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Super Mario Land

MobyRank MobyScore
Game Boy
84
3.8
Nintendo 3DS
...
3.6
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Description

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.

Screenshots

Super Mario Land Game Boy Use your shots to get coins from narrow spaces
Super Mario Land Game Boy In a cave
Super Mario Land Game Boy A bonus at the end of each level
Super Mario Land Game Boy These enemies shoot their heads at Mario.

Alternate Titles

  • "スーパーマリオランド" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

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 (10779)
The perfect game to get you started on the Game Boy. Game Boy Tomer Gabel (4388)
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)

The Press Says

VideoGame Game Boy Jul, 1991 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Player One Game Boy Oct, 1990 98 out of 100 98
The Games Machine (UK) Game Boy Sep, 1990 94 out of 100 94
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Game Boy Nov, 1989 93 out of 100 93
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
Nintendo Life Game Boy Jul 31, 2009 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Random Access Game Boy 2005 5.8 out of 10 58

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Trivia

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.

Locations

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.

Manual

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

Information also contributed by STU2
Contributed to by ResidentHazard (3236) and Tomer Gabel (4388)