History of Wario

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Following his creation as Mario's arch-rival, Wario has appeared in a large amount of media, primarily including games in the Super Mario franchise. While originally being solely a villain, Wario has since been featured as the protagonist of games in the Wario franchise, including the Wario Land and WarioWare series. In his appearances, Wario is typically a playable character, and he is often part of the main line-up of characters playable in spinoffs.


Main article: Baby Wario
Artwork of Baby Wario sitting on a Light-Blue Yoshi from Yoshi's Island DS
Wario's appearance as a baby, as seen in Yoshi's Island DS

Chronologically, Wario's first appearance is Yoshi's Island DS. As a child, Baby Wario is prone to tantrums, and already has a penchant for riches. Like all of the other children of the Mushroom Kingdom, in this game, he is kidnapped by Kamek and a time-traveling Bowser from the future, who are in search of the star children: seven legendary babies of unknown power, of which Baby Wario is a member. However, he escapes the Koopas' clutches and instead joins Yoshi and friends, helping them for a brief amount of time by using his oversized magnet to attract coins and other metal objects. He eventually parts ways with the Yoshis to join a coven of Bandits, only to reemerge in the game's final hours. Baby Wario is last seen in the ending, arguing with Baby Bowser over a barge full of coins. It is uncertain if he ever returned to his parents.

Later on in life, Mario and Wario become rivals. Since childhood, Wario was jealous of the more popular Mario.[1] The exact nature of their childhood relationship is briefly shown in Mario vs. Wario, which reveals a young Wario being bullied at the hands of a well-intentioned child Mario, who did not realize the lasting effect of his games.

Super Mario series[edit]

Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins[edit]

Artwork of Wario for Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Wario's appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins

Wario is introduced to the Super Mario franchise as the main antagonist of the game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Driven by a lifetime of jealousy,[1] the adult Wario sought to take over Mario's castle in the country of Mario Land. He attempted to do so many times,[1] but was always defeated until he stumbled upon a proper distraction: while Mario is away saving Princess Daisy from the clutches of Tatanga in Sarasaland during the events of Super Mario Land, Wario takes over.[1] He hypnotizes the citizens of Mario Land with a magic spell[1] and scatters the six Golden Coins, the keys to the castle, across Mario Land. Wario awaits Mario at the top of the newly-minted Wario Castle until Mario arrives for a showdown in his former throne room.

The final battle with Wario consists of three stages. The first stage consists of Wario charging across the room and stomping the ground, which causes the crystal balls moving across the ceiling above to fall. During the second stage, Wario uses a Carrot and transforms into Bunny Wario. In this form, Wario leaps up and flutters across the screen before finally slamming the ground, again causing lights to fall from above. Finally, during the final stage of the battle, Wario uses a Fire Flower and turns into Fiery Wario. At this point, Wario leaps across the screen and shoots fireballs after he lands.

When Wario is defeated, he shrinks down to a diminutive size and punts a shoe at Mario before running off the castle's balcony, crying. With Wario gone, the spell is lifted, and Mario's castle returns to normal.

Super Mario 64 DS[edit]

Mario, Luigi and Wario in the opening cut-scene
Wario in Super Mario 64 DS alongside Mario and Luigi

Wario is an unlockable playable character and one of the main protagonists of Super Mario 64 DS, making his only playable appearance in the Super Mario series to date. Wario and Luigi join Mario after he is invited to see Princess Peach. The official Nintendo DS website states that Wario is allying with Mario to get Princess Peach's treasure; the Toads in the castle also take note of this.

After the three enter the Mushroom Castle, they are captured by Bowser's minions and locked behind doors that can only be opened with special keys. Wario is the last character that the player can unlock. His portrait is located in the mirror room on the second floor of the castle, on the other side of the mirror; the player must use Luigi's invisibility power to enter it. Once there, Luigi must get through a small icy stage and fight Chief Chilly to obtain the key.

Wario's metal form

Wario is the strongest of the four characters, but he is also the slowest at both running and swimming and has the lowest jump. Wario's punch is called the Wario Whack,[2] and it can break Black Bricks and cause more damage to enemies than a punch from other characters. Wario can also ground-pound objects, such as pillars, with twice as much strength as other characters. Wario's Power Flower ability is Metal Power, which replaces Metal Mario from the original game. When Wario picks up enemies, he carries them on his back and throws them the farthest; he also moves faster than Mario and Luigi when carrying enemies, including the Big Bob-omb. Wario is also the only character who can pick up signs from behind and throw them. In VS. Mode, Wario can stun opponents with his punches and kicks. He can lift stunned opponents, spin them around, and throw them as well, a move known as the Swing and Fling.[2]

Wario also makes appearances in several minigames in the Rec Room, including Coincentration, Intense Coincentration, Wanted!, Connect the Characters, and Mix-a-Mug.

New Super Mario Bros.[edit]


In New Super Mario Bros., Wario can be seen on the Vs. Battle menu of the game's Minigames mode, where he represents player 3. Wario also appears in the minigames Coincentration and Wanted!, both which are returning minigames from Super Mario 64 DS.

New Super Mario Bros. U[edit]

The Mii costume of Wario used for Player 3 in New Super Mario Bros. Mii. Identical to the costume used in New Super Mario Bros. U.

In New Super Mario Bros. U, if Player 3 is a Mii, they wear a costume consisting of a yellow shirt and purple overalls, which matches Wario's clothing. This costume is retained from the tech demo New Super Mario Bros. Mii.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

Pixel Character in Super Mario Maker

In Super Mario Maker, Wario is one of several costumes available for the Mystery Mushroom in the Super Mario Bros. style, wearing his outfit from the WarioWare series. He can be unlocked by scanning a Wario amiibo, or randomly from completing the Super Mario Challenge on any difficulty. Additionally, if the player taps the “M” in the "MARIO" text in the title on the startup screen, it will rotate upside-down into a "W" and turn yellow, and some voice clips of Wario can be heard.

Super Mario Odyssey[edit]

The Wario Cap and Wario Suit in Super Mario Odyssey
The Wario Cap and Wario Suit in Super Mario Odyssey
The Wario Cap and Wario Suit in Super Mario Odyssey

Although Wario does not physically appear in Super Mario Odyssey, his outfit and hat can be purchased at any Crazy Cap store. His cap costs 100 coins, and can alternatively be obtained by either scanning the Wario amiibo or getting 360 Power Moons. His outfit, known as the Wario Suit, costs 200 coins, and can also be obtained through the same alternative methods, although it requires 340 Power Moons instead of 360. The description for his hat is: "A cap bearing a distinctive W. It doesn't fit well and kind of chafes.", and the description for his outfit is: "The kind of outfit you want to wash at least once before you wear it.". Both of these descriptions reference Wario's poor hygiene.

Mario vs. Wario[edit]

A giant Wario attacking Mario in Mario vs. Wario.
Wario attacking Mario in Mario vs. Wario

Wario makes his first, full non-game appearance in North America in Mario vs. Wario, a comic published by Nintendo Power.

In Mario vs. Wario, Wario sends Mario a letter, claiming that he wants to invite Mario to a party as a reunion since their childhood. However, Wario has actually prepared a trap for Mario, wanting to get revenge on him for Mario constantly "bullying" Wario in their youth; Wario especially hated playing cowboys with Mario, as he was always the rustler who was captured by "Sheriff Mario" and locked away.

As Mario makes his way to Wario's fortress, he inadvertently defeats all of Wario's minions, oblivious to their hostility towards him. Meanwhile, an angered Wario watches Mario. Eventually, Mario reaches Wario's home and is confronted by a giant-sized Wario. As Wario begins trying to pummel him, Mario notices a plug on him and pulls it, deflating Wario's giant costume and returning him to his normal size.

After listening to Wario calling him a bully, Mario says that he didn't mean to "bully" Wario 20 years ago and apologizes. Wario, after hearing this apology, turns over a new leaf. Unfortunately for Wario, Mario suddenly pulls out a cowboy costume and starts playing cowboys with Wario, with Mario as the sheriff once again. Shocked about this, Wario vows that he will have his revenge on Mario.

Wario in Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash

Wario also appeared in a second Mario vs. Wario comic, Mario vs. Wario: The Birthday Bash, in which he receives an invitation to Princess Toadstool's birthday party. Wanting to get the Princess the perfect gift, Wario rushes off to buy her a Samus Doll, which he remembers that she wants.

When Wario arrives at the store, he learns from the Koopa Troopa shopkeeper that a man with a "big black mustache" had already bought the doll. An enraged Wario believes Mario to have been the one who bought the doll, and begins to leave until he notices a nearby creepy jack-in-the-box. Grabbing the jack-in-the-box, Wario pays for it and wraps it.

Later on, while at Princess Toadstool's party, Wario makes several unsuccessful attempts to switch the jack-in-the-box with Mario's present. After a lot of effort, Wario does so, only to be shocked when the Princess opens his present and the sinister jack-in-the-box pops out. As the Princess throws the jack-in-the-box away in horror, Wario accuses Mario of setting him up and starts fighting with him.

During this scuffle, it is revealed that Mario's present is also a creepy jack-in-the-box, and both Mario and Wario can only look on in surprise and dismay as Luigi gives his present to the Princess, the Samus Doll.

Club Nintendo[edit]

Sixth panel of page 3. Dr. Light and Mario are shocked about the accidentally creation of Wario.
Wario being created in "Super Mario: Die Verwandlung"

Wario is a character in several comics from the German Club Nintendo magazine. He first appears in the comic "Super Mario: Die Verwandlung". Wario is accidentally created by a machine built by Dr. Light, who wanted to cure Mario's pixelated look. Immediately after being created, Wario goes on a rampage, but Dr. Light, Mario, and Mega Man manage to catch him and make him disappear again. Other comics in the Club Nintendo magazine do not support this story as being Wario's origin.

Wario is the main character in the comic "Warios Weihnachtsmärchen", an adaptation of Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol. Wario, who is the owner of a bomb shop, coldheartedly fires his clerk. The following night, several ghosts visit him to tell him what he has done wrong. In the end, Wario decides to become a better man, and spends the holidays together with Mario and his friends.

Wario making a deal with Abigor in "Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens"

In "Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens", Wario is the caretaker of the Nintendo Skyscraper. He is willing to sign a contract with the demonic Abigor, pledging to hand over all the apartment keys to him. In return, Abigor promises to put a spell on Princess Peach, with the effect that she falls in love with Wario and forgets about Mario. As a result, Abigor and his fellows take over the skyscraper, but soon get stopped by Mario and his allies. Peach is never seen being in love with Wario; instead, Abigor turns her into a zombie.

Wario also appears in three stories from the N-Gang comic series published in Club Nintendo. Two of these stories, "Jagdszenen aus der unteren Oberstufe" and "Gecko", center on Wario escaping Wario Land II from a malfunctioning Game Boy Color and entering the real world. Wario's final N-Gang appearance is in "N-Gang vs. Nintendo", where he and several other Nintendo characters play on a soccer team against the N-Gang.

Otenba Peach-hime[edit]

Wario is a minor character in the manga gag strip series Otenba Peach-hime. In the series of strips titled "こーんな別荘がほしかった" ("I wanted such a villa!"), Wario is trapped in sap painted onto a hammock by Princess Peach, upon Wendy O. Koopa's request. Wario can also be seen on a 1995 calendar made for the strip.

Super Mario-kun[edit]

Wario. From the cover of volume 27 of Super Mario-kun.
Wario in Super Mario-Kun

Wario is a recurring character in the Japanese-published Super Mario-kun comic book series by Yukio Sawada. He first appears at the end of volume 6 as he reveals that he has conquered Mario Land, which begins the manga's story arc based on Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Similarly, volume 8 begins the Mario & Wario arc, which features Wario as the villain who throws buckets onto Princess Peach's and Mario's heads. In volume 10, Wario is captured by the Black Sugar Pirates at the beginning of the Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 arc. After being freed by Mario and Yoshi, Wario decides to join them on their journey across Kitchen Island to stop the Black Sugar Pirates, while he simultaneously seeks to steal the giant golden statue of Peach that the pirates possess. In volume 11, Wario takes over the Peaceful Woods, starting the Wario's Woods arc.

Following these appearances, Wario's role is generally limited to being a side character, most notably in stories based on the Mario Party series. However, he also stars as the main character of the stories based on Wario Land II, Wario Land 3, Wario Land 4, and finally, Wario: Master of Disguise, which serves as the introduction to the spinoff series Ore Dayo! Wario Dayo!! that features Wario.

Super Mario (Kodansha manga)[edit]

Wario, as he appears in the first volume of the Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Kodansha manga.
Wario in the first Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins volume of the Kodansha manga

Wario is a starring character in the Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land, Mario & Wario, and Wario's Woods story arcs of the Super Mario Kodansha manga, which adapt Wario's role in these games in a similar manner to Super Mario-kun. However, Wario's actions in these stories have several distinct differences from the games they are based on. In the Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins arc, Wario develops a crush on Princess Daisy, eventually kidnapping her and holding her hostage in his castle. Notably, this manga series is the only media in which Wario is depicted brandishing a realistic firearm, which happens on several occasions.

