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Novato in the PC release of Mario's Time Machine
Novato in the PC release of Mario's Time Machine
First appearance Mario's Time Machine (1993)
Greater location California, United States of America
Inhabitants Humans (including David Grenewetzki, Andrew Iverson, Don Lloyd, and Jeff Griffeath)
An unnamed QA in the PC release of Mario's Time Machine
An unnamed QA character in the town

Novato, California is a city in the United States of America. It was home to the real headquarters of The Software Toolworks (the company that developed the Mario Discovery series) before it became entirely defunct in 2011. In the PC version of Mario's Time Machine, Bowser uses his timulator to steal a Floppy Disk from Novato in 1993 (1994 in the Deluxe re-release). This Floppy Disk is actually the proto-copy of Mario's Time Machine, and Bowser's plan is to prevent the game and its events from ever existing, therefore allowing him to travel back in time and ruin history without being bothered by Mario.[1] To prevent this, Mario travels to Novato himself to return the Floppy Disk (however, Novato can only be visited after returning every other item stolen, making it the final location in the game). In Novato, Mario talks to some of the game's developers, including David Grenewetzki (the company's CTO,[2] though he is referred to in-game as being at the top[3]), Andrew Iverson (the game's writer), Don Lloyd (one of the programmers), and Jeff Griffeath (the lead artist), and he also helps them finish development of the game itself. He eventually delivers the Floppy Disk to Grenewetzki and leaves Novato to confront Bowser.


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  1. ^ "Oh, no! Then he’s trying to prevent you [Mario] from ever even FINDING the timulator! If he succeeds, it will spell doom for all those famous historical figures!!" — Andrew Iverson, Mario's Time Machine
  2. ^ David Grenewetzki's LinkedIn profile. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  3. ^ "Dave Grenewetzki? He’s the main man. The big cheese. The top banana. Numero Uno. El Cid. #1 on the runway... He’s got a corner office and the power to use it!" — QA, Mario's Time Machine