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Educational Game Appearances

Mario is Missing: Big tremors in the Mario universe were caused by this small game. Mario has actually been captured by Bowser! How could this be. This leaves the neglected bro. Luigi to go save his brother. But instead of being SMB4/5 by having it be like the old Mario games (except with Luigi) they made it an educational game. Instead of traveling the Mushroom Kingdom, you travel around the world (yes, the real world. Another unexplainable phenomenon) trying to follow the trail. There are enemies that you can kill by jumping on them, but if they touch you, nothing happens!!! You just walk on by, making it impossible to die! After traveling through many real world landmarks and finding clues a la Carmen Sandiego, you find Mario and can get on with your life!

Mario's Time Machine: This may as well have been called Mario Is missing 2. Along the same lines as MIM, you go around in a time machine, following Bowser (who also has a time machine) through history. I'm not sure if Mario is captured again, but it makes little difference. The same kiddy friendly, no-die/educational structure is in place, except now you learn about history!!!!! Good for little kids. A cure for insomnia to anyone else.

Mario Teaches Typing 1 & 2: Trying to coax kids to learn by using familiar characters is an effective technique. Enter Mario and friends to teach children touch-typing skills. Mario is all over this game. It starts with a selection screen a la Math Blaster, with four separate games. These range from a shooting gallery to a side scrolling SMB type game. The catch is that all the actions in the games (from shooting a cheep-cheep to jumping a pipe) are achieved by typing the appropriate letter that shows up on the screen. You can also print out awards with Mario on them. The sequel is more of the same with different challenges. A good game for young children who want to learn touch typing without falling asleep, and an alternative to an expensive typing class for the older crowd.

Mario's Game Gallery : It could be argued that this isn't a kiddy game, but it would be a hard case. The premise seems to be playing games like Go Fish and other kid friendly card games (no blackjack or poker) with Mario. The cards, instead of having the normal numbers, have pictures of Mario enemies on them. Another great thing about this game is the hilarious voices. While playing go fish, Mario may say "Do you have any (short pause) piranha plants. Then the game character of you says "Mario, go fish". Then Mario, in the thickest accent you ever heard, says "Ah, it looks like I'm-a gonna go fishing". This has to be heard to be believed. A very kid friendly card game with familiar characters.

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