Super Mario Compact Disco[edit]

Wario is shown on the album cover of Super Mario Compact Disco. In the album, he is introduced during the interstitial "Radio Compact Disco 6". The song "Six Golden Coins" erroneously describes Wario as having captured a princess in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.

Mario & Wario[edit]

Wario in the Bulldog.
Wario in the Bulldog from Mario & Wario

In Mario & Wario, Wario drops a bucket on Mario's head while he, Princess Peach, and Yoshi are separated in a mythical forest, making them lost and unable to find Luigi. Fortunately, the fairy of the forest, Wanda, guides the wandering hero to Luigi, who takes off the headgear for them. Throughout the game, Wario continues to drop various objects on the heroes' heads.

Wario duels with Wanda after every world of the game. Wanda has to slowly but surely damage Wario's plane, the Bulldog, with a hammer. During the final round, Wario's plane can no longer sustain damage, and Wanda blasts Wario out of the sky. Wario crash-lands near his manor, losing a fight with the heroes once more.

Mario Kirby Meisaku Video[edit]

Artwork of a scene from Mario Kirby Meisaku Video.
Wario firing at Mario in Mario Kirby Meisaku Video

In Super Mario Story, the Super Mario segment of the educational video Mario Kirby Meisaku Video, Wario has stolen the treasure of a certain school. He carries the treasure in his plane, the Bulldog. As he is pursued by Bunny Mario, Wario takes off the mask over his eyes to reveal himself, and uses the Bulldog to fire at Mario. Wario is soon defeated when Mario uses a stick of bamboo to launch himself at the Bulldog. Mario recovers the treasure from Wario, which is revealed to be a box of comic books.

Wario Land series[edit]

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3[edit]

Wario in his topee in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Following his defeat at the hands of Mario in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Wario does not give up on his aspiration to one day have a castle of his own. Instead, his defeat leaves him yearning for a castle harder than ever,[3] leading him to start an entirely new career as a treasure hunter.

In the events leading up to Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Wario learns that the Brown Sugar Pirates led by the fearsome Captain Syrup, operating out of Kitchen Island, stole a massive golden statue of Princess Toadstool.[4] With Mario already hunting for the statue, Wario sees an irresistible opportunity to show up his old rival: if he could find the statue before Mario, then Princess Toadstool's ransom combined with the plunder of the Brown Sugar Pirates would give him enough blackmail[5] money to buy a castle even bigger and better than Mario's.[4] He has also trained himself since his defeat, learning new skills and even borrowing a few tricks from Mario's moves.[6] The most significant of Wario's new abilities is his signature Body Slam attack, which lets him charge forward to defeat enemies or break blocks. He can also collect Power Up Pots to transform into Bull Wario, Jet Wario, or Dragon Wario, allowing him to perform special techniques. The Nintendo Character Manual used during the 1990s also refers to Wario swimming underwater as Bubbles Wario, although this is not a separate transformation.[7]

While on Kitchen Island, Wario has a full-out battle with the pirate crew, until he finally reaches Captain Syrup. After a long fight with the captain and her Genie, Wario escapes the collapsing castle with the pirate queen's loot. However, Wario's main objective, the golden statue of Princess Toadstool, is reclaimed by Mario immediately after the castle collapses. Now in possession of the Genie's lamp, Wario decides to summon him and wish for his own castle, in exchange for the treasure he has collected throughout the game. Wario's wish is granted by the Genie to a varying extent depending on how much treasure Wario gives him. Wario is disappointed if his wish materializes as a birdhouse or a hollow tree trunk, while he is pleased if it is a log cabin, a pagoda, or his original wish of a castle. However, if Wario collects 99,999 or more coins and all 15 treasures on Kitchen Island, he receives an entire planetoid with his face on it, which also greatly pleases him.

Virtual Boy Wario Land[edit]

Wario giving a thumbs up
Wario in Virtual Boy Wario Land

In Virtual Boy Wario Land, Wario takes a vacation in the Awazon river basin, landing his plane, Bulldog, next to the Aldegara Waterfall. Wario then spots some Mask Guys entering the waterfall, and decides to follow them into a cavern behind the waterfall, where he discovers a large vault of treasure. Wario is about to steal it all, but the floor collapses underneath him, and he falls into a cave beneath the Awazon river basin. Wario vows to get his revenge on the creatures and steal their treasure.

After navigating the cavern and returning to the treasure vault, if Wario does not collect all ten treasures throughout the cavern, he is unable to open the vault, and sighs with disappointment. As Wario returns to the Aldegara Waterfall, he discovers that a family of beavers have destroyed Bulldog. Wario grabs one of the beavers in fury and prepares to assault it; however, the beaver offers to give Wario an alternate method of transportation, in exchange for all of the coins Wario collected during his adventure. Wario begrudgingly accepts the beaver's offer and takes what the beaver gives him, which ranges from two handheld fans to a remote-controlled rocket depending on how many coins Wario has collected throughout the game. Wario uses his new method of transport to escape the Awazon River Basin.

If Wario does collect all ten treasures in the cavern, he opens the vault and receives a large amount of coins, much to his delight. He also finds a magic bottle and a flying carpet, which he rides to return home. If the game is completed in less than two hours, Wario is accompanied by a woman in a bunny suit sitting alongside him on the flying carpet.

Wario Land II[edit]

Wario Land II gameplay of Turn off the alarm clock! (on Game Boy Color); compare with Game Boy and pre-release.
Wario in Wario Land II

Wario returns as the protagonist of Wario Land II. Wario's nemesis, Captain Syrup, and a few of her soldiers, the Pirate Gooms, steal Wario's treasure and flood his entire castle. Wario quickly rises to the challenge, pursuing his enemies through a multitude of diverse locales to recover his riches and avenge his lost slumber. In this game, Wario does not have lives and can neither gain nor lose them, making him effectively immortal. Any damage Wario takes either momentarily stuns him or causes him to enter a condition, which can either inconvenience or benefit him depending on the situation.

By defeating one of many final bosses, Wario corners Captain Syrup, exacts his revenge and reclaims his treasure. However, upon uncovering every possible treasure and defeating every final boss, Wario has the option to raid Captain Syrup's treasure horde and steal her treasure in a special Time Attack challenge.

Wario Land 3[edit]

Out of the Woods
Wario in Wario Land 3. Unlike in Wario Land II, Wario appears clad in black and white.

In Wario Land 3, Wario stumbles upon an enchanted music box and is whisked away to the mysterious world within. Upon his arrival, Wario is greeted by a hidden figure, who promises Wario his freedom and an ample supply of treasure, in exchange for recovering the five music boxes located in the vast world within the enchanted box. True to his nature, Wario agrees, under the impression that his efforts may prove lucrative.

After collecting the music boxes, Wario returns to the oracle's temple, where the monstrous figure reveals its true form as a horrific clown monster. He divulges that he used Wario to collect the music boxes so that his powers could be restored, and that the "enemies" encountered throughout the game were the enchanted citizens of the music box world. In a climactic battle, Wario defeats the stubborn boss, resulting in his cavern collapsing around him. After narrowly escaping, Wario is greeted by the grateful citizens of the enchanted world, who thank him immensely for inadvertently saving their land. Their gratitude proves fruitful for Wario, as they allow him to keep any treasures he found in his adventure.

In this game, Wario retains his immortality from Wario Land II, as well as entering reactions upon taking most forms of damage. The only exception to this is the final battle against a hidden figure, whose hands can grab Wario and crush him; this is the only attack in the game to cause a Game Over.

Wario Land 4[edit]

Wario with an open jewel piece box and a Gold Coin in the Palm Tree Paradise level.
Wario in Wario Land 4

In Wario Land 4, after reading about a Golden Pyramid filled with treasure in the newspaper, Wario takes to the pyramid in his Wario Car. There, he stumbles upon a black cat, who leads him into a chasm in the ground. Wario soon discovers that he is deep within the pyramid walls, and proceeds to steal its treasures as he searches for a way out. After battling through five worlds, 20 stages, and six bosses, Wario gets to challenge the goddess of the pyramid, the Golden Diva. After defeating her, Wario discovers that the black cat was actually Princess Shokora, the true goddess of the pyramid, whom the Golden Diva had cursed into a feline form. Her human appearance depends on how many treasure chests have been collected; if he does not have enough riches, Wario's princess may turn out to be a child or a fat lady, something Wario is not pleased about; however, upon collecting vast amounts of treasure, the princess reveals herself to be a beautiful, ethereal maiden. After successfully raiding the pyramid and pilfering a tremendous load of treasure, Wario returns home and treats himself to an all-you-can-eat steak buffet, which ironically costs a mere ten dollars.

Wario is no longer immortal in this game; he instead uses hearts as health, and loses them upon taking damage from most enemies and hazards. However, interacting with certain level elements can still cause Wario to enter a reaction, which can once again be used to his benefit to help him progress through the level.

Wario is also the narrator of the gamebook Warioland 4, where he retells the story of the game. Additionally, Wario is the starring character in Welcome to Greedville, the microsite made to promote Wario Land 4. Wario acts similarly to a tour guide, announcing and providing a brief description of each location in Greedville that the player enters. He also runs his own store named Wario Mart, and he hosts the three games in Wario's Arcade.

Wario Land: Shake It![edit]

Wario shaking a Coin Bag
Wario in Wario Land: Shake It!
Wario as he appears in Wario Land: Shake It!

In Wario Land: Shake It!, it is discovered that within an Ancient Globe on exhibition at a museum, there is another world called the Shake Dimension. The locale's peace is shattered by the Shake King, who imprisons Queen Merelda and her loyal subjects, called Merfles. The Shake King also steals the legendary Bottomless Coin Sack, which spits out coins whenever it is shaken.

Captain Syrup observes the Shake Dimension's crisis from the outside world. Setting her sights on the legendary treasure, but with no desire of doing the dirty work herself, she steals the Ancient Globe and sends it to Wario. True to form, Wario prepares to raid the beleaguered kingdom when a Merfle escapes to the outside world in hopes of finding help. When Wario hears of the Bottomless Coin Sack, he sets out to defeat the Shake King and thereby acquire the legendary treasure. However, as soon as he returns victorious from the Shake Dimension, Captain Syrup appears and steals the Bottomless Coin Sack from the bewildered Wario.

In this game, Wario has the ability to shake Coin Bags and enemies when the player shakes the Wii Remote, as well as perform a ground-shaking Earthshake Punch when the Shake Meter is full. Wario can undergo only four transformations from previous Wario Land games: Flaming Wario, Snowman Wario, Frozen Wario, and Tiny Wario (known as Mini Wario), which function identically to their previous appearances.

Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater[edit]

Wario from a scan of Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater.
Wario in Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater

Wario appears in the 4-koma manga series Super Mario 4koma Manga Theater, specifically as the starring character of volume 6, which is based on Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.

Wario's Woods[edit]

Wario in the SNES version of Wario's Woods

Wario is also the villain in Wario's Woods, making his only appearance in a game for the Nintendo Entertainment System. For an unknown reason, Wario wants to take over the woods, and he sends an army to do so. This time, he is stopped by Toad, Birdo, and the forest sprites. Toad battles Wario's evil creatures by stacking and matching creatures to destroy them. Wario constantly appears in the box in the corner of the screen, making the ceiling fall on Toad, and sending in more animals. In the NES version of the game, he also appears throughout the cutscenes between levels, discouraging Toad by calling him insulting nicknames and telling him that he has no chance of defeating him. In the NES version, he uses a fake version of himself to fight Toad before he finally steps out and fights him himself, while in the SNES version, Wario simply faces Toad at the end of Toad's adventure. In the end, the heroic Toad defeats Wario and saves the woods.

Upon defeating Wario in the NES version, Toad is seen chasing the helpless Wario out of the woods. However, in the SNES version, Toad throws a large bomb at Wario Castle, causing it and Wario himself to come crashing down, thus allowing peace to return to the woods.

Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman![edit]

Wario start round sprite

In Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!, Wario discovers the extra-dimensional portal to Bomberman's homeworld. Seeing it as an opportunity to make a quick buck and earn some minions, he loots Bomberland. Wario and Bomberman must fight each other's Madbombers for the fate of Bomberland. If the player chooses to play as Wario, he plays identically to Bomberman and fights Madbombers that resemble Bomberman; however, if the player chooses Bomberman, the Madbombers resemble Wario instead.

During the game's post-credits cutscene, Wario is seen chasing Bomberman on a motorcycle.

Super Mario Ehon[edit]

Wario, as he appears in Super Mario Maze Picture Book 3: Mario versus Wario (「スーパーマリオめいろえほん 3 マリオたいワリオ」).
Wario in Super Mario Maze Picture Book 3: Mario versus Wario

Wario is featured in several picture books based on Mario & Wario in the Super Mario Ehon series, including Super Mario Maze Picture Book 3: Mario versus Wario, Super Mario Game Picture Book 6: Take down Wario!, Super Mario Pocket Picture Book Number 4: Take Down Wario, Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 1: Chase Wario!, Super Mario Picture Book with Peel-and-Release Stickers 2: Important Box, and Super Mario Picture Book with Peel-and-Release Stickers 5: Wanda's Birthday.

