Dash Attack

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Artwork of Wario being boosted by Waluigi and knocking out Toad in Mario Strikers: Battle League
Artwork of Wario damaging Toad from a Dash Attack in Mario Strikers: Battle League
“With my 'body slam', I'm not afraid of pirates.”
Wario, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 instruction booklet, page 4.

The Dash Attack,[1][2] also known as Body Slam,[3][4] Barge,[5] Wario Attack,[6] Dashing,[7] Attack,[8][9][10] and Shoulder Barge,[11] is one of Wario's signature attacks. It consists of him charging at high speed while ramming everything on his path using his powerful shoulders. The move first appeared in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, and has most prominently appeared in the Wario Land series. The main purpose of the attack is damaging enemies, but it can also hit switches or break open treasure chests and blocks.

Roy Koopa is shown to perform a similar attack in his sprites for Super Princess Peach as well as in New Super Mario Bros. 2. In Yoshi's Island DS, Baby Donkey Kong likewise performs a similar move.

History[edit]

Wario Land series[edit]

This move is a simple attack in the Wario Land games; it can be used to attack one enemy at a time or to destroy blocks, and normally allows Wario to move faster than running. Jumping in the middle of this attack changes it into a Jump Attack,[12] which ends upon landing or turning around. The cave master from Wario Land II makes use of a similar attack when he is confronted by Wario in order to knock him out of the arena, forcing Wario to restart the battle; in turn, Wario must attack the cave master the same way three times to claim victory. In Wario Land 3, it can be upgraded to break harder blocks and attack several enemies at once. Wario Land 4 was the first game to introduce the name "Dash Attack" (and subsequently its aerial variant Jumping Dash Attack),[13] however, unlike its contemporary usage, this term was used to describe a more powerful variant of the same ability where Wario quickly rushes as his speed greatly increases; then, he is able to run into multiple blocks and enemies without stopping. He is also able to break the more solid, blue blocks. His regular attack is also present, but compared to this "Dash Attack", it is less powerful and Wario bounces back against blocks. To avoid future confusion in later games, the name Dash Attack was given to Wario's regular attack, with the original "Dash Attack" move getting removed, but also giving Wario different alternatives to perform similar moves like the Max Fastosity Dasherators seen in Wario Land: Shake It!.

Wario's Woods[edit]

In Wario's Woods, when Toad takes time in a round, Wario will temporarily take the place of Birdo and perform an attack periodically, knocking the ceiling a step downwards.

Wario World[edit]

Wario using the Dash Attack toward a large Magon in Wario World
Wario using Dash Attack toward a large Magon in Wario World

In Wario World, the Dash Attack makes Wario take off in a burst of speed when the player presses the R Button Button. This is handy for quickly moving around or barreling through enemies. Another move, coupling a Dash Attack with a punch, can be executed by pressing, holding, and releasing the B Button Button.

WarioWare series[edit]

In the WarioWare games, the Dash Attack appears in a few microgames referencing the Wario Land games, for example, in Loot Scoot, it enables Wario to break through walls and repel mummies to escape an avalanche of gold and treasure; another example is found in a microgame simply titled Wario Land (specifically based on Wario Land 4) where Wario must use the Dash Attack to successfully take out a Spear-Mask while avoiding its front spear. In WarioWare: Get It Together!, the Dash Attack is Wario's main gameplay mechanic. Performed by pressing A Button, it can be used in microgames to push and break objects.

Wario: Master of Disguise[edit]

In Wario: Master of Disguise, Thief Wario can use a short-ranged Dash Attack. Unlike in past platformers featuring the move, Wario immediately returns in place after executing it.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, the Dash Attack appears as Wario's forward smash attack in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, and like in Wario: Master of Disguise, Wario stays in one spot while executing it, unless he is in his Wario-Man form. The move returns in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, which calls it Shoulder Tackle in the tips, but was aptly made his dash attack; for this game, the move behaves more similarly to the Dash Attack from the Wario Land games, covering a longer distance.

