Wario (series)

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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 series is a spin-off of the Mario series that features Wario as the main character. It is the first series 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 series branches into two main sub-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.

Title, Original Release and System Synopsis of Platform Game
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3


Japan 1994
Game Boy

In the game Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Wario found himself on Kitchen Island, looking for a statue of Princess Peach. He finds out Captain Syrup and her Brown Sugar Pirates stole the statue and goes out to defeat her and take the statue. After beating the game, Mario steals the statue.
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.
Virtual Boy Wario Land


USA 1995
Virtual Boy

In the Virtual Boy's short lifespan, Virtual Boy Wario Land managed to get released. In the game, Wario finds himself in the middle of the Awazon River's basin. He spots three Mask-Guys carrying treasure, and follows them behind a waterfall, into a secret cavern. Wario is surprised by a trap door which sends him into an underground labyrinth. The game revolves around Wario seeking revenge and the treasure.
Wario Land II

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USA 1998
Game Boy
Japan 1998
Game Boy Color

Wario Land II continued the battle between Wario and Captain Syrup; in this installment, Syrup and her newly formed Black Sugar Gang flood Wario's Castle and steal his treasure. Wario chases after them to get his treasure back, and during the mission, also has to rescue his pet Hen.
Wario Land 3

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Japan 2000
Game Boy Color

In Wario Land 3, Wario visits a cave and discovers a Music Box. Upon winding it, Wario gets teleported to a different world. Here, he meets an oracle who informs him that he has to save the world from hoards of monsters. After defeating these monsters, the oracle reveals himself to be Rudy the Clown. Wario defeats Rudy and all the monsters return to being citizens, who thank Wario for saving them. Wario is teleported back to the normal world.
Wario Land 4

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Japan 2001
Game Boy Advance

In Wario Land 4, the story begins with Wario driving his car in the desert looking for a treasure he read about in a newspaper. He finds a Black Cat that leads him to a Golden Pyramid in which he encounters five bosses guarding the evil ruler of the pyramid, the Golden Diva. After defeating the Golden Diva, Wario learns that the cat, which led him to the pyramid was in fact Princess Shokora, who was cursed by the Golden Diva. Princess Shokora, now with the Golden Diva defeated, turns back into her human self and thanks Wario.
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 Terromisu and she is a demon in pursuit of the Wishstone. Wario defeats her, and finally returns home with Goodstyle's help.
Wario Land: Shake It!


Japan 2008

The latest Wario Land game, Wario Land: Shake It! is a 2D scroller, featuring interesting game mechanics, which involve using the Wii Remote to perform a variety of actions. The game sees the return of Captain Syrup, who tricks Wario into saving the Shake Dimension from the sinister Shake King, and retrieving the Bottomless Coin Sack, which Syrup desires for herself.
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