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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! DOS Message from Mario
Mario is Missing! NES This is your inventory where you collect art, valuables and entire buildings. Basically whatever was stolen from the cities.
Mario is Missing! NES Each of these cities has had their tourist attractions gone missing! Naturally you'll have to find them...
Mario is Missing! SNES There are 5 doors to choose. Pick one of them and begin to search for Mario around the world!

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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

ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Feb, 1993 9 out of 12 75
Play Time SNES Aug, 1993 72 out of 100 72
Games Master SNES Sep, 1993 71 out of 100 71
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Sep, 1993 70 out of 100 70
Play Time DOS Feb, 1993 66 out of 100 66
Total! (Germany) SNES Apr, 1994 3 out of 6 60
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1993 52 out of 100 52
All Game Guide Macintosh 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
PC Player (Germany) DOS Aug, 1993 45 out of 100 45
Questicle.net NES Sep, 2012 D- 16


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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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