May 6th, 2013

In my last video post, I concluded by asking viewers to share any suggestions they had for future video content on the site. After looking through the comments, I found one recommendation written by the user, victor, who recommended doing Virtual Console game reviews.

I hadn’t thought about doing anything with Virtual Console games before reading this suggestion, but figured since the Virtual Console did just launch, these games would be interesting to talk about. Plus, with E3 just around the corner, everyone is focused on upcoming games, so I also thought it would be fun to take a look at the ones that helped get the gaming industry to where it is today. This isn’t going to be a full fledged review, but more of nod to gaming’s history.  Come with me as I revisit Super Mario World on Wii U’s Virtual Console.

I had a lot of fun doing this video. So, again, please let me know if you have any suggestions for future video content.

What are some of your memories with Super Mario World? Also, what have you guys been playing on the Virtual Console?

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  • BL4CKSH33P

    reviewing retro games is a good idea… but it was kinda scripty and essay like… next one should be more chill.

    • Adrian

      Just throwing in my opinion. I thought your (john Z) presentation was great and don’t think you need to change your style. But in the end it is up to you.

      • BL4CKSH33P

        That’s cool too I guess

        • Adrian


          • Why can’t all internet interactions be like this? I think I have stuff planned that will be enjoyed by both parties.

  • LopsidedPasta

    talk about the upcoming Sniper Elite V2

  • Mark Thom


  • gamesplayswill

    Wii U Daily, It’s not like we don’t know about smw already…

    • audi lover

      New gamers wont idiot

      • gamesplayswill

        Idiot? Wii U Daily have been making some pointless articles and
        videos and this is another one to the collection.
        Don’t get me wrong though, I think Wii U Daily is a good news website

        • Adrian


          • Silent


    • jjmesa14

      I haven’t played SMW.

      • gamesplayswill

        Still, there are plenty other reviews/ gameplay videos out there.

      • ezquimacore

        I guess you’re very young.

        • jjmesa14

          I was born a couple months after the SNES came out and I currently own a NES.

  • The virtual console service is great as it gives us “experienced” gamers that played the games originally to play them again as many of these classic games have a high replay value which is something that cannot be said for many modern video games IMO.

    Also it allows for the younger gamers that came in later and may have never played these games and gives them a chance to experience them.

    I occasionally have my nephew over on weekends and school breaks for some video game and bonding time and I have shown him and let him play some of these games. He recently got into the Zelda Series and I told him that if he wants the true experience he needs to start at the beginning. He now keeps me up to date on his progress and has played enough of the original Zelda and Zelda II (not sure if he beat them) but is now up to Link to the Past and I gave him my Ocarina of Time and Majora’s mask that I got on Gamecube disc so he can play in his Wii.

  • incoherent1

    Thanks for the video, John! Btw, thank you for making me feel old (and I’m only in my late 20’s), by saying this was the first video game you ever played. πŸ™‚

    Ideas for future reviews: I think it’d be great to see some reviews of indie e-shop titles, especially ones that are newer and/or more unique to the Wii U. There are a few out there now (e.g. Runner, Nano Assault Neo, etc.), not to mention the tons coming soon from Kickstarter campaigns, not to mention Duck Tales and many more. I feel like they’re hard to keep track of, and you generally won’t find as many reviews on those, so it’d be a good way to raise awareness for the developers doing hard work and bringing fun titles to the Wii U.

    Thanks again — watching this video made me want to play the game all over again. πŸ™‚

    • I like the idea of looking at more of the indie stuff, especially in a video format as many people may not have seen gameplay for those games. And, I’m also looking forward to the DuckTales remaster.

      • incoherent1

        That’d be awesome. I haven’t seen gameplay video from half of the indies in the eShop, and not for lack of trying. And as those Kickstarted games & reboots start to debut more frequently in the months ahead, I think it’ll be even more valuable to see where they’re different, which are superior, etc.

        Keep up the great work and thanks again!

        • Sounds like this is certainly something I’m going to have to look into. Let me know if there are any suggestions for indie titles, whether released or upcoming you’d like to see.

