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Mario is Missing! is a geography-based educational game released for the PC in 1992 and Nintendoconsoles in 1993. It was the first game with Luigi as the main character, and the only one until Luigis Mansion came out in 2001. The PC version is notable for giving birth to the "Weegee" internet meme, based on Luigi's creepy sprite. AVGN did a review of the game in summer 2009.The premise is that Bowserplans toflood Earth, and he sends Koopas to steal famous landmarks to help fund his operation. Mario, Luigi, and Yoshi travel to Bowser's castle to stop him. Mario enters all by himself and gets captured, prompting Luigi to go and rescue him.Luigi progresses in the game by completing levels in Bowser's castle; each floor is guarded by one Koopaling whom you must defeat and contains a number of pipes which transport Luigi to a city containing Koopas. Once in the city, Luigi must collect the stolen artifacts. He must then find and reopen the landmarks by correctly answering three questions about them.A sequel, Mario's Time Machine, eventually came, which is pretty similar, but WITH TIME TRAVEL!
Added Alliterative Appeal: The text in the game frequently does this. Most notably, one of the newspapers you read in Kathmandu talks about the 'M' Club, whose members are Mayors of Moscow, Madrid, Marrakech, and Mexico City (they are said to have met the day before in Montana) and want to make Luigi an honorary member for saving their cities. They regret that Luigi's name breaks the whole alliteration thing (so do the mayors' actual names — respectively, they're Schmutznikov, Smallburg, I. V. Gottserve, and Devotegetter).
Impossible Thief: In addition to stealing Mario, the Koopas go around stealing from national landmarks, which Luigi has to retrieve in order to complete each level. What they've stolen varies. Sometimes they steal something really huge, but other times you'd think they'd be able to get by just fine without. (Just a single brick from the Wall of China and you're closing it down?)
Insurmountable Waist-Height Fence: The exits back to Bowser's Castle are blocked off by a Pokey. The player has to figure out where in the world they actually are in order to get Yoshi to come and eat the Pokey so they can leave the stage. A bit understandable, as Luigi has no power-ups to dispose of the Pokey with.
Off Model: For a specific example, in the PC version, at least two castle hallways have shields bearing the faces of Larry, Roy, Iggy, Ludwig, and Lemmy... except Lemmy is blatantly Larry with Lemmy's hair in a glaring example of cutting corners.
Also, the SNES version has Mario with purple overalls.
Offscreen Villain Dark Matter: Averted. The whole reason Bowser's even doing the landmark stealing to get the cash to fun his latest plan. The exchange rate to Earth currency for coins that float in the air and are hidden in blocks must be terrible.
Only Six Faces: There are specific types of people in each city, who give different types of answers to your questions.
Painting the Medium: In all versions of the game, Mario notices the title of the game, and does a double take as if to say "'Mario is Missing'? But I'm not missing!" And then he goes missing.
Totally Radical: The manual's plot summary is so ridiculously cheesy, it could have easily been punched up by Konami USA's localization team.
With dough through his slimy scales, Bowser hoards hair dryers from the Hafta-Havit Hotline. His plot? Melt Antartica and flood the world! Whoa! Will the brave brothers from Brooklyn permit this abominable snow plan? The boys say "Not!"
Unusual Euphemism: Mario exclaims "Sewage!" during his first call on the videophone. Maybe it's one used among his fellow plumbers?
Unwinnable: Alcatraz can only be reached by taxi token. If you use your last token to get there, you're stuck.
Verbal Tic: Mayor Griffeath of Dublin keeps saying "see", see.
Written-In Absence: Lemmy Koopa and Morton Koopa Jr. were the only ones not appearing in the PC game. Only Lemmy's absence was explained: He wanted to play in the snow.
A Winner Is You: The credits roll starts with the highly rewarding phrase "Congratulations! You did it!"