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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 a problem (Super Game Boy)
Mario's Picross Game Boy Select a problem
Mario's Picross Game Boy Puzzle complete (Super Game Boy)
Mario's Picross Game Boy An advanced problem (Super Game Boy)

Promo Images

Mario's Picross Screenshot
Mario's Picross Screenshot
Mario's Picross Screenshot
Mario's Picross Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Nintendo Land 2003 94 out of 100 94
Game Informer Magazine Nov, 2001 9.25 out of 10 92
Consoles Plus Jun, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Mega Fun May, 1995 88 out of 100 88
Play Time Jun, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Random Access Aug 19, 2011 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) Jun, 1995 4 out of 5 80 Mar 05, 2010 15 out of 20 75 (GAF) Apr 14, 2003 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1995 20.5 out of 40 51


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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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Kartanym (12771) added Mario's Picross (Game Boy) on Mar 24, 2002
Other platforms contributed by CrankyStorming (3010)