1 UP Heart

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Not to be confused with Life-Up Heart.
1 UP Heart
Artwork of a 1-Up Heart, from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
Artwork of a 1-Up Heart from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
First appearance Super Mario Land (1989)
Latest appearance Game & Watch Gallery 4 (2002)
Effect Grants an extra life

1 UP Hearts[1] (alternatively 1UP hearts,[2] 1-UP Hearts,[3] or 1-Up Hearts[4]), or simply Hearts,[5] are items that basically perform the same function as 1-Up Mushrooms, granting one extra life to the player in Super Mario Land, Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Donkey Kong on the Game Boy, and the Game & Watch Gallery series. The most likely reason that 1 UP Hearts are used in these games rather than 1-Up Mushrooms is that the monochrome palette of the original Game Boy would make it impossible to distinguish between 1-Up Mushrooms and Super Mushrooms.


Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Land[edit]

1UP hearts make their first appearance in Super Mario Land. When a 1UP heart is released from jumping under a Mystery Block or brick, it flies out before falling straight down. Unlike Super Mushrooms, 1UP hearts fall through the ground until Mario grabs them in time before they disappear.

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

In Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, a 1-Up Heart moves like a 1-Up Mushroom and slides right unless Mario can quickly catch it. 1-Up Hearts can also be caught by a collector, who then runs away with them. In bonus games that occur if Mario rings the bell placed hanging in the air at the end of a stage, 1-Up Hearts become available prizes; 3-Up Hearts exclusively appear in Amida Game II and give three extra lives. Stand-alone 1-Up Hearts can be found in some levels.

Donkey Kong (Game Boy)[edit]

In Donkey Kong on the Game Boy, 1 UP Hearts float in midair at spots that are hard to reach without special moves. They reappear if the player loses a life and revisits the level. They appear slightly larger and have a "1 UP" logo on them.

Game & Watch Gallery series[edit]

Hearts, or heart-marks,[6] appear in "Modern" versions of Game & Watch games in Game & Watch Gallery and its sequels. These hearts replenish a life that has been lost and appear only 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, hearts are either red or pink and have a two-toned color scheme similar to the one suggested by the white-and-gray pattern of the original hearts in Super Mario Land. Despite later games supporting color, hearts still reappear for the rest of the series.

List of appearances[edit]

# Title Role Release date Format

1 Super Mario Land Item 1989 Game Boy
2 Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Item 1992 Game Boy
3 Donkey Kong (Game Boy) Item 1994 Game Boy
4 Game & Watch Gallery Item 1997 Game Boy
5 Game & Watch Gallery 2 Item 1998 Game Boy Color
6 Game & Watch Gallery 3 Item 1999 Game Boy Color
7 Game & Watch Gallery 4 Item 2002 Game Boy Advance


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 1UPワンアップハート[7] (Super Mario Land series)[8]
Wan Appu Hāto
UPアップのハート[9] (Game Boy Donkey Kong)
Wan Appu no Hāto
1-UP Heart

1-UP Heart


Dutch 1-Up-hart[15]
French Cœur 1UP[14]
1UP heart
German 1-Up-Herz
1 Up Heart
Italian Cuore 1UP[16]
Cuore 1-Up[17]
Cuore vita extra[18]
1UP Heart
1-Up Heart
Extra life heart
Spanish Corazón
Vida[11] (Super Mario Land)
Vida 1Up[12] (Super Mario Land 2)
Vida extra[13] (Game Boy Donkey Kong)
1Up Life
Extra life


  1. ^ 1994. Donkey Kong (Game Boy) instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 16.
  2. ^ Nintendo (1989). Super Mario Land instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 8.
  3. ^ Club Nintendo (UK) Classic. Page 7.
  4. ^ December 1992. Nintendo Power Volume 43. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 44.
  5. ^ Hamm & Rudolf GmbH, Frankfurt (1994). Super Game Boy Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 21.
  6. ^ Nintendo (1997). Game & Watch Gallery instruction booklet. Nintendo of America. Page 15.
  7. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. KC Deluxe vol. 1 - Super Mario Land. Page 1.
  8. ^ 「任天堂公式ガイドブック スーパーマリオランド2 6つの金貨」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins). Page 23.
  9. ^ Nintendo (1994). Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 14.
  10. ^ Kazuki, Motoyama. KC Deluxe vol. 19 - Super Mario Land 2: 6-tsu no Kinka 1. Page 3.
  11. ^ Club Nintendo (Mexico) Año 1 No. 1. Page 30-33.
  12. ^ Club Nintendo (Mexico) Año 2 No. 3. Page 48.
  13. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Spanish Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Objetos".
  14. ^ Super Mario Land French instruction booklet. Page 8.
  15. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Voorwerpen".
  16. ^ Super Mario Land Italian manual. Page 8.
  17. ^ Super Mario Land (3DS - Virtual Console) Italian e-manual. Page 7.
  18. ^ November 15, 2018. Super Mario Bros. Enciclopedia. Magazzini Salani (Italian). ISBN 889367436X. Page 48.