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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 in a submarine
Super Mario Land Game Boy The plant gives you the ability to launch fireballs
Super Mario Land Game Boy Mario enters to the coins room but he needs to hurry up to clear the road
Super Mario Land Game Boy Do you like flying platforms? Good, because there are a whole lot of them in this game ...

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 (10733)
The perfect game to get you started on the Game Boy. Game Boy Tomer Gabel (4352)
Not To Be Forgotten, Not To Be Celebrated... Game Boy Steve Thompson (110)
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 (341)

Critic Reviews

Tilt Game Boy Sep, 1990 18 out of 20 90
Mean Machines Game Boy Nov, 1990 90 out of 100 90
Video Games Game Boy Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
Nintendo Land Game Boy 2003 87 out of 100 87
Total!! UK Magazine Game Boy Jan, 1992 86 out of 100 86
neXGam Game Boy Nov 07, 2014 8.2 out of 10 82
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jun, 1994 2 out of 6 80
Nintendo-Online.de Nintendo 3DS Jun 18, 2011 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (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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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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