In each of these books, Wario is shown to be an antagonist who pulls lighthearted pranks on Mario and his friends. For instance, in Super Mario Game Picture Book 6: Take down Wario!, Wario makes curry which is so spicy that when Mario eats it, his mouth is set on fire, and in Super Mario Story Quiz Picture Book 1: Chase Wario!, Wario steals a Super Star doll that Mario fishes from a river.

Mario's Picross series[edit]

Wario from Mario's Super Picross
Wario in Mario's Super Picross

While Wario was absent from the first game in the Mario's Picross series, he is prominently featured in its sequels Mario's Super Picross and Picross 2, where he acts as the host of the more difficult puzzles. In Picross 2, Wario is seen again with the topee from the early Wario Land games, with his outfit being comparable to Mario's archaeologist outfit. Wario also appears on the title screen for Picross NP Vol. 7, which is based on Wario Land II.

Mario Clash[edit]

Wario makes a cameo appearance in Mario Clash. If the player earns 500,000 points, Wario appears around a laurel wreath with Nintendo's logo on it, and the text "SUPERB!" is displayed.

Mario Kart series[edit]

Mario Kart 64[edit]

Wario driving across Wario Stadium in Mario Kart 64

In the Mario Kart series, Wario debuts in Mario Kart 64. In this game, Wario has low speed and acceleration, but his heavy weight can push nearly anyone off the road. Wario's home course is Wario Stadium, which is a motocross racing venue that has been converted into a go-carting course styled after Wario, with his face being repeatedly displayed on the sides of the stadium. The course is one of the longest courses in the game and features many sharp turns, starting a trend in the Mario Kart series of Wario having long and technique-heavy tracks bearing his likeness.

According to Wario's card in the set of Mario Kart 64 trading cards published by Nintendo Power, Wario is "rumored to have 'borrowed' his kart from an unsuspecting Koopa Troopa".[8] This implies that Wario stole the kart belonging to the Koopa Troopa racer from Super Mario Kart, explaining the Koopa Troopa's absence as a character in Mario Kart 64.

Mario Kart: Super Circuit[edit]


In Mario Kart: Super Circuit, Wario is a heavy character capable of ramming most other drivers off of the road. This is the only mainstream Mario Kart title that features Wario where he does not receive a track bearing his likeness.

Mario Kart: Double Dash!![edit]


In Mario Kart: Double Dash!!, Wario's partner is Waluigi. Wario can only ride the heavy karts, so his choices are limited. His default kart is the Wario Car, and the Bob-omb is his special item. Wario's home course in this game is Wario Colosseum, a 2-lap, roller coaster-themed course bearing Wario's tastes. This course is known for being highly technical, and it is notable for containing the longest lap in the game, as it is the only course in the game to have less than three laps.

Mario Kart Arcade GP series[edit]

Mario Kart Arcade GP artwork: Wario

Wario is a playable character in every game in the Mario Kart Arcade GP series, being playable in Mario Kart Arcade GP, Mario Kart Arcade GP 2, and Mario Kart Arcade GP DX. In these games, Wario is once again a heavy character, rivaling the entire cast in weight and speed. Wario has several of his own tracks in the first two installments with the introduction of the Wario Cup. Wario's hometown of Diamond City appears as a racetrack in both installments, as well as a snow-themed version of the track named Snow Panic. Wario appears as a default character in the first two arcade games, but is unlockable in Mario Kart Arcade GP DX.

Mario Kart DS[edit]

Wario artwork from Mario Kart DS
Wario standing on top of the Standard WR

In Mario Kart DS, Wario appears as a starter character, and is the third heaviest character in the game, surpassing Donkey Kong while coming behind Bowser and R.O.B. Wario's karts are the Brute, a car reminiscent of the Wario Car, the Standard WR, and the Dragonfly, a red tractor (possibly a reference to Wario's farming roots in Wario Land 2). As players progress, they can later use Wario on any kart, whether it is standard or special. Wario Stadium returns as a playable track; however, rather than being a replica of the stadium found in Mario Kart 64, this particular track is completely new, although it shares the motocross theme of the previous iteration, bearing dirt roads and jumps over wide pits. This is also the first game where Wario wears his current short-sleeved shirt.

Mario Kart Wii[edit]

Artwork of Wario, from Mario Kart Wii.
Wario in Mario Kart Wii
“I hate losing! Nyaaah...”
Wario, Mario Kart Wii

In Mario Kart Wii, Wario is classified as a large character with a small weight bonus and off-road bonus, as well as a strong mini-turbo bonus. The Wario Bike from the WarioWare series is a selectable vehicle in this game. Wario's course in this game is a highly technical course called Wario's Gold Mine, featuring winding railroad tracks, low-flying Swoopers, and many gold-filled mine carts that serve as obstacles.

Mario Kart 7[edit]

Wario lounging lazily outside of his Bolt Buggy in Mario Kart 7

In Mario Kart 7, Wario is an unlockable character for the first time in the Mario Kart series. Wario is a heavy character; as a result, his speed and weight stats are some of the highest among all the playable racers, but this is balanced by nearly all of Wario's other stats being poor. He is unlocked by winning the Flower Cup on 150cc. Wario also receives another new course, Wario Shipyard. This is an underwater course which appears to be inspired by Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, as Bull Wario can be seen adorning a banner, the shipwreck is reminiscent of the game's pirate theme, and the music played on the course is an arrangement of the overworld theme from that game. As a computer player, Wario is most likely to be seen driving on the Standard Kart, the Egg 1, and the Bumble V.

Mario Kart 8 / Mario Kart 8 Deluxe[edit]

Wario driving his Standard ATV through Dry Dry Desert (GCN) in Mario Kart 8
Wario racing in Mario Kart 8

Wario returns as a heavyweight racer in Mario Kart 8, where he is once again a character unlocked by default. In addition to his appearance, he yet again receives a new track called Mount Wario, a single-lap race down a snowy mountain. DS Wario Stadium returns as a retro course, albeit enhanced with anti-gravity features. Wario's Gold Mine from Mario Kart Wii also returns as a downloadable racetrack. This leaves Mario Kart 8 with the most Wario-themed tracks in the history of the franchise. Much like in Mario Kart 7, Wario is one of the heaviest racers in the game, rivaling Bowser, Morton Koopa Jr., Dry Bowser, and the Large Mii in stats as a result; his weight also rivals that of Metal Mario and Pink Gold Peach. This means that Wario can potentially have the best possible speed and weight, but at the same time, have the worst possible acceleration, handling, and grip. His kart emblem is a purple "W" on a yellow background. Wario reappears in the Nintendo Switch port Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. Unlike in the original Wii U game, he only shares stats with Dry Bowser.

Mario Kart Tour[edit]

MKT Icon Wario.png

In Mario Kart Tour, Wario is a Super driver with the Double Bob-ombs as his special skill. He has a few High-End variants: a hiker variant called Wario (Hiker) was introduced in the Vancouver Tour and is assigned the Bob-omb Cannon special skill; and a cowboy variant called Wario (Cowboy) appears as of Wild West Tour and has the Fire Flower special skill.

Wario had a Team Rally tour with Waluigi, known as the Wario vs. Waluigi Tour; this tour also marked the return of Wario Shipyard from Mario Kart 7.

Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle[edit]

Wario from Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle.

In the motocross game Excitebike: Bun Bun Mario Battle, Wario is a playable character in all episodes of the game except the first one. He rides a yellow motorbike. If Mario wins first prize, a scene is shown with Mario bumping Wario, causing him to stumble on the corner of the second place spot on the podium.

Game & Watch Gallery series[edit]


Wario is featured in all games of the Game & Watch Gallery series except the first game, and he appears in some of the Modern versions of Game & Watch titles. In Game & Watch Gallery 2, he is the alternate playable character in Helmet and has to avoid falling objects. Wario is also an unlockable playable character in Ball. Game & Watch Gallery 3 includes Mario Bros., where Wario drives the delivery truck. Wario finally appears as the sole playable character in the game Fire Attack in Game & Watch Gallery 4, where he has to defend a giant statue of himself from Bullet Bills and Bob-ombs with a hammer. He also appears as one of the characters Mario needs to protect from Bowser's water balloons in Rain Shower, appearing in the swing on the lower left. Mario Bros. is included again as well.

Mario Party series[edit]

“Wario! I gotta win!”
Wario when winning a board in Mario Party and Mario Party 2
Artwork of Wario for Mario Party 4
Wario's appearance in Mario Party 4 with his long sleeves

Wario has been in the Mario Party series since the first game and has played a large role in every game in the series, with the exception of Mario Party Advance. Across the series, Wario is associated with the color purple. He has his own board in Mario Party, titled Wario's Battle Canyon. In Mario Party 2, Wario is one of the characters who sets the storyline in motion, as he wants Mario Land to be named Wario Land, which is part of the argument that develops the party. Wario's recent Mario Party appearances include Mario Party 10, Mario Party: Star Rush, Mario Party: The Top 100, and Super Mario Party; he is also one of the 10 playable characters in Mario Party Superstars.

In early Mario Party games up to and including Mario Party 4, Wario's sleeves are long, while they are short in the rest of the series. In Mario Party, Mario Party 2, and Mario Party 3, Wario's voice sounds slightly deeper than in other games. In Mario Party 4-7, Wario has two losing animations, while every other character has only one. In Mario Party 7, Wario's special Orb is the Vacuum Orb, which lets him spin a roulette to steal some coins from each of his opponents - either 1 coin, 5 coins, or 10 coins. In Mario Party-e, Wario is one of the playable characters. He has his own minigame named Wario's Bluff, where the player controls Wario's car, and must stop it just before it reaches the edge of a cliff.

Wario is also the star of Wario's Whack Attack, a browser game on the official website for the original Mario Party. Wario's pipes are clogged by Bowser and his Piranha Plants, and the player must help Wario by hitting the Piranha Plants as they pop out of the pipes.

Mario no Bōken Land[edit]

Wario is featured in the Wario Land II segment of Mario no Bōken Land, in which he and Mario battle Captain Syrup.

4koma Manga Ōkoku[edit]

In the 4-koma manga series 4koma Manga Ōkoku, Wario is a side character in the volumes based on the Mario Party series, including Mario Party, Mario Party 2, and Mario Party 3.

4koma Gag Battle[edit]

In 4koma Gag Battle, Wario appears in the Mario Party series volumes (Mario Party, Mario Party 4, and Mario Party 5), with his role as a side character being identical to his appearances in 4koma Manga Ōkoku.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

One of Mario's recolors has him wearing Wario's color scheme.
One of Mario's recolors is based on Wario's regular outfit.
The Wario series emblem, from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Super Smash Bros. fighter
Wario from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Brawl
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Chomp
Side:  Wario Bike
Up:  Corkscrew
Down:  Wario Waft
Final Smash:  Wario-Man
Battle entrance
Rides his bike into the stage.

Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Although Wario himself does not appear in Super Smash Bros., one of Mario's alternate colorations uses Wario's colors.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Wario is a collectible trophy, obtainable by clearing All-Star without continuing. Mario can also once again use an alternate costume based on Wario's colors.

According to Masahiro Sakurai, when expanding the roster, Wario was considered as being a slower but more powerful "model swap" of Mario, but this was rejected and the idea was ultimately applied to Dr. Mario instead.[9]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

SmashWiki article: Wario (SSBB)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Wario is a playable fighter available from the start. His standard costume design is his outfit that he is seen in during the WarioWare series. Unlike the other characters, Wario also has a full alternate costume in the form of his standard overalls; the player can only play as Wario in his WarioWare outfit in the Subspace Emissary, however. Like Donkey Kong and Yoshi, Wario has his own distinct emblem (the W on his cap) as opposed to being classified under the Super Mario franchise.

Wario's animations are rather quirky, due to moving in a stop motion-esque way. Two of Wario's trademark attacks are featured in this game; the Dash Attack is used as his forward smash, while the Wild Swing Ding is used as his forward throw.

Wario is one of the heavier characters in the game, but has an unusually high aerial speed and small size given his weight. Wario's standard special is Chomp, which has Wario bite down on any opponents nearby and allows him to eat items. His side special is Wario Bike, which has Wario ride forward on the Wario Bike. His up special is Corkscrew, which sends him into the air in a spinning motion. Finally, his down special is Wario Waft, in which Wario farts to deal damage; the amount of damage depends on how much the move has been charged. His Final Smash is Wario-Man, which transforms Wario and gives him increased attack power and speed.

In addition to his playable status, Wario's colors are still available as alternate colors for Mario.

