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Super Mario Land (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Super Mario Land is not a slam dunk. It doesn't have that patented Super Mario feel and it's too short for its own good. The vehicle levels are just plain weird and the story is even more nonsensical than usual. And yet I'm going to recommend it. Rating: 57%
Super Mario Land (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Describing Super Mario Land can be tricky. On the surface it's just like any other 2D Super Mario games, you run around squishing enemies and smacking well-placed coin boxes. But even with the same trappings, this Game Boy launch title doesn't feel like any other Super Mario Bros. game. From the weird Middle Eastern imagery to the bizarre vehicle sequences, Super Mario Land plays out like a wild experiment. The good news is that it mostly works. Sadly, there's not enough here to make this game as satisfying as it should be.

Does It Still Hold Up? I hope you brought a magnifying glass, because everything in Super Mario Land is microscopic. Slight exaggeration aside, it's painfully obvious that this is a first generation Game Boy game. The controls are good and the music is adequate, but the game is on the short and easy side. You'll blow through this game in an hour or two. I didn't find it as instantly replayable as other Mario outings, but all of the main elements are represented well in this launch title.

Is It Worth The Money? Super Mario Land is not a slam dunk. It doesn't have that patented Super Mario feel and it's too short for its own good. The vehicle levels are just plain weird and the story is even more nonsensical than usual. And yet I'm going to recommend it. It's a tepid recommendation, but the price is just about right for this relic. Best of all, this allows Nintendo to bring on the Super Mario Land game we're all waiting for: 6 Golden Coins.
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