Super Mario Land (Game Boy)

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Super Mario Land, the plumber's first outing on the Game Boy, is a side-scrolling platformer much in the vein of the previous Super Mario Bros. This time, Mario must save Princess Daisy, rather than Princess Toadstool, from her kidnapper, Tatanga, a mysterious spaceman.

The game follows largely the same formula of its aforementioned predecessor, with Mario defeating enemies by jumping on them and collecting coins and power ups by hitting floating blocks, with each world leading up to a boss fight which is defeated using by collapsing the floor. A unique feature of this instalment is two scrolling shoot-'em-up levels, the first of which Mario pilots a submarine, and the second an aeroplane.


Super Mario Land Game Boy Mario vs. angry hopping Chinese vampires
Super Mario Land Game Boy You can kill the boss or just jump over him.
Super Mario Land Game Boy In a cave
Super Mario Land Game Boy You only get to the bonus games after bosses or by reaching the upper exit of a level.

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパーマリオランド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Mario's first experience on a handheld system STU2 (72) 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars
The earliest attempt on Game Boy isn't too shabby ... Kartanym (10751) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
The perfect game to get you started on the Game Boy. Tomer Gabel (4353) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Not To Be Forgotten, Not To Be Celebrated... Steve Thompson (110) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars
Nintendo's average superhero/plumber strikes again! Jim Fun (222) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
Retro platforming for kids in shades of green RussS (781) 2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars2.25 Stars
Mario rescuing Daisy...again. Michael B (341) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

VideoGame Jul, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The Games Machine (UK) Sep, 1990 94 out of 100 94 Jun 09, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Tilt Sep, 1990 18 out of 20 90
Video Games Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Power Play Apr, 1990 88 out of 100 88
Nintendo Land 2003 87 out of 100 87
Nintendo Life Jul 31, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Total! (Germany) Jun, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1989 31 out of 40 78


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Ambassadors of Funk

The main music to World 1 was used in a single called Supermarioland and was released by Ambassadors of Funk Featuring MC Mario in 1992, which reached #8 in the UK Singles Chart.


This is the only Mario game to include real world locations and enemies. Examples include fire breathing sphinxes, Chinese vampires, and the stone heads that appear in island nations. It is also the only Mario game that lets you pilot a submarine and airplane.


The manual for the U.S. version still lists all the enemies with their original Japanese names.

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Tomer Gabel (4353) added Super Mario Land (Game Boy) on Jun 11, 2001
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