Super Mario World

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Super Mario World
Developer Nintendo EAD
Publisher Nintendo
System Super NES, Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date Super NES
JP November 21, 1990
US August 13, 1991
EU April 11, 1992
Virtual Console
JP December 6, 2006
US February 5, 2007
EU February 9, 2007
Wii U Virtual Console
US April 26, 2013
EU April 27, 2013
JP April 27, 2013
AU April 28, 2013
Gallery GH Gallery
Rating ESRB: E

Super Mario World was a launch title for the Super Nintendo and the first Mario game for the system. It carries on the style of the Super Mario Bros. games from the NES while adding some new elements, such as the dinosaur Yoshi.



Mario, Luigi and Princess Peach have gone on vacation to Dinosaur Land following their defeat of Bowser in Super Mario Bros. 3. But their fun does not last long before Bowser kidnaps the princess again. Bowser and the seven Koopalings have taken over Dinosaur Land. The Mario brothers also met a young dinosaur named Yoshi, whose friends had been captured by Bowser's children. This left the brothers with a threefold task: to liberate Dinosaur Land, save Yoshi's friends and save Princess Peach once again.


As in the Super Mario Bros. games, the player controls Mario (or a second player controls Luigi) in navigating side-scrolling levels. Super Mario World retains the Super Mushroom, Fire Flower and Super Star from previous Mario games. It also adds the Cape Feather and P-Balloon. Another gameplay addition was Yoshi, who could be found in certain levels and ridden. Yoshi could eat enemies and peform special moves after eating multicolored Koopa shells. However, Yoshi would become frightened and run away if attacked.

The game contained numerous levels. Like Super Mario Bros. 3, the game features an overworld map connecting levels, with one addition being secret exits that usually led to new levels or shortcuts. There were 96 exits in all throughout the game. In addition to the seven primary worlds, there were also two hidden worlds (the Star World and the Special Zone) that could only be reached through hidden exits.

Continuity Notes

  • The instruction manual states that Mario and company go on vacation directly following the events of Super Mario Bros. 3.
  • Additionally, the instruction manual implies that the Wrecked Ship used to be one of the airships from Super Mario Bros. 3.


Super Mario World was a success sales-wise. The character of Yoshi became popular after premiering in this game and began to appear in many games throughout the 90's.


No direct sequel was ever made. In 1996 a game called Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island was released. However, the game was actually a spin-off game starring Yoshi (technically acting as a prequel) and having little to no resemblance with Super Mario World aside from both games having Yoshi. Additionally, the original Japanese title was simply Super Mario: Yoshi's Island.

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