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Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins now available on 3DS eShop

These days everyone accepts him as the fun, portly antihero that we all know and love, but once upon a time Wario was simply a mysterious new nemesis for Nintendo’s mascot. That was the case in Super Mario Land 2, featuring perhaps the best original portable iteration on the classic Mario formula. It was only a matter of time before this Nintendo classic appeared as a downloadable, and that time is now, as the game appeared on the 3DS eShop this morning.

After the more unique take on the franchise in the first Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2 took more direct cues from the series with a graphical style similar to Super Mario World and a world map that’s been a franchise standard since Mario 3. Each zone had its own theme and boss, with some of our favorite levels involving a trip into space and exploring a giant clockwork Mario toy. Land 2 did add some of its own flavor to the mix, including the adorable Rabbit Mario power-up (we miss that look), plus an open map where you could take on any of the six zones in the order of your choice.

Of course Land 2’s the greatest addition to Mario history was Wario, Mario's evil twin-style archenemy. After fighting Bowser a a dozen times, it was nice to see a new villain appear to give King Koopa a break. Except Wario proved too popular to be a shadowy bad guy and soon took over the Land series, recasting it as Wario Land, which was followed by multiple spin-offs that continue to this day. The upcoming Super Mario 3D Land is the first time in nearly two decades Mario has returned to the Land label, but how long can that last before Wario steals it back?

Sep 29, 2011

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9 comments

  • Ravenbom - October 2, 2011 7:10 p.m.

    This is a great Mario game, but for some reason I never fully got into it. I can't explain why. It was better in every way than the first Mario Land, but I don't know. Still it is a solid game.
  • Spybreak8 - September 30, 2011 12:23 p.m.

    Was that a pig as a boss, lol angry pig.
  • ShortFuse - September 30, 2011 1:23 a.m.

    This Mario title is overlooked by many but to be honest I was never a massive fan of it. I think when I was playing my fat gameboy as a kid I was more into Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Land and Zelda: Link's Awakening. If anything I preferred the original super mario land just because of its punishing difficulty at points!
  • ShortFuse - September 30, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    Also...Wario Land was better in my opinion! But now I'm just being a boring pedant so I'll stop and just end with: I'm glad that this is now available to a younger generation of gamers
  • D0CCON - September 29, 2011 7:35 p.m.

    I never played this before until today and I must say, I love the rabbit suit and I now wish it was used in future titles. Considering the Tanooki suit won't fly in SM3DL, I'm wondering how close it will behave to the rabbit suit.
  • shawksta - September 29, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    Awesome! So many memories! I wouldnt be suprised if Wario DID have a new land game announvced a few months after 3D lands release :P
  • Zzombie99 - September 29, 2011 7:02 p.m.

    Finding an original GameBoy in a parking lot with this game changed my life forever. I still have the original cartridge...played it on my old GameBoy Advance SP the other day and wept nostalgic tears.
  • therawski - September 29, 2011 4:47 p.m.

    I am so glad that they did this, I've been emulating it on my devices for years, I still have my original copy so that's legal. The emulators always had a problem with the boss fights so I was like come on Ninty, and then then the emulators fixed their problem like 2 months ago. But for people that don't have it already, this is actually worth getting. One of the best Mario games!
  • bamb0o-stick - September 29, 2011 4:08 p.m.

    Probably my first favorite Mario game on handheld. Wario Land was my next favorite after that one. Nostalgia overload...

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