Some of the Mario following prefers the old-school Mario versus the new, 3D installments. Here to reignite the long argument of which is better between Super Mario Bros. 3 (SMB3) and Super Mario World (SMW), Game Rampage will be giving our breakdown on how these classics best one another in certain aspects.
Put simply, all Mario games from this era played much alike, but that did not stop the jump from NES to SNES from making a noticeable leap in gameplay. The controls in SMW felt much different than what they did in SMB3 and it just did not feel as fluid, refined. Balancing that, however, is the superior level design of SMW: the jump to 16-bit and the introduction of new powers and Yoshi made SMW an adventure like none other when it was new on the market.
Regarding gameplay, they both have their own certain perks. Super Mario World feels much more like an adventure, but the classic gameplay of Super Mario Bros. 3 had its own certain je ne sais quoi. Looking back, Super Mario Bros. 3 had its own movie. Then again, the movie can be summed up by what they said about the power glove.
Some games just have catchy tunes that over time get etched into memory – and Mario games are notorious for that. It is highly unlikely that someone out of a crowd would not be able to hum at least one of the compositions within a Mario game. SMB3 and SMW are no slackers in the music department either. Bringing with it some catchy songs for each map, SMB3 was quite successful in making music that was not only appropriate for the zone, but also uplifting. There is nothing quite like dodging cannon balls to the dramatic background music that accompanied the creeping left hand corner of the television screen.
Despite Super Mario Bros. 3 having great music, there was simply something about the music within its successor. Super Mario World had a very bright, hyped soundtrack. The music was spot-on and playing levels with the background music made for a great experience like none other. Expanding on the music from the last game, Super Mario World managed to take what was seen as great and create even better.
As for a story, they are both classic Mario games and therefore contain nothing more than “Go save the princess.” Even today, most Mario games tend to rely on the classic formula of introducing the character to an empty castle that is one-Peach-too-short. There are areas in which they differed though. Most importantly, the new elements and their lasting appeal.
Super Mario Bros. 3 brought the Frog suit, Tanooki Suit, Super leaf, the warp whistle and more, but Super Mario World brought the beloved Yoshi and introduced the cape feather and power balloon. In just the power-ups department, SMB3 gets a slight lead on SMW simply due to there being many more power-ups that the player could utilize and enjoy. The tie is broken, however, by the introduction of Yoshi. Sure, the warp whistle is great, but warp whistle never got its own spin-off series. Starting out as a mount, Yoshi has become much more and it all started in Super Mario World.
Both Mario games are great, but only one can take the crown. After evaluating all the aspects of the game and what they had to offer, Super Mario World wins by a marginal amount simply because it had Super Mario Bros. 3 to expand upon. Without a predecessor as revolutionary as Super Mario Bros. 3, Super Mario World would have not been nearly as great. If anything, it has an edge against Super Mario Bros. 3 simply due to it being a later installment and an SNES game rather than a NES game.
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