I've played both versions of this game as this is a remake of a SNES title of similar name. This is the pinnacle of the SNES platformers in my eyes. Whereas the other games that came after it weren't terrible, this game was just spot on. The controls are incredibly tight and you feel like when you make a mistake, you still have a chance.
Not to say this game doesn't have issues. Some of the effects take an incredibly long time to finish and you have to sit through them every time. Yes, this is similar to an unskippable cutscene but I can forgive this since this game was before that era and cutscenes were used for different purposes.
The boss battles are all unique and fun. The stages all have some gimmick and it never feels like they are repeated, which is rare for a game like this. Usually, due to limitations, they would reuse the same three or four stage designs but throw in new elements. This game just feels fresh throughout, they never give you the same thing over and over to the point that it gets boring.
This is a must own for any platformer lover. This shows just how good a game Nintendo can make and they should be applauded for this one. Sure there is a sequel (I will get to it or have, I am too lazy to check) but this game is bounds above it. Play this, immediately.