Wario's snapshot in The Subspace Emissary
Wario with his captured trophies

In The Subspace Emissary, Wario apparently joins the Subspace Army; however, he is never seen with Bowser, Ganondorf, or the Ancient Minister. The game's official website confirms that he is indeed working for the army, although he takes his orders for granted and does whatever he wants. Early in the game, he shoots the princess that Kirby was unable to save from Petey Piranha with his large Dark Cannon. Wario escapes from the explosion of the Subspace Bomb, taking the trophy with him. Later, at the Ruined Zoo, he attempts to shoot Ness, but Ness dodges every shot. He then aims for Lucas, and Ness jumps in front of him, taking the shot and becoming a trophy. Wario then grabs the trophy as Lucas runs away. Later, he is traveling with a Cargo with the two trophies he currently has. In the middle of the road, he finds a Luigi trophy which he decides to take. However, as soon as he touches it, Waddle Dees come from everywhere and attack him. They take the Luigi trophy from him, and King Dedede steals Wario's Cargo, revealing that Dedede had planned this out to distract Wario. Later, Wario fights the Pokémon Trainer and Lucas in a desert. However, this time, Lucas beats Wario and turns him into a trophy, which the two leave lying on the ground. After Galleom's Subspace Bomb explodes, the explosion sucks the Wario trophy inside. Wario is later found in Subspace, where he is turned back to life by Kirby. He finds King Dedede and starts threatening vengeance, but Luigi and Ness rush to Dedede's aid, and Wario becomes shocked at his former captives defending who he perceived to be an enemy of theirs. Wario learns that Tabuu is the real leader of the Subspace Army, and decides to join in the final battle against Tabuu.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Wario from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Wario's appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U
SmashWiki article: Wario (SSB4)

Wario returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, where he is an unlockable fighter in both versions. To unlock him in the Nintendo 3DS version, the player has to clear 100-Man Smash or play 30 matches, then defeat Wario in a 1-stock match on the WarioWare, Inc. stage. In the Wii U version, the player must either complete 100-Man Smash or play 20 matches, then defeat Wario in a 1-stock match on the Gamer stage to unlock him. Unlike in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, however, Wario only has eight palette swaps; four for his WarioWare outfit, and four for his normal outfit. Mario also still has his Wario coloration.

Wario's moveset is mostly unaltered, though his forward smash is now a backhanded punch instead of the Dash Attack. Wario also receives a new up smash, which is a one-hitting, head-inflating headbutt. Additionally, Wario's forward and back throws have swapped places, meaning that the Wild Swing Ding is now his back throw.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the player can see Wario before unlocking him if they clear All-Star mode as Luigi, as Luigi's Final Smash trophy has Wario present in it.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

SmashWiki article: Wario (SSBU)
Wario Bike in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wario riding the Wario Bike in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Wario returns as a playable fighter, retaining both his WarioWare and Wario Land appearances. A few of his normal attacks have changed, including his dash attack, which is now his main attack from the Wario Land series instead of a dive; additionally, his side tilt has been altered from a straight punch to a backhand slap. For his Final Smash, Wario once again transforms into Wario-Man; however, instead of fighting as him, Wario dashes into his opponents, traps them and lands a flurry of punches before finishing them off with a Wario Waft attack. Possibly because of Mario incorporating costumes from Super Mario Odyssey for his alternate costumes, it is also the first Super Smash Bros. game where Wario is present as a playable character without Mario also using a palette swap based on Wario's outfit at the same time. As with several other returning characters, Wario's victory theme has been sped up.

Wario benefits from universal changes: his mobility is faster, his short hop timing is reduced, his aerials have less landing lag, his recovery is extended by the reintroduction of directional air dodges, and his offensive play is increased by the ability to use any ground attack out of a run and any aerial attack on ladders. Wario's forward tilt deals consistent damage, and his up tilt and down throw have their damage reduced; however, Wario's dash attack, forward and up smashes, and up throw all deal more damage, making his overall damage output higher.

Wario's Classic Mode route has him fight heavyweight opponents. Wario's Classic Mode route's name, I'm-a Gonna Win!, references his signature quote from Mario Kart 64.

  1. Ganondorf on Coliseum
  2. Charizard on Pokémon Stadium 2
  3. Ike on Arena Ferox
  4. King Dedede on Fountain of Dreams
  5. King K. Rool on Kongo Falls
  6. Incineroar on Pokémon Stadium
  7. Final boss against Master Hand as well as Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Mario Golf series[edit]

Wario is a playable character in the Mario Golf series. He has a shorter drive than Mario in these games, but is still one of the stronger golfers to choose from.

Mario Golf[edit]

Wario's alternate colors in Mario Golf

In Mario Golf, Wario must be unlocked through the "Get Character" mode in single-player modes. For the Nintendo 64 installment, Wario's shoes are pink in his models, which is inconsistent with his official artwork for this game and other games. His shot range is 250m. He also has three other color palettes in blue, white, and cyan. He is also playable in the Game Boy Color version of the game, but only in Exhibition Mode.

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour[edit]

Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour artwork: Wario
Wario in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour

In Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, Wario is a default character. His drive distance is 210 yards, while his star drive distance is 265 yards.

During the opening cinematic, Wario, along with Waluigi, is spying on Mario's quartet before challenging Yoshi and Koopa to a freestyle golf exhibition. At one point, Wario makes a shot to bail himself out of the bunker zone, which causes a cloud of sand to get into Waluigi's face. Wario's next shot travels through the woods, but the ball unknowingly returns, which means that Bowser has appeared, who is seemingly upset that the ball hit him and wants payback. Wario and Waluigi run away, but Bowser gives chase by riding his Koopa Clown Car. Wario and Waluigi escape in a Warp Pipe, but just when all seems to be safe between the two, Bowser finally catches up with a Bob-omb in his possession. A ball from Mario approaches at extreme speed, which hits Wario and Waluigi before hitting Bowser, causing him to fumble the bomb, with all three of them being caught in its explosion.

Mario Golf: Advance Tour[edit]


In Mario Golf: Advance Tour, Wario is an unlockable character who can only be used in Quick Play. He is unlocked if the player collects at least 54 Best Badges in Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour, then transfers this data to Mario Golf: Advance Tour using the Nintendo GameCube–Game Boy Advance Link Cable. Because of this, he is unavailable in the Wii U Virtual Console re-release of the game. He retains his stats from Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.

Mario Golf: World Tour[edit]

Wario gets a Birdie in Mario Golf: World Tour.
Wario receiving a birdie in Mario Golf: World Tour

In Mario Golf: World Tour, Wario is seen eating burgers in the Castle Club's Royal Room. When the Mii talks to him, he will claim that he was only there for the food. His golf clubs and ball can be used by Miis, and his costume can be unlocked by collecting all the Star Coins in the Seaside Course.

Mario Golf: Super Rush[edit]

Artwork of Wario in Mario Golf: Super Rush
Wario in his golfing outfit in Mario Golf: Super Rush

In Mario Golf: Super Rush, Wario wears a specialized outfit for golfing and now has a longer drive than Mario. He is an All-Around character, with the Lightning Blast as his Special Shot and the Jet-Pack Dash as his Special Dash.

Mario Artist: Paint Studio[edit]

Artwork of Wario driving his kart from Mario Kart 64 appears as a stamp in Mario Artist: Paint Studio.

Mario Tennis series[edit]

Mario Tennis artwork: Wario
Wario in Mario Tennis

Wario is a playable character in most games in the Mario Tennis series since its Nintendo 64 installment, where his sidekick Waluigi made his overall debut. Wario is generally portrayed as a power player. He was absent from Mario Tennis: Power Tour for the Game Boy Advance, despite Waluigi being featured in this game.

Mario Tennis[edit]

Wario is a playable character in the original Mario Tennis, where his shoe colors are corrected from Mario Golf. He retains his short sleeves, although his artwork still depicts him with long sleeves. Wario also receives two of his own tennis courts: the Wario Court, and the Wario & Waluigi Court.

Mario Power Tennis[edit]

Wario and Waluigi standing in front of Bowser in Mario Power Tennis
Wario and Waluigi posing in front of Bowser

During the opening cinematic in Mario Power Tennis, Wario and Waluigi have the starring role. At the beginning of the cinematic, they are facing the Mario Bros. in the first round of a tennis tournament, but they are easily defeated in the end. While viewing the tournament board, they notice that they have been eliminated, and they decide to vandalize the picture of the Mario Bros. as a means of retaliation. They are found and chased by a group of police for this offense. As they try to outrun the police, Wario and Waluigi stumble across Bowser's workout room, where the three ally. Bowser then forces the two to undergo extreme training while the tournament goes on.

The duo hijacks the final match of the tournament; the Mario Bros. against Yoshi and Donkey Kong. They are booed, and decide to throw Bob-ombs at the Mario Bros. to show that they are there for revenge. Bowser aids them in a giant balloon full of Bob-ombs. However, the Bros. and the other characters hit the Bob-ombs back at Wario and Waluigi with their tennis rackets, which results in significant damage of the Peach Dome. Mario then counters a Bullet Bill fired by Bowser, which hits the Bob-omb machine and topples over, sending a Bob-omb at Bowser's balloon. Loaded with Bob-ombs, the balloon crashes into the ground near Wario and Waluigi with sheer force, causing a gigantic explosion. The three villains faint as a result.

In the blooper reel, Wario's mother calls him on his cell phone, showing that his ringtone is the "Ground Theme" from Super Mario Bros..

Like in most Mario Tennis games, Wario is a power character. His serving and hitting power are strong, although weaker than Bowser's and Donkey Kong's. He also has less reach than the two. The advantages he has include being able to run faster and control the ball better. His lunge, which involves him tumbling or doing a cartwheel, is also much longer. Wario's offensive power shot, the Thunder Cast Shot, has him get bonked by a training machine in the opening, so when he hits the ball, the ball is encased in electricity. Any character that hits the shot without using a defensive power shot gets electrocuted. Any action is halted twice. For his defensive power shot, the Ultra-Hand Return, Wario uses a stretcher with a glove to return the ball. If the ball is far enough, Wario may have to hop once or twice. Wario's taunt has him shake his rear end while saying "Come on" three times.

Mario Power Tennis marks the final appearance of Wario's original long-sleeved shirt.

Mario Tennis Open[edit]

The icon artwork for Wario from Mario Tennis Open

Wario makes a return in Mario Tennis Open. He is relatively unchanged from Mario Power Tennis, except he now wears his current short-sleeved shirt. Tennis gear designed after him can be used by Miis, and his costume can be unlocked by collecting 800 coins in Super Mario Tennis Level 1-4. A court themed after Wario, named Wario Dunes, also appears.

Mario Tennis Aces[edit]

Wario in Mario Tennis Aces

In Mario Tennis Aces, Wario returns as a playable character, where he now has a new tennis outfit. He also serves as an antagonist in the game's Adventure Mode, where he and Waluigi hear about a legendary tennis racket named Lucien and opt to steal it for themselves. However, it possesses them, along with Luigi, forcing Mario to search for the five Power Stones to stop Lucien. Mario finds three, while Wario and Waluigi find two, so they challenge Mario, Peach, and Daisy to a tournament for ownership of the Power Stones. Wario and Waluigi face Peach and Daisy in a doubles match, in which they are defeated, while the possessed Luigi is defeated by Mario. Lucien and the Power Stones are then stolen by Bowser, who uses them to become Bowcien. After Mario defeats Bowser and breaks Lucien, Wario and Waluigi are returned to normal. They express disappointment at Lucien's destruction, believing that such a powerful racket could have made them the best tennis players in the world, causing Daisy to scold them of how that was what started the commotion in the first place.

The 64 DREAM / Nintendo DREAM[edit]

Wario makes a small appearance in a manga inside the NSW2K Hand Book, which was included in the appendix of the October 2000 volume of The 64 DREAM. He can be seen reading the handbook in the manga. Wario has also been drawn by Nintendo staff members for the magazine under its current name, Nintendo DREAM, including a nengajō based on WarioWare: D.I.Y. drawn by Goro Abe for New Year's Day 2010, as well as being part of Hiroji Kiyotake's signature.

Dr. Mario series[edit]

Dr. Mario 64[edit]

Wario's character select icon for Dr. Mario 64

In Dr. Mario 64, Wario is one of the two playable characters in Story mode, the other being Dr. Mario himself. In his storyline, he witnesses Dr. Mario using the Megavitamins to cure Octo, which motivates him to steal them to profit during the flu season. When Wario approaches Dr. Mario's hut, he notices Mad Scienstein stealing the Megavitamins, chasing him because he wanted them for himself. Dr. Mario notices Wario after finding out that his Megavitamins are gone, causing him to think that Wario is responsible. After Dr. Mario battles Wario and finds out that he did not steal the Megavitamins, both of them notice Mad Scienstein getting away with the medicine, leading them to chase him while meeting characters from Wario Land 3 along their way. In Dr. Mario's storyline, Wario is his first opponent, and one of his seventh opponents in Normal difficulty or greater.

At the end of Dr. Mario's storyline, when he reaches Rudy's castle, Wario beats up Mad Scienstein while Dr. Mario confronts Rudy. In Normal difficulty or higher, if Dr. Mario wins every match without redoing any, Wario steals the Megavitamins and ingests them to become Vampire Wario; when defeated, Wario leaves empty-handed. Otherwise, as Dr. Mario cures Rudy, Wario continues to beat up Mad Scienstein. At the end of Wario's storyline, after confronting and defeating Rudy, if Wario wins every match without redoing any on Normal difficulty or greater, Wario attempts to escape with the Megavitamins, but trips on Mad Scienstein, causing Dr. Mario to accidentally swallow the Megavitamins and transform into Metal Mario, who Wario faces as a final challenge. Afterwards, whether or not Wario faced Metal Mario, Mad Scienstein steals the Megavitamins again, and Wario pursues him in an endless chase that plays out as the credits roll.

