Mario Pinball Land

Game Boy Advance
Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 35 Critic Reviews

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

57
34
#34 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
20
#20 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2004
User Score
4.6

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. VirginiaPlain
    Oct 18, 2004
    9
    Finally a GBA game that looks great AND plays well.
  2. 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. Full Review »
  3. May 23, 2018
    0
    I REALLY wanted to like this game. What a shtpoor mess! The only good thing are the graphics, maybe the sounds, which some are pulled fromI REALLY wanted to like this game. What a shtpoor mess! The only good thing are the graphics, maybe the sounds, which some are pulled from sm64. the ugly: the pinball physics and therefore the controls. the WORST pinball physics EVER. you will never send the ball the direction you want, the flippers are.ass at best. Each "table" has a challenge for unlocking a star to advance, but if you ball leaves the table (which it will since you can't control the ball's direction) the whole challenge wil RESET in your face. you will get frustrated, no doubt. oh, and don't you forget to save everytime you exit, or else all of your progress will be erased. this happened to me near the end, trying to defeat the frustrating constantly reseting bowser table. it pissed me off this could happen, but was I really mad or sad? NO, I was freaking RELIEVED, I could stop playing this mess of a game. a true shtstain in the mario library of games Full Review »