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A Sprite from the NES version of Wario's Woods
A Sprite, as seen in the NES version of Wario's Woods
First appearance Wario's Woods (1994)
Latest appearance NES Remix Pack (2014)

Sprites[1] are gentle forest creatures who make their only explicit appearance in Wario's Woods.



In the storyline, they lived comfortably in the Peaceful Woods, but become in danger of losing their home when Wario takes it over, renaming it "Wario's Woods" and populating it with monsters. During gameplay, a Sprite plays a key role by helping Toad clear out monsters by providing him with bombs. However, if the player does not keep the gauge full, she will be replaced with a Pidgit, which is also symbolized when Wario replaces Birdo on the sidelines. The Pidgit will simply shower down more monsters while Wario attempts to knock the Thwomp down, but the Sprite returns once the gauge refills, making Wario leave and Birdo come back. Two of them are also seen in the VS Mode and act identically, except Birdo and Wario do not appear. Presumably, their lives return to normal after the events of the game.


Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 妖精[2]
Fairy, Sprite, Pixie, etc.
Italian Folletto[3]


  • The species of Wanda, the fairy character from Mario & Wario, shares the same generic name in Japanese, although she hails from a different forest and is said to be more elusive. She is also referred to as a "sprite" in English pre-release materials.[5]
  • Additionally, the later Sprixies of Super Mario 3D World use the same generic Japanese term.


  1. ^ Wario's Woods English instruction booklet, pages 4 & 13 (NES) and 2 - 3 (SNES).
  2. ^ Wario no Mori Japanese instruction booklet (fold-out; equivalent to NES pages).
  3. ^ Italian Wario's Woods NES manual. Pagg. 3, 4, 13
  4. ^ Back of the SNES box with Super Mario All-Stars + Super Mario World cartridge included, where there are descriptions of other SNES games: "Wario ha conquistato il bosco delle Fate con l'aiuto del suo esercito di Folletti."
  5. ^ Preview in the September 1993 issue of Nintendo Power