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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.


Mario is Missing! SNES Yoshi appeared! Luigi must be on Yoshi's back to complete the stage.
Mario is Missing! NES A map of each city will help you get your bearings and find koopas as well as tourist attractions
Mario is Missing! NES This is what gameplay looks like... a lone plumber on a city street. If you know where you are, you can call Yoshi to give you a ride for faster speeds!
Mario is Missing! DOS Opening Screen

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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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Critic Reviews

Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES 1993 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) SNES Oct, 1993 4 out of 5 80
ProGames SNES 1993 4 out of 5 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Play Time DOS Feb, 1993 66 out of 100 66
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Total! (Germany) SNES Apr, 1994 3 out of 6 60
Mega Fun SNES Aug, 1993 54 out of 100 54
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 45 out of 100 45 NES Sep, 2012 D- 16


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Jan 12, 2010


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.


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.

Mario licence

Mario is Missing! is the first title in which Nintendo allowed another company to use their characters on a machine not produced by Nintendo.

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