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Super Mario Land

スーパーマリオランド

Developer / Publisher: Nintendo
21 April 1989
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Super Mario Land is the first Mario's outing on the Game Boy. It 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.
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Great Soundtrack; poorly aged
best soundtrack out of every GB title at the time, but with clunky platforming and at times unfair design, this game pales in comparison to the other entries in the Mario 2D Platformer titles. The shoot-em-up levels were a nice change of pace though I wish Mario did that type of thing more often.
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InOkGoblinRainbows 2022-08-20T03:41:14Z
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There were a few jumps in this game that almost made me lose my mind, but I still got through it in under an hour. I don’t think this game is super easy because of the controls being really crap. I used to think SMB1 controlled poorly but this is truly poor. It’s still an okay game, and it definitely isn’t free like some people say. It’s easy to lose all your lives and start over from one jump. I guess if this was super easy it would be worse. Just very mediocre, but nothing that makes it truly trash. It also has pretty nice music.
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Mbojko_04 2024-05-30T06:14:35Z
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It sure is a game that has Mario in it I suppose. I did play this after playing Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins [スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨] and I can see a lot of parallels in strengths and weaknesses. It's cool that a lot of the levels are themed especially some after Japanese mythology and I guess it's nice to have some shooter gameplay deviations. That is countered by the game physics feeling awful to the point where I'm not confident that I can hop onto other platforms without something going wrong. That and also Mario falls like a brick if you walk off any ledge. Honestly, a lot of this game just feels outright wrong to me which I assume is due to both hardware limitations and it being worked on by a different team than the ones that did the NES Super Mario [スーパーマリオ] games.

Unlike Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins [スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨], I think the cons outweigh the pros in this one. It's a really awkward at best platforming experience that does not feel very fluid nor satisfying. It's pretty inessential too honestly since Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins [スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨] is better in every conceivable way and there are more reasons to play that game in general considering it is basically "Wario Land 0" in a way. In any case, only play this if you feel like you need to play every title in the Super Mario [スーパーマリオ] franchise and otherwise just avoid it, yeah it's short and the only real difficulty comes from fighting the game physics, but you're not missing out on much.

This would be a 4/10 but I had to deduct an extra point for World 4's racist stereotype music. It made me viscerally angry just listening to it. If you're wondering, I think the rest of the soundtrack kinda just does its job, the underground and most of the overworld themes are pretty good but the soundtrack as a whole really isn't as good as people say it is and certainly does not make up for the shortcomings of this game.
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Sothras 2024-05-18T16:17:53Z
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A tiny Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Land is kind of like a handheld version of the original Super Mario Bros on NES. In fact, a large chunk of the Gameboy's library is comprised of handheld versions of NES and arcade games. Even though it never stacks up to it's NES inspiration, it's still a fine game in its own right. It's a bit hard to see on original hardware but I was lucky enough to experience it on an original Gameboy in the first place.
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Mario is too tiny
My little eyes cannot handle the tinyness of mario on the gameboy so I had to pirate it on my computer for better screen size. The music is nice and mario is a little man who runs too slow, he kinda jumps too slow aswell. The game is pretty short and I beat it in under an hour haha. The ending is nice because [/spoiler] you kill a little man in a tiny water ship [/spoiler] . I hate the stupid fucking ninjas in that one world, it’s so bullshit how they don’t die BUT I DO WHEN THEY RESURRECT AND TOUCH ME✌️☮️
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The soundtrack was easily the highlight of Super Mario Land, that otherwise collects an ugly jumble of warped enemy designs and revised mechanics. While the idea was perhaps to approach the formula from a different perspective (and therefore justify a series), the result was a minor work that juxtaposed an awkwardly thin, cramped platformer with a trivial sidescrolling shooter.
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Blah_Blee 2022-08-04T02:11:41Z
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residentdisaster スーパーマリオランド 2024-06-12T01:19:03Z
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Omega64X Super Mario Land 2024-06-10T07:03:17Z
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finemotorsmiff Super Mario Land 2024-06-08T05:18:34Z
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Curdled_Thoughts スーパーマリオランド 2024-06-06T23:04:29Z
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tackyproduct スーパーマリオランド 2024-06-03T19:55:21Z
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Goldmoon_Dropoffs スーパーマリオランド 2024-06-03T03:07:33Z
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MaestroOak スーパーマリオランド 2024-06-01T06:41:47Z
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Mbojko_04 スーパーマリオランド 2024-05-30T06:14:35Z
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Silexeo スーパーマリオランド 2024-05-30T00:40:49Z
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SockShadowPuppet Super Mario Land 2024-05-27T19:12:30Z
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TheChomper スーパーマリオランド 2024-05-26T02:31:55Z
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roketto121 スーパーマリオランド 2024-05-25T21:41:58Z
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  • SNA999 2023-03-13 00:45:58.774682+00
    soundtrack is ungodly hard
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  • Jaxijin 2023-03-15 20:47:45.506154+00
    Holds up way better than I expected tbh. It's almost refreshing to play an old Mario game with less-slippery controls. Also the shooting sections are just a blast. Would love to see more stuff from this game re-appear in later games.
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  • omo_ree 2023-11-19 17:37:42.460698+00
    i personally enjoy this game but i have questionable taste and can see why other people would hate it,but i guess they dont, i kinda want to call it mario franchise bias lol
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  • figurehead 2024-01-20 02:55:05.816625+00
    fun but the physics system is rough
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  • kaifmo31 2024-02-05 02:31:30.299491+00
    im ngl this game sucks
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  • LuraEternal 2024-02-09 14:37:59.056085+00
    It's weird but fine, doesn't feel much like Mario though which is odd
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  • Sothras 2024-02-16 17:16:18.469926+00
    Still kinda surprised Nintendo didn't bother putting this on the NSO Game Boy service yet. Not that I'd look forward to it though, all signs point to this being the worst Super Mario game for me.
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    • Sothras 2024-05-15 02:01:01.535674+00
      Well it happened and now all I have to ask is "why did it take you so long?"
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  • wallrooseyes 2024-06-06 02:16:02.721447+00
    the theming tho
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