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 1UP hearts[2] or 1-Up 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 1UP 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, 3UP Hearts also appear and give three extra lives. In both games, the hearts can be found in minigames.

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.

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 original hearts in Super Mario Land.

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

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 1UPハート[4]
1UP hāto
1UPのハート[5]
1UP no hāto
1UP Heart
Spanish Corazón
Vida extra[6]
Heart
Extra life
French Cœur 1UP 1UP heart
Dutch 1-Up-hart[7] 1-Up-heart

References[edit]

  1. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong English instruction booklet, page 16.
  2. ^ Super Mario Land English instruction booklet, page 8.
  3. ^ Nintendo Power Volume 43, page 44.
  4. ^ Super Mario Land Japanese instruction booklet, page 6.
  5. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Japanese instruction booklet, page 14.
  6. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Spanish Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Objetos".
  7. ^ Game Boy Donkey Kong Dutch Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console digital manual, tab 13: "Voorwerpen".