North American box art
For alternate box art, see the game's gallery.
|Release date|| June 20, 2003 |
June 23, 2003
July 10, 2003
May 27, 2004
English (United States)
Wario World is a 3D platformer for the Nintendo GameCube released in 2003. It is a spin-off of the Wario Land games and marked Wario's first appearance as a main protagonist in a home console game. In 2004, it was re-released as a Player's Choice title. It is the sixth platformer game starring Wario and the only 3D platformer game in the Wario franchise.
The game's story is described in the enclosed instruction booklet:
Story: From Riches to Rags
"Ah, ha ha! I've finally done it!" Wario chuckles to himself as he does some exploring up his nose. Why does he chuckle, you ask? Because he's finally completed construction of his beloved castle! "So, whatddya think? Pretty sweet, eh? The sparkling golden walls, the luxurious chandeliers... And how about these marble floors? It's a wonderfully gorgeous castle for wonderful and gorgeous me. Hey, by the way- and this is a secret- the lower chambers are brimming with jewels and treasures that I've pilfered from all around the world! What? You wanna take a peek? No way! They're mine, all mine! ... As if I'd actually let you put a single grubby finger on any of my fine treasures! Please! I'm not even gonna let you look at any of them!" Yes, Wario is feeling pretty fine. However, unbeknownst to him, something terrible has happened to his jewels. Sleeping buried under all of his treasures is a powerful black jewel that all but wiped out civilization long ago. And now, on an evening where a red moon rises, the evil black jewel awakens. "Huh? What's all that noise downstairs?! I was just getting ready to floss the gunk out of my toes! Gah! I HATE distractions!"
When Wario finally notices that something strange is happening, it's already too late. The evil black jewel downstairs has managed to engulf many of the other treasures and is rapidly growing larger and larger! And not only that--it's churning out monsters as well! Yes, that's right! It seems that the curse that this jewel carries lets it turn treasures into monsters. To make matters worse, the black jewel has decided that it wants to build a kingdom of its own and is changing Wario's world into quite a weird place.
"Whoa! What the heck's going on here?! My castle's going nuts! Who did all this? Who are all these weirdos? WHAT IN THE WORLD IS HAPPENING TO MY CASTLE?!"
After yelling this, Wario begins angrily stomping his feet. He's come completely unglued! But then, somehow, he subdues his anger and while thoughtfully prospecting his nostril, he gets ahold of himself.
"Using my brilliant brainpower, I think... Wait! That must be it! This is the work of that weird, black-colored jewel! I thought there was something off about that thing the first time I laid eyes on it! Why, that arrogant little PUNK! It actually thinks it can outwit the great Wario! Somehow, someway, I'm gonna take back every last treasure it stole from me! Then I'll smack that thing 100 times!! AAAARRRRGGGGHHHH!!"
Once Wario gets angry, absolutely nothing scares him. And so, after stuffing four full heads of garlic into his mouth, he stamps out in a furious rage to meet the monsters!
The game begins with Wario sitting on his throne and laughing in his completed treasure-covered castle. On the lower floor of the castle, below the throne room lies an evil black jewel, who, thousands of years before, had corrupted any and all who owned it, causing chaos and destruction. To put a stop to this, Spritelings encased the jewel and put it asleep for all eternity. However, when Wario stole the jewel thousands of years later, it reawakened.
Wario, still drooling over his treasures and laughing in his throne room, soon sees his castle rumble. Suddenly, the black jewel turns the castle into a brand new location. This new location is separated into four sections called worlds (each containing a boss battle): Excitement Central, Spooktastic World, Thrillsville, and Sparkle Land. The worlds are reached from a main hub area, which also leads to the Treasure Square where the huge treasure box containing the black jewel is placed. Wario must travel through each world, optionally rescuing the forty imprisoned Spritelings, before defeating the black jewel and locking it back in its chest. After defeating the jewel, he regains his castle and riches with the help of the Spritelings, with his castle being larger and higher-quality the more Spritelings he rescued.
