AVGN: Mario is Missing

Mike Matei / July 1st, 2009

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  • April 11, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Personally I loved the SNES as a kid and Fun With Numbers. But the only reason I think I loved the SNES was because of the sound track. The game was boring as all hell but that music gets in your head and you can’t stop playing. I also agree that Luigi gets shafted way to much, at least Luigi Manson was a cool game expect that made him a wimp again.

  • Maxetle1212

    April 27, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    that ”greasy italian cock across the face” thing was BY FAR Rolfe’s best line ever

  • carson

    April 28, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    That’s such a good point they make Luigi look like a pussy when he’s the “OLDER” one ! ! !

  • creecreehoneybee

    May 30, 2010 at 10:46 am

    First of all, I want to say thank you for making these videos and providing us all with some great entertainment! You guys all work great together, and are great at what you do.

    I’m 25, so I can relate to these games you review.

    So with that said, I want to add, that “Mario is Missing” was so much bull! I remember renting the game from the video store and thinking, “Wow, a game starring Luigi! How could they fuck this up?” Boy was I pissed off when I played it, and the part that pissed me off the most was when you fight Bowser! He can’t even hurt you! What’s the point in even having to fight him! Especially after seeing how hardcore he was in Mario 3!

  • supermark64

    June 10, 2010 at 7:34 am

    @carson: acually (i fail at spelling) Mario is the older one.

  • June 21, 2010 at 2:58 am

    i love this site, coz here i can swear and not any fucker will ban me for that shit.
    this “barely a game”, “barely educational”, barely fucking axeptional for my brains. i just can’t believe it – how human can create such a great epic names, like “metal gear”, “mario” and then just screw this all up, just like some great leading engineering scientist would turn himself into an heroine addict for 5 days?
    this is so sad.. all we’ve left are memories about great games and feeling that days of great games will never coming back.

  • Crowbar

    July 1, 2010 at 8:10 am

    It’s a shame you didn’t talk about the PC-Version (Jep, there actually was one), because it spawned the entity known as Weegee.

  • volt28

    July 7, 2010 at 1:19 am

    im glad i never played thses games

  • fjo

    July 12, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    These videos are educational.

    Would be even better if AVGN didn’t take everything in the games dead serious and swear at everything.

  • peachdaisy22

    July 28, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Mario teaches typing is funny as fuck! Mario is just a head, and he makes so scared you pee your pants, and yet hes so fucking funny you pee your pants! Fuck I shouldn’t have watched a video of it, now I need new pants… 🙁 :3

  • Ferrobbra

    August 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm


    ugh another fuckin censorship asshole. gather up everyone who thinks like you. have a huge party at your house. chain all the doors shut and set the place on fire

  • September 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    funny how they try to pass this off as a mario game

    • Luigi84289

      February 11, 2012 at 6:30 am

      I rented the snes version back in the day and had to endure the boredom and torture for 2 days.

  • SpeedyEric

    October 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    If, I wanna play an educational game, I’d pop in one of the Carmen Sandiego computer games, and I haven’t played those for almost a decade.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    November 13, 2010 at 1:30 am

    Love the Commodore 64 theme song. <3

  • scuzzyalpha

    December 14, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    i hate education, but love retro vgs!

  • stebbinsd

    February 14, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    “How can you call it a game when you can’t even die?”

    I call it, KIRBY’S EPIC YARN, BITCH!

  • AnnoySquidward

    May 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    This game is more like “Mario is Shitting”
    Because he has to be shitting us to even have his name on this piece of crap

  • supermark64

    June 11, 2011 at 12:02 am

    its good to know luigi finally got a good game in 2001 and now hes getting another one soon!

  • NoisyPanther

    July 27, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    Last year, I had to write an essay about an educational video game during a game design lecture, basically the lecture was about how early educational games were bullshit. I chose Mario’s Time Machine (NES) for my topic. It inspired me to make a sarcastic childrens’ show parody on YouTube about it, that’s how much ass that sucked.

