|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, 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 the former to safety. She was designed by Game Freak employee Ken Sugimori. She is named after the wand she carries.
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 does not 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 is seen presenting the "THANK YOU" message on the screen as the heroes defeat Wario and celebrate her success.
Super Mario (Kodansha manga)
Wanda appears in the KC Deluxe manga adaptations of Mario & Wario and Wario's Woods, replacing the Sprite in the latter.
In the first story arc, she helps Mario, Peach, and Yoshi in saving Luigi from Wario's clutches by filling the pits with blocks and saving the heroes from fatal falls.
In the Wario's Woods story arc, she is shown to be a potion maker, hoping to one day create a potion that makes her as big as a human. However, every single potion she makes always explodes. With her explosive concoctions (which replace the Bombs), she helps a young Mario in saving a young Peach and Birdo from a young Wario that had just freed Fauster, a demon sealed ages ago by a Toad hero whose helmet was given to Mario by the Fairies.
In the second act, set years later the first, Wanda is banished from the Fairies' album by the fairy elder due to another explosive potion of hers. This is revealed to be a saving grace, as Fauster is once again freed by Wario and uses the power given to him by having an infant Luigi sacrificed to him to turn all the fairies into stone, except for Wanda. In their journey to defeat Fauster, Wanda and Mario are accompanied by Peach and Birdo. After defeating Goro, the group splits up and Wanda goes with Mario, who gets hypnotized by Mad's mermaid voice. Wanda attempts to free Mario from the trance by creating a potion that would wake him up, but it explodes, freeing him from the mermaid spell. After Fauster completely regains his power and fuses with Luigi into a giant Luigi-esque demon, Wanda attempts to create an exploding potion and finally manages to create the desired growing potion and becomes a giant. Wario, however, re-writes her name on the Fairies' album, and she is instantly petrified. Distraught by the situation, Wanda cries a tear that lands on Mario, making him bigger and leading him to defeat Fuaster, saving the world, the petrified fairies, and Luigi.
In the latter story arc, Wanda is showed to have two unnamed Fairy friends, which always console her when the elder scolds her.
Wanda first appears in volume 9 of the manga series Super Mario-kun, who is seen attempting to help Mario remove a bucket on his head. However, when Bowser approaches to help them, he trips and lands on Wanda, causing the two to become fused together for the rest of the Mario & Wario arc. Bowser has control of Wanda's magic and, while still getting used to it, takes advantage of the situation to prank Mario. During the final battle, the fusion spell expires and the two return to normal.
Like in KC Mario, Wanda replaces the sprite in the Wario's Woods arc, between volume 11 and 13. In this issue, Wanda saves herself from Wario's invasion and arrives at Peach's Castle Garden to ask for help, after which Mario, Luigi, Toad, Yoshi, and Birdo join her.
Wanda role is relatively marginal in both arcs, mostly giving the heroes information about the enemies, locations, and bosses.
Super Smash Bros. series
Super Smash Bros. Melee
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Wanda appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a Novice-class support spirit. The spirit boosts the power of 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.
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
|Name||Image||Game||Type||Class||Effect||How to obtain||Spirit battle|
|Wanda||Super Mario Series||Support (1)||Novice||Magic Attack ↑||Spirit Board||Tiny Palutena, Mario, Peach, Yoshi||
||Green Greens (Battlefield)||Mario Paint Medley|
Names in other languages
|From жезл (zhezl, staff)|
- In preview material for the canceled international release, Wanda was nicknamed "Barrio".
- Additionally, it states that the reason for the blocks during gameplay is because "Psychic Potential Block Fields" can be sensed by fairies.
- Wanda was originally created for the earlier, monster-themed versions of Mario vs. Wario. Game Freak requested to keep the character when the game shifted to using Super Mario characters.
- Mario & Wario instruction booklet, page 2.
- そこに、任天堂サイドから「どうせなら任天堂のキャラを載せようや」という提案があり、僕らもその方がどう考えても売れるので承諾してマリオとワリオになった。でもギリギリでワンダちゃん（杉森建のオリジナルキャラ）を残してもらった. (March 6, 2023). Twitter. Retrieved on April 7, 2023.
- たしかにそうですね。名前のワンダちゃんの語源はワンダーではなく、手に持った杖（wand）から命名しました。 (July 6, 2023). Twitter. Retrieved on November 26, 2023.
- Perfect Ban Mario Character Daijiten. Page 25.
- 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!"
- 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."
|Mario & Wario|
|Main characters||Luigi • Mario • Princess Peach • Wanda • Wario • Yoshi|
|Enemies||Dodorigesu Jr. • Guriguri • Komorin • Tsubōn • Unibo|
|Stages||Yōsei no Mori • Yosu Ko • Kumotori Yama • Kōri no Dōkutsu • Honō no Dōkutsu • Pukupuku Kai • Balloon Bridge • Karakara Sabaku • Wario no Niwa • Wario Tei • EXTRA|
|Items & obstacles||1-Up Mushroom • Bucket • Coin Block • Elevator • Flip-Flop Block • Fūsen Block • Hammer • Jump Block • Magic Wand • Nebaneba Block • Rock Block • Star • Switch Block • Time Kinoko • Timer Block • Toge Block|
|Other||Bulldog • Staff • Gallery • Media|