Handheld video game:Nintendo Game Boy Super Mario Land


The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play
Rochester , United States

Mario is the most popular video game franchise of all time, selling over 260 million games worldwide. The character Mario appears in over 200 games on every Nintendo console ever made, and in the 1990s, a survey discovered more children recognized Mario than Mickey Mouse. While the Mario series mainly features platform adventures, often involving the safe rescue of Princess Peach, it also includes role-playing, puzzle, racing, and educational games. The franchise further includes television shows, a live-action movie, comics, and promotional materials. Created by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, Mario first appeared as the protagonist Jumpman in Donkey Kong. As his name suggests, the character completed levels by jumping over barrels and climbing ladders to rescue the Lady kidnapped by Donkey Kong. In certain advertisements, Jumpman was named Mario, after the landlord of Nintendo of America's offices, and the name stuck. In 1985, Miyamoto produced the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) game Super Mario Bros. The game takes place in the mythical Mushroom kingdom and stars Mario as he attempts to save Princess Peach from an antagonistic, anthropomorphized turtle named Bowser. Similar gameplay, reoccurring characters and power-ups link the games of the main Mario series. In almost all cases, the goal is to navigate the titular character through various levels or worlds, each of which concludes with a castle or dungeon and a boss fight. In 1989, Nintendo released Super Mario Land for the Game Boy. The game places Mario in a region of the Mushroom Kingdom known as Sarasaland, where he has to save Princess Daisy from an alien named Tatanga. This side-scrolling adventure was very similar in design to the original Super Mario Bros. game and was significant for introducing Daisy and being the first Mario game for the Game Boy. Super Mario Land sold over 18 million copies, making it a valuable contribution to the Mario franchise.


  • Title: Handheld video game:Nintendo Game Boy Super Mario Land
  • Creator: Nintendo
  • Date Created: 1989
  • Location: Japan
  • Subject Keywords: electronic game, video game, Nintendo, Game Boy
  • Type: Handhelds
  • Medium: plastic, metal
  • Object ID: 109.511

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