    Anyway, thanks for the review, James!

  • ReeceTheBear

    August 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Awesome video 🙂

  • SolarKnight117

    August 6, 2011 at 12:47 am

    3:16 should have been made a wallpaper.

  • phoenix252005

    September 7, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Mario is Missing?? WTF! Poor Luigi,at least he got his own game but they made him out out be a pussy! You would think that they would both be brave considering they have been through alot of the same shit together! I think they are both awesome though,great review Nerd!

  • Jordanv78

    September 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    “I’m going through Century Deprivation” lmao great line. I don’t know why I didn’t catch that the first time I watched this episode. @JamesAVGN

  • shawneeinternetnerd

    December 5, 2011 at 3:41 am

    this is always funny

  • Mistertoast

    December 11, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    Isn´t this the game where Weegee came from?

  • December 13, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Good thing is that a new game starring Luigi is coming for the 3DS; Luigi’s Mansion 2!

    • Killspre

      January 20, 2012 at 5:10 am

      @VideoGameNerd2055 Wait its going to be on the 3DS anything good going to the Wii U

  • JosephGomez

    December 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    Luigi’s first time to shine in his own game and he gets screwed over by having an educational game

  • JaysonGeronca

    January 25, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    Since they gave him a educational game, Luigi is like the smart unpopular one. Mario is the cool popular kid.

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    January 29, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I really love how much effort he puts in to it! I hope everything goes well in the proccess. Good luck James and co

  • OlDirtyVinceDm

    February 2, 2012 at 7:00 am

    I love the original theme song, but THIS intro is just Epic.but at the speed you upload your videos, every intro seems old after a week lol

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  • the_pieman

    February 23, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Did anyone else notice the ballsack on the title card?

    • GeofBOMB

      March 1, 2012 at 9:48 pm

       @the_pieman things you cannot un-see

  • boertjes87

    February 27, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Whaha in the lower right corner you mean? ROFL!!

  • boertjes87

    February 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    3.25 I’m pretty sure it’s NOT the Empire State Building he’s on. Look at the right 😛

    • JJAB91

      February 29, 2012 at 12:30 am

       @boertjes87 On the right is the Chrysler Building which in NY is near…the Empire State Building.

  • CalvinIsGreat

    March 16, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    AVGN, I actually LIKE the NES versions of both of those games. By the way, do you do ever think of doing reviews for romhacks? If so, then I recommend doing a video of Kaizo Mario.

    • jakethesnake99

      March 24, 2012 at 9:34 am

       really? those games suck!!

    • June 20, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      I agree, the NES versions of both games are better, but both of them still overall suck.
      A disgrace to mario franchise, thanks to Software Toolworks for SNES and Radical Entertainment for NES.

  • WinterDeathPeach

    July 24, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    When I was 7 I never realized that Mario is Missing(SNES version) was a educational game and I played all the way through to the end. Man I was stupid as a kid.

  • ABC

    June 9, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Mario is Missing looks dumb but I’ll check out the Time Machine..

  • EmSeeSquared

    June 15, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    “it would only further cement the character into an eternal waste.”

    and now we’re in the Year of Luigi, hahaha 😉

  • June 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I played both versions of Mario is Missing and Mario’s Time Machine. NES version was the best, but it still almost killed the Mario franchise, thanks to Software Toolworks (SNES) and Radical Entertainment(NES). Great job tearing them into a new asshole James.

  • Slyjay

    June 30, 2013 at 3:57 am

    I always wondered how these games are. Now I know and knowing is half the battle! lol Thanks James.

  • December 18, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    The Doctor does not approve!

  • September 17, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    This is one reason about the past that sucked. Anybody can make a video game no matter how shitty it you make it and give it an awesome cover that someone artistic can draw, Make it cost however much money your desperate for and sell it to the public. Make people waste their money

  • October 17, 2014 at 5:12 am

    I loved loved loves luigis mansion on gamecube, better than most mario games

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