Wario's Woods

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Wario's Woods
SNES box art.
WWoods NESCover.jpg
NES Box Cover.
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D 1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System
Release date NES/SNES:
Japan February 19, 1994
USA December 10, 1994
Europe 1995
Virtual Console (Wii):
USA November 19, 2006
Australia December 7, 2006
Europe December 8, 2006
Japan December 12, 2006
Virtual Console (3DS):
Japan May 29, 2013
Europe October 24, 2013
Australia October 24, 2013
USA November 7, 2013
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA November 7, 2013
Japan January 29, 2014
Europe February 27, 2014
Australia February 27, 2014
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB K-A.png - Kids to Adults
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Media NES icon.png Cartridge
Media DL icon.svg Satellaview soundlink
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Super Nintendo:
Wii U:
Nintendo 3DS:

Wario's Woods (Japanese: ワリオの森, Wario no Mori) is a puzzle game released for both the NES and SNES in 1994. It was also one of the many playable NES games in Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube.

The game is notable for being the last US NES release given Nintendo's official license, and is the only NES game with an official rating by the ESRB. It is known for being the only game for many years that had Toad as the main starring protagonist, though Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's main character is Captain Toad, a similar character. Wario's Woods was released to the Wii Virtual Console on November 19th, 2006 in America, and December 7-12, 2006 in the PAL regions and Japan. It was later released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console and Wii U Virtual Console.


The Story from the Instruction Booklet (NES):

The Peaceful Woods were once a friendly home for sprites and gentle creatures. Since the invasion of Wario and his band of monsters, though, this quiet community has been turned upside-down. Now it is Wario's Woods and peaceful creatures are not welcome.

Toad, the Mushroom Kingdom hero, has made his way to Wario's Woods in order to quiet the sinister lout and win the woods back for the sprites. The sprites can create bombs. It's Toad's job to take the bombs and line them up with the enemies of the woods so that the enemies go down in defeat.

If Toad clears enough monster-packed sections of the forest, he'll go up against the mighty Wario himself.

Overview from the SNES version

The plot of the game is that Toad was taking a walk to a place he thought was Toadstool's Garden, but he was in fact in Wario's Woods and gets stuck in it. It is then revealed that Wario's monsters are invading the Mushroom Kingdom. Wanda, and Birdo (all misfit characters at the time) set out to help Toad to defeat the monsters. However, the antagonist Wario is not ready to give up his plan so easily and throughout the battles, Wario appears at various points in an attempt to stop the heroes.


The SNES version of Wario's Woods.
A screenshot from the NES version of Wario's Woods.
The SNES version of Wario's Woods.
The SNES version of Wario's Woods.

The game plays similarly to Tetris. Toad is the main hero, and Birdo and Wanda would help Toad by giving him encouragement and bombs to destroy the monsters (respectively). If Toad took too long to complete a level, the rascal Wario would replace Birdo and replace Wanda with a Pidgit. The Pidgit would then throw more monsters as well as bombs at Toad. Wario would body slam the side of his box to make the Thwomp ceiling descend, destroying enemies would make the ceiling rise up again. Many enemies unique to this game appear. Along with them were several mini-bosses who would attempt to block Toad's path from getting to Wario.

In the end of the game, Wario himself appears to fight against Toad alone. Oddly, Wario appears at a gargantuan size in this battle. Eventually, Toad defeats him, causing him to shrink back to his original size and therefore his powers were also reduced (it was also revealed that Wario had in fact used an airpump to inflate himself to a much bigger size in order to battle Toad). Toad then proceeds onwards by chasing the antagonist out of the Woods. However, in the SNES version, Toad does not chase Wario out of the Woods but instead bombs his castle; thus, announcing the defeat of the antagonist. Once Wario is defeated, all the creatures who were under the nightmare that Wario had cast upon them had awakened, allowing the woods to finally be restored back to peace.

Game Modes[edit]

The SNES menu of Wario's Woods.

The NES version has modes: Round Game, Time Race, VS, Lesson, and Option. Round Game is the basic game with 100 levels (this is much like the story mode of the game, featuring the bosses and events within the game). The levels increase in difficulty as the player progresses, starting with more monsters and more kinds of monsters. It also has an A and B game mode. Time Race has three levels of difficulty and has players racing against the clock. VS is the two player mode (the second player has the option of choosing a green Toad as his or her character). Lesson teaches the game basics. The Option menu gives the options such as name change (of the player), data clear, and rankings.

