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  • Accidental Innuendo:
    • Level 2 of Mario Zone is set approximately in the crotch area of a giant mechanical Mario. It's full of... balls. Big, bright balls, spiked balls, bears riding balls. Balls.
    • In the first level of Space Zone, there is mound of rocks that resembles a certain rude hand gesture...
  • Demonic Spiders: Those Wario heads in the final level. They are incredibly annoying to fight and cannot be skipped. The final boss is just up ahead, and you do not want to lose your preferred power-up before you face him. Unfortunately these things bounce all over the place making them very difficult to predict, take multiple-hits and have an invincibility frame of their own, causing you to take damage from an ill-timed jump! You cannot be blamed for using the 100-enemy-star trick to defeat them. However, they can be killed in one hit with a spin jump.
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  • Even Better Sequel: A longer, more elaborate, and all in all much better game than the first Super Mario Land.
  • Game-Breaker: The Bunny Ears. You can float infinitely, descend slowly, and jump higher, but the lack of ability to spin jump (That the Super and Fire forms can do) causes some to call this a Power Up Letdown than a truly useful power.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Space Zone. See Super Mario Galaxy. Its moon level is even more hilarious in light of Super Mario Odyssey, which has its final world set on the moon.
    • A secret level in Turtle Zone has blocks and coins arranged to spell out "WARIO LAND 2". Six years after this game, there actually was a Wario Land 2.
    • In the "Files" screen, you have the option to erase your file by turning into a Bob-omb with a Mario mustache and everything. Kinda looks familiar to Super Mario Odyssey. Though funnily enough, Bob-ombs don't even appear in Odyssey.
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    • Though it serves a different purpose, this wouldn't be the last game to have a bell with eyes.
  • Memetic Mutation: "Obey Wario, DESTROY MARIO!!!" It proved so popular in its initial airing that the commercial for Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 used the same "hypnotized by Wario" premise even though hypnosis doesn't feature in that game. Hudson Soft used the same premise when advertising Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The distinct 'BOING!' whenever Mario stomps on a boss enemy. Tatanga has his own unique variant of it.
  • That One Attack: Wario ground pounds very often and the shockwave stun-locks you, leaving Mario open to attack.
  • That One Boss:
    • The Three Little Pigheads, seeing as how they each take three hits to defeat, and there's three of them.
    • The Octopus, who is fought in a cramped underwater room, and who constantly sends out smaller octopuses that are invincible and tough to avoid.
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    • Tatanga's speedy movement, difficult-to-avoid projectiles, and wonky hitboxes put him right behind Wario as the hardest boss.
  • That One Level:
    • Star Maze. Those stars are going to kill you many, many times.
    • While it's expected that a final level would be difficult, Wario/Mario's Castle can be absolutely brutal. While the rest of the game (barring Space Zone) is relatively easy, the Castle is a difficulty spike that can be very jarring for first time players. Combine pools of acid/lava, swinging spiked balls, spiked traps, and several jumps that require almost-pixel-perfect placement, and you've got a tough level. And no checkpoints either. On the plus side, the Bunny Ears power-up makes the stage much easier to manage, provided the player is able to keep hold of it.

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