In Vs. modes, Wario's AI difficulty is the second highest, which is the same as both Dr. Mario and Mad Scienstein.

Dr. Mario World[edit]

Icon of Dr. Wario from Dr. Mario World
Wario's icon from Dr. Mario World

In Dr. Mario World, Wario is a playable doctor under the alias Dr. Wario. In stage mode, Dr. Wario's skill is represented by him opening a treasure chest containing diamonds and capsules labeled with his W emblem, where it increases the number of capsules by three in normal stages or increases the timer by six seconds in challenge stages after activating it. In versus mode, Dr. Wario's skill is to temporarily lock the opponent's attack meter, preventing it from filling it up, making it so that they can only normally attack by eliminating all viruses in their play area while this effect is active. The effect lasts longer at higher levels, starting from three seconds at level 1, followed by five, seven and nine seconds for levels 2 to 4 respectively. Level 5's duration is the same effect as level 4, but the skill meter charges faster instead.

Wario's Warehouse[edit]

Wario is the narrator of the Wario's Warehouse article series published on Nintendo of Europe's website. In each article, Wario writes from a first-person perspective about events that happen in his warehouse, where he collects tips and cheats for games on Nintendo systems. These events occasionally involve Wario's interactions with Waluigi, who also resides in the warehouse. At the end of each article, Wario introduces the tips for a certain game, which can be found on the game's page on the website.

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$![edit]

Wario grins as he has the idea of founding WarioWare, Inc.

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Wario discovers the boom of the video game industry, and takes it upon himself to found his own video game company, WarioWare, Inc. Wario hires his friends Mona, Jimmy T, Kat & Ana, Dr. Crygor, 9-Volt, Dribble & Spitz, and Orbulon to create a series of lightning-fast minigames, dubbed microgames. Wario's efforts prove to be fruitful, and the game becomes a best-seller. While Wario initially tries to pocket all of the profits for himself, he is eventually forced to spread the wealth amongst his workers.

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$![edit]

Artwork of Wario from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!
Wario in WarioWare Inc.: Mega Party Game$!

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!, Wario and his friends return for another round of lightning-fast microgame action, albeit with a multiplayer twist. In this game, each of Wario's microgames found in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! returns, available within challenges for up to four players. Wario's multiplayer mode is Outta My Way, where one player plays microgames and their opponents must obstruct their view, in an attempt to prevent the microgame player from scoring.

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

Wario Sprite from WarioWare: Twisted!

In WarioWare: Twisted!, Wario and his friends are immersed in the world of tilt-sensitive gaming after Wario's Game Boy Advance was altered to incorporate gyroscopic motion control. Fueled by greed, Wario once again recruits his friends to create a series of seconds-long microgames that capitalize on the revolutionary motion control, rather than the +Control Pad Control Pad. Wario hosts the Smorgasbord Sampler microgame set, which introduces the player to the tilt controls through microgames without a time limit. Wario also hosts the two WarioWatch modes, Speed Spin and Speedier Spin, where the player must avoid letting the watch tick down to zero seconds. WarioWare: Twisted! also introduces Wario's superhuman alter ego, Wario-Man, to the franchise.

Wario also appears in WarioWare Twisted Marble Maze Game, where he can be seen on the Round 1 board.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

Sewer Guru
Wario encountering the Sewer Guru

In WarioWare: Touched!, Wario steals a mysterious dual-screened handheld gaming device from the Sewer Guru. Eventually, Wario discovers that the system is touch-sensitive and that this gimmick is an extremely drawing tactic for game sales. Wario promptly decides to cash in on the new system by having his friends and employees design brand-new microgames, which incorporate touch screen controls and microphone-centric activities. Wario's microgame set, Touch Training, features microgames where the player must simply tap the Touch Screen with the Stylus stylus, without needing to hold it onto the screen.

Wario also transforms into his alter ego, Wario-Man, at the end of the game. As he attempts to stop a train with his superpowers, he is sent flying into a sewer, where he turns back into Wario and jumps out. However, he does not realize that he has landed on the Sewer Guru, who angrily hits Wario with his stick.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

Wario's stage from WarioWare: Smooth Moves
Wario running away from the boulder in the Temple of Form

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Wario is gorging himself on cakes when he is interrupted by a small creature called a Splunk. The creature steals Wario's cakes, prompting him to chase it to the Temple of Form, where he discovers the Form Baton. Wario takes it and gets chased out of the temple by a giant boulder. He soon incorporates the Form Baton into his video game empire, and as always, his latest development is a huge hit.

In the Tiny Wario level, Penny gives Wario a new motorbike. He seems to enjoy riding it despite it being much too small for him, but he suddenly gets sucked inside the contraption and is fired out the exhaust as several Tiny Warios. After they eventually recombine back into normal Wario, he is approached by a hoard of Splunks. They want the Form Baton back and chase Wario to the Form Temple, where he trips and drops the baton back in its place, receiving the creatures' gratitude.

WarioWare: Snapped![edit]

Wario's unique outfits in WarioWare: Snapped! (left) and WarioWare: D.I.Y. (right)
Wario's unique outfits in WarioWare: Snapped! (left) and WarioWare: D.I.Y. (right)
Wario's unique outfits in WarioWare: Snapped! (left) and WarioWare: D.I.Y. (right)

In the Nintendo DSiWare game WarioWare: Snapped!, Wario opens a theme park called Wario Park with four roller coasters, running the park along with Mona, Jimmy T, and Kat & Ana. Wario runs the Wario Coaster, which contains five microgames that make use of the Nintendo DSi camera.

WarioWare: D.I.Y.[edit]

Wario also appears in the game WarioWare: D.I.Y.. In this game, half of Wario's employees quit working for him in favor of working for Diamond Software. Thinking quickly, Wario hires the owner of a local video game store to help finish some of his games and create new ones. Here, the player is in charge of creating microgames that incorporate touch screen controls. As the player progresses, Wario and Penny Crygor offer new lessons and tutorials that enhance the player's understanding of the creation of microgames. This game and WarioWare: Snapped! are notable for being two of the few games where Wario wears neither his WarioWare biker jacket nor his classic overalls for the duration of the plot.

The game is accompanied with a WiiWare title called WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase. In this game, Wario takes the form of his alter ego, Wario-Man, and he and the remaining WarioWare, Inc. employees produce microgames under the name Wario-Man Software.

Game & Wario[edit]

Wario in Game & Wario

In Game & Wario, after seeing a report about a game console resembling the Wii U, Wario ceases production on seconds-long microgames in favor of lengthier minigames that incorporate the use of the Wii U GamePad. True to form, Wario also hires his friends to create minigames for the new system.

After Wario tries to shoot a mouse who stole his strawberry with a bow and arrow, he gets the idea for his first minigame, Arrow. Later, while riding his bike around Diamond City, he sees a pirate costume for sale and dons it to assume the alter ego of Captain Wario, who is featured in the minigame Pirates. After this, while declaring Pirates to be a success due to him designing it, he is blown away by an energy ball from the game's fans, who mistake him as the villain. Wario crash-lands in Club Sugar, where he decides to go bowling with the rest of the WarioWare, Inc. employees.

Wario is the narrator of the Crowdfarter website made to promote Game & Wario, and he is featured in the website's downloadable rewards. He also appears in an online commercial for the website, where he acts as the director of a focus group interview, while frequently interrupting each member of the group by deliberately tampering with equipment on set.[10]

WarioWare Gold[edit]

Wario bathing in money in WarioWare Gold
Wario bathing in money

In WarioWare Gold, Wario steals a golden pot from Luxeville, but he has also run out of money and is looking for a way to make some quickly. After seeing the success of Super Pyoro, Wario comes up with the idea of the Wario Bowl, a tournament where contestants must each pay ten thousand coins for the chance of winning ten million coins, and he calls his friends to make games for the tournament. Wario announces the start of the tournament and hosts the Intro microgames in the Mash League, Twist League, and Touch League. However, he is unaware that a girl named Lulu plans to confront him for stealing the golden pot.

As the player completes stages, Wario appears in several intermission scenes that play after completing a certain number of stages.

After the player beats both Ultra League challenges, Wario reveals that he claimed the prize money for himself, and wears the pot on his head as a crown. This engulfs Diamond City in darkness as Wario turns into Wario Deluxe and challenges the player. After completing 10 microgames, Wario Deluxe uses lightning to hide the control scheme for the next four microgames. Following these microgames, Wario Deluxe taunts the player that they can always give up, but he is interrupted by Lulu, who clings onto the pot and attempts to wrestle it off of his head.

After the player completes Wario Deluxe's stage, Lulu uses her Hydrocannon LX to spray the pot off of Wario Deluxe's head, turning him back into Wario. When Wario finds out that the pot was the only chamber pot in Luxeville, he laughs and tells Lulu to take the pot. Wario tells everyone to leave, but finds that his friends have followed him to the stadium, wanting their share of the money. Wario desperately claims the money for himself and tries to run off, but trips and is promptly restrained by Young Cricket. When Wario's friends find out that there is little money in the suitcase, Wario reveals that he spent most of the money on the balloons he used as Wario Deluxe. Wario's friends then split the remaining money evenly, much to his chagrin.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

A screenshot of WarioWare: Get It Together! showing the cast in an office room.
Wario completing his latest game

In the story mode of WarioWare: Get It Together!, Wario wraps up production on his new game, which he believes is his best one yet. However, when the game console malfunctions, he is sucked into the game and transported to the game world, along with the rest of his employees. When Wario comes to, he realizes that he is wearing a jetpack and is flying, and he wonders if the game has affected his abilities. While wandering around the game world, he finds a mysterious creature and chases it as it enters his Intro Games level.

In his story's opening cutscene, an asteroid shaped like Wario's nose with his moustache is seen floating in space and falling to Earth. While Wario is at his house playing a handheld video game, the asteroid hits his house, causing Wario to fall down the crater. Wario, still holding onto his handheld device, yells at it to start. After clearing three microgames in this level, Wario is found by Young Cricket and 18-Volt, and they join forces to defeat the creature that destroyed the level.

Throughout the course of the game, Wario finds each of the crew members and helps them defeat the game bugs within each level. Eventually, Wario and company reach Wario's Anything Goes level, and witness a giant game bug, known as the Mega Bug, enter the level. While the opening cutscene for Anything Goes starts similarly to the Intro Games cutscene, the screen glitches out and is covered with game bugs, which corrupt elements of the cutscene. The scene cuts to black upon the asteroid impacting Wario's house, and shows Wario falling down an abyss with game bugs covering him, which transforms him into the Wario Bug. Wario and company fight the Wario Bug, evading its interruptions, until its giant nose is plugged and it explodes, defeating it once and for all.

After the Mega Bug is defeated, the level returns to normal. Wario decides to keep it in the level, stating that its disruptive nature is perfect. When the crew returns to the real world and wonders where the game bugs came from, Wario reveals in a flashback that it was his poor programming that caused them to run rampant in the first place. This angers the rest of the crew, who chase him until he distracts them by noticing that several crew members are still trapped within the game world. With hopes of finding treasure, Wario re-enters his game to help his crew rescue their remaining members and defeat the one responsible for kidnapping them. Having found nothing of value, Wario scowls as he laments the fruitlessness of his long journey.

Wario is the first playable character in the game. As a playable character, Wario flies around with Left Stick. Pressing A Button makes him perform a Dash Attack horizontally in the direction he is facing, travelling a short distance in front of him. This ability allows him to push any heavy object effectively (e.g. Rock-a-Bye and Fire Works, the two microgames that deem him a good fit). However, his ability to attack horizontally results in poor vertical ability (e.g. Piggy Pluck, the only game considered a bad fit for him). Owing to his status as the first character, Wario acts as a tutorial or baseline character, with 10 microgames deeming him a below-average fit, 95 games deeming him an average fit, and 104 games deeming him an above-average fit.

WarioWare: Move It![edit]

“A trip with these chumps doesn't feel like a prize! Waaah!”
Wario, WarioWare: Move It!
Wario's stage in WarioWare: Move It!
Wario in WarioWare: Move It!

Wario returns as the main character of WarioWare: Move It!, where he can be seen wearing a new beach outfit for a majority of the game. In the opening cutscene, Wario is seen driving along the road on his Wario Bike when he notices a food stand selling garlic burgers. He immediately stops and orders fifty burgers, which grants him fifty chances to win a promotional contest for a trip to Caresaway Island. Wario pulls the grand-prize getaway voucher and is initially upset to learn that the trip is for him and 20 friends, but he begrudgingly agrees to take his employees at WarioWare Inc. along with him.

