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Super Mario Land

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Super Mario Land
スーパーマリオランド
Super Mario Land
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Boxart of Super Mario Land
Developer(s): Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s): Nintendo
Platform: Game Boy
Category: 2D platformer
Players: 1
Predecessor: N/A
Successor: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Ownership rights: N/A
Release dates
N. America:

July 31, 1989

Japan:

April 21, 1989

Europe:

September 28, 1990

Ratings
ACB:

G

CERO:

A

ESRB:

K-A (Player's Choice)
E (VC)

OFLC:

G

PEGI:

3+

USK:

0

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Super Mario Land is a game in the Super Mario series released as a launch title for the Game Boy in 1989, and then later released on the Virtual Console for the Nintendo 3DS in 2011. It was not developed by Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo EAD but rather Miyamoto's mentor and the Game Boy's creator Gunpei Yokoi, and his team, Nintendo R&D1. The game is notable for introducing the character of Princess Daisy, who would go on to appear in several games since.

Super Mario Land would go on to spawn two sequels: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (which would in turn spawn its own series). Super Mario Land was also the best-selling Game Boy game, with over 18.17 million units sold; the game was also the best-selling handheld Mario game until it was surpassed years later by both New Super Mario Bros. and Mario Kart DS.

Blurb[edit]

1989 edition[edit]

"Join Mario in a world of strange creatures!

Ancient ruins, giant crabs, Koopa Troopas, flying stone heads and hungry sharks await you in this brand new world of adventure.

Travel over land, in the air, and underwater. Mario runs, jumps and bounces his way to fortune and glory on his mission to save the Princess!

A beautiful kingdom on ancient ruins, tempestuous waters, and brand new challenges makes Super Mario Land the best ever!"

1996 edition[edit]

"Relive Mario's greatest Game Boy adventure!

Journey with Mario to a land of giant crabs, Koopa Troopas, flying stone heads and hungry sharks!

Travel over land, in the air, and underwater. Mario makes his way through four treacherous worlds on his way to save the Princess!"

Nintendo eShop[edit]

"Ancient ruins, giant crabs, Koopa Troopas, flying stone heads, and hungry sharks await you in this rerelease of the 1989 Game Boy game.

In the beautiful kingdom of Sarasaland, a mysterious alien has appeared and hypnotized the inhabitants while kidnapping Princess Daisy™ for himself!

Travel over land, in the air, and underwater, as Mario runs, jumps, and bounces his way to fortune and glory on his mission to save Princess Daisy and restore peace!

Ancient ruins, tempestuous waters, and brand new challenges await!"

Nintendo website / Club Nintendo[edit]

"Relive the madcap mayhem of Mario's very first Game Boy™ adventure!

Ancient ruins, giant crabs, Koopa Troopas, flying stone heads, and hungry sharks await you in this re-release of the 1989 Game Boy game. In the beautiful kingdom of Sarasaland, a mysterious alien has appeared and hypnotized the inhabitants, while kidnapping Princess Daisy™ for himself.

Travel over land, in the air, and underwater, as Mario runs, jumps, and bounces his way to fortune and glory on his mission to save Princess Daisy and restore peace. Ancient ruins, tempestuous waters, and brand new challenges await!"

Story[edit]

In the kingdom of Sarasaland, the alien Tatanga has appeared, hypnotizing the kingdom's inhabitants and kidnapping Princess Daisy to marry her[1]. Mario must journey through the kingdom in order to save the princess from Tatanga.

Gameplay[edit]

Super Mario Land generally plays similarly to past Mario platform games, most similarly to the original Super Mario Bros. Players control Mario as he journeys through four worlds of four stages each, not unlike Super Mario Bros. Said game's power-ups also return, though instead of the Fire Flower this game instead features a Flower that turns Mario into Superball Mario, allowing him to shoot Superballs that bounce off of walls. At the end of each stage, Mario can either exit through the bottom of a tower, or through the top which takes him to a bonus game to earn extra lives or a Flower.

For certain stages, Mario can either travel through the sky in the Sky Pop plane or underwater in the Marine Pop submarine in a shooting stage. During these stages, Mario can move in all directions, and shoot using B.

Technical details[edit]

Technical Details
Media

Game Boy Game Pak
Digital download (Nintendo 3DS)

Download size

34 blocks

Input / compatible controllers

Game Boy
Nintendo 3DS

Other Releases[edit]

Title Boxart Console Release Date(s) Notes
Super Mario Land Game Boy (Player's Choice) 1996 A re-release of the game under the Player's Choice lineup.
Super Mario Land
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Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console) WW: June 6-7, 2011
KOR: February 3, 2016
A direct port of the original game, with added Virtual Console features.

Trivia[edit]

  • Super Mario Land was planned to be the Game Boy's pack-in game at launch until Henk Rogers convinced Nintendo of America president Minoru Arakawa that including Tetris instead would appeal to more players.[2]

External links[edit]

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References[edit]

  1. Super Mario Land North American instruction booklet, page 3
  2. Video Interview: Alexey Pajitnov Pt. 1. IGN (June 12, 2009). Retrieved June 19, 2015.


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