1 UP Heart

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Not to be confused with Life-Up Heart.
Artwork of a 1 UP Heart from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

1 UP Hearts[1] (alternatively 1-Up Hearts[2] or 1UP hearts[3]) 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 and Donkey Kong on the Game Boy. The most likely reason that 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 right unless Mario can quickly catch it. Also in Super Mario Land 2, the 1 UP Hearts can be caught by a Keipu, 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; in the game with crane and conveyor belt, 1 UP Hearts with a "3" written on them also appear and give 3 extra lives (Similar hearts also appear in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.).

In Donkey Kong on the Game Boy, 1 UP Hearts float in mid-air at spots that are hard to reach without special moves. They reappear if the player loses a life and revisits 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


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 1UPハート[4]
1UP hāto
1UP no hāto
1UP Heart
French Cœur 1UP 1UP heart


  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 43, page 44.
  3. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 8.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 6.
  5. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 14.