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#6: Super Mario World


Super Mario World always seemed larger than life. As someone who played Sonic the Hedgehog back in the day, Mario wasn't as fast, sure, but Sonic was never this big. Whether it be the map, showing a seemingly endless land full of secrets and pathways, or the levels themselves with their verticality (especially with the cape) or the diversity (Ghost Houses, Castles, Underwater levels that wouldn't kill you). The game remains every bit as special as it was in 1991, with incredible level design, platforming, and controls. The music is joyous and iconic, the graphics are vibrant and full of character, and... well... Yoshi! Super Mario World is a master class of a game, and remains a game that I'll pick up and play no matter how many years go by.