Mario Quiz Cards (partially lost educational flashcard designs based on game franchise; 1995-1997)

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Box Front.jpg

The front of the box set.

Status: Partially Lost

The Mario Quiz Cards are a set of educational flash cards that were officially licensed by Nintendo. They were produced by Atlas Editions and Newfield Publications in 1995, and are considered an international derivative of the 1992 Fiches Tintin set (made by Èditions Atlas, Atlas Editions’s European branch). The cards are divided into 91 decks, each having 20 cards from 18 different categories, bringing the total amount to 1820 cards.[1]

Atlas Editions/Newfield Publications

Atlas Editions and Newfield Publications are no longer active, as seen on their website.[2] Due to Atlas Editions acquiring Newfield at some point during production, there are two box variants (one with the Newfield logo, the other with the Atlas logo).[3] The 1998 website of Atlas and Newfield does not list the quiz cards, implying that they stopped selling them sometime during 1997-1998.


Many of these cards are infamous for their unusual depictions of the Mario universe (Ex: Luigi reading about Hitler, Bowser worshiping Al Capone, Mario and Luigi protesting nukes, etc). Illustrations for all of the quiz cards were done by cartoonist Gary Fields. Interestingly, older cards do not credit him at all, whereas cards from 1996-1997 have illustration credit in the bottom left-hand corner on the front of the card. Each card has unique art not seen elsewhere, inspired by 2D Mario titles and illustrations from the 1993 official Nintendo Character Manual.[4] As seen in the prototype cards, said manual was heavily referenced, with exact Pantone colors and character illustrations being used for each Nintendo character featured in the cards.[5]

Promotional Materials and Distribution Methods

Similar to other educational card sets sold by the same companies, the Mario Quiz Cards set operated on a subscription-based distribution. To promote the cards, sample packs would be mailed at random, with recipients being able to subscribe for more cards; These sample packs contain 12 cards from the first two decks and a pamphlet with steps for claiming subscriptions.[6] For a small fee, subscribers could obtain new decks every month, as well as a card box, user manual, tattoos, dividers, and a calculator. It is likely that certain card decks could only be obtained during specific times while subscriptions were active. This is due to the varying amount and selection of cards throughout different card sets. In addition, there are also various pamphlets included, typically promoting subscriptions and bonus materials.[7]


Numerical codes can be found on the back of each card, around the bottom right corner, representing deck and card numbers. The D2 and D3 parts of the code reflect languages.[8] Some cards have D2 in their codes, being the same as the ones found in the Fiches Tintin set. The card prototypes also have these codes, which match with their final counterparts. This suggests that deck and card numbers were decided early on during production. Many of the cards also match directly with their Fiches Tintin counterparts, though there are noticeable differences between the two sets; The amount of cards per section varies, and the Mario set has several questions geared towards an American audience.

Card List

Deck Status
Deck 1 Partially Found
Deck 2 Partially Found
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Deck 8 Found
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Deck 10 Found
Deck 11 Found
Deck 12 Found
Deck 13 Found
Deck 14 Partially Found
Deck 15 Partially Found
Deck 16 Partially Found
Deck 17 Partially Found
Deck 18 Partially Found
Deck 19 Partially Found
Decks 20-22 Existence Unconfirmed
Deck 23 Partially Found
Deck 24 Partially Found
Deck 25 Partially Found
Deck 26 Found
Deck 27 Found
Deck 28 Found
Deck 29 Partially Found
Deck 30 Partially Found
Deck 31 Partially Found
Deck 32 Found
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