Mario Discovery (series)

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Mario Discovery
MarioDiscoverylogo.jpg
First installment Mario is Missing! (1992)
Latest installment Mario's Early Years! CD-ROM Collection (1995)
Number of installments 5 (4 main, 1 compilation)
Parent franchise Mario

The Mario Discovery series, also known as Mario's Early Years series in the USA, is a spinoff series consisting of five games published and developed by The Software Toolworks (Mindscape), and licensed by Nintendo. They are in the edutainment genre.

Gameplay[edit]

In the Mario Discovery series, each game is focused on a specific topic to educate the player on.

Mario is Missing[edit]

In Mario is Missing, Luigi must return artifacts stolen by Bowser to their correct locations. To properly return the items, the player must correctly answer questions relating to the area. The answers are given by residents.

Mario's Time Machine[edit]

Mario's Time Machine follows a very similar structure and system to that of Mario is Missing!, though it stars Mario as the usual protagonist rather than Luigi. Additionally, stolen items and objects are now returned to their respective time periods rather than actual locations.

Mario's Early Years! games[edit]

In the Mario's Early Years! games, there are several worlds that covers a different aspect of each topic. Voice lines are present to give instructions and feedback to the player.

Games[edit]

Title
Cover, original release, and system Synopsis
Mario is Missing!
Mario is Missing! DOS box artMism1.jpgThe box-art for Mario is Missing!Mario is Missing!
USA 1992, 1993 (re-release)
MS-DOS
USA June 1993
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
USA July 1993
Nintendo Entertainment System
USA June 1994
PC
Mario is Missing! is a game that centers on Luigi as he tries to rescue Mario from Bowser by interacting with people and returning artifacts to their proper locations.
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Letters
Fun with Letters PC versionMariopre3.jpg
USA 1993
MS-DOS
USA October 1994
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
A game in the Mario's Early Years! collection about literature.
Mario's Early Years! Fun with Numbers
Mario Numbers.jpgMariopre2.jpg
USA 1994
MS-DOS
USA 1994
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
A game in the Mario's Early Years! collection about numbers.
Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun
Mario's Early Years! Preschool Fun (DOS)Box Art
USA November 1994
MS-DOS
USA November 1994
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
A game in the Mario's Early Years! collection about basic learning.
Mario's Time Machine
Mario's Time MachineMario's Time Machine Box Art.jpgNES box art of Mario's Time Machine
USA 1993, 1994 (re-release)
MS-DOS
USA December 1993
Super Nintendo Entertainment System
USA June 1994
Nintendo Entertainment System
Mario's Time Machine is a game that centers on Mario as he tries to return various artifacts that were stolen by Bowser by interacting with people and answering various history-related questions.
Mario's Early Years! CD-ROM Collection
Cover A
USA 1995
MS-DOS
A compilation of the first three Mario's Early Years! games for MS-DOS.
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