“ Genre: Adventures & Role-playing / Manufacturer: Nintendo „
"Mario Pinball Land" is a video game released for the Gameboy Advance console in 2004 by Nintendo. It is a pinball game which features Super Mario characters. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages.
The gameplay of this title offers a fresh look at the game of pinball. Instead of hitting a steel ball aimlessly at bumpers and point boards to rack up the highest score, Super Mario rolls his way through an assortment of "rooms" while doing battle with a variety of enemies, collecting coins and eventually rescuing Princess Peach from the evil Bowser. In a sense, it is a traditional Super Mario brothers adventure. Each level is presented as a "room" in the pinball table with a pair of pinball paddles at the bottom of the screen. The player must bounce Super Mario and roll him into enemies, collecting their coins and special items, before progressing into the next room to repeat the same process. Mario does not incur any damage in the process. The only way to damage him is for the ball to fall past the pinball paddles and this sends Mario back to the prior room he was in, requiring the player to complete all former processes. In general it is an easy game but it can be seen as short due to the fast paced, smaller "rooms" which can be cleared sometimes in a matter of seconds.
The graphics are presented from a top side view which focuses on the current room in play. The images are bright, well drawn and three dimensional in appearance. There appeared to be some element of pixelation on the pinball paddles as I noted a somewhat "blocky" appearance but the rest of the visuals are otherwise acceptable. The soundtrack of this title is odd. The musical compositions are taken from a generic circus march which does not necessarily compliment the Super Mario atmosphere of the game well. The sound effects include Mario voice samples and effects which otherwise make for a good listening experience.
Overall, Pinball Land is a game I would recommend to prospective buyers. While I find it to be shorter in duration I found myself enjoying the game thoroughly and play it on a regular basis.