This page explains in detail the interactions between the Mario series and the Picross series.

Mario's Picross

Marios Picross box

Cover of the game.

19950314 March 14, 1995

Mario6 Dash Picross

The first game in the Picross series is also part of the Mario series, thus being considered a crossover between the two.

Mario stars as an archeologist and the puzzles are images supposedly hidden in walls. Some of the puzzles also represent elements from the Mario series, in detail:

Easy Picross

  • 6C - Boo Diddley
  • 6H - Mario

Kinoko Cup

  • 1A - Game Boy
  • 1B - Star
  • 3D - Bullet Bill
  • 3G - Grand Goomba

Star Cup

  • 2E - Mini Yoshi
  • 4G - Spiny
  • 5F - Mushroom

Time Trial

  • Cheep-Cheep
  • Buzzy Beetle
  • Koopa Troopa
  • Blooper

Mario's Super Picross

Marios Super Picross

Cover of the game.

19950914 September 14, 1995

Mario6 Dash Picross

The second Picross game is basically a Super Famicom version of Mario's Picross and is once again a Mario game.

Picross 2


Cover of the game.

19961019 October 19, 1996

Mario5Arrow R Picross

The third Picross game is a sequel of Mario's Picross and once again stars Mario as an archeologist, but this time there also is his rival Wario.

Picross NP Vol. 1

Picross NP mario

The demo puzzle in Picross NP.

199941 April 1, 1999

Mario5Arrow R Picross

In every Picross NP episode released, after waiting on the title screen a demo puzzle appears, showing how to play. The solution of this puzzle is Mario's face.

Picross NP Vol. 6

Picross NP Vol6

Title screen.

Picross NP Vol6 character

Puzzle select screen.

200021 February 1, 2000

Mario5Arrow R Picross

The sixth Picross NP episode features Super Mario 64 themed puzzles in "Character Mode". Mario is also shown in the title screen.

The puzzles are:

  • A - Goomba
  • B - Grinder
  • C - Toad
  • D - Lakitu
  • E - Princess Peach
  • F - Bully
  • G - Koopa Troopa
  • H - Mario
  • I - Mother & Baby Penguin
  • J - Whomp
  • K - Wiggler
  • L - Bowser

Picross DS

2007125 January 25, 2007

The final "Extra" set of puzzles in Normal Mode are all based on sprites of Nintendo characters from NES games. The Mario ones are:

  • 11A - Mario (Super Mario Bros.)
  • 11B - Bowser (Super Mario Bros.)
  • 11C - Venus Fire Trap (Super Mario Bros. 3) – listed as "Piranha Plant"
  • 11D - Super Mushroom (Super Mario Bros. 3)
  • 11E - Lakitu (Super Mario Bros.)
  • 11F - Princess Peach (Super Mario Bros.)
  • 11G - Cheep Cheep (Super Mario Bros. 3)
  • 11H - Goomba (Super Mario Bros. 3)
  • 11I - Buzzy Beetle (Super Mario Bros. 3)
  • 11J - Toad (Super Mario Bros.)
  • 11K - Raccoon Mario (Super Mario Bros. 3)

(11L to 11O are from Zelda, Metroid, Ice Climber and Balloon Fight.)

Most of the Mario-themed puzzles from previous games also return as downloadable content in this game.

Club Nintendo Picross



Mario5Arrow R Picross

Club Nintendo Picross features many puzzles based on the Mario series.

Club Nintendo Picross Plus

October 2014


Mario5Arrow R Picross

Club Nintendo Picross Plus features many puzzles based on the Mario series, including Mario, Yoshi, Daisy, the P-Switch, the Super Mushroom, Star, Koopa Troopa and many others. Yoshi's puzzle also appears on the game's title screen.

Rittai Picross 2

Picross3D2 Mario amiibo

October 1, 2015


Mario5Arrow R Picross

This game features compatibility with various amiibo from the Super Mario series, that unlock puzzles depicting a scene with the character.

There are five Mario-themed puzzles in the game, unlocked by scanning respectively, Mario, Luigi, Peach or Toad, Yoshi, and Bowser.
Scanning any variation of the characters (including Dr. Mario from the Super Smash Bros.series, and Yarn Yoshi from the Yoshi series) unlocks the same respective puzzle.


Copyrights for both series are held by Nintendo.