Excerpt: One of the launch titles for the Game
Boy Advance, Super Mario Advance was well-recieved by people who grew
up with the game and those who were new to Nintendo's portly plumber
mascot. What's odd about the game's success, is the fact that it isn't
the real Super Mario Bros. 2 (this game is known as Super Mario Bros.
USA in Japan). Actually, this game was originally released in Japan
under the name Doki Doki Panic! and was modified to include the Mario
Excerpt: The best reason to own the original Game Boy and Game Boy Color were Nintendo's exclusive titles. For the last decade, Nintendo has been the only publisher consistently releasing not only good games for the handheld, but delivering great exclusive titles like Tetris, The Legend Of Zelda: Links Awakening, and the many shades of Pokémon.
Summary: Looking for another opinion on the GBA's launch Mario title? Good, because here's what Justin Nation thought of the pudgy plumber's first outing on the GBA...
Pros: A great challenge for those complaining platformers have become too easy, For completists, this is a no-brainer, The conversion of Mario Brothers Classic is great for sweetening the deal
Cons: At times in SMB2 the scrolling screen can be VERY distracting, It is a mere conversion of existing games and doesn't offer anything terribly revolutionary, The deviation from the Mario formula, to some, is criminal
Conclusion: "Seasoned gamers might look at it and pass it over since they’ve already lived through the experience but newcomers and Mario fans can’t do wrong by getting Mario Advance." There’s a crowd of players out there unfamiliar with the Mario legacy so Mario Advance will be a fresh experience.
Pros: - Blast from the past, - Multiplayer is a good addition, - No slow-down, - A few new challenges, - Original Mario Brothers game included, - Better gambling!, - Save game option
Cons: - If you mastered Super Mario 2 for the NES, you’ll quickly blast through this, - The ending still feels like a rip-off!, - You’ll have to buy a peripheral for the multiplayer aspects, - The cartridge is so damn small it may go missing