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Mario Pinball Land
Super Mario Ball
Mario Pinball Land cover art
Developer(s) Fuse Games
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Release date(s) JP August 26, 2004
NA October 4, 2004
EU November 26, 2004
Genre(s) Pinball
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ESRB: Everyone (E)
PEGI: 3+
CERO: All ages

Mario Pinball Land, known in Japan and Europe as Super Mario Ball (スーパーマリオボール?), is a pinball video game that was developed by Fuse Games and published by Nintendo for the Game Boy Advance and released in 2004. It is a spin-off of the Mario series that began on the Nintendo Entertainment System. It is the ninth Mario game for the Game Boy Advance.

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Plot summary

Mario, a ball, has just been hit by a flipper. Note the counters for stars, coins, and lives on the HUD.

While Mario and Princess Peach visit a funfair. Peach steps into a canon but the canon is operated by Goombas. The Goombas shoot Peach from the canon into Bowser's castle, and Mario must save her. He does this by using a machine that makes him spherical, allowing for the pinball action of the game.

Gameplay

To proceed, Mario must collect enough stars to open specific doors, a gameplay element borrowed from Super Mario 64. There are 35 stars to collect. In typical Mario fashion, Mario must explore different areas to reach his aim of saving the princess. There are 5 different worlds each guarded by a boss.

Reception

Mario Pinball Land received average to poor reviews. The review collation site GameRankings gave a score of 63% with a large amount of overall review scores lower than 72%.[1] Most reviews praised the excellent graphics, but criticized the game for being pointlessly difficult and having overall poor gameplay. IGN's review in particular criticized the gameplay for having "bad table layouts with an overwhelmingly annoying 'playfield reset' element". The review concluded that "the gameplay itself is far more flawed and annoying than it is fun to play" and rated it 5/10. [2]

Not all reviews were negative; GameDaily.com did said, that the game "...may irk you on occasion, but it's definitely worth checking out.", giving it 6/10.[3] GameSpot gave the game 7.5 out of 10,[4] saying the game "combines Mario with pinball to create an interesting kind of adventure game".

References

  1. ^ Mario Pinball Land Reviews
  2. ^ IGN: Mario Pinball Land Review
  3. ^ http://www.neoseeker.com/resourcelink.html?rid=155752 GameDaily Mario Pinball Land review
  4. ^ Mario Pinball Land for Game Boy Advance Review - Game Boy Advance Mario Pinball Land Review

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Mario Pinball Land

Developer(s) Fuse Games Limited
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date October 4, 2004
Genre Pinball
Mode(s) Single player
Age rating(s) ESRB: E
Platform(s) Game Boy Advance
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough

Mario Pinball Land is a pinball game for the GBA that uses the Mario franchise as a theme. The developer later went on to take another popular Nintendo franchise and spin it off into a pinball game with Metroid Prime Pinball for the Nintendo DS.



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