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Mario is Missing! (SNES)

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Educational
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Description

Bowser, the token bad guy from the Mario Bros. series, is up to no good again in this educational game designed to teach children geography. This time he's set up his headquarters in Antarctica and created portals to 25 famous cities around the world, so that his Koopas can wreak havoc in our own world. He's also kidnapped Mario, hence the title of this game. You play as Luigi who must foil Bowser's plans by entering through each of the portals, tracking down the Koopas who have stolen famous artifacts, and looking for clues about your location. Once you've set everything right and determined where you are, you call Yoshi on your Globulator so he can track you down. You need Yoshi's help to eat the Pokey (a cactus-like creature) that's guarding the return portal, and when Luigi returns he can close the portal forever.

By exploring these 25 cities, children can familiarize themselves with the landmarks and artifacts that each city has. When Luigi returns the stolen artifacts to the proper places he can even take photographs of them. There is also an add-on disk you can purchase that adds ten additional cities to the game.

Screenshots

Mario is Missing! SNES I think I am in Buenos Aires, so I'll try sending Yoshi there.
Mario is Missing! SNES Yoshi appeared! Luigi must be on Yoshi's back to complete the stage.
Mario is Missing! SNES There are 5 doors to choose. Pick one of them and begin to search for Mario around the world!
Mario is Missing! SNES Use the pipes scattered in the city to shorten distances and save some time.

Alternate Titles

  • "Mario wird vermi├čt" -- German title
  • "Mario wird vermisst" -- Alternate German title spelling
  • "Mario is Missing! (CD-ROM Deluxe)" -- CD-ROM release title
  • "Mario a Disparu" -- French title

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The Press Says

Nintendo Magazine System UK 1993 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Games Master Sep, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Power Unlimited Oct, 1993 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Sep, 1993 61 out of 100 61
Total! (Germany) Apr, 1994 3 out of 6 60
Mega Fun Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54

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Trivia

Version differences

Mario is Missing! was originally developed for PC as a point and click edutainment adventure, similar to Carmen Sandiego games, however the SNES does not lend itself well to that type of gameplay, so instead runs on the Super Mario World engine and allows similar action.

Weegee

Mario is Missing! is very famous for its sprite for Luigi (although most people refer to him in this game as "Weegee"). Weegee is still used in video-game related jokes today. You can only see Weegee in the DOS version of the game.

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WildKard (12149) added Mario is Missing! (SNES) on Aug 19, 2003
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