Sistine Chapel ceiling

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Sistine Chapel ceiling
The sprite used to represent the Sistine Chapel ceiling in the NES release of Mario is Missing!
The Sistine Chapel ceiling in the SNES release of Mario is Missing!
First appearance Mario is Missing! (1992)

The Sistine Chapel ceiling is an item in the NES and SNES versions of Mario is Missing!. It is literally the entire roof of the Sistine Chapel, as painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti. It gets stolen in its entirety by Koopa Troopas when they attack the city of Rome. Luigi then single-handedly takes it from a Koopa Troopa roaming Rome's streets. As he does not recognize it, he then shows it to other people within the city, who describe the ceiling's history and where it belongs. Eventually, Luigi takes it to the Sistine Chapel's information booth and gives it back after proving that the ceiling in his possession is the real deal. In the DOS and PC versions, it is replaced with Michelangelo's Paintbrush (which is presumably also depicted on the item's NES sprite). The SNES sprite depicts part of The Creation of Adam, although Adam's genitals have been censored with a fig leaf.


  • Boy: "The artist stood on a scaffold for over 4 years. Mom won't let me draw on the walls for even five minutes."
  • Tourist: "My guidebook says that's Michelangelo's greatest work."
  • Business Woman: "Michelangelo was up for painting ceilings! That's his masterpiece."
  • Scientist: "That belongs in the Sistine Chapel. Sistine means 'six' in Latin."
  • Police Officer: "The Pope went through the roof when that turned up missing! The Vatican isn't the same without it."