The quality of Wario Castle at the end of the game depends on how many Spritelings the player saved throughout. The castle takes on one of six forms: plant, wood, stone, silver, gold, or full of treasures.
|Ending||Number of Spritelings||Description|
||1||Wario is next to a tent in an ominous dark forest, much to his shock and disappointment.|
||2-10||Wario is in a medieval wooden castle, at which he becomes angry at the Spritelings.|
||11-20||Wario is in a drab stone castle and shows resentment for the Spritelings.|
||21-30||Wario is in a silver castle, but is ungratefully disappointed at the Spritelings.|
||31-39||Wario is in a golden castle nearly identical to his last one. Wario is somewhat impressed.|
||All 40||Wario is in a golden castle filled with treasure, surpassing his original castle in terms of wealth. Wario is ecstatic at his new castle.|
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Wario World is a 3D platformer. Each level has three objectives: beat the boss, collect all eight of the Gold Statue parts and get all eight treasures back. After completing both levels in a world, the boss fight of that world will open. When the world boss is beaten, the next world opens. Wario can use several moves to defeat his enemies in various ways, such as spinning them around or slamming their head into the ground.
Worlds and levels
Wario World is divided into 4 worlds linked by the Treasure Square Courtyard, the hub. From the Courtyard, there are 4 worlds with two levels in each.
||Greenhorn Forest is the first level of the game. It takes place in a forest with tall trees and waterfalls. As the first area in the game, this level is relatively easy and the objects are easier to find, making of this level some kind of tutorial. Magons, Clubosaurs, Cractyls and one Ankiron are the enemies from this level.||No impediment||Greenfist|
||Greenhorn Ruins is the second level of the game. It is set in an area in an ancient temple ruins the middle of the forest. The level features more puzzles than the previous area. The main enemies in this level are Magons, Cractyls, Clubosaurs, and Ankirons. Old Red-Mug is the only area-specific enemy in the level.||Crystal Entity
||Horror Manor is the third level of the game. It is located in a horror area, containing two outdoor areas, both a courtyard and a graveyard, and two indoors area, the haunted mansion and its basement. Enemies here include Zombie Magons, Skelosaurs, Bone Cractyls, and Skeletal Ankirons. The area-specific enemies are Door Spirits, Silver Door Spirits and Swordfish.||Big Bone-Fist
||Wonky Circus is the fourth level of the game. It is set in a massive circus area and contains some puzzles. The enemies in this level are Clowns, Gatorbabies, Pigeons and Circus Ankirons. Cobras, Cage Beasts and Elephants are the area-specific enemies.||Electric Clown Fence
||Shivering Mountains is the fifth level of the game. It is set in a mountain range covered with snow and ice, with deep snowdrifts, pine trees and igloos. The enemies here are Snowmen, Polar Bears, Snow Bombers and Ice Ankirons. Area-specific enemies are Freeze Cannons, Sled Creatures, Turtles, Fattingtons and Icicle Mites.||Angler Mangler
||Beanstalk Way is the sixth level of the game. It is set in a forest full of giant beanstalks made of three areas: a mainland area, an underground area and a grassland area. The enemies from this level are Wolves, Grizzlies, Hawks and Rhino Ankirons. The area-specific enemies are Stingrays, Monstrous Magnets, Rams and Wind Winders.||Tree Freak
||The Mirror Mansion is the seventh level of the game. It takes place in a giant House of Mirrors and is one of the most puzzled levels in Wario World. Some parts of the level contain giant mirrors that reveal objects and enemies that are not visible in the real scene. The main enemies here are Miitī, Masked Clubbers, Haipō and Stuffed Ankirons. Magicians, Ninja Crows, mice, and Witches are the area-specific enemies.||Terrible Portrait
||Pecan Sands is the eighth and last level of the game. It is located in a desert castle and contains many puzzles and rewards. Pecan Sands is divided into two locations, the exterior desert and the temple interior. The enemies here are Mummies, Club Mummies, Hōhō and Mummy Ankirons. The area-specific enemies are Big Scorpers, Flying Spades and Laser Jigglefish.||Stone-Cold Statue
Wario has many moves in this game, including several returning ones from the mainline Wario Land games.
- Punch: A new move introduced in this game, it helps Wario beat up enemies and crush objects.
- Dash Attack: One of Wario's signature moves, he rushes forward and uses his shoulder to ram into anyone or anything.
- Hyper Suction: Wario can open his mouth to suck in nearby coins and garlic.
- Ground Pound: A move that appears in many platformers in some way, Wario can pound enemies with the weight of his body.
