Mario's Time Machine

Released: 1993

Mario's Time Machine is a video game made for PC , Super NES , and NES . It is considered to be a sequel to Mario Is Missing! In this game, Mario has to go back in time to restore some artifacts that were stolen from their original times and, in the NES version, save Yoshi from Bowser . This game was made in 1993 and was released for PC. A version for the SNES was also made that year. The NES version wasn't released until 1994 .

Advertisements for the game made it seem like a more traditional Mario title instead of an educational game. Some advertisements also featured a screenshot of Mario in front a Tyrannosaurus in a prehistoric level, though no such level actually existed in the game.


Set in 1993, Bowser is in possession of a time machine. He went back in time to steal many artifacts from the past, and placed them in what will be the greatest museum of all time. If the items aren't returned soon, history will be changed forever. It's up to Mario to stop Bowser from completing his collection. In the PC and SNES version, Bowser's Museum is in his castle. In the NES version, however, it's a separate building. Also in the NES version, Yoshi accompanies Mario, but Yoshi goes too far ahead and gets captured by Bowser. This version includes the statue of Bowser and a statue of a whole body part and pictures (or paintings) of Yoshi and Donkey Kong Junior and a statue of a star. The time machine is also different in each version. In the original PC version, it was metallic-looking. The SNES version was thicker and golden. The NES version was just an ordinary pipe with a tube in it. In the end, Mario has all important items back to their time and, in the NES version, saves Yoshi after defeating Bowser. In other versions, there are two endings; one where Bowser, although defeated, escapes to "Paradise 1993", and the other, where the time machine malfunctions and Bowser ends up in what appears to be the prehistoric era, getting pummeled by a dinosaur.

In the PC and SNES version, Mario traveled between times via a surfing minigame. The SNES version took advantage of Mode 7, and included whirlpools. In the NES version, Mario had to go through a Mario Bros.-esque minigame to get an item and gain access to the time machine.

The historical figures featured in the game are

  • Issac Newton
  • Joan of Arc
  • Leonardo de Vinci
  • Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Thomas Alva Edison
  • Marco Polo
  • Plato
  • Elizabeth I of England
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Johann Gutenberg
  • Ferdinand Magellan
  • Michelangelo
  • William Shakespeare
  • Cleopatra VII of Egypt