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Super Mario Advance 2 (GBA)
Member Name: lorrainek858
Super Mario Advance 2 (GBA)
Advantages: great game, graphics are good, a portable classic!
Disadvantages: no multiplayer
Which is why when I found this game on Amazon, I was so happy as it is a little portable piece of my childhood that I can carry around with me and play on my long and frequent journeys on the bus or at night time when I want to wind down after a long day.
This game is probably still my favourite game ever, probably because I was kind of obsessed with it as a child, though it is hard to deny that it is Nintendo working at their best to make a fantastic and extremely playable game.
First things first, for anyone who isn't exactly familiar with the Mario franchise, here is the storyline behind this game:
Mario is called upon after the evil King Bowser is up to his old tricks again, he has captured the very lovely Princess Peach and is holding her captive in his castle, Mario needs to go through a number of different levels and lands to get to King Bowsers Castle and defeat him in order to save the Princess and live happily ever after. Easy story to understand and all in all quite crowd pleasing, everyone loves to be the hero and save the damsel in distress!
So there you have it, you set off as Mario comes across both enemies (such as Boo, the Koopa Troopa's, Thomp, Bowsers Children in Castles at the end of each land and of course King Bowser in the last Castle and many more of the familiar enemies from Mario 1-3) and also a few friends, for example Mario's trusty dinosaur friend Yoshi who you can ride on through levels if you find him in a question mark box, Yoshi accompanies Mario throughout levels until he takes a hit and gets scared away, and then you must find another one to ride him again.
This game is set out, like many other Mario games, in a map kind of view, there are a number of different areas including a few secret areas laid out in the game, the map island names include:
The Twin Bridges
Forest of Illusion
Sunken Ghost Ship
Valley Of Bowser
Star World (secret world)
Special (super-secret world)
When you have got to the end of each 'land', you come to a castle, within the castles reside one of Bowsers Children (named Iggy, Wendy, Ludwig etc.), in order to progress to the next level you must beat Bowser's child by hitting them on the head 3 times, before they can use their powers on you and defeat you first.
The different power ups within this game include:
Flying Leaf: Allows Mario or Luigi to fly for a short period of time
Fire Flower: Allows Mario to shoot fireballs to kill his enemies
Red Mushroom: Makes Mario grow and then he can take an extra hit from enemies
Green Mushroom: Gives Mario an extra life (he can gain up to 99 lives at any time)
Star: Makes Mario invincible to enemies for a short period of time.
There are also four different kinds of Yoshi that have their own unique abilities when they eat Koopa Shells they are:
Red Yoshi- Spits fire when shells are eaten
Blue Yoshi- Grows wings and can fly when shell is eaten
Yellow Yoshi- Develops super 'Stomp' powers when shell is eaten
Green Yoshi- Ordinary Yoshi with not many powers and no special ability, though can take on different powers when different colours of shells are eaten.
This game is really easy to play, though the game isn't so easy to play that any child I am guessing under 4 would have the co-ordination to play even though the game is rated E for everyone, though there are some children that advance quicker than others. None the less I would say that this game is more suited to children aged 6 or 7 up, as from this age on they would probably get more fun out of it and be able to cope with at least the easier levels. Though there is mild violence (in which I mean you have to kill enemies and by shooting them with fire or jumping on their heads) it is really cartoonised and not very aggressive or harmful.
You cannot play this game on multiplayer, like the original SNES game, as it is a Game boy Advance game it is more likely that you will want to play alone anyway.
The graphics on this game really don't disappoint, they stay true to the old Mario games. This game is played in a 2D format, advancing from one side of the screen to another. I am really glad that Nintendo decided to stay true to past game in this way as I think that this is part of the 'charm' of the better Mario games. The graphics are both simple and efficient to their purpose, each world is decorated in a detailed and colourful way and the game is drawn up in a cartoon display just like past Mario games.
You can scroll the full Map of the Kingdom and see all the worlds and levels that you are going to complete and have completed this is a nice feature in this game and shows what a masterpiece it really is.
The Mario level music is also very similar to the old Mario games. This is great for Mario fans, as the music on older games is unique to Mario games and easily recognised as it is upbeat and catchy. The tempo of the music increases if your timer only has 100 seconds left on it to 'hurry you up' to complete the level.
This game is for the Gameboy Advance, but it is also compatible with the Nintendo DS and DS lite, you can put it into the bottom cartilage socket and play this game just like on the GBA, though of course there are no touch screen abilities when you are playing it on the DS or DS lite.
You can buy this game on Amazon used for around £10-£20 and new for around £80 at the moment, I wouldn't buy the new game if you weren't planning on playing it, as I imagine it is a collector's item, though the used games, £10 is a great price to pay. I ended up paying £14.99 in total for my copy on Amazon, I don't think it would be easy however to buy this game on the high street, due to its age.
Overall I think that this is a fantastic and really well thought out game that has brought me countless hours of entertainment, both on the Gameboy Advance and the original SNES. This game was a brilliant buy and worth every penny to me, it is great to have a portable version of this game to take with me and play anywhere. This game is a must have for any Mario Fan. 5 out of 5 stars without a doubt.
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Summary: Fantastic retro game in your pocket!
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