In the intro to Wario's stage (titled "Stone-Cold Welcome"), he is seen hastily disembarking from the boat to Caresaway Island and is greeted by islanders, who offer him a pair of Form Stones. Unimpressed, Wario throws the stones and accidentally hits a parrot, which sets off a chain of events that send him hurtling off into the jungle. He lands in front of a shrine and is immediately chased by a group of tribal characters known as the Woods Watchers. In the outro, Wario escapes the Woods Watchers by falling off a cliff, luckily landing on the same parrot he had hit earlier, which is able to carry him off into the island.

Wario makes a brief appearance in the ending of "A Curious Case of Cave Art", where he notices the cave paintings of Dr. Crygor, Penny, and Mike that were drawn by the Caresawayan, which he stares at in befuddlement.

In the final stage, "Lava at First Sight", Wario is seen sneaking into the shrine at Perspiration Peak Volcano and attempts to steal the gold housed within. However, after removing a large gold statue from its pedestal, a giant hand made of lava rises out and grabs him, pulling him down and causing him to merge with the volcano itself. As Volcano Wario, he begins to erupt, putting the island and everyone on it at risk. However, the volcano is calmed thanks to the combined dancing efforts of Wario's friends and the other islanders, and Wario is ejected back into the shrine. He ends up stuck in the pedestal he tried to remove the statue from, and is soon worshipped as a god by the Woods Watchers, much to his dismay.

In the ending sequence, Wario is seen wearing a flower crown and dancing on the beach with others, implying he did escape the pedestal eventually.

Wario World[edit]

“Welcome to Wario World!”
Wario, Wario World
Wario sits on his throne in Wario World.
Wario in Wario World

Wario debuts in his first 3D adventure in the game Wario World. Wario makes a mistake when he steals a large Black Jewel, which turns out to be alive and evil, as it proceeds to turn all of Wario's treasure into monsters and kick him out of his castle. To regain his castle, Wario must traverse huge worlds, collecting his treasures, crushing huge monsters, and overcoming gigantic challenges as he goes. Along the way, he meets small forest pixies called Spritelings, who aid him in his adventure.

After making his way through the transformed forests, castles, and deserts, Wario challenges the Jewel to a fight. The Jewel agrees, never dreaming that Wario had managed to free the Spritelings, which the Jewel had sealed away. The Spritelings are revealed to be the only way to destroy the Jewel, and after a long battle, the Jewel shatters, and its spell dissipates. The Spritelings then offer to rebuild the castle; how elaborate the finished castle turns out depends on the amount of Spritelings the player has rescued.

The instruction manual for Wario World shows several claims about Wario's personal anatomy:

  • He sees with 20/70 vision, even though his vision used to be "perfect". This is due to excessive studying.
  • His hand grip reaches 80 psi, allowing him to crush apples with ease. They are also "absolutely incredible for nose-picking".
  • He weighs 140 kg (308 lbs), though he claims this is a result of his layered clothing.
  • His abs have 10 rolls, though this may be 10 rolls of fat.
  • His shoe size is 11, and his foot odor is strong enough to instantly knock out cockroaches, though he personally enjoys this smell.
  • His brain has few wrinkles. The wrinkles in the brain allow for the storage of more neurons, meaning an improved processing power in thought - Wario believes the inverse, in that a wrinkled brain stems from overuse and results in "depletion of capacity".
    • The diagram shows a cockroach lives in his brain.
  • His teeth apparently have no cavities, as he claims to eat the bacteria that cause them. This is contradicted in WarioWare: Touched!, in which he suffers from a series of debilitating cavities.
  • He can perform over 100 push-ups in a single sitting.
  • His stomach can hold 100 litres, and his bladder can hold 5 litres. The average human stomach and bladder can comfortably hold approximately 1 litre and 500 ml respectively.
    • He has "never once thrown up".
Wario's icon from the WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! found in Wario World

Additionally, an icon of Wario can be found in Treasure Square. It is used to represent a demo of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! consisting of Crazy Cars, Saving Face, Wario Whirled, Repellion, Dodge Balls, The Maze That Pays and Mug Shot.

Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga[edit]

WarioPoster MnL.png

Wario makes a minor cameo appearance in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga. In the Yoshi Theater, a poster can be seen that shows his facial features underneath the text "Wario". Posters of Kirby and Stafy can be seen next to the Wario poster as well. This cameo does not return in the game's remake.

Wario was also meant to appear in Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga at the Starbeans Cafe. He was to try one of the drinks that Mario and Luigi prepared and reward them with an item called Wario's Gold. However, all of the planned cameos, including Wario, were replaced by Professor E. Gadd in the final version, and Wario's Gold was renamed to the Greed Wallet.

Donkey Konga series[edit]

In the Battle mode of Donkey Konga, Wario is shown on one of the panels on the Slots if the player misses a special note. In Donkey Konga 2, he is displayed on one of the collectible badges the player can earn after clearing a song.

Densetsu no Stafy 3[edit]

Wario's appearance in Densetsu no Stafy 3.
Wario's appearance in Densetsu no Stafy 3
starfywiki article: Wario

In Densetsu no Stafy 3, Wario appears throughout stage 8, Kaitei Iseki, after getting warped there via a large portal. In each level, Wario is affected by one of his three more common status effects - Puffy Wario, Flaming Wario, and Bubble Wario, all of which Wario uses to help Stafy complete the level. Throughout the stage, Wario assists Stafy with completing the levels, giving the player four different treasures - a Wario Cap, a Wario nose/mustache set, a copy of WarioWare, Inc. with a Game Boy Advance, and a pile of gold. Wario teaches Stafy how to use his Shooting Star ability after Stafy watches him Ground Pound.

Wario's role is somewhat based upon the events of Wario Land 4. Wario must locate a switch before escaping the area and four gems to enter the boss room and battle Gachatakkoru. At the end of the first level, Wario uses his Dash Attack to get rid of Stapy and Kyorosuke, leaving just Stafy with Wario until the middle of Stage 8-4. When Stapy and Kyorosuke reunite with Wario, Kyorozou confiscates the four gems off Wario, so Wario has to throw Stafy at Kyorozou to get them back. When Wario enters the boss room, he only gets kicked out of the room as if he failed the battle, but Stafy later uses his Shooting Star ability to defeat Gachatakkoru.

Wario plays a similar role during his appearance in one chapter from the Densetsu no Starfy manga, "Wario to Saikyō Tag da Fii!".

Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door[edit]

Sprite of the W Emblem badge in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door.

Although Wario himself does not appear in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, a badge called the W Emblem changes the palette of Mario's clothes to resemble those of Wario, who is briefly mentioned in the description of the badge.

Made in Wario (manga)[edit]

The introductory splash page of the manga Made in Wario, depicting Wario on his bike colliding with Yoshi and Luigi.
Wario colliding with Yoshi and Luigi on the manga's introductory splash page

In the Made in Wario manga published by Comic BomBom, Wario is first seen in the prologue, where he hits Yoshi and Luigi with his bike after they state that they are the story's main characters. Afterwards, he is shown in the headquarters of WarioWare, Inc. as he shows Yoshi and Luigi how he makes games by going to sleep. He then introduces the two to Mona and Dr. Crygor. Wario is most prominently featured in the second half of the manga, where he uses his car to drive Yoshi and Luigi to his rollercoaster park, Sakebu Made in Wario, which allows riders to experience microgames in real life. As Luigi and Yoshi board the park's ride, Wario refuses to join them, claiming he does not want to get himself killed. However, Wario is wrangled onto the ride by Yoshi, who uses his tongue to do so out of spite. Wario attempts to guide Luigi and Yoshi in navigating the ride as they encounter obstacles resembling various microgames. Wario eventually presses the ride's power button, ejecting the three from the ride and causing them to crash into a billboard. Wario appears unfazed by the ride and calls the park a success, while Yoshi and Luigi are left incapacitated.

Yakuman DS[edit]

Wario from Yakuman DS

In Yakuman DS, Wario is a secret opponent unlocked after completing all the Easy challenges in Challenge mode. He is ranked as the 4th best character in the game, and his difficulty ranking is 5 out of 5 Stars. His Attack stat is at its maximum value, with his Skill stat being his second-highest stat, and his Defense, Luck, and Speed stats being moderate.

Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix[edit]

Wario refuses to give Mario his Music Key.

In Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix, Wario resides atop the Ferris Wheel in his carnival with a Music Key, supposedly given to him by Waluigi. Depending on the player's chosen character, Mario or Luigi confronts Wario, as the Music Keys are necessary to stop Waluigi. However, Wario refuses to give his Music Key up without a fight, and he challenges the player to a dance-off for possession of the Key. In the end, Mario or Luigi defeats Wario and manages to claim the Music Key to continue on his quest. Upon his defeat, Wario talks about making his own dancing game for people built like him.

Mario Baseball series[edit]

Wario getting a home run.
Wario batting in Mario Superstar Baseball

Mario Superstar Baseball[edit]

In Mario Superstar Baseball, Wario is a playable character and a team captain. He has notably good batting skills, but most of his other stats are at low levels. His home field is the Wario Palace.

During the opening cinematic, Wario is seen at his palace, receiving a flyer that depicts Bowser with a description "Challenger Wanted". He is seen during an exhibition match against Donkey Kong's team, where Wario throws a pitch which Diddy Kong is seen bunting at, which results in a fair ball. Wario punches the turf out of frustration afterwards. Wario then has an exhibition match against Mario at Mario Stadium, where Wario hits a home run against Mario. Wario is congratulated by Waluigi, but Donkey Kong lands a punch so hard that it buries Wario. During the climax of the cinematic, Wario allows a walk-off home run by Mario and carelessly looks away.

During the final cinematic that shows after completing Challenge Mode on Special Cup, Wario and Waluigi, who are seemingly in league with Bowser, arrive at the baseball field.

Wario's Star Skill is called Phony Ball. When pitching, Wario throws two semi-transparent cloves of garlic, with one disappearing when it passes the batter. When batting, Wario bats the baseball along with a clove of garlic, in an attempt to confuse the fielders.

Mario Super Sluggers[edit]

Artwork of Wario from Mario Super Sluggers
Wario in Mario Super Sluggers

Wario reprises his role as a playable character and team captain in Mario Super Sluggers, where he uses new Star Skills. For his star pitch, Wario throws two miniature baseballs that travel slowly. One of these balls is fake, and will disappear as it crosses the plate. During Wario's star swing, called Phony Swing, he takes out a Bob-omb and hits it into the air along with the ball. The Bob-omb will land first and explode, creating an opening for the ball to land. While this move is impossible to counter with only one fielder, another fielder can take the blow of the explosion, allowing for the ball to be caught.

During the fourth and final cinematic, Wario and Waluigi are seen sabotaging a cannon during the Bob-omb Derby at Mario Stadium during the night. They rig the cannon with a Bullet Bill, which prematurely fires toward Mario. Bowser emerges out of nowhere and uses his own bat to hit the bullet, which takes Wario and Waluigi with it, sending the duo blasting off at the speed of light.

Mario Strikers series[edit]

Wario from Super Mario Strikers
Wario in Super Mario Strikers

In Super Mario Strikers, Wario is an aggressive captain who sports a yellow and purple jersey with the number 00 on it. His Super Strike is the Belly Blast, which has Wario generate electricity around himself and thrust his abdomen to launch the ball at the goal, leaving a trail of electricity behind the ball as it travels toward the goal.

In Heads-Up, a Nintendo Arcade game based on Super Mario Strikers, Wario appears as one of the character icons, which awards 8 points if collected.

In Mario Strikers Charged, as an offensive player, Wario is a very powerful shooter, and he is skilled at passing, but lacks speed and defensive abilities. Wario's deke is a Ground Pound, which can avoid attacking players and possibly smash them through the ground or push them into an electric rail. Wario's Super Ability is Gas Mask, where Wario emits flatulence. There is a meter for this Super Ability, which means Wario can use this until the meter is depleted or if either team makes a goal. Players, including Wario's teammates, who walk in the poisonous gas have their controls reversed.

In Mario Strikers: Battle League, Wario returns as a physical player. He retains high strength and shooting statistics, though his speed and technique rank among the worst in the game. His Hyper Strike is the Electric Ricochet.

Go!! Go!! Mario Kart[edit]

Wario is a character in the manga series Go!! Go!! Mario Kart, where he is a participant in the grand prix. However, although he occasionally taunts other racers and attacks them with items, he does not play as large of a role as the other characters.

Waiwai! Wario[edit]

Wario's appearance in the Waiwai! Wario manga.
Wario in Waiwai! Wario

Wario is the main character of the gag manga strip Waiwai! Wario. Wario is asleep at the WarioWare, Inc. headquarters, when he is found and woken up by Mona, as he had promised to go to her live concert with her. Wario refuses to go to the concert, as he still has video games to complete. After Mona summons 9-Volt and 18-Volt to beat the games for him, Wario falls back asleep. Wario farts on Kat and Ana as they attempt to wake him up, which knocks them out. Wario is finally awakened after being stabbed in one of his buttocks by Ashley, using her voodoo doll of Wario. He begrudgingly agrees to go to the concert until Mona points out the heavy rain outside; his reaction to this is to immediately go back to sleep.

