Wario: Master of Disguise
Wario: Master of Disguise, known in Japan as Kaitou Wario the Seven (怪盗ワリオ・ザ・セブン, lit. "Thief Wario the Seven") is a platform game developed by Suzak for the Nintendo DS. It is the first Wario platform title since Wario World. The title refers to the fact that Wario gets seven disguises in the game, not counting the Thief Wario disguise.
While channel surfing for treasure leads on a listless day, Wario accidentally stumbles upon a television show starring future rival Count Cannoli, a.k.a. The Silver Zephyr. Although he is quick to insult the show's premise, Wario is secretly extremely jealous of this master thief and his wand Goodstyle and the riches he has accumulated. Not to be outdone, Wario dashes off to his secret headquarters (his back room) and constructs the TELMET. With this new device in tow, and an insatiable lust for treasure, Wario enters the television and makes his big screen debut.
Upon entering this new world, Wario inadvertently crash lands on Count Cannoli himself. The impact forces Cannoli to drop his wand. Wario, quick to snatch his first piece of treasure, immediately recovers the wand. Upon seeing this, Cannoli demands that Wario return his wand, as it is the source of his power. Wario is quick to inform Cannoli that he will never be getting his wand back, as Wario is having far too much fun waving it about in the air. However upon doing this, the wand begins to speak, revealing that the wand is a being of its own, known as Goodstyle. Goodstyle, with no harsh feelings towards Wario, informs him of the many capabilities that he possesses and how Wario, who Goodstyle refers to as "master", much to Wario's pleasure, can use these capabilities to his advantage. After a quick lesson about how to use him, Goodstyle transforms Wario into a master thief, the silent but deadly Purple Wind.
Through this new persona, Wario begins an race around the world, along with rival Count Cannoli to collect all the pieces of the infamous Wishstone, believed to grant the wishes of the one who possesses it in its entirety. Throughout their adventures, Wario and Cannoli also run into master thief Carpaccio, who is also in search of the Wishstone fragments. Wario, whose wish is to own all the treasures and riches of the world, stops at nothing and manages to gather all five pieces of the Wishstone through the help of Count Cannoli (who recognizes Wario as the superior criminal) and the mysterious masked maiden known only as Tiaramisu. Wario, Cannoli and Tiaramisu manage to assemble the Wishstone in its entirety, only to have Tiaramisu reveal to them a secret. It is revealed that Tiaramisu is actually a demon known as Terrormisu who was trapped within the Wishstone, and through its reassembling was now free to reign over this world. This doesn't settle well with Wario, who is furious about the Wishstone not granting his wish for treasure. In a fit of rage, Wario and Goodstyle take Terrormisu on and after a heated battle, emerge victorious.
Terrormisu is then banished into an alternate dimension where she can threaten the world no longer. It is then revealed that Goodstyle is actually the first member of the Cannoli clan who enlisted Wario to tackle the foreboding threat of Terrormisu. Wario, feeling used and cheated, expresses his rage and discontent to Goodstyle. Goodstyle quickly informs Wario that through his accomplishments, he has earned the vast amount of treasure and riches that the Cannoli clan has accumulated throughout the generations. Wario agrees to this arrangement and the player is then treated to a clip of Wario being showered with treasure. Wario, content with the events that transpired, resolves to head back to the real world with his treasure.
However upon returning to the real world, it is revealed that the Telmet only teleported Wario to the real world, not his treasure. Upon seeing his treasure on the television, Wario slips into a fit of disbelief and resolves to re-enter the television to collect his earnings.
The gameplay in this game features eight different transformations (or disguises), that Wario acquires throughout the game. Every one of them possesses different abilities for Wario. These abilities allow Wario to solve puzzles, defeat enemies and bosses, collect coins and advance through the levels. All the disguises' powers can be upgraded (except for Thief Wario) if Wario finds their Master Gems. To use a disguise, the player has to draw its corresponding symbol in the Touchscreen. The disguises are:
Thief Wario (also known as "The Purple Wind") is the standard and first disguise that Wario uses throughout the game. This disguise allows him to jump higher and run faster than his other disguises and he can tackle enemies by tapping the Touch Screen. To turn into Thief Wario, the player has to draw a check mark on Wario.
Cosmic Wario is able to shoot a laser that can be shot in any direction by tapping the Touch Screen. Wario's laser can damage enemies and hit teal-colored glowing switches, in order to open doors and access hidden areas. The laser can also hit a star-marked block that releases gems. Cosmic Wario's jumps are slower than other disguises. Upon getting the Master Gem for Cosmic Wario, he can make his lasers ricochet off the walls for a few times. To turn into Cosmic Wario, the player has to draw a circle on Wario's head.
Arty Wario can temporarily create one stone block anywhere on the Touch Screen, to reach new places and press out-of-reach switches. He is able to create fecal matter to attack enemies and destroy his stone blocks. He can also create a door that sends him to the last Hat Switch (save point) he used (or the level's start if he didn't use a Hat Switch). Upon getting the Master Gem for Arty Wario, he can make up to three stone blocks, and create hearts to replenish his life. However, Wario can't move in this form, rendering him vulnerable to enemies. To turn into Arty Wario, the player has to draw a square, divided diagonally in two, over Wario.
Genius Wario can see invisible (otherwise inaccessible) doors, platforms, passages and switches. Upon getting the Master Gem for Genius Wario, he can punch enemies, destroy block walls and activate switches with his extended boxing glove. To turn into Genius Wario, the player has to draw a magnifying glass over Wario.
Sparky Wario can generate electricity by tapping the Touch Screen to see in pitch-black rooms and reactivate machines. Upon getting the Master Gem for Sparky Wario, he can attack foes with electricity by tapping the Touch Screen (in addition to lighting up a dark room). To turn into Sparky Wario, the player has to draw a lightning bolt over Wario.
Captain Wario can row through the surface of a body of water in an inner tube (instead of sinking to the bottom like his other disguises) by drawing horizontal lines on the Touch Screen. Upon getting the Master Gem for Captain Wario, he can also freely move underwater in a submarine and shoot torpedoes to destroy blocks and defeat aquatic foes. To turn into Captain Wario, the player has to draw a prow on Wario's belly.
Dragon Wario can breathe red fire to attack foes from a distance and destroy red blocks with a flame symbol. To breathe fire, the player has to tap and hold on the Touch Screen. He becomes heavy, so thin platforms can't support his weight and make him fall through. He can also traverse lava safely. However, he can't breathe fire underwater or in lava. Upon getting the Master Gem for Dragon Wario, he can breathe blue fire to destroy blue blocks with a flame symbol. To turn into Dragon Wario, the player has to draw a triangular dragon tail on Wario's back.
Wicked Wario can fly upwards for an unlimited period of time. Instead of falling off a platform, he will slowly descend to the ground. Upon getting the Master Gem for Wicked Wario, he can fly in all directions. To fly, the player has to blow on the microphone and press Left or Right. To turn into Wicked Wario, the player has to draw a triangular wing on Wario's back.
Along with platforming, there are also minigames (much like WarioWare) that must be beaten to win treasure. These include a sliding puzzle, connect the dots, matching, exterminating cockroaches, and several others.
As Wario acquires more treasure in episodes, he gains a different title, or rank every time the total amount of money exceeds a certain amount.
There will also be a Wario statue that appears in the TV room for every title acquired as well, as well as extra statues on top of the TV for collecting all the treasure and defeating at least one of each enemy, so that they are listed in Wario's notebook. In addition, collecting all the treasure gives the player a notebook with pink pages instead of yellow, and a medal with a stretched W on it appears in the bottom left corner of each page.
List of Treasures