Super Mario Advance (Game Boy Advance)
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  • I was happy to see that some new bosses were added to this remake because that further added to the freshness of the video game
  • Super Mario Advance adds voices to the characters, updates the visuals and generally delivers a reasonably challenging side-scrolling experience
  • Nonetheless, I once more enjoyed playing through this video game, this time on the Game Boy Advance, and because I still feel the main single-player mode is more fulling, challenging and fun compared with that found in Super Mario Bros


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      Super Mario Advance is a video game for the Nintendo Game Boy Advance. Super Mario Advance is a remake of Super Mario Bros. 2 for the Nintendo Entertainment System. In some ways, Super Mario Advance is easier to beat than the original Super Mario Bros. 2, but in other ways, it offers a bit more of a challenge than what needed to be overcome in the original Nintendo Entertainment System video game. The video game seems a little easier because it’s easier now to obtain hearts, which serve as the character’s life meter. When a player runs out of hearts, due to being hit by enemies, the player loses a life. It’s possible to boost the number of hearts throughout the video game, and unlike in the original, hearts are more abundant, so a player is encouraged to pull weeds out of the ground in order to see if a heart is attached to the other end. Players also also encouraged to plan in order to kill multiple enemies in a row since that will award an extra life. Some vegetables are bigger than others and can kill multiple enemies at once, also something that wasn’t present in the original. Plus now, there’s a save feature, so with all of the above in mind, it’s easier to progress through the levels and finish the game in some regards. There are, however, added challenges that do make the game a bit more difficult. There are now more enemies on average that must be avoided or can be killed in levels and now there are some giant enemies, which aren’t as easy to trounce as the smaller ones. Also, there’s a red coin challenge in each level

      that can optionally be taken up and generally puts the player in peril due to the location of the coins, but that’s what makes the challenge satisfying and fun to complete. I’m glad that Nintendo at least tried to up the difficulty of the game a bit considering how they made it easier in some respects. Still, I have to say that Super Mario Advance is the easier game to beat compared with the original Super Mario Bros. 2 due to the save feature that kicks in at the end of every level and the slightly easier means of obtaining extra lives.

      Super Mario Advance does offer more to do than the original Super Mario Bros. 2. In addition to the aforementioned red coin challenge, beating the game unlocks a Yoshi egg hunt. Every level has two Yoshi eggs that need to be found and so, exploration as well as trial and error come into play due to the eggs in the Subspace areas of levels that can only be accessed with magical potions. Once a potion bottle is broken, a door appears, and going through that door leads to a limited Subspace area that changes depending on where the bottle is broken, so finding the Yoshi eggs isn’t always an easy task! It does give me a reason to revisit the levels though and do something other than play through them again. This video game also has two-player support unlike the original, and the multiplayer mode is actually the original Mario Bros. arcade game, which is very different from the traditional Mario platformers since there’s very little platforming and more focus on killing enemies and surviving while running and jumping around a smaller area. It’s ...


      • hectic but fun and some strategy can come into play as players compete for high scores and try to mess each other up. It can be a fun little diversion from the main game, which once beat, and all red coins and Yoshi eggs are collected, offers nothing more. I was happy to see that some new bosses were added to this remake because that further added to the freshness of the video game. Unlike Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, which was a remake of the original Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Advance, and Super Mario Bros. 2, both featured a number of different bosses with different attacks and required different strategies to defeat. I also feel the level variety in Super Mario Advance and Super Mario Bros. 2 is more varied while still retaining platforming challenges as well as integrating new challenges, like grabbing a key and running towards a locked door while being chased and attacked. I do feel that the core gameplay is superior to that found in the original Super Mario Bros. and the remake, Super Mario Bros. Deluxe.

        Super Mario Advance adds voices to the characters, updates the visuals and generally delivers a reasonably challenging side-scrolling experience. Unlike Super Mario Bros. Deluxe however, Super Mario Advance does not add loads of new content, so the game doesn’t last as long or offer as much replay value despite the levels being larger and featuring more areas to traverse through, both open and hidden. It’s still a fun video game to tackle because it offers a number of fun challenges, such as hopping from rolling log to rolling log across a waterfall and attacking an enemy and stealing its

        magic carpet before flying across nothing but open sky while dodging incoming attacks and trying to reach solid ground again before the magic carpet disappears. It’s still a blast having four characters to choose from, all with his or her own unique abilities and strengths as well as weaknesses. It’s still difficult to climb up tall buildings by moving from hanging chain to hanging chain while avoiding enemies, not because of poor controls which, by the way are solid and responsive, but because of clever and intricate level design. I do wish though more new content had been added to this game because I loved all the additional content added to Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, which still managed to feel fresh despite being a remake of Super Mario Bros.. Super Mario Advance could have been a more entertaining and satisfying video game had it not felt only just slightly different from the original, which on one hand isn’t a bad thing since the original delivered challenge, fun and creativity, but having played the original time and again, I was looking forward to some new modes or additional features, like those found in Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, such as the two different race modes with unique levels and unlockable art, music and more. Nonetheless, I once more enjoyed playing through this video game, this time on the Game Boy Advance, and because I still feel the main single-player mode is more fulling, challenging and fun compared with that found in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, I’m still going to rate it a pretty decently, and that rating would be a “7″. The remake could have offered a lot more fresh content, but the fundamentals of the video game still remain strong.




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