A map of Dinosaur Land
|First appearance||Super Mario World (1990)|
|Latest appearance||Minecraft (Bedrock Edition) (2018)|
|Inhabitants||Yoshis, Rexes, Dino-Rhinos, Reznor, Cave People|
Dinosaur Land, also known as Dinosaur Island, is an archipelago inhabited by dinosaurs and the region where Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool go on a vacation to in Super Mario World. Dinosaur Land generally has a lush, green appearance to it, along with several hills. It also has some mountains, caves, a forest area, and an underground valley. There is almost no industrialization on Dinosaur Land except for Ghost Houses, and the fortresses and castles set up by Bowser and the Koopalings.
Yoshis are notable inhabitants of Dinosaur Land and live in the first world, Yoshi's Island. Despite its name, several of Dinosaur Land's inhabitants are not dinosaurs, such as Dolphins and Swoopers. Other dinosaurs found on the island include Blarggs, Dino-Rhinos, Dino-Torchs, Eeries, Rexes, and Reznors.
The Japanese Shogakukan guide for the game Yoshi features an origin story for Dinosaur Land. In the ancient past, an active volcano in the middle of the islands located in the southern seas rendered the dinosaurs living there extinct. Tens of thousands of years later, five shooting stars (implied to be the Star Road) came from the light of Star World one night, and one of them knocked the top half of a fossilized egg to its lower half inhabited by contemporary monsters, resulting in Yoshi hatching. These events also resulted in the resurrection of other dinosaurs, and the islands came to be known as Dinosaur Land.
The worlds and areas located on Dinosaur Land are shown on a folded map that was included with copies of Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2. The first seven worlds take place in Dinosaur Land:
- Yoshi's Island
- Donut Plains
- Vanilla Dome
- Twin Bridges
- Forest of Illusion
- Chocolate Island
- Valley of Bowser
These are the prominent locations of Dinosaur Land:
Appearances in other media
Super Mario World animated series
- “I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Lands of Dinosaur World, and to the repulsiveness for which he stands: one Koopa underground, reprehensible, with lizards and Goombas for all.”
- —Princess Toadstool, Yoshi, Oogtar, and the Cave Kids (first sentence), Hip and Hop Koopa (second sentence)
Dinosaur Land is the main setting in every episode of the Super Mario World animated series. Throughout the show, Dinosaur Land is mostly referred to as Dinosaur World (except by King Koopa in "Send in the Clown").
Unlike the game Super Mario World, Dinosaur World's main inhabitants consist of Cave People, and there is only one Yoshi that lives there. The Cave People lack technology, although they managed to have built at least one city, Dome City. Throughout the show, Mario, Luigi, and Princess Toadstool have tried to introduce modern culture to Dinosaur Land's inhabitants.
In "A Little Learning" Princess Toadstool opens a school. The episode reveals that Dinosaur World has a flag, which is red with blue and yellow stripes. A light blue circle with a green dinosaur is in the center of the flag. The school day starts with the characters pledging to the Dinosaur Land flag; the pledge largely parodies the United States' Pledge of Allegiance. Princess Toadstool, Yoshi, and the Cave People say the first part of the pledge. Hip and Hop Koopa interrupt them by making up the second part of the pledge, which is about King Koopa and his minions.
In "Mama Luigi", Luigi tells Yoshi that Mario and Peach, along with himself, had come to Dinosaur Land to stop King Koopa. He explains that they had succeeded at banishing King Koopa and his Koopalings from the Mushroom Kingdom and celebrated by taking a vacation in Dinosaur Land, only to see that King Koopa had relocated there.
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Beyond Vanilla Secret 1
| Donut Plains - The theme that plays on the main overworld map in Super Mario World||File info|
| Title - Title theme in Mario is Missing!, which is an arrangement of "Donut Plains" from Super Mario World.||File info|
Names in other languages
|French||Dinosaur Land (Super Mario World)
Dino-Land (Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2)
Yoschis Insel (SNES Super Mario World instruction booklet)
Yoshi's Island. The name is used as the section title of an overview of the entire Dinosaur Land.
|Italian||Terra dei Dinosauri||Dinosaur Land|
|Portuguese||Terra do Dinossauro||Dinosaur Land|
|Romanian||Lumea dinozaurilor (Super Mario World television series)||Dinosaur world|
|Spanish||País de los Dinosaurios||Dinosaur Country|
- In issue 4/1992 of the official German Club Nintendo magazine, it is noted that Dinosaur Land is located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
- Dinohattan of the Super Mario Bros. film was inspired by Dinosaur Land, although it takes more from the Mushroom Kingdom and Subcon.
- A sign in the Nintendo Adventure Book Dinosaur Dilemma mentions that Dinosaur Land has a governor named B. Ron Tosaur.
- A near-complete recreation of the Dinosaur Land map is featured in the Super Mario Mash-Up Pack for Minecraft.
- Super Mario World: Super Mario Advance 2 official site
- 「任天堂公式ガイドブック ヨッシーのたまご」 (Nintendo Kōshiki Guidebook – Yoshi's Egg), pages 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.
- 開發人員的訪談 : 超級瑪利歐兄弟 驚奇｜任天堂 Nintendo. Retrieved October 20, 2023.
- German Super Mario World instruction booklet. Page 3. archive.org. Retrieved April 23, 2023.
- German Super Mario World instruction booklet. Page 19. archive.org. Retrieved April 23, 2023.
- "We knew the game and we knew one of its areas was Dino World, so we thought that it would be a great place to go into." Statement by director Rocky Morton in Australian "Dinosaur Magazine," Starlog Telecommunications, Inc.[page number needed]