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

Wario animated in the select character screen.

In Mario Hoops 3-on-3, Wario is a playable character. His character type is Powerful, and his stage court is the Wario Factory, which has Bob-ombs that can be picked up and thrown as a weapon. Wario's Special Shot is the Move-It Dunk, which can be performed if the player taps the letter "W" twice.

Wario: Master of Disguise[edit]

Wario as Dragon Wario in Wario: Master of Disguise

In Wario: Master of Disguise, Wario sees a TV show called The Silver Zephyr, which is about the famous thief Count Cannoli. Wario becomes jealous of the Count's skills, and comes up with what he claims to be a "brilliant idea"; he then invents the Telmet to teleport himself into the television show.

Wario's invention works and he lands on Count Cannoli, who drops his talking wand, Goodstyle. Wario steals the wand, which grants him unique form-changing abilities. Wario comes up with his own thief name: Purple Wind, and uses his new powers to collect pieces of an ancient artifact called the Wishstone, in hopes of having his wish of supreme wealth granted. Along the way, he is confronted by world-class thieves Count Cannoli and Carpaccio, who are also after the Wishstone.

When Wario finally assembles the Wishstone, it unleashes the ancient demon Terrormisu, who has the power to devour the world's souls. However, Wario and Goodstyle manage to stop her rampage and trap her in an alternate dimension. Unfortunately for Wario, due to the technical limitations of the Telmet, he cannot take the treasure he gathered during his adventure out of the TV, which greatly frustrates him.

Itadaki Street series[edit]

Artwork of Wario from Itadaki Street DS
Wario in Itadaki Street DS
“Heh heh heh! You think I'm greedy? Yeah, well...I think gold is greedy for ME!”
Wario, Fortune Street

In Itadaki Street DS, Wario is a playable character of Rank B, who must be unlocked by playing through the game's Tour Mode.

Wario returns in Fortune Street, once again as an unlockable Rank B character. Wario's dialogue in this game highlights his greedy and provocative personality, as he frequently taunts other players, asks for gold, and becomes enraged upon facing a setback or losing the game. Some of Wario's lines also make reference to elements from games in the Wario franchise, including Rudy the Clown, WarioWare, Inc., and the Black Jewel.

Mario & Sonic series[edit]

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games[edit]

Wario competing in Archery in the opening of Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games for Wii
Wario in the intro cutscene

Wario is a playable character in both the Wii version and Nintendo DS version of Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games. Wario's character type is Power, and he has similar stats to Knuckles; he has higher speed than other Power-type characters except for Knuckles, and while his power is high, it is not as high as other characters. He has the best stamina in the game, but also the lowest skill, and, in comparison to Knuckles, he is not as fast and has less skill, but has noticeably more stamina.

Wario's six missions in Mission Mode are:

  • 100m - Cross the finish line while lunging forward and come in 2nd place!
  • 100m Freestyle - Get a 3 note (♪♪♪) rating 5 times when restoring stamina!
  • Shooting - Hit 2 targets at the same time twice!
  • Dream Long Jump - Pass through 10 rings!
  • Dream Race - Collect all item boxes!
  • Final - (Pursuit) Beat Knuckles when he's in top condition!

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games[edit]

Wario’s Story Mode minigame

Wario makes a return in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games, once again as a Power-type character. In the Nintendo DS version's Adventure Tours mode, Wario and Waluigi challenge Mario and Sonic in Bobsleigh, but are defeated. Wario and Waluigi appear again to challenge Mario and Sonic in Snowboard Cross, but they are defeated once again. Afterwards, they join the duo's team.

Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games[edit]

Wario diving off of a board

Wario appears again as a Power-type playable character in the Wii version of Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games, appearing in the opening with the other athletes and competing in Track Cycling - Team Pursuit. A Mii outfit based on Wario can also be collected for Miis to wear, and Wario appears as a character that can be spoken to in London Party mode to play minigames and earn stickers.

In the Nintendo 3DS version, Wario is included in the Tricksters group, alongside Dr. Eggman, Waluigi, and Metal Sonic, which means that he is only playable in certain Events. In the Story Mode, Wario first appears trying to clear the Phantasmal Fog from Eton Dorney for his money-making scheme, but is stopped by Eggman, who he challenges to an event. When Wario wins, Eggman allows him to try to break the Fog machine, which he reveals is a hologram before running off. Wario finds Waluigi, and the pair challenge Eggman and Metal Sonic again, and after winning, Waluigi distracts them while Wario destroys the real fog machine. Wario and Waluigi try to get some compensation from Metal Sonic and Eggman, but later find out that they had been pursuing a hologram of Eggman. Wario later appears to call Mario, Luigi, Sonic, and Tails when they face Bowser and Eggman to support them and tell Eggman he still expects some money, and later appears at the opening ceremony. In the bonus episodes, Eggman sets up a match between Wario and Metal Sonic by offering Orbot & Cubot to Wario as a reward if he wins. Wario loses to Metal Sonic and gives the fog urn to Eggman in exchange. A badge of Wario can also be obtained from the badge machine.

Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games[edit]

In Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Wario is once again a Power-type character. A Mii costume of him can be unlocked by reaching a top speed of 120 km/h in the Alpine Skiing Downhill event.

Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games[edit]

Wario playing Table Tennis

Wario is playable in Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. In the Wii U version, Wario has 8 points in Power, 4 in Speed, and 6 in Technique, making him a Power-type character. In the Nintendo 3DS version, Wario is playable in the Javelin Throw and Archery events, as well as their Plus versions. In Road to Rio, he is challenged on Day 5 of Sonic's story.

Wario is also playable in the arcade version of the game, where he has suggested events of Archery and Hammer Throw, and is available by default. He maintains his stats from the Wii U version.

Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020[edit]

Wario appears as a playable Power-type character in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Like most of the game's characters, Wario wears unique outfits depending on the event being played, but wears his standard outfit in Dream Events. In the game's arcade version, Wario is also a Power character, retaining his statistics from the previous installment.

Ore Dayo! Wario Dayo!![edit]

Wario in Ore Dayo! Wario Dayo!!

Wario is the main character of a spin-off of the Super Mario-kun series by the same author, titled Ore Dayo! Wario Dayo!!. This manga series is based on the Wario games Wario World, Wario: Master of Disguise, and Wario Land: Shake It!, and Wario generally reprises his starring role and his greedy personality showcased in those games.

GO Ketsu Wario[edit]

Similarly to Ore Dayo! Wario Dayo!!, Wario is the main character of the manga series GO Ketsu Wario, which is also based on Wario: Master of Disguise and Wario Land: Shake It!.

Mario Sports Mix[edit]

Wario startled by Peach's Volleyball special shot in Mario Sports Mix

In Mario Sports Mix, Wario is classified as a Powerful type character. His court is once again Wario Factory. During the Mario Press Conference promoting the game, Mario states that it was difficult to convince Wario to participate, but once Mario mentioned the game's inclusion of four sports, Wario finally decided to take part. Wario also appears in a clip of a Basketball game on DK Dock shown during the conference, in which he is on Miichael's team and grabs the basketball after Mario drops it.

Being a Powerful type character, Wario's shots often pack a lot of power and can push back weaker characters fairly easily. In Dodgeball, instead of evading attacks, Wario attempts to repel dodgeball attacks with his rear end. However, this maneuver is rendered useless if the dodgeball is equipped with an item.

Wario's special shot involves him throwing a yellow bomb, which covers an area with gas. He then aims the ball or puck at the goal. In Basketball, the gas has an added effect, in which players caught in it are stunned. In Volleyball and Dodgeball, the gas merely covers the field. While the move does make it more difficult for opposing players to block or avoid Wario's shots, it also hinders Wario by obscuring his own vision as he aims for his target.

Nintendo Kids Space[edit]

Icon of Wario's profile
Wario's "Character book corner" profile icon

Wario has his own profile in the "Character book corner" on the Nintendo Kids Space website, which describes him as Mario's childhood friend who is now his rival, an adventurer hunting for treasure, and the president of WarioWare, Inc. The profile also claims that Wario does not worry about small issues, that his weakness for money inhibits his personality, which would otherwise be good-natured, and that his eager consumption of garlic gives him outstanding stamina.

Play Nintendo[edit]

On the Play Nintendo website, Wario has his own profile on the website's "Friends" section, and he appears in several of the website's games and activities.

Wario result in Back-To-School Funny Personality Quiz
Wario's result in Back-To-School Funny Personality Quiz

Personality quizzes featuring Wario include WarioWare Gold Fun Personality Quiz, where he photobombs the image of whichever character the user receives, Halloween Costume Ideas Quiz, where he appears as inspiration for a Halloween costume under the "Mushroom Kingdom baddies" result, and Back-To-School Funny Personality Quiz, where he is one of the possible characters who the quiz can predict the player would befriend on the first day of school. In the quiz Who's Your Mushroom Kingdom BFF?, Wario is one of the Super Mario characters who the quiz can determine to be the player's best friend. In Mario Tennis Aces Mushroom Kingdom Characters Quiz, Wario is one of the characters that the player can select to be on their preferred doubles team.

Wario is the focus of several opinion polls on the website. Two polls featuring Wario are based on WarioWare Gold, which include "WarioWare Gold Daily Missions Poll", which asks the user why Wario is trying to earn cash during the events of the game, and "Wario's Mustache Poll - WarioWare Gold Game", which asks how Wario maintains the quality of his mustache. Another poll featuring Wario based on WarioWare: Get It Together! is titled "WarioWare Poll: What kind of Wario energy are you feeling?", and it asks the user which of Wario's moods most closely matches their own. Finally, in "Nintendo Valentines Fun Poll", Wario is one of the characters the user can choose as someone they would want to give a Valentine to.

The jigsaw puzzle "WarioWare Gold Free Online Jigsaw Puzzle" shows Wario at the center of the image. In the memory match-up activity "WarioWare Memory Match-up Online Game", he is on a pair of cards, and he is the subject of the paint-by-number activity "Online Coloring Games: Wario Paint-by-Number Activity".

One of the crafts on the website features Wario, which is a backpack tag design based on WarioWare Gold in the set of tags titled "Nintendo Printable Backpack Tags". Two other printables also feature him: a party hat based on Mario Party Superstars in the set titled "Print & Play: Mario Party Superstars Printable Party Hats", and a mask of Wario's nose and mustache based on WarioWare: Get It Together!, titled "Print & Play: Printable Wario ‘stache Mask".

In Episode 3 of the Mario Reads Your Letters series on the Play Nintendo YouTube channel, Wario is the sender of one of the messages in Mario's Mailbox, with the message's subject line being "ARRGHHHHHH!". In Episode 6, another message from Wario can be seen with the subject line "Donate to Crowdfarter".

Nintendo Badge Arcade[edit]

WarioWare-series badge from Nintendo Badge Arcade
Wario as the Moon from The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask

In Nintendo Badge Arcade, Wario appears in several badge sets, including the Mario & Friends set and the sets for Mario Kart 8, Super Mario amiibo, and the WarioWare series. He also appears in the WarioWare set of badges that parodies The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, where he appears as the Moon.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix[edit]

Although Wario does not appear in his normal form in Rhythm Heaven Megamix, his alternate forms from the WarioWare series can be seen in the challenge set "Wario... Where? 2: The Sequel", which is the final challenge set in Challenge Land. In the version of Freeze Frame found in the set, Tiny Warios replace the racecars from the original version, and in the set's version of Ringside, the Wrestler is dressed like Wario-Man.

Yoshi's Woolly World / Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World[edit]

Wario amiibo Yoshi from Yoshi's Woolly World
The Yoshi design in Yoshi's Woolly World based on Wario's biker outfit

In Yoshi's Woolly World, a Yoshi design based on Wario's biker outfit from the WarioWare series can be unlocked by scanning the Super Smash Bros. or Super Mario series Wario amiibo. In the game's Nintendo 3DS port, scanning the Super Smash Bros. series Wario amiibo unlocks the biker outfit design, while scanning the Super Mario series amiibo unlocks a design based on Wario's classic overalls outfit.


In the Super Mario Mash-up in Minecraft, Wario appears as a playable skin.

Mario Sports Superstars[edit]

A Normal Horse Racing Wario card from Mario Sports Superstars
Wario's Normal Horse Racing card in Mario Sports Superstars

Wario appears as a playable captain type character in Mario Sports Superstars. In most sports, he is classified as a Power type character, meaning his shots have more power (and speed), as well as giving him increased stamina in horse racing. In golf, his default drive is 214 yards, and his shots travel very low in a fade trajectory.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle[edit]

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle features a character known as Bwario, a Rabbid dressed as Wario, alongside another Rabbid dressed as Waluigi called Bwaluigi, although Wario himself does not actually appear.

Luigi's Word Jumble[edit]

Wario was one of the characters whose name could appear in the word search in Luigi's Word Jumble, a game on the Nintendo Kids Club website.