The SNES version has 6 game modes: VS Com, VS 2P, Round Game, Time Race, Lesson, and Option. Most are the same as their NES counterparts, but more robust. VS Com allowed the player to play against an AI player in three Modes of difficulty, and added colorful characters to play against like Katsini. Round game added an overworld map with different locations like underground caverns and a castle. Many more mini-bosses were added to the game with the bosses varying from each level in the game (ie. aquatic creatures were the bosses of the underwater levels, while the more powerful ones were located in the castle). Like in the NES version, they would attempt to decline Toad's attempt of saving the Mushroom Kingdom. Upon defeating all the bosses within the Round Game, Toad would soon meet Wario himself in person and the two would then duel in an intense fight that would determine the fate of the woods.


Toad encountering a regular sized Wario in a cutscene of the NES version.
Toad encountering a more powerful and larger Wario in a later cutscene.

In the Round Mode of Wario's Woods, the game takes on a story mode sequence with cutscenes being frequently encountered throughout the game. These cutscenes often take place after every 10 rounds, and they are scenes of Wario taunting Toad as the hero gets closer to defeating Wario. In most of these cutscenes, Wario often calls Toad insulting names such as "'Shroom" in order to discourage the royal mushroom retainer from keeping up with his victory. Wario also appears to grow in size throughout the game; thus, showing his powers increasing. In the final round levels, Wario can be seen to be in a gargantuan size (though it is revealed that he was just inflating himself with an air pump). In the end, Toad can finally be seen chasing Wario out of the woods.

In the SNES version of Wario's Woods, cutscenes return; however, they are not only consisting of the interactions between Toad and Wario, but as well as the interactions of Toad and all of the mini-bosses that he encounters throughout his adventure. Their interactions are all based on their respective personalities, and would often taunt Toad before beginning their battles. Additionally, they would also make fun of and insult Toad if he were to lose against them (often causing Toad's emotions to change as depicted by his appearance in each of the cutscenes).


Toad facing off against Katsini, one of the mini-bosses from the SNES version.


  • Toad
  • Green Toad (Player 2 in VS mode)
  • Wanda (referred to as the "Sprite")
  • Birdo


NES Exclusive Bosses[edit]

SNES Exclusive Bosses[edit]


Satellaview Versions[edit]

Title screen of Wario's Woods Burst Of Laughter Version.
Menu screen of Wario's Woods Again.

Unlike International releases, Wario's Woods was never released as a Super Famicom cartridge. However, two variations were exclusively released for the Satellaview add-on.

The first version was called ワリオの森 爆笑バージョン (Wario's Woods Burst Of Laughter Version). In this one, many of the character graphics were replaced with caricatures of Japanese Celebrities.[1]

The second version was called ワリオの森 再び (Wario's Woods Again). This version lacks the edited graphics, making it more similar to the English release. However, there are also other removals, such as the round-game-style Single Player mode and Story Mode Dialog.


Main article: List of Wario's Woods staff


Main article: List of Wario's Woods quotes


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Wario's Woods.

References to Other Games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros.: Coins are used in this game to rally up the points that Toad earns in each round.
  • Super Mario Bros. 2: Toad carries and throws his opponents in a similar way to this game. Additionally, his superhuman strength also originated from this game. Enemies such as the Spud resemble various items from this game. Wario's Woods also marks Birdo's first Mario series reappearance since this game.
  • Mario & Wario: Wanda makes her last reappearance since this game once again attempting to help foil Wario's plans.

References in Later Games[edit]


  • This is the only Mario NES game that has an ESRB rating and as well as the only NES game to do so due to it being released towards the end the NES's lifespan and the ESRB becoming a de facto standard in mid-late 1994. It was rated K-A for Kids to Adults for the original version and E for Everyone for the Virtual Console version.
  • Wario's clothing is purple and white in the NES version, instead of the usual yellow and purple.
    • However, as Wario's clothing coloration is correct in his official artwork, his inverted coloration in game may be due to the graphical incapability of the NES. This can also be applied to other characters such as Toad who is also seen to be sporting a red vest as opposed to his regular blue one in game on the NES version.
  • This is Wario's only appearance in an NES game.
  • The English SNES instruction booklet uses Birdo's Japanese name, Catherine.
  • This is the first game to feature a Toad as the primary protagonist. The only other game will be released twenty years later, titled Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker.
  • This is the last Mario game on the NES.


  1. ^ Info on Wario's Woods Burst of Laughter Version from SFC MANIA blog.