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->''"Obey Wario! '''Destroy''' Mario!"''
-->--'''Wario''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhB8XG9_5Rc USA Commercial]]

The sequel to ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'', this is the first game to feature TheRival, Wario, and one of the few times Wario is an outright BigBad instead of just being extremely greedy.

The plot is that Wario took over Mario's kingdom and castle while Mario was rescuing Daisy in the first game. Mario needs to find the eponymous six golden coins to get into the castle and stop Wario.

Whereas ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand'' was essentially a handheld version of the original 1985 ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'', the sequel took most of its cues from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' and ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' instead, including a nonlinear world map and a new, gravity-defying powerup (Bunny Ears). This game swapped the small sprites of the previous game, and had much more detailed graphics (although still smaller than {{NES}} sprites due to the GameBoy's smaller resolution), and is to date considered one of the best games on the original grey-brick GameBoy out there.
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!!Provides Examples of:
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace: Even though this usually applies when Mario goes into space, it's [[AvertedTrope averted]] here; he dons a space helmet in Space Zone.
* BigBad: Wario.
** TheManBehindTheMan: He seems to have been this to Tatanga from the first game, especially considering that Tatanga reappears as the boss of Space Zone.
* BigBoosHaunt: Pumpkin Zone.
* BreakoutCharacter: Wario turned out to be so popular that he received not [[VideoGame/WarioLand one]], but [[VideoGame/WarioWare two game series]]. He has also starred in some [[VideoGame/WarioWorld other]] [[VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise games]].
* BuiltWithLego[=/=]MythologyGag[=/=]WritingAroundTrademarks: The final level of the Mario Zone is built out of Nintendo's long-forgotten [[FollowTheLeader knockoff brand]] of {{LEGO}} bricks, called [[http://nintendo.wikia.com/wiki/N%26B_Block N&B blocks]], from back when the Big N was a toy company. The mark "N&B" appears on one of the blocks.
* BubblyClouds: The final level of Tree Zone. Also the hidden bonus level in Macro Zone.
* ContinuingIsPainful: Mario has to collect all six Golden Coins again if he loses his last life.
* CraniumRide: Since Heavy Zed is just a big, harmless owl, this is the only way Mario can interact with him, as he isn't an enemy.
* DeathThrows: The way the bosses die in this game is... somewhat comedic and exaggerated to say the least, with them falling off the screen upside down with their eyes wide open. Taken up to eleven in Super Mario Fusion's version of the crow boss from this game, which does a 360 degree spin before falling.
* DemotedToDragon: Tatanga returns from the first game, only to show up as the boss of the Space Zone.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Mario had his own kingdom? His own castle?
* EarWings: The bunny ears, although for slowing descent instead of flying.
* EasterEgg: Kazumi Totaka composed the soundtrack, so naturally his trademark tune plays somewhere. In this game, on the GameOver screen, after three minutes, his song will start to play.
* EasyModeMockery: This game has an easy mode that the player can choose by pressing Select on the file-selection screen. Playing easy mode will cause the words "EASY MODE" to appear before entering a level. Other than that however, there's no penalty for using the easy mode; stages will still count as being completed, and there are no changes to the ending sequence.
* EternalEngine: Mario Zone.
* [[ThreateningShark Everything's Even Worse With Sharks]]: They appear in Turtle Zone, and Mario can't defeat them without a star or a koopa shell.
* EvilCounterpart: Wario, to the extent [[spoiler:of having every form Mario has]].
* {{Expy}}: The Unibōs, who look exactly like [[VideoGame/{{Kirby}} Gordos.]]
* FloatingInABubble: Mario can do this in an underwater stage.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The Mario Zone takes place in and on a giant mechanical Mario, which changes to reveal level entrances such as inside Mario's shoe or on Mario's tongue. The second level is revealed when a set of doors opens in the center of Mario's pants. This level is full of balls - the platforms are balls, there's balls in the background, and there are monsters that shoot balls.
* GoombaStomp: It's a Mario game, what do you expect? Just don't try it on the ghost Goombas in Pumpkin Zone, because like Boos and unlike regular Goombas they avert this trope.
* HornetHole: One level in Tree Zone takes place in a beehive.
* LostWoods: Tree Zone.
* MacGuffin: The six golden coins.
* MacroZone: The TropeNamer.
* MinskyPickup: The athletic theme uses this for the first six notes.
* OpeningTheSandbox: After the tutorial level is finished, the six zones do not have to be done in any specific order, and there is no requirement to do all of the zone's levels at once, so players can complete a couple levels in one zone and decide to do another, for example.
* PalmtreePanic: The hidden bonus level in the Turtle Zone.
* PlotCoupon: The titular six golden coins.
* RecurringRiff: The "Athletic" theme has its tune remixed and played in many other levels, even in the file select and game over screens.
* RibcageStomach: The whale in Turtle Zone.
* SequentialBoss: Wario has three phases: [[spoiler:Normal, Bunny Ears, and Fireball]].
* ShoutOut: The Spooky Masks in Pumpkin Zone (which can be {{Goomba Stomp}}ed) walk around wearing [[Franchise/FridayThe13th hockey masks]] that [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar have knives stuck in the foreheads]].
* SpaceIsAnOcean: Space Zone.
* SpaceZone: The TropeNamer.
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: This game's [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] actually justifies it by saying that when Mario goes into the water he becomes Aqua Mario.
* ThemeAndVariationsSoundtrack
* Literature/ThreeLittlePigs: The boss(es) of the Mario Zone.
* UnderTheSea: Turtle Zone.
* WickedWitch: The boss of Pumpkin Zone.
* WombLevel: The final level of Turtle Zone, which takes place inside a whale.
* {{Youkai}}: A few of the Pumpkin Zone enemies are based on them.
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