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This is the standard "Bowser has kidnapped the Princess, and Mario must rescue her" story. In this case, the Princess is transformed into a ball and launched from a Super Mario 64-style cannon, which a pair of goombas aim directly at Bowser's Castle. Mario is also transformed into a ball and chases after her.

There are 5 levels, each consisting of a set of pinball tables. Each table has some exits (including the one below the flippers) that Mario can use to move to other tables. Also, each one holds a star, normally obtained by defeating all enemies on the table. Some exits require that Mario has a certain number of stars. To gain access to Bowser's castle, Mario must defeat the bosses of the first 4 levels, which gives him star keys. The game also features a "Time Attack" mode, which allows players to fight already defeated bosses again.

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Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance This apparently defenseless prickly fish is a boss. Yes, a boss!
Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance Could be this a parody from some Pokémon? Maybe... ;-)
Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance Some Koopas are walking peacefully in a toadstool field, waiting the moment of death... ;-)
Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance The next step: a barren desert.

Alternate Titles

  • "Super Mario Ball" -- European/Japanese title
  • "スーパーマリオボール" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameZone Oct 02, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine Oct, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpot Oct 04, 2004 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com Nov 29, 2004 15 out of 20 75
GamerDad Nov 16, 2004 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Mygamer.com Oct 20, 2004 6 out of 10 60
GameDaily Oct 19, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Bordersdown Sep, 2004 4 out of 10 40
Gaming Age Oct 13, 2004 D+ 33
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jan 23, 2006 2 out of 10 20

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MadEwokHerd (129) added Mario Pinball Land (Game Boy Advance) on Oct 24, 2004
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