Wario's Woods

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Wario's Woods
North American box art of Wario's Woods for the Nintendo Entertainment System
NES box art
SNES box art
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
Developer Nintendo (no specific division), Intelligent Systems
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Family Computer/Nintendo Entertainment System, Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Satellaview, Virtual Console (Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U), Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date Famicom/NES:
Japan February 19, 1994
USA December 10, 1994
Europe 1995
USA December 10, 1994
Europe 1995
Japan April 23, 1995
Virtual Console (Wii):
USA November 19, 2006
Australia December 7, 2006
Europe December 8, 2006
Japan December 12, 2006
Virtual Console (3DS):
Japan May 29, 2013
Europe October 24, 2013
Australia October 24, 2013
USA November 7, 2013
South Korea July 20, 2016
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA November 7, 2013
Japan January 29, 2014
Europe February 27, 2014
Australia February 27, 2014
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
Japan December 12, 2018[1]
USA December 12, 2018[2]
Europe December 12, 2018[3]
Australia December 13, 2018[4]
HK April 23, 2019
South Korea April 23, 2019
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB's K-A rating symbol - Kids to Adults
ESRB:ESRB's E rating symbol - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Nintendo Entertainment System icon for use in {{media}}. Game Pak
Super NES:
SNES icon for use in templates. Game Pak
Digital download icon for use in templates. Satellaview soundlink
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Wii U:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Nintendo Switch:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Digital download icon for use in templates. Digital download
Super NES:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Horizontal)
Wii U:
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Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo 3DS:

Wario's Woods is a puzzle game released for both the NES and SNES in 1994. It is also one of the many playable NES games in Animal Crossing for the Nintendo GameCube; it can be obtained through using interacting with an islander using the game's Animal Island mode on the Game Boy Advance.

The NES version is notable for being not only the last first-party game produced for the console, but the last game with Nintendo's official license to be released for the platform in North America. As a result of its late release, it was the only game in the NES library to have an official rating by the ESRB, being rated K-A for Kids to Adults. The SNES version carries the same rating. The game is known for being one of only two games that have Toad as the main starring protagonist (the other being Kinopio Live for the SNES's Japan-only Satellaview add-on), though Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker's main character is Captain Toad, a similar character. Wario's Woods was released to the Wii Virtual Console on November 19, 2006 in America, and December 7-12, 2006 in the PAL regions and Japan. The NES version was later released on the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console and Wii U Virtual Console in 2013, where it received the E for Everyone rating, and was made available to Nintendo Switch Online members from December 12, 2018.


The story from the NES instruction booklet:

The Peaceful Woods were once a friendly home for sprites and gentle creatures. Since the invasion of Wario and his band of monsters, though, this quiet community has been turned upside-down. Now, it is Wario's Woods and peaceful creatures are not welcome.

Toad, the Mushroom Kingdom hero, has made his way to Wario's Woods in order to quiet the sinister lout and win the woods back for the sprites. The sprites can create bombs. It's Toad's job to take the bombs and line them up with the enemies of the woods so that the enemies go down in defeat.

If Toad clears enough monster-packed sections of the forest, he'll go up against the mighty Wario himself.

The story from the SNES instruction booklet:

The Peaceful Woods was once the friendly home of sprites and other gentle forest creatures. Wario and his band of monsters invaded, though, and spoiled the serenity of the woods. The quiet, woodlands community has now been turned upside-down by these horrifying events. Wario has now named the woods after himself, and peaceful creatures are not welcome. Toad, the Mushroom Kingdom hero, has decided to travel to Wario's Woods and put an end to Wario's evil reign of terror. Toad knows that, with the sprites[sic] help, he will be able to rid the forest of Mario's twisted nemesis. Thankfully, the sprites are able to create bombs. It's Toad's job to line up the bombs with the enemies of the woods, thus defeating those evil creatures. By clearing more and more of the woods, Toad steps ever close to the ultimate challenge of facing Wario.


The SNES version of Wario's Woods.
A screenshot from the NES version of Wario's Woods.
The SNES version of Wario's Woods.
The SNES version of Wario's Woods.

