We love Mario’s baddies, from the useless Goomba to the annoying
Lakitu, and out of all the great additions to rogue’s gallery in World,
Magikoopa might be our favorite. Not only do we love the silly visual of a
turtle wearing a robe over their shell, along with a hat and glasses, that
magic wand that turns blocks into more Koopas is pretty boss too. Magikoopa
eventually morphed into Kamek, one of Bowser’s closest advisors.
While from a gameplay standpoint we may find Magikoopa the
most interesting, there’s something undeniably cool about Monty Mole. He
literally exploded onto the scene in World, busting out of the ground at a
moment’s notice to attack Mario, leaving a cartoony outline where he jumped
out. He made such an impact that it’d be strange to see a new Mario title that
was missing the pests.
Ghost Houses full of Boos
Though the Banzai Bill was an early demonstration of what
the SNES could do, the developers waited until the introduction of the Ghost
Houses to really flex their new muscles. As players entered the creepy haunts,
they were immediately overwhelmed by dozens of Boos, the shy specters that Mario
had only dealt with a few at a time before. Seeing so many characters on screen
with no slow down quickly confirmed the SNES’s graphical authority.
It was a “free” game
Until Nintendo brought the concept back in a big way with
the Wii/Wii Sports combo, packing in games with a brand new system had pretty
much died out, but even when it was standard, the SNES launch was one of the
best combos around. Instead of trying to grab the quick cash by selling it
separately, World was sold with the system, giving players one of the system’s
best games ever as a bonus.
Final fight with Bowser
After running through a huge variety of worlds and beating a
cadre of henchmen and mid-bosses, it had all been leading up to this, your
final battle with Bowser to free Princess Toadstool. Riding in his not-so-regal,
clownish flying machine, Bowser rained death from above as his wind-up toys dropped
on Mario. Thanks to his newfound throwing skills (and the occasional helpful
mushroom from the Princess) we beat Bowser for the fourth time.
Just because you beat the final boss doesn’t mean the game’s
over, or that you’ve faced the toughest stages in SMW. The more curious players
over time found the special Star World area which, if you can find the hidden
exits, let you warp around the world map with ease. With new Yoshis and some of
the most challenging levels in the game, you haven’t truly finished Mario World
until you beat Star World.
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