In case you missed it, Super Mario Land 2 stands the test of time

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A lot of “classic” games haven’t aged well. Sure, some have nostalgia, but they also rely on outdated gameplay. Super Mario Land 2 isn’t one of the games.

On the contrary, it’s downright delightful, on par with what you would expect from a high-profile console version of Mario. And since it was produced by Gunpei Yokoi, the mentor of Miyamoto and inventor of Metroid and Game Boy, Super Mario Land 2 has a different feel to it. Dare I say a shot in the arm to the tried and true franchise.

The only flaw I see in the game, in addition to its annoying commercial music, is the occasional slowdown and sluggishness of the Game Boy. It may technically be an 8-bit system, but at times it certainly feels more like a 4- or 6-bit, if you catch my drift. And playing on a Game Boy Advance doesn’t boost the performance.

Nevertheless, if you were caught up in Super Nintendo and 16-bit in general at the time of its original release, do yourself a favor and track down a copy of Super Mario Land 2. From a musical, gameplay, and level design perspective, you will not be disappointed.

10 Comments

  1. I have this game. Strangely enough, I have it because my dad accidentally bought it for me when I was asking for Super Mario World 2. I had fun with it despite it being the wrong game.

    I would agree, this game is technically quite sound.

    Definitely not my favorite game, but a solid game at that.

  2. It’s an often forgotten classic.

  3. Yep, it’s super. It was all I wanted for Christmas the year it came out and it’s extremely solid platformer, great post. I was just playing it last week and it also shows that Mario was in space long before Super Mario Galaxy.

  4. I didn’t buy but, the next one yeah, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 was a great game ^^

  5. It’s a very good game also the first time we see wario

  6. I never noticed any slow down in the game.

    But yes, Super Mario Land 2 is an awesome game, even today.

  7. Is this going to be on the VC for the 3DS?

  8. I HAVE IT!!!! lol i used to play it all the time when i was younger. i had all the coins at one stage and that damn wario boss at the end……….

    but yeh fantastic level design, iconic music and a fantastic game to play on a nostalgic, rainy day!

  9. Back when the game came out I didn’t like it because I thought it was too easy. Now I’d probably like it for that reason.

  10. I want Super Mario Land 2 in color!

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