skating. In the Nintendo DS version, an arrangement of the Ground Theme is used as the first part of the Mario Medley in Ultimate Figure Skating.
- New Super Mario Bros. Wii – Yoshi reappears in this game, behaving exactly as he did in Super Mario World. The Spin Jump also makes a return. Part of the music that plays in the castles/fortresses in this game is used for the castle levels in New Super Mario Bros. Wii.
- Super Mario Galaxy 2 – A cover of the music from the Ghost House levels is used for Haunty Halls Galaxy and Boo Moon Galaxy. A cover of the Athletic Theme is used for Hightail Falls Galaxy (and also the music that plays during the mission for Starshine Beach Galaxy, "Purple Coin Beach Dash"). Sound effects from Super Mario World are reused, such as the sound when Yoshi is mounted, when a door is opened, and when the P Switch time limit (the Teleporter time limit in this game) is about to run out. Yoshi reappears in the game. Yoshi's House also returns in the Sky Station Galaxy. The bonus game theme from this game is used as the music that plays when touching the notes in the Puzzle Plank Galaxy.
- Mario Sports Mix – An arrangement of the athletic theme from this game is available as one of the songs in Harmony Hustle.
- Super Mario 3D Land – The sound heard when Mario exits a level after beating it in Super Mario World is present in this game after Luigi's letter is seen. Certain note sets play the bonus game theme.
- New Super Mario Bros. 2 – Reznors return in this game, as well as the cover of the battle theme. Also, the chime that can be heard while the game loads sometimes plays a small part of the Super Mario World overworld theme, and in World 4, Super Mario World's snow level background is reused.
- New Super Mario Bros. U – This game seems to be based on Super Mario World, with similar backgrounds and level styles. A Sumo Bro returns as the boss for the level Screwtop Tower. Baby Yoshis reappear as well. This game also uses a single, continuous world map, similar to Super Mario World.
- Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – An arrangement of the main theme appears as one of the selectable songs for Figure Skating Singles.
- Super Mario 3D World – Along with having a similar name, this game features Chargin' Chucks and Goombas (renamed Galoombas), both of which have not been seen in a Super Mario platform game since Super Mario World. At the beginning of The Great Tower of Bowser Land is Bowser's Muscle Car that, upon hitting, occasionally causes Super Mario World sound effects to play. The artwork of Beach Koopa for this game is reused as a stamp.
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U – Like in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, a demo of Super Mario World can be found under Masterpieces. Two new songs based on ones from Super Mario World's music, namely "Fortress Boss" and "Super Mario World Medley" (Overworld Theme, portions of the bonus game theme, Star World, and Super Star) appear as the selectable songs in the "My Music" section. Yoshi's Island (Melee) returns as a playable stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
- Super Mario Maker / Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS / Super Mario Maker 2 – One of the level styles is Super Mario World, and part of the ending theme is used in the credits. A cover of the music that plays in the Donut Plains, Twin Bridges, and Chocolate Island parts of the world map can be heard on the map screen for 10 Mario Challenge (Super Mario Challenge in the 3DS port).
- Mario Sports Superstars – The blue and yellow Koopa Troopas return as teammates in Baseball. The yellow Paratroopa also returns as a teammate.
- Super Mario Odyssey – A piano arrangement of the overworld and underwater themes from Super Mario World can be heard on radios in New Donk City and the Wooded Kingdom. When controlled by Mario, Moe-Eyes sometimes hum the ending theme of Super Mario World while walking around with their sunglasses on. A clip of Mario’s fight with Bowser in this game is shown when Mario captures Bowser. The music that plays in the bonus areas and bonus game was arranged as the music that plays in some of the challenge areas in this game.
- WarioWare Gold – This game contains a microgame that is based on Super Mario World, which involves Cape Mario collecting a certain number of coins.
- Super Mario Party – Luigi's, Boo's, Koopa Troopa's, Monty Mole's, Dry Bones', Kamek's, Sumo Bro.'s, Chargin' Chuck's, Mario with Baby Yoshi, and Cape Mario's sprites appear in Puzzle Hustle.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate – The Yoshi's Island stage returns in this game. Chargin' Chuck appears as a spirit using his artwork from Super Mario World.
- Paper Mario: The Origami King – The fireball and Spin Jump sounds are reused.
- Super Mario 3D All-Stars – Selecting any track in the main menu plays the coin sound effect.
- Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. – Yoshis appear in the time counter using their Super Mario World sprites.
- WarioWare: Get It Together! – A microgame based on Super Mario World appears in this game, which involves traversing to the end of a level.
- Super Mario Bros. Wonder – In the course Break Time! Wonder Token Tunes, the bonus game theme from Super Mario World plays. Tsubochan also look and function similarly to Rexes.
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Super Mario World.
Names in other languages
Sūpā Mario Wārudo
|Super Mario World (subtitled "Super Mario Bros. 4" on the logo)|
Chāojí Mǎlìōu Shìjiè
|Super Mario World|
Chāojí Mǎlìōu Shìjiè
|Super Mario World|
|Korean||슈퍼 마리오 월드
Syupeo Mario Weoldeu
|Super Mario World|
Give the world a whole new look!
|Japanese||スーパーマリオワールド 気分一新！ イメチェンバージョン
Sūpā Mario Wārudo Kibun isshin! Imechen Bājon
|Super Mario World Complete Mood Change! Makeover Version|
|Chinese (Simplified)||超级马力欧世界: 焕然一新! 感 觉大不同的版本
Chāojí Mǎlìōu Shìjiè: Huànrányīxīn! Gǎn jué dà bùtóng de bǎnběn
|Chinese (Traditional)||超級瑪利歐世界: 別有不同的形象改變版本
Chāojí Mǎlìōu Shìjiè: Bié yǒu bùtóng de xíngxiàng gǎibiàn bǎnběn
|Dutch||Super Mario World: Geef de wereld een nieuw uiterlĳk!||-|
|French||Super Mario World: Donnez de nouvelles couleurs au monde!||Super Mario World: Give new colors to the world!|
|German||Super Mario World: Wie sieht es denn hier plötzlich aus?||Super Mario World: What is it like here all of a sudden?|
|Italian||Super Mario World: Il gioco ha un nuovo look!||Super Mario World: The game has a new look!|
|Korean||슈퍼 마리오 월드: 월드 전체를 완전히 새롭게 바꾸자!
Syupeo Mario Weoldeu: Woldeu jeoncheleul wanjeonhi saelobge bakkuja!
|Portuguese||Super Mario World: Um mundo de aparência diferente!||-|
|Russian||Super Mario World: Пусть мир выглядит совсем по-другому!
Super Mario World: Pust' mir bygliadit sovsem po-drugomu!
|Spanish||Super Mario World: ¡Un mundo de apariencia diferente!||Super Mario World: a different-looking world!|
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