1 UP Heart

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1 UP Hearts[1] (or 1UP hearts[2]) basically perform the same function as 1-Up Mushrooms, awarding one Extra Life to the player in Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Donkey Kong on the Game Boy. Most likely, the reason 1 UP Hearts are used in these games rather than 1-Up Mushrooms is that the black-and-white palette of the original Game Boy would make it impossible to distinguish between 1-Up Mushrooms and Super Mushrooms.

Unlike most Mushrooms, in Super Mario Land, a 1 UP Heart will remain in one place until Mario grabs it. However, in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, the 1 UP Heart moves like the 1-Up Mushroom and slides away from Mario unless he can quickly catch it. Also in Super Mario Land 2, the 1 UP Hearts can be caught by a witch, who then runs away from Mario with them. In bonus games that occur if the Mario rings the bell at the end of a stage, 1 UP Hearts are also prizes; in the game with crane and conveyor belt, 1 UP Hearts with a "3" written on them make their appearance, and contain 3 UP.

In Donkey Kong on the Game Boy, 1 UP Hearts floats in mid-air at spots that are hard for Mario to reach without special moves. They reappear if the player lost a life and had to repeat the level.

1 UP Hearts appear in minigames in both Super Mario Land titles, and similar items appear in "Modern" versions of Game & Watch games in Game & Watch Gallery and its sequels. These Hearts replenish a life that was lost, and only appear when a player reaches 200, 500, and 700 points in most games; if a player does not have any Misses when they pass these points, a Heart does not appear. In this game, they are pink and have a two-toned color scheme similar to the one suggested by the white and gray pattern of the Super Mario Land 1 UP Hearts.

Game Appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Mario Land Item 1989 Game Boy
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Item 1992 Game Boy
Donkey Kong (Game Boy) Item 1994 Game Boy

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 1UPハート[3]
1UPhāto
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 8.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 6.