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Mario is Missing - Angry Video Game Nerd - Episode 73

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Published on Feb 15, 2011

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Angry Video Game Nerd (Episode 73)
Mario is Missing

In this episode, James takes a look at yet another Mario game in the Nintendo mega franchise. The game "Mario is Missing!" was originally released on PC, Mac, NES and SNES, but at different times. It came out in 1992 for the PC and SNES, both developed by Mindscape. However, the version that James is playing is the NES version, published by Nintendo, released in 1993. It's also the first game to feature Luigi as the main character, which wouldn't occur again until 2001's "Luigi's Mansion", and for a good reason.

After flashing a title screen that tricks you into it being a spinoff of Super Mario World, you're thrown into an educational attempt of a game. The Koopas have stolen famous landmark objects and it's up to Luigi to retrieve them all. The game begins in New York City, where you learn that the Koopas have taken King Kong hostage. This is the first red flag. Then once James gets fed up with the absolutely terrible controls, he gives the SNES version a shot. Nothing really has changed, only a step up in graphics.
James then tries out another Mario entry, "Mario's Time Machine", which was released on DOS, SNES, and NES, even though the version James plays for the NES wasn't released until 1994! The plot of the game is to find objects in a museum and return them to their respective time period. But the game becomes overly redundant in obtaining the objects, which is a play on the original Super Mario Bros. arcade game. The lack of any helpful information in the game frustrates James enough to try out the SNES version from 1993.
In this version, you need to surf around...you read that correctly, to get the historical objects. Once nabbing the object, it brings you to the time period, where the same pattern of lame clues and lame questions really make you feel like you're in an elementary history class. And like you did in those classes, you'd be better off falling asleep than playing these games.

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