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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 (12782)
The perfect game to get you started on the Game Boy. Game Boy Tomer Gabel (4646)
Not To Be Forgotten, Not To Be Celebrated... Game Boy Steve Thompson (110)
Nintendo's average superhero/plumber strikes again! Game Boy Jim Fun (252)
Retro platforming for kids in shades of green Game Boy RussS (819)
Mario rescuing Daisy...again. Game Boy Michael B (358)

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Platform Votes Score
Game Boy 112 3.8
Nintendo 3DS 5 3.9
Combined User Score 117 3.8

Critic Reviews

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Game BoyVideoGame (Jul, 1991)
Desta vez, o herói Mario deve lutar contra todos os inimigos do Reino dos Cogumelos para salvar Daisy, a princesa.
Game BoyPlayer One (Oct, 1990)
Super-MarioLand est un coup de maître, tout aussi jouable que sur une console normale et d'une durée de vie pratiquement illimitée. Il s'impose comme le top des jeux vidéo sur portable. A emporter ou à consommer sur place...
Game BoyThe Games Machine (UK) (Sep, 1990)
The real star of Nintendo, Mario of Mario Bros, makes his appearance on the Game Boy in Super Mario land, a perfect, crazy romp across many strange worlds. It's a totally new adventure, though gameplay is based on the successful format of the past three Mario platform classics. All the favourite enemies are there with some new arrivals - the turtles now explode, there's flying fish and heaps more. Addiction is the name of the game because not only is each level wonderfully designed and vary playable but there are loads of secret passages and routes to discover. Packed with varied graphics and many different tunes, Super Mario Land does the Game Boy proud.
Game BoyComputer and Video Games (CVG) (Nov, 1989)
A small yet perfectly formed Mario whizzes past equally impressive sprites and backdrops. An arcade machine in your pocket.
Game (Oct 31, 2005)
Concluyendo, Super Mario Land es uno de esos juegos que están en el recuerdo de millones de jugadores por méritos propios, si bien no llega a considerarse una Obra Maestra por diversos factores, especialmente su escasísima duración, y una nula utilización del sistema donde trabaja, así como algunos fallitos puntuales, sí que alcanza el sobresaliente. No es el mejor de su subsaga, pero sí un título altamente recomendable para amantes de las plataformas o fans del fontanero.
Nintendo 3DSOfficial Nintendo Magazine (Jun 07, 2011)
Super Mario Land is one of those games that every Nintendo and Mario fan should play at some point. On one level it's an important piece of Mario history, marking the moustachioed plumber's handheld platforming debut. More importantly, it's still a fun game despite being more than two decades old now, making it yet another testament to the timelessness of these older Nintendo games. It's a game that every Mario fan should download, especially if you've never played it before.
Game (Jun 09, 2006)
Mario, c'est l'emblème d'une génération, l'emblème de Nintendo, et l'emblème des plombiers moustachus. Je crois qu'avec ça, on a de quoi dire que c'est une bombe!
Game BoyTilt (Sep, 1990)
On se prend tout de suite au jeu et une fois de plus, on sera séduit par la souplesse et la précision des commandes. Indispensable.
Game BoyMean Machines (Nov, 1990)
Playability to the nth degree! This game is guaranteed a semi-permanent place in my Game Boy, along with Tetris of course. They don’t come much better than this, with great graphics and a tough challenge.
Game BoyVideo Games (Mar, 1991)
Serienheld Mario hat den Sprung vom NES („Super Mario Bros“) auf den Game Boy glänzend überstanden. Das grandiose Geschicklichkeitsspiel wartet mit jeder Menge versteckter Extras und Geheimgängen sowie neuen Spielelementen auf.
Game BoyPower Play (Apr, 1990)
Wie schon die anderen Super Mario-Spiele ist auch die Game Boy-Version genial.
Game BoyNintendo Land (2003)
Mario´s first adventure on the Game Boy takes him to a strange world named Sahara where he must rescue Princess Daisy (the Princess of Sahara Land) from the vicious space monster named Tatanga. This game is much like SMB 1 with as simple gameplay and graphics, but here Mario gets the chance to control both a airplane and a submarine. Although Super Mario Land is just a little bit too easy (i completed it on my 5:th or 6:th try!) it´s still a great game who should be owned by all serious Game Boy owners.
Game BoyTotal!! UK Magazine (Jan, 1992)
Take the most successful game of all time, tone down the colours a bit, add a few new meanies and what've you got? One of the best Game Boy titles so far, that's what.
Game BoyGamesCollection (Jun 01, 2008)
Il gioco ha ricevuto buonissimi pareri dalla critica, ma non sempre dal pubblico. Questo perché non è stato sviluppato dal Papà stesso di Mario, ma dal Papà del GameBoy, Gunpey Yokoi. Nel gioco, infatti, noterete che mancano i principali personaggi della serie, i nemici sono diversi e molte ambientazioni differiscono dalle tradizionali. Ciononostante credo sia un gioco da avere assolutamente poiché contiene in sè tutto il fascino di un gioco di Mario, la perfezione di un gioco Nintendo e, soprattutto, tanto divertimento.
Game BoyneXGam (Nov 07, 2014)
Jeder GameBoy-Besitzer sollte diesen Titel zumindest einmal angespielt haben! Das zeitlos gute Level-Design und das simple, aber spaßige Spielprinzip überzeugen noch heute. Darüber können auch das merkwürdige Speichersystem und die für heutige Maßstäbe lächerliche Technik nicht hinwegtäuschen.
Game BoyJust Games Retro (Apr 11, 2017)
Super Mario Land, as it turns out, is a pretty solid little game. Big surprise, I’m sure, but I was happy that I didn’t feel a need to judge it on a “well, it WAS a Game Boy game, so…” sliding scale and could just enjoy it for what it was. Yes, the Super Mario Land would go in its own direction later in the series, and this iteration definitely feels more like a scaled-down port of Super Mario Bros. more than a completely different game, but hey, there’s no reason to spit in the face of a formula that we know works, and there’s enough quirks here that it doesn’t entirely feel like recycled content. It’s pretty obvious that a Mario game would be one of the first titles out the door for a nascent Nintendo system, and this is definitely a solid one to start off with. I’d recommend it for anyone looking for another tasty scoop of the Mario recipe we’ve come to know and love, especially one that strays a bit from the established canon in terms of enemy design and setting.
Nintendo 3DSMag'64 (Sep 18, 2011)
Es gibt ein paar Spiele, die man einfach gespielt haben muss, um sich als erfahrener Videospieler bezeichnen zu dürfen. „Super Mario Land“ gehört auf jeden Fall dazu. Und zwar nicht nur, weil es einfach ein äußerst spaßiges Jump’n’Run der alten Schule ist, sondern auch, weil es durch die erfrischend andersartigen Szenarien und die vielen anderen untypischen Elemente im Mario-Universum einen ganz speziellen Platz einnimmt. Nichtsdestotrotz gibt’s am Ende zur Belohnung aber eine Prinzessin. Das lässt sich Mario einfach nicht nehmen…
Game BoyTotal! (Germany) (Jun, 1994)
Schon der erste Teil auf dem Game Boy schlug bei seiner Veröffentlichung wie eine Bombe ein – und das zu Recht. So viel herumtragbaren Spielspaß gab es vorher noch nie. Nach heutigen Maßstäben muß man aber bei aller Liebe zugeben, daß der Zahn der Zeit doch schon etwas an dem Spiel genagt hat. Gerade mit dem Umfang (nur 12 Level) hapert es ein wenig. Erwartet Ihr ein komplexes Riesenspiel in der Art wie Super Mario Bros. 3 oder Super Mario World, seid Ihr mit dem zweiten oder dritte Teil der Serie auf jeden Fall besser bedient, da sie wesentlich mehr Level und mehr spielerische Abwechslung bieten. Echte Mario-Maniacs aber müssen sowieso alle Mario-Abenteuer besitzen.
Game BoyNintendo Life (Jul 31, 2009)
There's no denying that Super Mario Land was impressive when it was first released for the Game Boy system, but given how the length and overall quality of Game Boy releases would increase shortly thereafter, it only made this original seem even more inadequate by comparison. It's still a very fun Super Mario experience, but just about the time things are really getting good, the experience ends and the credits roll. If you haven't played Super Mario Land before, you owe it to yourself to at least give the game a try. The quest might be fairly short, but it's still worth playing through at least once, if only to see where Mario's portable adventures began.
Even though its B&W and on a 2 inch screen, Super Mario Land is a fantastic game that is, above all, very fun to play. There are loads of things to discover and all new worlds to chart. It's a bit short (only 12 screens), but there's enough challenge here to highly recommend this one.
Nintendo 3DSGamegravy (Jun 22, 2011)
Super Mario Land being released on the day that Nintendo launches their new 3DS Virtual Console is a no-brainer. It launched with the Game Boy in 1989, so it just makes complete sense to launch it with the service. While being on the short side and not having the greatest of controls it still manages to captivate you and give you the feeling of nostalgia, which by the way is a very powerful feeling. Nintendo fans and Mario fans alike should not hesitate to pick this game up on their 3DS.
Nintendo (Jun 05, 2011)
Super Mario Land semble un petit condensé de ce qu'il faut faire pour réussir un jeu de plates-formes. Simple, bref, mais pourtant terriblement addictif, le jeu de Nintendo peut se targuer de faire partie des meilleurs jeux Mario 2D. Au final, c'est avec plaisir que l'on déformera la poche arrière de son jean afin d'avoir toujours sous la main un must du jeu de plates-formes sur console.
Game BoyRetro Game Reviews (Nov 30, 2014)
Despite its short duration Super Mario Land is still lots of fun to play. Each world feels unique and the music and enemies perfectly capture the mood of the environments. It's so different to the usual Mario platformers yet somehow it works. It's too brief an adventure but it has a simplistic charm that's undeniably Nintendo.
Nintendo (Jun 18, 2011)
Auch wenn das Spielprinzip zeitlos sein mag, merkt man sofort, dass „Super Mario Land“ mehr als 20 Jahre auf dem Buckel hat. Doch trotz allem handelt es sich hierbei um einen Game Boy-Klassiker, der, wie schon 1990, noch immer ordentlich Spaß macht und den man sich nicht entgehen lassen sollte. Fans des Originals werden sich über die neue portable Auflage freuen. Nachzügler dürfen hingegen ein Stück-Videospielgeschichte und das wahrscheinlich erfolgreichste Spiel der Koryphäe Gunpei Yokoi nachholen, auch wenn sie schon nach geringer Spielzeit den Endbildschirm erreichen werden.
Nintendo (UK) (Jun 13, 2011)
For the completist, this is a chance to see what cutting edge handheld platforming looked like in the eighties. Those wanting the real deal would be better off holding out for Super Mario Bros. Deluxe, or the inevitable point when Nintendo starts issuing 3D ports of its NES and SNES classics.
Game BoyPortable Review (Oct 25, 2005)
For those of you who have already played this game and are reading this review, you’ll already know what I mean about the controls. That’ll set some people off right away, but once you get used to it, this game is addictive. You’ll try and try again to be it, so good luck.
Game BoyHonestGamers (Dec 14, 2008)
Ultimately Super Mario Land is an adequate platformer with some fun themes and novelty levels, but nothing that stands head and shoulders above its contemporaries. It's a fun deviation from the classic series yet unfortunately one that fails to capture the magic of more heralded romps in the Mushroom Kingdom; the bizarreness is worth the experience, but not something you'll have to come back to.
Game BoyRandom Access (2005)
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.