Video Game: Picross
aka: Marios Picross
Picross is a Nintendo picture puzzle series. In it, the player discovers hidden pictures by filling in blocks in a grid. The numbers along the top and left side of the grid provide clues as to which blocks should be filled in. The puzzles in this game are just like Conceptis' Pic-a-Pix puzzles, and are also called nonograms and other names. The games in the overall Picross series are:
- Mario's Picross (1995, Game Boy)
- Mario's Super Picross (1995, SNES, JP onlynote )
- Picross 2 (JP only, Game Boy)
- Picross NP (eight volumes for the "Nintendo Power Super Famicom Cartridge Writer", a rewritable SNES cart; JP only)
- Picross DS (2007, Nintendo DS)
- Picross 3D (2009 JP/2010 US and EU, Nintendo DS)
- Picross-e series (six downloadable installments for Nintendo 3DS)
- Picross 3D 2 (2015, Nintendo 3DS, JP only (for now, anyway))
Tropes Used in Picross:
- Bowdlerise: The Japanese version of Mario's Picross had pictures not seen in the North American release. These mainly depicted alcoholic beverages, Japanese Youkai monsters, and on one occasion, tobacco. All of these were changed due to Nintendo of America's strict censorship policies at the time.
- Console Cameo: Both Mario's Picross and DS include puzzles of Nintendo systems (Mario's just has one of the Game Boy, DS has a whole series of them).
- Grid Puzzle: A given since the game is basically solving nonograms.
- Nintendo Hard: Some of the puzzles in all games can get pretty brutal, and require more than a little guesswork to solve. It doesn't help that in Mario's Super Picross, some of the puzzles were changed for the Virtual Console version, which means that walkthroughs may not be accurate.
- Oddball in the Series: 3D, since the execution of such puzzles in three dimensions is so different.
- Old Save Bonus: Some of the later Picross e games unlock new puzzles or sets of puzzles if you have save data of the earlier games.
- Portmanteau: Picross = picture crossword.
- Spiritual Successor: As of DS, Nintendo has dropped the Mario branding, but that game had Mario's Picross level packs available for download.
- Time Trial: Completing the Star course in Mario's Picross unlocks time trial mode, where you solve a random picross as quickly as possible. In this mode, you have unlimited time, but mistakes aren't revealed. In Mario's Super Picross, Wario has an entire set of puzzles like this, unlocked after you beat the first level of Mario's own set of puzzles.