Mario & Wario

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The title of this article is official, but it comes from a non-English source. If an official name from an English source is found, the article should be moved to its appropriate title.

Not to be confused with Mario vs. Wario.
Mario & Wario
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Developer(s) Game Freak
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Super Famicom
Release date Japan August 27, 1993
Genre Puzzle, Platformer
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Mode(s) Single player
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Mario & Wario is a puzzle-platformer game released for the Super Famicom in 1993. It was designed by Satoshi Tajiri and developed by Game Freak. It is one of the few Mario games to utilize the SNES Mouse accessory.

The game was initially planned to be localized for the North American market (as shown by it being previewed in the September 1993 issue of Nintendo Power and a Canadian ad for a Kelloggs contest,[1] which featured a tentative box art), but ended up being a Japan-exclusive title.


Translated from the instruction booklet[2]

This is Yōsei no Mori. Within these woods lives a sprite, and those who meet it find happiness, or so the tale goes. One day, Mario came to the woods to confirm the legend. Peach and Yoshi should have been together with Luigi......but alas, the visage of Luigi was missing. Mario's group of three have separated to find lost little Luigi.

At once, the suspicious sound of an engine was in the air. I wonder what it could be? It was Wario riding his personal plane, the Bulldog, and it dropped a bucket from the sky.

"Whew, woosh!"

And suddenly, the bucket was a snug fit on Mario's head.

"Uwagh, I can't see in this thing!"

The sprite of the woods, Wanda, witnessed it. The petite pixie did not have the strength to remove the bucket on her own, but she desired to help somehow. Thus, Wanda sends Mario a signal with her magic wand, determined to reunite him with Luigi......


Title Screen.

The main gameplay involves guiding Princess Peach, Mario, or Yoshi to the goal, where Luigi awaits. The player can select one of the original eight stages at the start. Once they are cleared, the final stages become available. At the beginning of every stage except EXTRA, Wario drops a random item on the character's head, making them unable to see where they're going.

The player uses the Super Famicom Mouse to control Wanda the sprite and alter the environment to make it safe for the character, making it somewhat similar to the Mario vs. Donkey Kong series. The character will walk left and right on their own, so the obstacles must be manipulated accordingly to allow the character to safely navigate through the level. There is a time limit for each level, and bonus points are given for any excess time. Each character has a set speed; Peach is slow, Mario is medium, and Yoshi is fast. At the end of every stage, there's a bonus mini-game where Wanda can whack Wario with a hammer. Every time the player hits Wario on his plane, the player will earn one coin. After forty hits, the plane will malfunction in Wario's face, but he will also flee if enough time has passed.


Main Characters[edit]

Enemy Characters[edit]

  • Dodorigesu Jr. - These immobile Pidgits can be defeated by simply clicking on them.
  • Guriguri - A fireball which usually moves along walls and floors.
  • Tsubōn - A pot-shaped enemy with a skull mark that can cling onto walls and breath fire.
  • Komorin - Tricky bat enemies that often group together in packs of four.
  • Unibō - Spiky enemies which resemble Urchins and appear in LEVEL 6 and LEVEL 9.


LEVEL 1: Yōsei no Mori[edit]

The fairy's forest is the easiest stage of the ten, and a tutorial for the rest of the game. The world map for each course fits on one screen, making them the smallest of the game. One Girigiri is introduced in the last course.

LEVEL 2: Yosu Ko[edit]

A world set next to a relaxing lake where Yoshis have holiday. It is still a standard stage, but slightly harder than the first.

LEVEL 3: Kumotori Yama[edit]

A mountain region. Timer Blocks are frequent, so sitting around is dangerous.

LEVEL 4: Kōri no Dōkutsu[edit]

An icy cavern with many frozen features. Nebaneba Blocks appear towards the end.

LEVEL 5: Honō no Dōkutsu[edit]

A subterranean cave filled with magma. Pot-shaped enemies called Tsubōn are introduced here, and will breathe fire at the player.

LEVEL 6: Pukupuku Kai[edit]

A large body of water infested with Unibō. Switch Blocks are frequent.

LEVEL 7: Balloon Bridge[edit]

An area in the sky. Fūsen Blocks are frequent.

LEVEL 8: Karakara Sabaku[edit]

A vast desert location. Guriguri are frequent.

LEVEL 9: Wario no Niwa[edit]

Wario's personal garden, which is playable once beating the previous eight stages.

LEVEL 10: Wario Tei[edit]

A big, untidy residence. Playable once LEVEL 9 is cleared.


An extra stage revealed once beating all ten stages. It is a very difficult world.

Items & Obstacles[edit]


  • Flip-Flop Block - One of the most basic blocks, they can be made solid or passable with the flick of a click.
  • Timer Block - Hitting these blocks will make them solid for a short time. Wanda must know when and how to use them.
  • Hibi Block - These cracked square walls can be hit to be destroyed.
  • Fūsen Block - Balloons which expand and inflate from time to time.
  • Switch Block - These switch from solid and red to blue and intangible.
  • Nebaneba Block - These blocks are sticky and trap friend and foe alike.
  • Coin Block - Wanda can hit these to collect coins. One hundred coins will give the player an extra life.
  • Jump Block - Jump Blocks look like springboards, and are usually seen grounded on flooring rather than suspended in the air as in other games.
  • Toge Block - These pointy obstacles take up the full space of a block. They can face four directions.
  • Elevator - Once on these lifts, the character must wait until they can move again.



Main article: List of Mario & Wario staff


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Mario & Wario.


For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Mario & Wario media.
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese マリオとワリオ
Mario to Wario
Mario & Wario or Mario and Wario; used in packaging and promotional materials.


  • There was a mention of this game in the Generation I Pokémon games and their remakes. When the player checks the Super Nintendo in the Copycat's House (at Saffron City, northwest of the Silph Co. building), it states that there is a game that shows Mario with a bucket on his head. The games are also made by Game Freak.
  • A reference to Mario & Wario is made in Mario and the Incredible Rescue, where Wario attacks with buckets.
  • The bucket Mario wore on his head is a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It mentions that "the bucket's M looks like a W when turned upside down".
  • One of Junker's attacks in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story is dropping a bucket on Mario or Luigi's heads and they walk back and forth, using a similar animation to the ones in this game.
  • Although a Japan-only release, the game itself contains no written Japanese whatsoever; it is entirely in English.


  1. ^ SNES Central: Mario & Wario
  2. ^ Mario & Wario instruction booklet, page 2.