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Nonograms are number puzzles where logic is used to find the solution. Clues are provided along the sides of the playfield grid, telling the player how many squares to fill in each row and column. With logic the player can figure out exactly which squares of the grid to fill. The thinking process is similar to solving Sudoku puzzles.

Mario's Picross (from PICture CROSSword) is Nintendo's take on Nonograms. In this game, Mario takes on the role of an archaeologist who chisels away the squares in each playfield. The result is a small picture. There are 256 different puzzles to solve, divided into four courses with increasing difficulty level.


Mario's Picross Game Boy Select your data file
Mario's Picross Game Boy A 10 x 10 problem
Mario's Picross Game Boy Title Screen
Mario's Picross Game Boy Select a problem

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Alternate Titles

  • "Mario no Picross" -- Japanese title
  • "マリオのピクロス" -- Japanese spelling

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Nintendo Land Game Boy 2003 94 out of 100 94
Consoles Plus Game Boy Jun, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun Game Boy May, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Play Time Game Boy Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Random Access Game Boy Aug 19, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Game Boy Jun, 1995 4 out of 5 80 (UK) Nintendo 3DS Aug 05, 2011 8 out of 10 80 Game Boy Mar 05, 2010 15 out of 20 75
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Boy May, 1995 7 out of 10 70 (GAF) Game Boy Apr 14, 2003 6 out of 10 60


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The word Picross is made up of the two words picture and crossword.


  • Game Informer
    • August 2001 (Issue #100) - #91 in the Top 100 Games of All Time poll
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