The game plays similarly to drop-down puzzle games such as Tetris. Toad is the main hero, and Birdo and a Sprite help Toad by giving him encouragement and bombs to destroy the monsters, respectively. If Toad takes too long to complete a level, Wario replaces Birdo and turns the Sprite into a Pidgit, which throws more monsters at Toad, as well as bombs. Wario occasionally performs a body slam attack on the side of his box to make the Thwomp ceiling descend; however, destroying enemies causes the ceiling to rise back upward. Many enemies unique to this game appear, as well as several mini-bosses who attempt to block Toad's path from getting to Wario.

In the end of the NES game, Wario himself appears to fight against Toad alone. Oddly, Wario appears at a gargantuan size in this battle. Eventually, Toad defeats him, causing him to shrink back to his original size and reducing his powers; it is also revealed that Wario had in fact used an air pump to inflate himself to a much bigger size in order to battle Toad. Toad then proceeds onwards by chasing the antagonist out of the Woods.

In the SNES version, Toad does not chase Wario out of the Woods, but instead bombs his castle, causing it and Wario's airplane to be destroyed, sending him falling to the ground. Wario's defeat allows the creatures of the woods to return to living in peace.

Game modes[edit]

The SNES menu of Wario's Woods.

The NES version has five game modes: Round Game, Time Race, VS, Lesson, and Option. Round Game is the basic game with 100 levels; this is much like the story mode of the game, featuring the bosses and events within the game. The levels increase in difficulty as the player progresses, starting with more monsters and more kinds of monsters. It also has an A and B game mode. Time Race has three levels of difficulty and has players racing against the clock. VS is the two-player mode, where the second player has the option of choosing a green Toad as their character. Lesson teaches the game basics. The Option menu gives the player options to change their name, clear their save data, and view their rankings.

The SNES version has six game modes: VS COM, VS 2P, Round Game, Time Race, Lesson, and Option. Most are the same as their NES counterparts, but more robust. Round Game adds an overworld map with different locations, such as underground caverns and a castle, and VS 2P is essentially the same as the NES VS. The exclusive VS COM allows the player to play on three possible difficulty settings against computer-controlled opponents, who are new characters original to this game, such as Katsini, the first opponent. Bosses are removed from Round Game and are instead made the focus of VS COM, with the bosses varying from each level in the game (ie. aquatic characters are the bosses of the underwater levels, while the more powerful characters are located in the castle). Like in the NES version, they attempt to stop Toad's attempt to save the sprites' forest. Upon defeating all the bosses within VS COM, Toad meets Wario himself, and the two duel against each other in the game's final stage.

Round Game[edit]


Toad encountering a regular sized Wario in a cutscene of the NES version.
Toad encountering a larger Wario in a later cutscene.

In the Round Mode of Wario's Woods, the game takes on a story mode sequence with cutscenes being frequently encountered throughout the game. These cutscenes often take place after every 10 rounds, and they are scenes of Wario taunting Toad as the hero gets closer to defeating Wario. In most of these cutscenes, Wario often calls Toad insulting names such as "'Shroom", in order to discourage him from keeping up with his victory. Wario also appears to grow in size throughout the game, alluding to an increase in his powers. In the final round levels, Wario can be seen at a gargantuan size, although it is revealed that he was just inflating himself with an air pump. In the end, Toad can finally be seen chasing Wario out of the woods.

In the SNES version of Wario's Woods, cutscenes largely consist of the interactions between Toad and each of the opponents that he encounters throughout his adventure, including Wario at the end of the game. Their interactions are all based on their respective personalities, and each opponent often taunts Toad before beginning their battles. If Toad loses against an opponent, they also make fun of and insult him, often causing his emotions to change as depicted by his appearance in each of the cutscenes.


Toad facing off against Katsini, one of the mini-bosses from the SNES version.



