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Super Mario Land DX

Hack of Super Mario Land


Super Mario Land DX is a romhack of the original Super Mario Land for the Game Boy that turns the game into a Game Boy Color game. It adds color and changes the graphics to give the game a modern look.

v2.0 (20/04/2022):

  • Framerate issues have been addressed. That includes issues in the original game, especially noticeable in 3-2 (hard mode).
  • Mario’s sprites have been revamped. They are mostly the same size as the originals.
  • Mario’s relative position when jumping has been fixed. This was responsible for the weird collision issues in v1.0 (yeah, it wasn’t the sprites).
  • Luigi has been added. He has slightly different physics.
  • Old graphics are now an option. Not all graphics are unchanged, as it mostly affects the sprites, but this should be good enough for people who didn’t like the new ones.
  • A shortcut to difficult mode has been added.
  • New palette for Superball Mario/Luigi.
  • New animation for Super Mario/Luigi when looking up.
  • New animation for Super Mario/Luigi when entering a pipe.
  • Options menu added to accommodate the new options.
  • Battery added to permanently save your options, top score and level selection.
  • Every single stage’s colors have been tweaked.
  • An incompatibility screen for the original Game Boy has been added.
  • Hundreds of minor (and not so minor) changes and fixes.

ROM / ISO Information:

  • No-Intro Name: Super Mario Land (World)
  • (No-Intro version 20130802-061634)
  • ROM/File SHA-1: 3A4DDB39B234A67FFB361EE7ABC3D23E0A8B1C89
  • ROM Size: 65536 (10000)
  • ROM CRC32: 90776841



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User Review Information

Not Perfect But Not A Catastrophe Either

Reviewed By: Eldrethor on 30 Apr 2019

It’s funny how people can turn their noses at something that’s meant to be fun. What is meant to be a celebration of the Game Boy’s 30th anniversary has been meant with mostly the praise that it rightfully deserves, but there have been some surprisingly negative feedback thrown in as well, much of which are a bit overblown.

The hack does an incredible job of colorizing the black-and-white (or pea-soup-green) world of the original game, and it breathes new life into a game that’s often overshadowed by its NES counterpart. Everything looks exactly as one would imagine the game ought to look, and it provides a colorful experience that the Super Game Boy never fully delivered. What especially impressed me was the use of ambient background colors, which adds a lot to the game; the black space in the underground sections, and the brown backdrop in the tombs, add a certain depth to those areas that you never knew they needed.

The new Mario sprite is something that you will either love or hate, but I think it’s just okay. The problem is that the original blocky Mario sprite is oriented with the front of his body facing the screen, and his head facing the side. It’s a perspective that works fine when abstracted, but looks weird when details are fleshed out, even more so when accounting for run animations. This is what’s happening here, and while the perspective and run cycles look a bit odd, they’re in no way a dealbreaker for this hack.

Some have also complained about the new sprite causing collision detection problems, which is most noticeable when jumping diagonally around coin blocks. However, I tested the game with and without the hack, and this problem is consistent with the original game.

That same comparison also determined that the hack does cause a slight dip in the frame rate. Hopefully, toruzz can find a way to optimize the code and smooth it out, but that slight dip isn’t so horrible as to not warrant giving this hack a try.

Another reviewer complained about how toruzz should have fixed a bunch of bugs, added Luigi, and throw in some additional content, but that’s not a fair assessment of a hack that only sought to give the game a fresh coat of paint in celebration of its roots. It’s like receiving a free pizza and complaining that it should have came with pepperoni, sausage, peppers, and extra cheese.

Overall, it’s not a perfect hack by any means; the goofy perspective of Mario’s sprite lends itself to his reworked sprite looking weird in its more detailed state, and there is that noticeable dip in frame rate, but this isn’t the catastrophe that some people have it out to be. It’s an enjoyable experience from beginning to end, and it’s one that will make you smile.

Version 1.0 Recommended - Yes

User Reviews
Gives the game the true "Mario" feelingItssamuelsmartedits12 Apr 20232.0Yes
Definitive Version of an Absolute ClassicBlackSunshine12 Apr 20232.0Yes
Thank you Mar(fish)o!Mi5KL29 Jan 20232.0Yes
A great update, with a small complaintAdoniramJ04 Jun 20222.0Yes
One of the best hacks of RHDNT2901 Jun 20222.0Yes
One of the greatest colorization hacks just got better!Bluestreak28 Apr 20222.0Yes
Absolutely amazing!WebSlinger26 Apr 20222.0Yes
v2.0 is a massive improvement.WeNeedWarioLandDXwColor26 Apr 20222.0Yes
Color me impressed.tsubasaplayer1626 Apr 20222.0Yes
The only way to play Super Mario Land.peacefighter26 Apr 20222.0Yes
Great features and great implementationsboogaboom23 Apr 20222.0Yes
Get This Now!Razormime23 Apr 20222.0Yes
Maybe The Best Hack I’ve Ever PlayedNeon Streetlight23 Apr 20222.0Yes
Perfect executionEldiran22 Apr 20222.0Yes
Best version of Super Mario Land YetRunTheCoins21 Apr 20222.0Yes
SMLDX 2.0 a great hack perfectly polished and worked with care and dedicationnj180grados21 Apr 20222.0Yes
Original sprites + color = Perfectionlegend8021 Apr 20222.0Yes
Stunning DX, should be an official release !Ligeia26 Apr 20221.0Yes
Don't even play the original anymore! THIS HACK IS THE WAYatpstudios09 Aug 20211.0Yes
Great, But still needs some ImprovementTheLonelySoul09 Aug 20211.0Yes
It's great, but the Mario sprite...Juamnitruh02 Jan 20211.0No
Vastly improved the experienceSupergamerguy24 Jul 20201.0Yes
It's all great... except for Mario...seba0026 May 20201.0No
Super Mario Land DXFiel04 Mar 20201.0Yes
Lovely Scenery!Mother Kojiro03 Jan 20201.0Yes
Needs Some Improvements, But Otherwise Solid Hack!Tritnew06 Aug 20191.0Yes
Beautiful art but framerate/pacing issueswiedo08 Jul 20191.0No
Breathless..MiniComputer25 Jun 20191.0Yes
Incompatible with version 1.1, among other small issuesBlazeHeatnix27 May 20191.0Yes
IncredibleThirteen 135510 May 20191.0Yes
Great, just a few things to improve on...Mesacboy01 May 20191.0Yes
Not Perfect But Not A Catastrophe EitherEldrethor30 Apr 20191.0Yes
Colorization causes choppy frame rate - needs work before being considered definitive.DrDimension27 Apr 20191.0No
The definitive way to experience Super Mario LandChewbatrij27 Apr 20191.0Yes
Absolutely Amazinginsectduel25 Apr 20191.0Yes
The game is easy to play. Is excellent.Vallenatero201524 Apr 20191.0Yes
Great New Look for a Great Old GameTyrantnyx23 Apr 20191.0Yes
The best colorful Super Mario Land Ever!Geoshi23 Apr 20191.0Yes
An Impressive Surprise!TRIFORCE8923 Apr 20191.0Yes
A classic is reborn in stunning COLOR!phantom_with_a_rose23 Apr 20191.0Yes
Another great hack from ToruzzShade Aurion22 Apr 20191.0Yes
A great way to celebrate 30 years of the Game Boy!ShockwaveS0823 Apr 20191.0Yes