As far as platform related Nintendo games are concerned titles such as Super Mario World & Super Mario 3D World were both considered to be extraordinary titles following their respective releases. While Super Mario World was arguably the best 2D installment within the entire series Super Mario 3D World was quite possibly the best 3D game especially when it comes down to multiplayer gameplay. There is no question that Super Mario 3D World for the Wii-U was far more superior than Super Mario World for the SNES in relation to visuals and gameplay. But unfortunately Super Mario 3D World only sold about a third of what Super Mario World for the SNES did during its time in retail.
While Super Mario 3D World only managed to sell around 5.8 million copies worldwide the Super Mario World game from 1990 managed to sell over 20 million units worldwide. In fact, Super Mario World was literally the best selling video game for the SNES in general. Also, Super Mario World was eventually re-released for the Game Boy Advance back in the early 00’s as Super Mario Advance 2and managed to reach over 5.6 million units worldwide. There is almost no question that Super Mario World for the SNES was more popular than Super Mario 3D World and will most likely always be more iconic than the Wii-U game from 2013.