NES-exclusive bosses[edit]

SNES-exclusive bosses[edit]


Satellaview versions[edit]

ワリオの森 爆笑バージョン Title Screen
Title screen of Wario no Mori Bakushō Version
ワリオの森 爆笑バージョン Menu Screen
Menu screen of Wario no Mori Bakushō Version

Unlike International releases, Wario's Woods was never released as a Super Famicom cartridge. However, three variations were exclusively released for the Satellaview add-on:

  • Wario no Mori Bakushō Version (ワリオの森 爆笑バージョン, lit. "Wario's Woods Burst of Laughter Version") is a version where many of the character graphics are replaced with caricatures of Japanese celebrities.[5] Satebô, one of the two mascots of the Satellaview, is also featured on the title screen, but does not appear in the gameplay itself.
  • Wario no Mori Futatabi (ワリオの森 再び, lit. "Wario's Woods Again") is a version that lacks the edited graphics, making it more similar to the English release. However, there are also other removals, such as the round-game-style Single Player mode and Story Mode Dialog. Catherine (Birdo) was also replaced by the female avatar from the Satellaview hub, BS-X それは名前を盗まれた街の物語 (BS-X : The Story of The Town Whose Name Was Stolen).
  • Wario no Mori Event Version (ワリオの森 イベントバージョン, lit. "Wario's Woods Event Version") is a version based on Wario no Mori Bakushō Version.[6] Two versions of this variation exist.


Main article: List of Wario's Woods staff

Wario's Woods was co-developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. Nintendo's Kenji Miki was the producer and director, while programming was handled by Intelligent Systems' Hiroyuki Yukami, Hironobu Suzuki, and Makoto Katayama. The game employed two different sets of graphic designers and musicians (one for each system), despite a few sprites and compositions having noticeable similarities between their 8- and 16-bit versions.

Soichiro Tomita, Masahiro Iimura, and Naotaka Ohnishi designed the graphics for the NES version. Ohnishi also designed the SNES version's graphics, joined by newcomer Ryota Kawade, who later in his career became a director for the Paper Mario series. The NES version's music was written by Shinobu Amayake and Soyo Oka, while that of the SNES version was written by Hiroaki Suga and Tadashi Ikegami.

In the SNES version, the red Toad was voiced by Robin Krouse, a gameplay counselor for Nintendo at the time, and the green Toad was voiced by Michael Kelbaugh, the current CEO of Retro Studios.[7] They also provided the voice samples for Kirby's Avalanche, another puzzle game released for the SNES.[8]


Main article: List of Wario's Woods quotes


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

References to other games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. 2: Toad carries and throws his opponents in a similar way to this game. Additionally, his superhuman strength also originated from this game. Enemies such as the Spud resemble various items from this game. Wario's Woods also marks Birdo's Super Mario franchise reappearance since this game.
  • Mario & Wario: The Sprites of the Peaceful Woods may be a reference to the exotic fairy Wanda of Yōsei no Mori.

References in later games[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワリオの森
Wario no Mori
Wario's Forest


  • In his NES sprites, Wario's cap and shirt are purple and white respectively instead of the correct yellow. This is due to the console's palette and color limitations. On the NES boxart, his cap and shirt are still yellow.
  • This is the only appearance of Wario in an NES game.
  • The PAL NES, NTSC NES, and SNES versions all have different soundtracks.[9]
  • The SNES instruction booklet uses Birdo's Japanese name, Catherine.[10]
  • A mode noticeably inspired by Wario's Woods called "Blob Blast", featuring familiar bombs and stylus controls, appears in Brain Age: Concentration Training. This is a similar homage to the Dr. Mario-influenced Virus Buster mode appearing in previous Brain Age games.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Nintendo. (December 4, 2018). ファミリーコンピュータ Nintendo Switch Online 追加タイトル [2018年12月]. YouTube. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Nintendo. (December 4, 2018). Nintendo Entertainment System - December Game Updates - Nintendo Switch Online. YouTube. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Nintendo UK Twitter
  4. ^ Nintendo AU NZ Twitter
  5. ^ Info on Wario no Mori Bakushō Version from SFC MANIA blog.
  6. ^ Cabbusses (September 20, 2017). [サテラビュー] ワリオの森 イベント バージョン VER 2 | Wario no Mori Event Version (Version 2). YouTube. Retrieved February 17, 2023.
  7. ^ Kirby's Avalanche credits
  8. ^ Kirby's Avalanche. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved September 8, 2019.
  9. ^ [1][2][3]
  10. ^ "Catherine and the Sprite assist Toad by tossing bombs into the playing field." - Wario's Woods SNES instruction booklet, page 3.