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Mario Pinball Land (Game Boy Advance)

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Advertising Blurbs

www.nintendo.co.uk:
    Mario's latest outing sees the problem-prone plumber transformed into a ball and relocated to a fantastic new dimension. Ricochet around the madcap levels, racking up a momentous score as you take on hordes of familiar foes in a bid to save the imperilled Princess Peach from that no-good Bowser. Using the flippers, guide Mario to collect coins and star keys, access new areas, take on bosses - and save the day, pinball style!

    Contributed by Grandy02 (321) on Apr 27, 2010.

Back of Box (US):

    It's a Mario Adventure with a Spin!



    What starts as a fun day at the fair ends in disaster when Princess Peach gets flung far off into Bowser's Castle! In order to save her, Mario squishes himself into a ball and blasts across the Mushroom Kingdom. Now, he's ricocheting off Goombas and Koopa Troopas and collecting the magical Star Keys in a pinball adventure unlike any other!

    Explore your way across over 30 boards, from frozen wastelands to sandy deserts, and collect Stars, Coins, and unique Power-up items!

    Use your Power-up items to plow through your enemies and discover secret areas. Uncover new paths, mini-games, and more!

    Roll your way through the Mushroom Kingdom in Adventure Mode or, for a quick challenge, beat your best time in Time-Attack mode!

    Contributed by Alrightya (312) on Jun 11, 2005.

www.nintendo.com:
    When Bowser kidnaps Peach and escapes to another dimension, a scientist uses his Spherifier to transform Mario into a ball and fires him after the fiend.

    Features

    • Play through the varied worlds of the Mushroom Kingdom
    • Collect Star Keys, defeat enemies, buy special items, and rack up the points as you rebound through dangerous locales full of familiar enemies
    • Single-screen, 3-D isometric view


    It's just a pinball game, right? Hardly. It's a flipping adventure. Mario rolls through different worlds. Instead of performing his signature jump on enemies, Mario just steamrolls them in ball form.

    Each pinball arena contains a door to the next level. You must shoot Mario into the door to open it and then shoot him through the door to advance to the next level. Of course, all your favorite baddies from the Mario universe stand in the way of Mario and the door.

    In some levels, Mario can roll through special openings to face a boss character or pick up bonuses. Every time you knock out a bad guy, it leaves behind a coin. With those coins, you earn points. Toad also appears occasionally and hosts a shop where you can buy items. Buying an extra pipe is nice in times of need, or maybe you'd rather have the mushroom to transform into a super Mario ball.

    Mario can also earn other bonuses. Once you defeat enough opponents, a question mark sometimes appears in the middle of the level. Once Mario rolls into it, bonus items appear in a box. Press the A Button to win the item that appears in the box, like an extra pipe to keep Mario from rolling past the flippers. The item can even be something bad, such as a reduction in points.

    The controls are very, very simple. You just control the flippers at the bottom of the screen. However, the gameplay is so addictive that it's tough to stop once you get on a roll.

    Bottom Line
    Lightning-fast action, crazy pinball worlds, and Mario. What's not to love?

    Contributed by Xoleras (66212) on Nov 06, 2004.