You wake up on a ship and have no recollection of how you got there. That’s not what’s troubling you the most, though, because the ship is sinking and your room is filling up with water. Of course, the door that leads to your salvation is locked. You must solve the mystery of the room in order to unlock the door, or you will die.

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The first time I beat Sonic the Hedgehog 2, I was ten. I remember because it was a few weeks after my best friend’s tenth birthday and he got the game as a gift. The first time I played the game was at that birthday party or perhaps a bit after the party had died down. What a trip. Sonic moved faster on the screen than any other video game character I had ever seen. And what was the most exciting part is that I was actually controlling him and it wasn’t just a video (or as they’ve been come to known as these days: a cut scene). I was actually making legitimate progress at a million miles per hour as Sonic the Hedgehog.

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been 25 years since Shigeru Miyamoto revealed the Super Mario Brothers franchise. It’s true, Mario had appeared in games before, most notably as ‘Jumpman’ in 1981’s Donkey Kong, however it was 1985’s Super Mario Brothers that rocketed the titular plumber into video game super-stardom. Since then, Mario has been featured in scores of games across over a dozen different platforms and has become not only iconic of the Nintendo brand, but arguably the most recognizable face of the hobby itself. In honor of this mascot of mascots, I thought it appropriate to review one of the classic games that made the Mario franchise what it is. So I dusted off the old SNES and took another look at a favorite of mine, Super Mario World.

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