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Mario's Time Machine

by Nintendo
Nintendo Super NES
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • ASIN: B000035Y1J
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,763 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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another great mario game for the super nintendo system. rated e for everyone, non violent, great for kids

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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BOOO April 30, 2002
A Kid's Review
don't be fooled I'm one mario fan but in this game you answer homework? SNES games are meant for fun. Lookin for a good mario SNES game? Get Mario RPG
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Mario's Time Machine wasn't a really perfect game on the NES, but it provided us with classic Mario gameplay in a twist in which it tries to help teach us about history. It has dumb moments, but it's at least decent. The Super Nintendo version, on the other hand, strips away the classic Mario gameplay aspect.

Instead of having to fight Koopas in a Mario Bros stage, you pick an artifact (that you must return to the time period) right away. But as the time machine comes down, you don't choose a time period like in the NES version. Instead, you ENTER THE DIGITS YOURSELF, with BC and AD required. What were they thinking??

After you choose your period, you go surfing, which had to replace the Koopa scene. The surfing thing is even less winnable or playable than the Koopa scene, though. You have to collect mushrooms and dodge urchins, right? Sounds simple, doesn't it? Well, no. You can almost rarely tell the difference between the two.

After that, you finally reach your destination. So do you go around kicking off Koopas and returning the artifact? Nope. Instead, you have to go talk to people and fill out blanks in sentences. You actually HAVE to be taught this stuff to know which word goes in the right blanks. It is annoying.

Why should there be a Mario game with FILLING OUT BLANKS and TALKING TO PEOPLE FROM THE PAST? Why not feature the Koopa bashing that Mario was known for in his sidescrollers?

Overall, this game is only for people whose brains are meant to know only history. For those who want an educational game with traditional Mario action, go play the NES version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars UGH January 28, 2013
By Meagan
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Cannot figure this game out. SO FRUSTRATING. There aren't really any helpful sites either since it's such an old game.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it was great August 9, 2013
By Jessica
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the movie was just like i remember it when i played it as a kid my mom loved it gave it to her for her birthday fast shipping also
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1.0 out of 5 stars A history quiz with Mario sprites slapped onto it. December 15, 2012
By tdl
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
This is the most tedious and annoying thing I have ever seen. Mario, the star on every Nintendo platform, must stop Bowser from going back in time and stealing the world's historical items. Sound interesting? Yeah. So when the game starts you end up in Bowser's castle, which is full of historical items. At that point I had no idea what to do. It took me around a month to figure out how to time travel, for the game left no instructions or hints. After I traveled I found out that instead of jumping an platforming, I was required to ask the historical people questions to get the answers to a quiz that is required to finish the level. Well I am not wasting time to take a quiz, they already happen enough in school. And I am definetely NOT asking the NPCs in the game (and even if I did, they don't repeat instructions). That leaves the method of guess and check or Google. Or I can sell the game and buy something fun like Mario World or Mario Allstars, which is what I ended up doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars yay for a classic June 8, 2009
By Shanna
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Ok, yes it is cheesy but this game was awesome back when it first came out and I'm glad that I was able to get it. While a user manual is needed, a simple google search provided one quickly. Basically, Mario travels through time returning stuff that Bowser stole. The player has to input information about historical events. It's a good way to get the family involved and learn at the same time. Why don't they make an updated version for the playstation or wii systems?
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Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
The SNES was a good era for Mario, as some of his best games came out then. Super Mario World, Yoshi's Island, All Stars, Mario Kart, Super Mario get my point. But there were a few stinkers as well. Five games for this console were released, not developed by Nintendo, that used Mario as some sort of learning tool, changing the gameplay and usually the average storyline completely. The thing is about this game, it's just not fun.

As with all Mario games, the story is simple. Bowser, for whatever reason, takes a break from princessnapping and instead builds a time machine, which he uses to steal important items in history. As Mario, you must recover the items and give them back to the historical figures. You start out in a hallway with five historical objects on pedestals, and when you grab them, you must answer a fill-in-the-blank essay about the history of the period of the object, with many answers to choose from. If you get the wrong answer three times, you have to start all over again. If you did not commit ritualistic suicide after doing this horrible activity, it is now time to return the object. You select the date and place of the historical event, and then you are warped to a mini-game, which is not fun, either. You have to surf around, collecting a lot of mushrooms while avoiding spikes, which make you lose mushrooms, and whirpools. Once you get all the mushrooms, you fall into a whirlpool, which for some reason takes you to that time period. There you simply find the historic person and give him/her the object back. Nope, no kicking Koopa shell in the 1700's here, folks. Repeat the painstaking process multiple times until you get to Bowser, who you don't even fight.

So yeah, avoid this game like the plague. The only education you'll get from this is that educational games and popular video game figures don't mix. I also swore I played a Sonic educational game one time...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Mario does homework
I bought this game back in July of 1994. First you set the time machine for the date and place you need to go. Next it shows you riding a jetski on the lake. Read more
Published on August 21, 2009 by Charles Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Even for a school hateing kid, I LOVE it!
Call me crazy, I love this game! The story is great! Mario has to stop Bowser from stealing important objects from history before Bowser changes the present times... FOREVER! Read more
Published on April 9, 2009
Here is a game perfect for any young (pre-teen) child who lives Nintendo, as well as History.
Published on September 4, 2007 by oneandonlyone
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
This game is ok because it's hard.i'd say to play super mario world instead or super mario RPG.
Published on February 18, 2006 by M. Mills
1.0 out of 5 stars WHAT?!
I wasn't born when this game was made, but I heard it was horibble. I don't like it because first of all, we want something that's like: KICK 'EM! STOMP 'EM! YEAH YEAH YEAH! Read more
Published on July 11, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars 103 and Counting.....
I have beaten this game 103 times since i got it in 1994!

It is so fun that i play it everyday instead of my xbox, n64, and ps2!
Published on December 3, 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars honestly
I'd really want to give this game zero stars but i can't. I'll tell you the truth. This game [stinks]. C'mon, a game that teaches you history? Read more
Published on June 20, 2002
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