Wanda

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Wanda
Wanda spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Artwork of Wanda
Species Fairy
First appearance Mario & Wario (1993)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (spirit cameo) (2018)

Wanda is a fairy who first appeared in the Japanese-only Super Famicom game Mario & Wario. In the game's storyline, she is the fabled subject of a mythical forest, but when Mario is attacked by Wario in her domain, she takes it upon herself to guide him to safety.[1]

History[edit]

Mario & Wario[edit]

Wanda guiding a blinded Mario through a stage of Mario & Wario

In the game Mario & Wario, the player controls Wanda using the Super Famicom Mouse, providing a safe pathway for the aimlessly-wandering Princess Peach, Mario, and Yoshi, who have had buckets and other objects dropped on their heads by Wario and were all separated from Luigi. Her role is to create safer pathways by utilizing her magic wand to alter the surroundings of the environments and obstacles that were in the way of the blinded heroes. If she was not able to clear the obstacles in front of the blinded characters, the level would not be able to be completed as the blinded characters would not be able to reach their target destination. During the bonus minigames after every ten courses, she uses a hammer to hit Wario's plane for coins. In the ending, Wanda would be seen presenting the "THANK YOU" message on the screen as the heroes defeat Wario and celebrate her success.

Super Mario-Kun[edit]

Wanda in volume 9 of Super Mario-Kun

Wanda appears briefly in volume 9 of the Japanese-exclusive manga series Super Mario-Kun. Bowser, however, crushes her, and they fuse together for the rest of the Mario & Wario arc.

Wanda makes a notable appearance in the eleventh volume. The portion that she appears in is based on the story from Wario's Woods. Additionally, her role mimics that of the Sprite from that game. In this issue, Wanda arrives to Peach's Castle Garden and searches for help in order to support her as she tries to stop Wario and his plans. Eventually, Wanda finds the heroes Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Yoshi throughout her search and the four agree to help her on her quest to stopping Wario.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

While Wanda herself does not appear in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the description for the Bucket trophy mentions her role in Mario & Wario.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Wanda appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Novice-class support spirit. She is categorized as a Super Mario series character, although her debut game, Mario & Wario, is not part of this series. The spirit boosts the user's magic-based attacks. In its battle, the player has to defeat a tiny Palutena, who is accompanied by Mario, Peach and Yoshi.

The core extracted from Wanda's spirit can be combined with Princess Shokora's core to summon the Sprixie Princesses' spirit, or with Smeargle's core to summon Elline's spirit.

Profiles[edit]

Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten[edit]

ワンダ
出身 妖精の森
性格 世話好き
登場ゲーム M&W
魔法のつえでみんなを守る妖精ワンダ
「私の役目は、バケツをかぶせられ前が見えないマリオたちを魔法のつえで誘導すること。ワリオのいたずらにも困ったもんね」[2]

Wanda
Place of origin: Fairy Forest
Disposition: Caring person
Game appearances: M&W
Wanda, the fairy who protects others with her magic wand
"My job is to guide Mario and his friends, who are covered with buckets and can't see what's ahead, with my magic wand. I'm also stuck in the middle of Wario's pranks."

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Game Type Class Effect How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponents Battle conditions Stage Song
Wanda Wanda spirit from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Super Mario Series Support (1) Novice Magic Attack ↑ Spirit Board Tiny Palutena, Mario, Peach, Yoshi
  • Defeat the main fighter to win
  • Reinforcements will appear after an enemy is KO'd
Green Greens (Battlefield) Mario Paint Medley

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワンダ
Wanda
Wanda
French Wanda -
Russian Жизель
Zhizel'
From жезл (zhezl, staff)

Trivia[edit]

  • In preview material for the canceled international release, Wanda was nicknamed "Barrio".[3]
    • Additionally, it states that the reason for the blocks during gameplay is because "Psychic Potential Block Fields" can be sensed by fairies.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mario & Wario instruction booklet, page 2.
  2. ^ Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 25.
  3. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #14, page 46, and Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #13, page 14. "However, the biggest help is in the form of a mysterious little fairy armed with a magic wand which can make blocks appear from nowhere, thus allowing Mario to cross otherwise impassable gaps. And so it falls to our winged wonder, whom we shall call Barrio, to save our superhero!"
  4. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) Issue #14, page 48, and Nintendo Magazine System (AU) Issue #13, page 16. "This filling in blocks business isn’t as easy as it sounds. For starters, you can’t just bung a block anywhere. It’s only possible to create a block where there is a Psychic Potential Block Field. Luckily, being a fairy, it’s possible for you to see the oft-ignored aurae that appear as a white outline. Even then there are loads of different kinds of block to deal with."