Mario has had a long and illustrious career, from 1985's Super Mario Bros. - in which Mario must save Princess Toadstool from Bowser - right up until 2018's New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, where things are almost creepily familiar. One short stint of this career, lasting from 1989 to 1994, was the Super Mario Land series of games on the good ol' Game Boy.
Consisting of Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, and Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, this little series featured the first Mario games which weren't worked on by Shigeru Miyamoto (who was busy working on SNES titles at the time). Instead, development fell to Nintendo's Research & Development 1, the team responsible for the development of the Game Boy, and this - coupled with the console's limitations - left the series feeling slightly different to anything we had experienced before.
Norman Caruso of YouTube channel Gaming Historian has shared a deep dive into this series, taking us through its history, its development, and providing a closer look at how the games felt to play. If you never had the chance to play these titles, or you feel like reminiscing over simpler times, make sure to sit back, relax, and soak up Mario's past below.
Do you remember playing any of these games back in the day? Feel free to share your memories of Super Mario Land in the comments below.