VB Mario Land (lost build of unreleased Virtual Boy game; 1995)

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Screenshot of the tech demo.

Status: Lost

When Nintendo released the Virtual Boy in 1995, they intended to release a full-fledged platformer starring Mario for it. A tech demo of VB Mario Land (originally known as Mario Adventure) was shown at Winter CES 1995, featuring the first level. It was a 2D platformer like previous Mario games, but it also featured top-down view dungeons in a similar manner to The Legend of Zelda.[1] Judging by some in-game artwork, Wario would have been the antagonist.

The game ended up being cancelled, probably due to the Virtual Boy's critical and commercial failure. However, one of the demo's features, a battle mode based on the arcade game Mario Bros., was developed into a full game, Mario Clash, and released.


Demo filmed on video camera at WCES 1995 in Las Vegas.

See Also


  1. VB Mario Land« Games « Planet Virtual Boy. Retrieved October 18, 2015.