Mario Pinball Land

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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 yourJumping 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. Expand
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Score distribution:
  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. 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]
  3. It may not revolutionize handheld pinball, but Mario Pinball Land is fun while it lasts. Unfortunately, that is not very long.
  4. A very boring game. There is not enough substance on each game board. Trying to take the pinball video game genre in a different direction is a noble step, but at the same time, you cannot remove things that define pinball games and make them fun.
  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. It's not terrible, but it's flawed. It just doesn't do a good job with recreating the pinball experience, or really a good Mario experience.
  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 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. VirginiaPlain
    Oct 18, 2004
    9
    Finally a GBA game that looks great AND plays well.
  2. 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.
  3. Dec 12, 2021
    6
    Mario gets turned into a ball and has to save peach/// sounds horrible, but actually its a kinda good time. Unfortunately, you're gonna fallMario gets turned into a ball and has to save peach/// sounds horrible, but actually its a kinda good time. Unfortunately, you're gonna fall over and over and your progress doesn't get saved to add a little sense of "challenge" Expand
  4. BenR.
    Sep 29, 2004
    1
    A very bad mario game. You can download better pinball games from the internet.
  5. May 14, 2014
    0
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  6. Dec 30, 2019
    0
    I can't even tell you how bad this game is. This game was terrible. The graphics are not enough to save this game, because of the controls.I can't even tell you how bad this game is. This game was terrible. The graphics are not enough to save this game, because of the controls. The controls are the reason why this game is bad. That's all I have to say. Expand
  7. Jan 21, 2022
    0
    **** This. Game. One of, if not the worst game I have ever played. No skill, all luck, the bumpers are random and have nothing to do with**** This. Game. One of, if not the worst game I have ever played. No skill, all luck, the bumpers are random and have nothing to do with timing. I would say to stay as far away from this god awful piece of crap as you can. It is an abhorrent experience of to which has made my brain melt in the worst way. I feel like this game is the equivalent of having syphilis and cancer. I would rather play all 3 Dark Souls games at the same time than this garbage. If I could give this game a negative score I absolutely would. Never ever play this, for my sake and for yours. Expand

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#34 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
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#20 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004