Mario Is Missing! is a geography edutainment video game for the PC, Super NES, and NES. It was developed by The Software Toolworks and was released in 1992 for the PC. In 1993, two different versions were made for the SNES and NES, the latter being developed by Radical Entertainment. All three versions were published by the Mindscape Group.
The game is notable for being the first game to feature only Luigi as a playable character, which did not occur again until Luigi's Mansion. Since this game was not actually developed by Nintendo or Shigeru Miyamoto (they sublicensed the characters), it bears little resemblance to earlier Mario titles.
Bowser has set up a castle in Antarctica, and plans to use many hair dryers from the Hafta Havit mail-order company to melt the Antarctic ice and flood the Earth. He sends his Koopas to different cities across the Earth to steal artifacts in order to fund his operation. Mario, Luigi and Yoshi journey to Bowser's castle in an attempt to stop him. Luigi is hesitant to go in, so Mario goes by himself and is captured by Bowser. Luigi must now rescue Mario from Bowser and save the day.
The main gameplay consists of moving around a city in side-scrolling manner while jumping on Koopas to collect stolen artifacts (pieces of famous landmarks). Luigi then must take these artifacts to their respective locations and correctly answer three questions about the landmark. Once an artifact is returned, the landmark is reopened. During the quest to return all three artifacts to their proper landmarks, Luigi must determine his location in order to receive the assistance of Yoshi by using a device called the Globulator. If Luigi takes Yoshi to the correct location, he can ride him for double the walking and running speed. Once the exit pipe is found, Luigi is returned to the castle as long as he has Yoshi with him; otherwise he will be unable to return to the castle. He can then proceed to another town to do it all over again.
In each city, Luigi is able to question the locals to gain clues as to his current location, the general direction of remaining Koopas, and information about the affected landmarks. He is given a map detailing where the information booths, people and Koopas are in the city where Mario is.
Each mode had two pairs of hands that signified which finger to use; if the letter needed to type was "A," the left pinky finger would be highlighted. If a typist made a mistake, the cursor would not advance until the typist entered the correct key. After the allotted time had elapsed, the exercise would end and be replaced with a chalkboard screen. Players could see their WPM, how many mistakes they made, their accuracy, and the time they set. This was useful for future lessons.
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters is a Mario game released for SNES on June 1, 1993. It was one of the few educational games for the SNES and had two alternate games with the same gameplay engine, but different things to learn about. The game contains Mario, Princess Peach, and Yoshi on a wooden boat traveling from island to island, learning about grammar and letters.
Most game pieces and cards are represented by characters from the Mario series. For example, in checkers, one player uses baby Yoshis while the other uses Koopa Troopas; when one of these is kinged, it turns into an adult Yoshi or Bowser, respectively.
Mario's Time Machine is a video game made for PC, Super NES, and NES. It is considered to be a sequel to Mario Is Missing! In this game, Mario has to go back in time to restore some artifacts that were stolen from their original times and, in the NES version, save Yoshi from Bowser. This game was made in 1993 and was released for PC. A version for the SNES was also made that year. The NES version wasn't released until 1994.
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