Wario (franchise)

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The icon representing elements of the Wario series, as seen in the Super Smash Bros. series.
First Installment Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)
Latest Installment Wario Land: Shake It! (2008)
Number of Installments 20
Sub-series Wario Land

The Wario franchise is a spin-off of the Mario franchise that features Wario as the main character. It is the first franchise created by Nintendo to feature a villain/antihero as the main protagonist. Since its inception, the series has been primarily handled by Nintendo R&D 1 and its successor, Nintendo SPD Group No. 1.

The Wario franchise branches into two main series, the Wario Land series and the WarioWare series. Wario Land games are platformers that involve the greedy and selfish protagonist looking for treasure and other ways of accumulating wealth. The WarioWare games focus on action. They are groups of short minigames (called microgames) which are made by Wario and his friends, motivated by his wish of making money; they work in the fictional WarioWare, Inc., a video game producing company. These microgames often make use of the new technologies of the system they are released for.

Video games

List of games


Artwork Summary List of Games
Wario Land series
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WarioWare series
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Other Wario games

Cover, original release and system Synopsis
Mario & Wario
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Japan August 27, 1993
Super Famicom
Mario & Wario is a puzzle-platformer game released for the Super Famicom in 1993, where Wario is the antagonist. It was designed by Satoshi Tajiri and developed by Game Freak. It is one of the few Mario games to utilize the SNES Mouse accessory. The game was initially planned to be localized for the North American market (as shown by it being previewed in the September 1993 issue of Nintendo Power and a Canadian ad for a Kelloggs contest,[1] which featured a tentative box art), but ended up being Japan-only.
Wario's Woods
Japan February 19, 1994
USA December 10, 1994
Europe 1995
Wario's Woods is a puzzle game released for both the NES and SNES in 1994. As with Mario & Wario, Wario is the antagonist, with Toad as the main playable character.
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!
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Japan 1994
Game Boy
Hudson Soft created the crossover game, Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! which starred not only Wario, but also Bomberman. The original release for the game was Bomberman GB, but for the Western release, Wario was added in the game. Besides the ability to play Wario or Bomberman, there are no differences, and this game plays like a Bomberman game.
Wario World
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Europe 2003
Wario's first 3D adventure is Wario World which starts with Wario having a relaxing time at his castle, when suddenly the black jewel destroys his castle. All of Wario's treasures are turned to monsters and his castle is turned into a strange world. Wario sets out to defeat all enemies, claim back his treasures and defeat the black jewel with help of Spritelings.
Wario: Master of Disguise
Japan 2007
Nintendo DS
The Wario adventures returned with Wario: Master of Disguise. It features Wario switching through channels when suddenly his attention is caught by The Silver Zephyr, a show. Angry at there being another thief but him, Wario invents a machine and teleports himself in the show. In the process, he steals the show star's wand, Goodstyle and gets special powers. Count Cannoli asks for his wand, show and Wishstone (a mysterious item Wario finds in the game) back. After defeating him, he meets an other thief, Carpaccio who he defeats. Finally, Wario encounters Tiaramisu who helps Wario but later reveals her real name is Terrormisu and she is a demon in pursuit of the Wishstone. Wario defeats her, and finally returns home with Goodstyle's help.
  1. ^ SNES Central: Mario & Wario