Super Mario Land Review
Replay Value: 7/10
Super Mario Land is one of the first Mario games, and it was originally available for the GameBoy. Similarly to the classic Super Mario Bros, you run through levels avoiding enemies, collecting coins and powerups, and trying to reach the goal at the end. Your goal is to rescue the princess by clearing 4 worlds (each with 3 levels). However, although Super Mario Bros was certainly not perfect, Super Mario Land fails to live up to its standard in a couple of ways.
The first thing you'll notice with the game are the graphics. While it's still clear that the game is Mario, the sprites for just about everything feel to small. Not only does this subtract from how much detail can be used, but it also makes the game more difficult at some points due to precision jumping. Speaking of difficulty, this is rather a hard game. A lot of this comes from the fact that precision jumping is required several times, and the game also loves to throw multiple moving enemies at you at once (especially during these tricky jumping sessions). Meanwhile, the overall game design is nothing spectacular either. The Fire Flower powerup is really mediocre since it only shoots one fireball at a time, and any misses tend to bounce around for several seconds before you can fire another one and actually hit an enemy. The level design isn't great either as chunks of a level will often get repeated in that same level. The game does, however, include a few bosses as a cool addition, though you can usually avoid these or defeat them very easily.
Overall the game is a very sub-par Mario game.
It's very short because of how few levels there are, though the difficulty is a bit much.
The graphics could be a lot nicer and more detailed, and end up making the game more difficult from time to time.
However, the sounds are nice.
In general, the game doesn't really have anything special going for it, though it at least is quite cheap.
While it's certainly not the best Virtual Console title around, it should still bring you some enjoyment especially considering how low the price is.
It's hard for me to recommend the game, but I wouldn't suggest completely overlooking it.