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
Buy On
  1. 90
    By delightfully melding combat and puzzle solving with solid pinball physics, Mario Pinball is not only the first pinball action/adventure game, but it's also a damn good one at that. [Nov 2004, p.130]
  2. Cheat Code Central
    90
    The game is brimming with strategy. [JPN Import]
  3. Puts a new "spin" on the genre.
  4. MPL is a fun pinball game, with enough new twists and turns to keep any flipper fanatic happy.
  5. Nintendo Power
    76
    As a pinball-flavored adventure, the game is a little basic for my tastes, but it's still a graphically excellent outing. [Dec 2004, p.142]
  6. Compared to other GBA games out there Super Mario Ball doesn't have the same amount of gameplay hours. Even with all of the stars to find, five worlds isn't much to conquer. [JPN Import]
  7. It combines the general concepts behind tabletop pinball with the characters and worlds from the Mario franchise to create a strange sort of adventure game that's fairly fun but a little on the short side.
  8. Game Informer
    75
    I think this desire to innovate in the genre comes at the expense of what's ultimately good abuot pinball itself...There's not one individual stage that has that incredibly addictive "I could play this until I die" feeling that you get from a well-made traditional pinball machine. [Oct 2004, p.147]
  9. It may not revolutionize handheld pinball, but Mario Pinball Land is fun while it lasts. Unfortunately, that is not very long.
  10. Its engaging mixture of game types and interesting graphics combine to create a fun ride, but one that is sadly over too soon.

Awards & Rankings

#38 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
4.9

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 11 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.