Mario Pinball Land Game Boy Advance
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  • Summary: Jumping has always helped Mario perform heroic feats, but in Mario Pinball Land, the plumber must learn how to roll to rescue the princess. When Bowser kidnaps Peach and escapes to another dimension, a scientist transforms Mario into a ball to chase after the fiend. Now you must use your flippers to shoot a much rounder Mario into doors that lead to new areas. In his new form, Mario is also useful for knocking down enemies, picking up special bonuses, and finding power-ups. Collapse
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 35
  2. Negative: 7 out of 35
  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. 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]
  3. It may not revolutionize handheld pinball, but Mario Pinball Land is fun while it lasts. Unfortunately, that is not very long.
  4. A short and slightly limited game....While it lasts, it's a blast.
  5. As a Mario game it fails. As a pinball game it fails. As a combination of the two it's one of the most annoying games imaginable. [GamesMaster]
  6. 50
    It's just a shame that the gameplay flaws (seriously, why can't you tilt?) drag the entire package down so far. Maybe next time, Nintendo should just toss a few Koopa Troopas and Goombas into the "Pokémon Pinball" template.
  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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 2 out of 4
  1. VirginiaPlain
    Oct 18, 2004
    Finally a GBA game that looks great AND plays well.
  2. Jun 7, 2012
    This is a mildly fun Mario title has great visuals and amusing gameplay. Its not the best pinball game out there though.
  3. BenR.
    Sep 29, 2004
    A very bad mario game. You can download better pinball games from the internet.
  4. May 14, 2014
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