Platform: SNES(reviewed), GBA, Wii Virtual Console
Super Mario World. The first game I ever played. This was one of the games of the year that I knew right off the bat(yes, I already have the full list.) As I said in my first post on this blog, I played this game steadily for years, even with many other games available to me. Even after beating it numerous times, and discovering its many secrets, it never got boring to me. For me, it has a lasting fun factor and charm that has been rarely matched to this day and it's a game that I still go back to occasionally.
The game's music has an interesting quality to it. Many of the songs are variations on the same tune, giving the game's levels a uniform feel while still being quite varied in design. One fun detail is that when you ride on Mario's dinosaur companion, Yoshi, an extra drum track is added to the music. Just another fun little touch. Super Mario World's music was composed by series veteran Koji Kondo who brought his A game as usual. The sound effects are just as memorable to me with some that I'll remember forever. The clunk of the turtle shells, Yoshi's squeal when he takes damage, the pop sound that an enemy makes when you stomp them with a spin jump; it's all so iconic to me.
|Man, these guy's used to creep me out...I wasn't a very brave child...|
|See? I'm not making it up.|
|Uh, yeah, that's not creepy or anything...|
I think I'll mix things up and jump around from year to year so next up is the awesome year of 2008. I swear I have a good reason. For me at least...
First up, #5 in my top 5 games of 2008!
An over the top, self aware third person action game from one of the strangest minds in the industry.
I'll leave you with Super Mario World's wonderful ending theme, courtesy of YouTube user GilvaSunner: