Super Mario Land
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- Number of Levels: 12
- Theme: Action
- Difficulty: Average
- Number of Players: 1
- Available: 1990
A Whole New Land Of Adventure...
Super Mario Bros, is easily the most popular game in all of Nintendoland, so it didn't come as much of a surprise that one of the first games for the GameBoy system would star the tiny Italian with a heart of gold. The way the game plays, however, has proven to be a surprise to everyone.
Instead of adopting a strange new play theme like in Super Mario Bros. 2, Nintendo has wisely opted to bring Mario back to his roots for his first GameBoy adventure. Super Mario Land is not so much of deviation from the original as it is an extension of the original's basic plot and play theme.
All of the features from the original Super Mario are intact, with a few modifications. There are mushroom men as well as the turtles, only this time the half-shelled nasties turn into explosive bombs that detonate in a deadly blast!
Most of the other familiar Super Mario sights can also be found, like coin-filled bonus rooms and tubes which Mario can drop down into. Mario starts out short, becomes "Super" once a mushroom is collected, and becomes armed with fireballs when a flower is found.
Other new enhancements on the Super Mario theme include 1Up Hearts (as opposed to the different colored mushrooms), Flower Power that can actually retrieve coins as well as eliminate the enemy characters, and a bonus round after every stage is completed. It is in these bonus chambers that up to three free men and Flower Power are awarded. Though flower power is a cool feature, it makes the cart a bit too easy once you've played a couple of games.
Super Mario Land, while short on game time (there are only four worlds, with three rounds each), has great scrolling scenes, tough Boss villains, and even new vehicles like a torpedo-firing Submarine and a missile-launching Airplane that rocket Mario to even greater levels of action.
Even though it's in 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 recommend this one.
WOW! Mario's back and now he's portable! Easily the best GameBoy cart, Super Mario Land should be your first purchase. Pipes, hidden coin rooms, and 1Ups- they're all there, just waiting to be discovered. It's Super Mario Bros, all over again and it's fantastic!
Like Super Mario Bros, for the NES, Super Mario Land is filled with the same kind of running and jumping action. There are loads of secret things to uncover, and new screens that add to the Super Mario theme. This is the best GameBoy game I've seen so far.
A great GameBoy game! Excellent scrolling graphics make Mario Land look and play just like Super Mario Bros. All the bad guys, mushrooms and other features from the original are here, along with new characters, 1Ups, hidden coins, and more! A portable Super Mario Bros.!