Perhaps a strange choice for a launch title, but fantastic nonetheless
Mike London "MAC", amazon.co.uk
1 December 2012
Summary: The Gameboy Advance is unique in the Nintendo catalogue as being a system without an original Mario title. Barring the abysmal failure of the Virtual Boy, the lack of a Mario title has never occurred before or since. Much like a person without a country, a Nintendo without a Mario just feels adrift and cut off from the rest of the gaming universe and real time gamer economy. Of course, one could argue that Mario IS Nintendo.
Summary: Though not fundamentally flawed, Super Mario Advance runs the risk of not being everything you expect it to be. Old series expectancies--goombas, koopas, fire flowers--do not feature here, and expected conventions--despatching enemies by way of jumping, for example--are abandoned. Uprooting vegetables and deploying them now fells your antagonists, many of whom are unfamiliar.
Excerpt: "...of the original NES adventure Super Mario Bros 2 is present and correct, and like all of the original Mario games, time has been kind to it. It's still as fun as it was in 1983 (Pointless Fact: It's as old as me!) To add extra sweetness to the mix though, the game has been tweaked and adapted to fit its new home on the Gameboy Advance, so we're now treated to new extra large enemies, items and power-ups, plus new bosses and animation. They've even ...
Summary: This game is very good and will keep you amused for hours. It sometimes gets a little boring but for the majority of the time it is great. It is really good having both the games on it because it means you have an option of which game to play. It must be good as I am still playing it now on my DS and I got it soon after it came out so it was a good buy. This is a must buy for anyone who has a DS or a Game Boy Advance.
Summary: Super Mario Advance; Vegetable Tugging Mania! This is a really great start to Mario on the GBA. First it's new, different, and fresh with very different characters. In this Mario Plat-former you get to play as Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Toad. Also having distinctively different powers. Like Power, Jump and weight.... In this there are about seventy levels all with a different aspect, also plenty of hidden things for example these urn things you can move Into and get a key!
Summary: I played this back when it was available for the Nes and thought it would be nice to relive old memories on a new game system, looking back I was either a better player or this game was made much harder than the original. The graphics look excellent, brilliantly updated and the sound has the addition of little snippets of speech. All in all this is a very good re-make of an older game.
Excerpt: "...but have to say that Super Mario 2 was one of my least favourites. It was more original than the other games and still a great platformer but I felt it lacked something that is present in games such as Super Mario 3 or Super Mario World. It is disappointing that rather than bringing out a new Mario game Nintendo decided to rerelease what is really just a slightly advanced version of Super Mario 2 as found on Mario All Stars on the SNES with the ...