Egypt

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Egypt
Egypt.jpg
Greater location Africa
Capital Cairo
Inhabitants Ali Mustafa, Dromedaries
First appearance Mario is Missing! (1993)
Latest appearance Mario's Picross (1995)

Egypt (Arabic: مصر, Miṣr) is a country on Earth, located in North Africa. Both Mario and Luigi have traveled to Egypt once, independently from each other. First, Luigi visits the country's capital, Cairo, during the events of the game Mario is Missing!. In the game, he must return artifacts that were stolen by Koopa Troopas to the Great Pyramid, the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and the Sphinx.

History[edit]

Club Nintendo[edit]

Egypt as a whole appears for the first time when Mario travels there in the German Club Nintendo comic "Mario's Picross" (at the end of the story, it turns out to be a dream of Mario's, so these events may not have actually happened in Mario's life). He plans to go on an adventure holiday; however, the holiday does not fulfill his expectations. At first, he accidentally breaks off the Sphinx's nose, for which he is arrested by Egyptians and placed inside a pyramid. Trying to find his way out of the pyramid, he comes across several traps (including some elements of the Mushroom World, such as a Chain Chomp). Egypt is also home to the Dromedary, a species that is not found anywhere else in the Mario franchise.

Mobile Golf[edit]

In addition to the unnamed Egyptians who arrest Mario, the comic also introduces Ali Mustafa, a tie-seller from Cairo. Another known character is Powert from Mobile Golf, who was born in Egypt.

Mario's Time Machine[edit]

Egypt in the NES version of Mario's Time Machine.

In the NES version of Mario's Time Machine, Mario travels back in time to Egypt circa 31 BC after Bowser travels back in time and steals Cleopatra's Throne. The area is subsequently flooded with Koopa Troopas, Bodyslam Koopas, and Walking Turnips. Mario then takes back the Throne from Bowser's Museum and fights his way through the enemies so that he can return the throne to its rightful place (which is at the far right of the screen). In the SNES and PC versions of Mario's Time Machine, Alexandria, the former capital of Egypt, is one the visited cities. Both Bowser and Mario visit the city in 47 BC through time travel.

Brain Drain[edit]

In the Nintendo Adventure Book Brain Drain, presumably sarcastic references are made to "King Tub, the Pharaoh Plumber of Egypt" and "Fleopatra, the Insect Queen of Egypt".

Other appearances[edit]

Egypt has also made some indirect appearances in several games. In a commercial for Super Mario Land, the game's setting was said to be placed in "Ancient Egypt".[1] The game's location itself somewhat resembles Egypt, especially the Birabuto Kingdom.

In the unreleased CD-i game Super Mario's Wacky Worlds, Egypt was one of the planned levels.

As a theme[edit]

Ancient Egypt has also provided a basis for the theming of various Mario franchise game worlds.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Super Mario Land, (1989) TV Commercial, HD, on YouTube (from 0:10)