Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
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Second in the Game Boy's line of Mario games, this one takes the evolutionary steps that Super Mario 3 for the NES took with it's predecessors. New graphics, power-ups, challenges, and a completely original storyline. A bad version of Mario, Wario, takes over Mario's castle and locks him out using 6 golden coins. Mario must search for said coins all over Mario Land to take back his castle and go one-on-one with Wario himself.
- スーパーマリオランド２ ６つの金貨 - Japanese spelling
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Average score: 85% (based on 26 ratings)
Average score: 4.1 out of 5 (based on 103 ratings with 5 reviews)
There's much going for Super Mario Land 2. Like its predecessor, it's a "nail you to your seat" game to the extreme, but the beauty of Super Mario Land 2 is that it allows you to save your game and continue from the same point later, unlike the "arcade" nature of the vast majority of Game Boy games.
Take classic Super Mario game play, enhance it with elements such as a "flyer" upgrade, underwater levels, lack of gravity etc. and you've got a game that's even superiour to its prequel, at least in game play. Throw in terrific graphics such as never seen on the Game Boy before, smooth animation, the same terrific music from all Super Mario games, absolutely fantastic level design and a game map not present in any Mario game before and you've got one of the most addictive and fun games ever created!
It's slightly on the difficult side when compared to its prequel, but hardly enough to detract from its otherwise perfect grandeur.
Also, because of the onboard battery backed-up ROM, Super Mario Land 2 was extremely expensive when released.
The Bottom Line
A terrific platform game that rivals any I've ever played. Get it, play it, love it.
Game Boy · by Tomer Gabel (4539) · 2001
Wario has taken over mario's castle during his absence and has locked the door with coins. Then he spread all coins through Mario Land. Now world's most famous plumber must get all six of them and kick Wario of his throne. Gameplay is just as you'd expect from Mario. Going down pipes, jumping on Koopa shells and Goombas and collecting coins. This is always a good formula and remains entertaining over the years. The graphics are much, much better than those of Super Mario Land 1. Compare the NES Super Mario Bros. with its two sequels and you have about the same graphical differences here. Everything is detailed and has a good-looking cartoon style. The blocks now have faces on them and change into angry ones when hit. The enemies and Mario move more fluid and are easier to control. The sound is of a good quality and cheerful.
The game was far too easy and I played trough it in just a few hours. Thankfully there are some secret levels too find but there is no other replay than that, which is disappointing. They are also not too difficult to find. The sound, as I said is good, but almost the entire game you will be hearing the same tune, which makes it repetitive. Only the way it sounds (cheerful, suspenseful etc.) differs. In all there are just about three different tunes or so.
The Bottom Line
Fun platform game, but too easy for more experienced platform game players. If you like the Mario series I can really recommend this game. (And who doesn't?)
Game Boy · by Rensch (203) · 2005
This game has much better graphics than the original Mario even though it doesn't have color. With new secret levels, this game has been much improved. There are many new baddies for you to kill and the final few levels are actually a challenge. This is the first Mario game with Wario in it. There's all sorts of new weapons the enemy uses to kill you and you have to stay alive. There are less levels though they make up for it in graphics and characters. This game is by far my favorite game for GameBoy and GameBoy Color. The only Mario game I like better is Super Mario 64. This game challenges you to uncover its secrets and earn the highest score you can. You can also save your game. With newer, harder bosses, this game has exceeded all expectations set for a Mario game.
There's really not much to not like in this game. The only things I really don't like are the sound, and no color. The sound is great except in a few levels and those I don't like. Of course, being for Gameboy, it's black and white. That's really not that bad because it's a Mario game but I think they should've waited to put this game on Color or Advance.
The Bottom Line
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins is an excellent Mario game. It exceeds all expectation with new characters, bosses, and weapons. There is great sound in most of the levels and expanded gameplay. Unfortunately, there is no color but that's not all bad. There are some excellent new levels for you to play in and secret levels you have to find. This is a game that you could play over and over if only you had the time. You can save your game so you can start right back where you started. You can win prizes and do much, much more. This game is a gem Mario game with so few flaws that it's scary. An excellent Mario game and I hope you will all play it.
Game Boy · by Dark Lord (31) · 2005
Fan made color conversion
In 2017 Daniel Davis, Drakon released the first version of "Super Mario Land 2 DX", a hack of the game adding a basic color palette to the game. The modified game works on Game Boy Color emulators as well as the real hardware. Apart from the new palette, the hack claims to have reduced the noticeable slowdowns in the original game.
The final level in the "Mario Zone" is built partly on LEGO bricks.
This game marks the first official appearance of Wario.
- Power Play
- Issue 02/1993 – Best Handheld Game in 1992
- Retro Gamer
- October 2004 (Issue #9) – #5 Best Game Boy Game
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Game added June 13, 2001. Last modified January 26, 2024.