Welcome once again to Warped Pipes, the series where I dig deep into the lore of the Super Mario franchise in order to generate the series timeline that no one asked for.

This time around, I’ll be looking at a game I didn’t even know existed before starting this project.

Greenhouse

Greenhouse box art.
Image: In the Attic

Greenhouse is a Game & Watch title where you play as a fumigator who must frantically spray bugs before they can eat the flowers in a greenhouse.

According to the manual of the DS Game & Watch collection:

Inchworms and spiders are after the flowers blooming in four locations within the greenhouse. Move the person with the spray can to spray insecticide on them before they reach the precious flowers, which you must protect.

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...and that’s about it. It’s a simple game and almost entirely devoid of story. A later commercial would finally tell us the main character’s name: Stanley.

What Makes it a Mario Game?

Just looking at the game, I would not the initially place it in the Mario series. However, the reason for doing so will become clear when we get to Donkey Kong 3.

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Where Does it Fit in the Timeline?

Because Greenhouse doesn’t have any clear connections to the games I have discussed thus far, I will just default to using release order to place it in the timeline. So far we have a very straightforward timeline that matches the release order of the games, as you can see below. I assure that will not always be the case.

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Next Up

Next time we will finally meet Mario’s green-clad brother and see the duo’s foray into plumbing in 1983's Mario Bros.

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See all the entries in Warped Pipes here.