Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance
Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  1. It almost seems like a kid's game - until you encounter bosses and trick shots that push your temper to full tilt. And speaking of tilt...where is it? [Nov 2004, p.152]
  2. Strikes me as a good idea, but in its current state it falls obscenely short of the fun and playability that usually comes with a Mario game.
  3. A maddening, misguided mongrel of a game... Luck plays a huge part, and simply navigating the world can be exactly as hard as the hardest challenge: a random, enraging, minutes-long bore, especially with moving enemies straying across your line. [Dec 2005, p.115]
  4. 40
    Cute and the Mario theme is well applied, with lots of familiar elements from games throughout the series, but fun soon gives way to pure frustration and the whole affair is over far too quickly. [JPN Import]
  5. Imaginative and meticulously-produced, but its flaws are too numerous to recommend over superior pinball titles. For a first-party Nintendo release, this is a poor showing indeed.
  6. To make matters worse, if the ball falls down between the flippers players are often forced to start from scratch and many times replay the stage that they previously completed to get back to where they just were. Wash, rinse, and repeat.
  7. Like that hot popular girl in high school - gorgeous on the outside but no personality on the inside. Mario Pinball Land is just too generic, and though it has the Mushroom Kingdom cast supporting it the gameplay is fully capable of causing splitting headaches.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. VirginiaPlain
    Oct 18, 2004
    9
    Finally a GBA game that looks great AND plays well.
  2. May 14, 2014
    0
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  3. Jun 7, 2012
    6
    This is a mildly fun Mario title has great visuals and amusing gameplay. Its not the best pinball game out there though.