GB Review: Super Mario Land
Review by: TW (tw@sm128c.com)

Game Info

 System: Game Boy
 ESRB: Everyone
 Genre: Platform
 # of Players: 1
 Size: 0.5 Megabits
 Developer: Nintendo
 Publisher: Nintendo

 Game Save: No

 Release Date:
 US: Aug 17, 1989

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Final Score:
7.0/10

I played Super Mario Land after playing Super Mario Land 2, and I thought it was going to be a Super Mario Land 2-type game with cartoony graphics and a great plot. Well, it's nice to think like that, but, even though it was made three years earlier, which I accounted for, Super Mario Land is not that. Actually, it doesn't even come close.

Super Mario Land, basically, is a bad attempt at doing Super Mario Bros. for the Game Boy (which is now done in the great Super Mario Bros. DX) which may have been good but failed in the graphics and screen size departments. One thing, the main screen area is much too large - which may sound good, but what's the point of a large screen area when Super Mario (powered up with a mushroom) is the size of normal Mario (no mushroom) in SML2? Shocking.

The game had no real plot to it, as it was basically just a run, jump and get the highest score sort of game, but as it is not technologically advanced like today's GB games, it has no password or save game feature, so you have to complete it all in one go, which can get very frustrating at times. But, after all, it is 1989 so you may be able to forgive it for that.

One thing that is good about the game is the sound - It has that good old Mario sound feel to it, like Super Mario Land 2 does, evn though the sound is inferior to SML2. Also, this is a 'classic' game so most people may have it already - but I personally don't find it enjoyable and always pick SML2 over it. It also has no Super Game Boy or Game Boy Printer support.

As I said in my Super Mario Land 2 Review, Nintendo should consider this for a GB Color update on the same cart as Super Mario Land 2 in a game called 'Super Mario Land DX' or something like that, as the first two SML games were Mario only, unlike SML3, or Warioland 2, which is 'technically' SML4.

-- TW (tw@sm128c.com)

Bottom Line: Maybe great in it's day, but now it fails to impress. Buy if you like GB Mario games, but if you want quality, get SML2.