Ultimately, although it's a decent, basic platforming experience, it's just not what I as a Mario fan would have been seeking in a portable edition of the world's favourite Italian plumber. What designer Gunpei Yokoi, named also as the creator of the Game Boy, had likely tried to make was a miniature version of Super Mario Bros. for the NES, and, well, he just forgot to play the NES game prior to developing this title. Super Mario Land was made by a different team than the usual Mario games and it shows. I can only imagine the game we would have received if Mario's usual leader, Shigeru Miyamoto, was on the case! I could recommend this game only under the condition that you don't take it too seriously as a Mario game. Just accept it as an average platformer at best.