Other appearances[edit]

Wario is one of the characters used for Mario in Real Time (MIRT) displays at various Nintendo promotional events, where he is portrayed by Charles Martinet. Wario's MIRT appearances lasted from 1994, after the release of Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, until 2012. One of Wario's most notable MIRT appearances was at E3 1996, where he entertained the audience before the unveiling of the Nintendo 64. In a separate MIRT appearance, when a guest told Wario that they are from Indianapolis, Wario said that he hates the city, and the only place he hates more is Chicago.[11]

In Pilotwings 64, the Little States level allows the player to explore an island with a monument based on Mount Rushmore. However, in place of George Washington's appearance on the monument is Mario's face, which changes into Wario's when shot or crashed into. If shot again, the face changes back into Mario's.

A photo of the Wario animatronic used for E3 1996, 1997, and 2001.
The Wario animatronic puppet

Wario appeared as a hand-operated[12] animatronic puppet at Nintendo's booth at E3 1996.[13] The Wario puppet later appeared at E3 1997,[14] as well as at the 1997 MLB All Star Fan Fest in Cleveland, Ohio, alongside a Mario puppet.[15] Finally, the puppet was used during E3 2001 to promote Wario Land 4,[13] which was the last time that the puppet was shown publicly.

In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, the noses and mustaches of Armos Knights resemble Wario's nose and mustache.

Wario is the focus of the Wario Press Conference, an interview where he promotes his games WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and Wario World. During the conference, he frequently insults and threatens the male reporters who ask him questions, while flirting with the female reporters; despite this, Wario claims that he prefers money over women. Wario also demonstrates resentment toward his rival, Mario, by mocking his mannerisms and stating his own superiority to Mario.

An internal Nintendo Merchandising Inc. safety video from 2004 features Wario as a character who speaks and interacts with the video's narrator.[16] He initially dismisses Nintendo's safety guidelines, but later asks questions and assists the narrator in providing the viewer with safety instructions. At the end of the video, Wario claims he is his own supervisor at Nintendo, then complains about how the enemies in Wario World compromise his safety.

Mario's Face, a tech demo for the Nintendo DS, allowed players to manipulate a 3D model of Wario's face in addition to Mario's face.

First card of October in the Club Nintendo Hanafuda deck.
Wario's card in Club Nintendo Hanafuda

Wario is shown on cards from several card games based on the Super Mario franchise. In Nintendo UNO, Wario appears in his kart from Mario Kart 64 as the Wild card, while in UNO Super Mario, he appears on each of the cards numbered "3." In Club Nintendo Hanafuda, Wario appears on the first October card, reaching for a Super Star near the top of a tree. Wario also appears on eight of the cards in the Super Mario Trading Card Collection.

In Nintendo Monopoly, Wario is a property that takes the place of Baltic Avenue and costs $60. He is also a playable character in Monopoly Gamer, where he is sold separately as a "Power Pack" expansion figure or as an included figure in the Walmart-exclusive "Value Pack" version of the Standard Edition.

In Kirby Super Star Ultra, during Kirby's first fight with King Dedede, Wario can be seen in the audience on the far right side of the Mt. Dedede arena.

Wario's outfit appears in Nintendo Land, where it is worn by the fourth Mii player in Luigi's Ghost Mansion.

An image macro using artwork of Wario from Game & Wario was used on the Nintendo of America Twitter account on October 24, 2013, as a bait-and-switch to contrast the tweet's accompanying text, which invited users to click on the tweet to see Reggie Fils-Aimé twerk.

In Super Mario Labyrinth, Wario appears on one of the character cards and its corresponding path tile, as well as on the front cover of the game.

From September 17 to September 21, 2021, Tetris 99 ran the 24th Maximus Cup, which featured a WarioWare: Get It Together! theme, where Wario is represented by the "I" tetromino.

Unused appearances[edit]

Donkey Kong Country[edit]

Wario is the antagonist of a scrapped early pitch for Donkey Kong Country titled Donkey Kong vs. Super Wario, in which Wario steals a time machine built by Mario and uses it to acquire a futuristic beam gun, which he uses to turn Mario to stone. Wario is witnessed by a parrot who alerts Donkey Kong about Wario's actions.

Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars[edit]

Wario appears in a scrapped early pitch for Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars based on The Three Musketeers, in which he is a member of the Mushroom Kingdom's guard who was formerly the leader of bandits.[17]

Diddy Kong Pilot (2001)[edit]

Wario is one of the Super Mario characters found in a very early build of the 2001 version of Diddy Kong Pilot, in which he can be seen piloting a red triplane separate from his own plane, the Bulldog.

New Super Mario Bros. Wii[edit]

According to Shigeru Miyamoto, Wario was one of the characters considered to be added as a playable character in New Super Mario Bros. Wii, where he would use a flatulence attack. However, these characters were ultimately scrapped to ensure every character had the same abilities as each other.[18]

List of game appearances by date[edit]

This is a list of game appearances for Wario, sorted by each game's release year.

Title Description Year System
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins Main antagonist; Final boss 1992 Game Boy
Mario & Wario Main antagonist; Non-playable character 1993 SNES
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Main protagonist; Playable character 1994 Game Boy
Wario's Woods Main antagonist; Non-playable character 1994 NES, SNES
Wario Blast Playable character 1994 Game Boy
Mario's Picross Playable character 1995 Game Boy
Mario's Super Picross Playable character 1995 SNES
Mario Clash Cameo at 500,000 points 1995 Virtual Boy
Virtual Boy Wario Land Playable character 1995 Virtual Boy
Pilotwings 64 Cameo 1996 Nintendo 64
Picross 2 Playable character 1996 Game Boy
Mario Kart 64 Playable character 1996 Nintendo 64
Game & Watch Gallery 2 Playable character 1997 Game Boy
Wario Land II Playable character 1998 Game Boy, Game Boy Color
Mario Party Playable character 1998 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf Unlockable playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Mario Golf Unlockable playable character 1999 Game Boy Color
Mario Party 2 Playable character 1999 Nintendo 64
Game & Watch Gallery 3 Non-playable character 1999 Game Boy Color
Mario Artist: Paint Studio Stamp 1999 Nintendo 64DD
Wario Land 3 Playable character 2000 Game Boy Color
Picross NP Non-playable character 2000 SNES
Mario Tennis Playable character 2000 Nintendo 64
Mario Tennis Unlockable playable character 2001 Game Boy Color
Mario Party 3 Playable character 2001 Nintendo 64
Mario Kart: Super Circuit Playable character 2001 Game Boy Advance
Wario Land 4 Playable character 2001 Game Boy Advance
Dr. Mario 64 Playable character 2001 Nintendo 64
Super Smash Bros. Melee Trophy 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Playable character 2002 Game Boy Advance
Mario Party 4 Playable character 2002 Nintendo GameCube
Nintendo Puzzle Collection Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party-e Playable character 2003 e-Reader
Wario Ware, Inc. Playable character 2003 Game Boy Advance
Mario Kart: Double Dash!! Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 5 Playable character 2003 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! Playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Golf: Advance Tour Unlockable playable character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Wario World Playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Densetsu no Stafy 3 Non-playable character 2004 Game Boy Advance
Mario Power Tennis Playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Donkey Konga Cameo 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Party 6 Playable character 2004 Nintendo GameCube
Super Mario 64 DS Unlockable playable character 2004 Nintendo DS
Yakuman DS Non-playable character 2005 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Touched! Playable character 2005 Nintendo DS
Donkey Konga 2 Cameo 2005 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Twisted! Playable character 2005 Game Boy Advance
Mario Superstar Baseball Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix Boss 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart Arcade GP Playable character 2005 Arcade
Mario Party 7 Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Kart DS Playable character 2005 Nintendo DS
Super Mario Strikers Playable character 2005 Nintendo GameCube
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 Playable character 2006 Nintendo DS
New Super Mario Bros. Minigame cameo 2006 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Playable character 2006 Wii
Wario: Master of Disguise Playable character 2007 Nintendo DS
Mario Kart Arcade GP 2 Playable character 2007 Arcade
Mario Party 8 Playable character 2007 Wii
Itadaki Street DS Playable character 2007 Nintendo DS
Mario Strikers Charged Playable character 2007 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Playable character 2007 Wii, Nintendo DS
Mario Party DS Playable character 2007 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Playable character 2008 Wii
Mario Kart Wii Playable character 2008 Wii
Mario Super Sluggers Playable character 2008 Wii
Wario Land: Shake It! Playable character 2008 Wii
Kirby Super Star Ultra Cameo 2008 Nintendo DS
New Play Control! Mario Power Tennis Playable character 2009 Wii
WarioWare: Snapped! Playable character 2009 Nintendo DSi
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games Playable character 2009 Wii, Nintendo DS
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Playable character 2010 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase Playable character 2010 WiiWare
Mario Sports Mix Playable character 2010 Wii
Mario & Sonic at the London 2012 Olympic Games Playable character 2011 Wii, Nintendo 3DS
Fortune Street Playable character 2011 Wii
Mario Kart 7 Unlockable playable character 2011 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Party 9 Playable character 2012 Wii
Mario Tennis Open Playable character 2012 Nintendo 3DS
Nintendo Land Mii costume in Luigi's Ghost Mansion 2012 Wii U
Game & Wario Playable character 2013 Wii U
Mario Kart Arcade GP DX Unlockable playable character 2013 Arcade
Mario & Sonic at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Playable character 2013 Wii U
Mario Party: Island Tour Playable character 2013 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Golf: World Tour Playable character 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 Playable character 2014 Wii U
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U Unlockable playable character 2014 Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
Mario Party 10 Playable character 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Playable character (Costume Mario) 2015 Wii U
Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash Playable character 2015 Wii U
Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Playable character 2016 Nintendo 3DS, Arcade, Wii U
Minecraft: Wii U Edition Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up 2016 Wii U
Mario Party: Star Rush Playable character 2016 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Sports Superstars Playable character 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Playable character 2017 Nintendo Switch
Minecraft: Nintendo Switch Edition Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario Kart Arcade GP VR Non-playable character 2017 Arcade
Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle Cameo 2017 Nintendo Switch
Mario Party: The Top 100 Playable character 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft: New Nintendo 3DS Edition Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 New Nintendo 3DS
Minecraft (Bedrock version) Playable skin in the Super Mario Mash-up 2018 Nintendo Switch
Mario Tennis Aces Playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch
WarioWare Gold Playable character 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Party Playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Unlockable playable character 2018 Nintendo Switch
Dr. Mario World Unlockable playable character 2019 iOS, Android
Mario Kart Tour Unlockable playable character 2019 iOS, Android
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Playable character 2019 Nintendo Switch
Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Arcade Edition Playable character 2020 Arcade
Mario Golf: Super Rush Playable character 2021 Nintendo Switch
WarioWare: Get It Together! Playable character 2021 Nintendo Switch
Tetris 99 Cameo as an I-Tetromino 2021 Nintendo Switch
Mario Party Superstars Playable character 2021 Nintendo Switch
Mario Strikers: Battle League Playable character 2022 Nintendo Switch
WarioWare: Move It! Playable character 2023 Nintendo Switch


  1. ^ a b c d e "While I was away crusading against the mystery alien Tatanga in Sarasa Land, an evil creep took over my castle and put the people of Mario Land under his control with a magic spell. This intruder goes by the name of Wario. He has been jealous of my popularity ever since we were boys, and has tried to steal my castle many times." Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins English instruction booklet, page 3.
  2. ^ a b Super Mario 64 DS English instruction booklet, page 21.
  3. ^ Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 North American instruction booklet, page 3. "Remember Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins? Wario tried to take over Mario's castle, but he didn't have much luck. Wario, being the persistent guy he is, has not given up. Now, he wants a castle more than ever before."
  4. ^ a b Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 North American instruction booklet, page 3. "One day, Wario while practicing being mean thinks to himself, "Rumor has it that the pirates of Kitchen Island have stolen the giant golden statue of Princess Toadstool. Mario is looking for it but, if I find it first, I could cash it in for a princess' ransom. With that cash and the pirates' other treasures and coins, I could buy a palace that is way bigger than Mario's pathetic excuse for a castle. Ga, ha, ha, ha...! What am I waiting for!?""
  5. ^ Hamm & Rudolf GmbH, Frankfurt. Super Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 26. "In Super Mario Land 2, Wario took over Mario’s castle only to be humiliated and kicked out in the end. Now, he has returned and he’s even more evil than before. This time, Wario is after the golden statuette of Princess Toadstool. The statue was stolen by pirates and buried somewhere on Kitchen Island many years, ago. Wario hopes to get the statue and some added treasures from the pirates so he can blackmail Mario and Princess Toadstool for their safe return. In exchange for the priceless treasures, he wants a fat reward, all in order to build his own dream home. Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 picks up where its predecessor left off—with nonstop, floor-to-ceiling jumping action. But now the tables have turned. You control a supercharged Wario with a new bag of tricks to throw at Mario."
  6. ^ Hamm & Rudolf GmbH, Frankfurt. Super Game Boy Player's Guide. Page 27. "Wario was hardly idle during his absence. After weeks of practice and study, he learned a pair of new skills and also stole a few more from Mario. He is now prepared for his mission on Kitchen Island."
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