Mario Strikers: Battle League[edit]

A Dash Attack is used by Wario in Mario Strikers: Battle League as he tackles.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Dash Attack[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 体当たり攻撃[14] (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3)
Taiatari Kōgeki
体当たり[15] (Virtual Boy Wario Land)
Taiatari
アタック[16][17] (Wario Land II / Wario Land 3 / Wario Land 4)
Atakku
ダッシュアタック[17][18] (Wario Land 4 / Wario World / Wario Land Shake)
Dasshu Atakku
ダッシュ (Wario World)
Dasshu
ショルダータックル (Wario: Master of Disguise)
Shorudā Takkuru
Tackle Attack

Tackle

Attack

Dash Attack

Dash

Shoulder Tackle

French Attaque smash (Wario Land 3)
Smash attack
German Rippentriller (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3)
Rib Trill, possibly a pun on Lippentriller ("lip trill"), a type of trill performed on brass instruments
Italian Schiacciata a terra (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3)[19]
Attacco[20][21]
Attacco fulmineo [22][23]
Ground slam
Attack
Rapid attack
Spanish Empellón (Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3)
Ataque relámpago (Dash Attack variant, Wario Land 4)
Ataque raudo (Wario Land: Shake It!)
Shove
Lightning attack
Swift attack

Jump Attack[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ジャンピングアタック[24][25]
Janpingu Atakku
ジャンピングダッシュアタック[26] (Wario Land 4)
Janpingu Dasshu Atakku
Jumping Attack

Jumping Dash Attack

Italian Attacco salto[27]
Jump attack

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nintendo (2003). Wario World instruction booklet. Nintendo of Europe (British English). Page 7-8.
  2. ^ Nintendo (2003). Wario World instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 9-10.
  3. ^ Nintendo (1994). Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 11.
  4. ^ Hamm & Rudolf GmbH, Frankfurt (1994). Super Game Boy Player's Guide. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 27.
  5. ^ Nintendo. Virtual Boy Wario Land instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 22.
  6. ^ In-game information for the Loot Scoot microgame in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and WarioWare Gold
  7. ^ Stratton, Steve (September 22, 2008). Wario Land: Shake It! PRIMA Official Strategy Guide. Prima Games (American English). ISBN 978-0-7615-6113-2. Page 4.
  8. ^ Nintendo (1998). Wario Land II instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 5.
  9. ^ Nintendo (2000). Wario Land 3 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 5.
  10. ^ Nintendo (2001). Wario Land 4 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 7.
  11. ^ July 1994. Nintendo Magazine System (AU) issue 16. Page 18.
  12. ^ Nintendo (2001). Wario Land 4 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 9.
  13. ^ Nintendo (2001). Wario Land 4 instruction booklet. Nintendo of America (American English). Page 10.
  14. ^ Nintendo (1994). Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 3.
  15. ^ Nintendo (1995). Virtual Boy Wario Land: Awazon no Hihō instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 18.
  16. ^ Nintendo (2000). Wario Land 3: Fushigi na Orgel instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 5.
  17. ^ a b Nintendo (2001). Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 7 and 10.
  18. ^ Nintendo (2008). Wario Land Shake instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 19, 24, and 25.
  19. ^ Nintendo (1994). Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 European booklet. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 105.
  20. ^ Nintendo (1999). Wario Land II European manual. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 105.
  21. ^ Nintendo (2001). Wario Land 4 European manual. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 105.
  22. ^ Nintendo (2003). Wario World Italian manual. Nintendo (Italian). Page 7.
  23. ^ Nintendo (2008). Wario Land: The Shake Dimension Italian manual. Nintendo (Italian). Page 8.
  24. ^ Nintendo (2000). Wario Land 3: Fushigi na Orgel instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 6.
  25. ^ Nintendo (2001). Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 9.
  26. ^ Nintendo (2001). Wario Land Advance: Yōki no Otakara instruction booklet. Nintendo (Japanese). Page 10.
  27. ^ Nintendo (2001). Wario Land 4 European manual. Nintendo of Europe (Italian). Page 107.