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Super Mario Land

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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 Diverse scenery
Super Mario Land Game Boy money, money, money....
Super Mario Land Game Boy These enemies shoot their heads at Mario.
Super Mario Land Game Boy Mario vs. angry hopping Chinese vampires

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 Game Boy STU2 (72)
The earliest attempt on Game Boy isn't too shabby ... Game Boy Kartanym (10785)
The perfect game to get you started on the Game Boy. Game Boy Tomer Gabel (4416)
Not To Be Forgotten, Not To Be Celebrated... Game Boy Steve Thompson (109)
Nintendo's average superhero/plumber strikes again! Game Boy Jim Fun (222)
Retro platforming for kids in shades of green Game Boy RussS (781)
Mario rescuing Daisy...again. Game Boy Michael B (338)

The Press Says

VideoGame Game Boy Jul, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Official Nintendo Magazine Nintendo 3DS Jun 07, 2011 91 out of 100 91
Mean Machines Game Boy Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Land Game Boy 2003 87 out of 100 87
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 86 out of 100 86
GamesCollection Game Boy Jun 01, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Mag'64 Nintendo 3DS Sep 18, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 1994 2 out of 6 80 (UK) Nintendo 3DS Jun 13, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Portable Review Game Boy Oct 25, 2005 26 out of 40 65


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The manual for the U.S. version still lists all the enemies with their original Japanese names.
Contributed to by ResidentHazard (3236) and Tomer Gabel (4416)