          • incoherent1

            Here are a few off the top of my head (some current, some upcoming):

            -Nano Assault Neo
            -Zen Pinball 2
            -Anima: Gates of Memories
            -Cloudberry Kingdom
            -Tank Tank Tank
            -Forgotten Memories
            -Raw Bots
            – There’s also another platformer on the way that I can’t find for the life of me. It looks like a spiritual successor to Zelda: Link to the Past and is due out this year. Can’t find it though!

            Some of them will likely be amazing, some will probably be crappy and/or mediocre, but even if you don’t love them, a review is still helpful (and fun to watch), plus it helps you carve out a following for future reviews when a lot of these are released in the year ahead!

  • cleidson lourenΓ§o

    I found this video incredibly magical. The memories, the details, especially the editing, when you intercalates the NSMB WU and SMW, I think it would be great as the players of our time seeing the mushroom kingdom with this fantastic image quality at that time. My memories with the game are also as good as yours. Thank you for bring them back.

    • Thank you for the kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  • Adrian

    Haha, I had no intention of watching this whole video, I just clicked on it to see what it was. But I got pulled in and watched the whole thing. Good job, man!

  • Glovechicken

    Super Metroid must be reviewed πŸ˜€

    • Oh, you know it!

    • Adrian

      It’s like, 10 more days or something right? I’m pretty excited. Although, I am more excited for VC versions of final fantasy 2 and 3 (US)!

  • Huy Nguyen

    Loved the random “To the Moon” soundtrack insert!

    • Haha, nice catch. I like putting little things like that in the videos that many people won’t notice.

  • Adam Fox

    Great video! Super Mario World is a fantastic Mario game, while its not my favorite, its Definitely in the top 3…..Personally, my favorite Mario game is Super Mario Bros 3 but I also enjoy all the secrets that Super Mario World has. Star World was fantastic and then to find out that they have Special World within Star World was even more fantastic….so many different levels, atmospheres, enemy types and music that fits it throughout the whole game. I miss games like this….with “video game music” instead of “real world” music…..

  • $39063977

    man, drop the “uptalk” in your videos cause it’s very irritating. try not to “pull” your voice as if there’s a question mark at the end of every sentence you speak out. this video is better than a previous i’ve seen…big improvement indeed – couldn’t even bear passed the first minute in the other one. every single sentence i listened to, i remember it sounded like a question. sometimes you overdo it and it becomes very hard to listen to you!

    the formal term for “uptalk” is known as “high rise terminals” or HRT. it is exactly what you do. VERY irritating. read more about it here:

    Quoting the above source: ” ‘uptalk’ – the way kids speak so that every sentence ends with an interrogative tone so that it sounds like a question even when it’s a statement? Like that, in fact.”

    thanks for the great videos though (drop the uptalk and you’ll do a lot better)

  • Kirbyomega

    Super Mario World is litterally my favorite game of all the time and I’m not even a big fan of the Mario series.

  • Kirbyomega

    I could deal without the Riivisited though XD

  • Orange Lada

    Criticism … not worth $7.99 unless you are stupidly nostalgic. $7.99? Come on!

    • David Noble

      Really? The game is as good as any new one, unless a game is defined by the number of squares of light making up the image; it has good gameplay, bonuses and story line. The only thing I would give NSMBU over this game is its multiplayer function, which admittedly gets annoying at times, not to mention, it did have a very unique multiplayer option. Not to put down NSMBU, but the nostalgia (which is perfectly fine and normal) is enough to replace anything missing. It’s not worse, just different. Now, if a bunch of squares of light are worth $52.00 to you, don’t buy the game, and even if they are, go ahead and wait until Nintendo fully integrates the GamePad, but please, leave these people alone who actually have and cherish childhood memories. They’re valuable, and enough people don’t have good memories as it is.
      Sorry about the rant, I just had to get that off my chest.

  • David Noble

    That was an amazing video! When my brothers and I were little, we started to watch him play the SNES, which he had hooked up to the computer. Although I was too young to actually play, Super Mario World, along with The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, introduced me to the video game world. To this day, I’ve always found myself wishing that they would make another sequel (although Yoshi’s Island was probably my next favorite game, it’s kind of ironic that it was a sequel),