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Posted: 9 months ago, last updated 11 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.


Super Mario World is a running and jumping game where you help Mario on his quest to save Princess Toadstool and Dinosaur Land from Bowser and his minions. Play is similar to earlier Mario games, only here the levels are larger and have vertical height, so exploration and discovery is as much of the challenge as the well timed jumps. It stands out not only for being the first of its kind, but how it slowly lets you peel back layer upon layer to discover secrets, hidden levels and a whole host of initially unseen areas.

You explore as Mario or his brother Luigi through the varied worlds and levels with the goal of reaching the goal post at the end. You can also gain a wide range of abilities, such as the versatile Cape, Fire Flower or even ride on Yoshi, a dinosaur who can eat enemies, as well as gain abilities by eating the shells of Koopa Troopas.

Super Mario World is considered a stand out game in the series, selling more than twenty million copies. It is available in a number of releases:
  • Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World (1994) SNES
  • Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 (2001) on Gameboy Advance.
  • Super Mario World (Virtual Console) Wii, Wii U, and Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Switch Online as part of the classic games service.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/11/1990, updated in 2002

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, GBA, NES, Super NES and Switch

Content Rating: PEGI 3

Skill Rating: 7+ year-olds

Players: 1

Genres: Action, Adventure and Platform

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)



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Play Time: This game will take between 7 hours and 9 hours to complete. To get all the stars on all the levels can take up to 20 hours.

Play StylePlay Style

This is a single-player game.

You can play this game in the following styles:



This game has helped players develop their Knowledge as part of the following pathways:

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has been rated PEGI 3.

Skill Rating

7+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Younger players need to be able to explore levels, spot ways to find secrets and cope with duing unexpectedly.

Our Game Pathways reveal how 4-year-olds play this game:


There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.


We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Super Mario World Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

We haven't documented diversity and inclusion information for this game yet.

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