- Corkscrew Conk: Wario can turn into a rampaging, spinning yellow ball and hit high-flying enemies.
The three Mad Moves are Wario's three most powerful moves, and can only be used after picking up an enemy first. Using them is the only way to damage many of the game's bosses.
- Mega Toss: After stunning and picking up an enemy, Wario can throw it with all his might.
- Piledriver: After stunning an enemy, he can also use them to slam, hard, into the ground, destroying that enemy and damaging any others nearby. Wario can also use this move to drill through special Trapdoors.
- Wild Swing-Ding: Wario can also swing an enemy around at a very fast speed, taking out groups of other enemies, or use them to open special doors that require him to spin the enemy in front of a switch.
Items and objects
These are the enemies that will appear in every level of the game. However, their appearance will change depending on their environment. For example: They will appear as dinosaurs throughout Excitement Central, but then turn into skeletons in Horror Manor, snowmen in Shivering Mountains, and then mummies in Pecan Sands.
Small Zombie Magon
These enemies appear in only specific areas in each level.
Enemy generator (does not appear in Greenhorn Forest)
Stone Doohickey (at the end of the level)
Unithorn (when Wario falls into a pit)
These enemies only appear in certain levels.
In every level but Greenhorn Forest, certain enemies will attack Wario, and not let him pass until he defeats them, essentially making themselves midlevel mini-bosses. Wario will not re-fight them when returning to the level after completing it once.
Red Crystal Entity
Red ground Crystal Creature
Electric Clown Fence
Wario has to battle numerous Boss characters throughout the game. (Italics mean level's boss, Bold means world's boss)
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!! demo
Each time the player collects all treasures in a level, a demo set of microgames from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! is unlocked. These games can only be played by transfering them to a Game Boy Advance via Link Cable. After a set of games is downloaded, the Game Boy Advance can be disconnected from the Nintendo GameCube and will retain the microgames until it is turned off.
There are eight total sets of microgames, which can be played infinitely and do not feature boss stages. Despite each set's icon depicting a different character, all sets use the Introduction intermission from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
WarioWare, Inc. trial ver. 1
|Crazy Cars, Saving Face, Wario Whirled, Repellion, Dodge Balls, The Maze That Pays, Mug Shot|
WarioWare, Inc. trial ver. 2
|Log Chop, Ski Jump, Jumpin' Rope, Snowboard Slalom, Heads Up, Boing!, Batter Up|
WarioWare, Inc. trial ver. 3
|Butterfingers, Chicken Pinch, Gold Digger, Paper Plane, Tilt-n-Tumble, Right in the Eye, Dry Eye|
WarioWare, Inc. trial ver. 4
|Manic Mechanic, Space Fighter, Hover for Cover, Space Escape, Munch a Bunch, Veggie Might, Lickety-Split|
WarioWare, Inc. selected 1
|An infinite version of Dodge Balls, with the number of boulders increasing by one for each level, up to a maximum of seven|
WarioWare, Inc. selected 2
|An infinite version of Repellion, with the number of UFOs increasing by one for each level|
WarioWare, Inc. selected 3
|An infinite version of Jumpin' Rope, alternating between levels of difficulty for each level|
WarioWare, Inc. selected 4
|An infinite version of Munch a Bunch, with the number of shapes increasing for each level|
- Main article: List of Wario World staff
- For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Wario World.
- For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Wario World media.
| Title screen music ||File info|
| File select ||File info|
| Treasure Square ||File info|
| Greenhorn Forest ||File info|
| Greenhorn Ruins ||File info|
The game received fairly positive reviews, being praised by critics for its gameplay, but was also criticized by many for its short length. GameSpy commented that "the game offers a little beyond of what the regular tridimensional games offers, however, what is offered is short and repetitive". GameSpot stated that its length and simplicity cannot hold the player's attention for more than a day. The Play magazine gave the game a perfect score, stating that "Wario World pays off every second the player holding the controller, and that is greatness". Game Informer praised the game's boss battles. IGN's reviewer, Matt Casamassina, stated that "the game is fine, but not as fine as a Super Mario game".
|Nintendo GameCube||Matt Casamassina,
|7.1/10||Like Luigi's Mansion, what's there is good. I just wish there was more of it. I can definitely recommend Wario World as a great rental. But anybody interested in buying it should consider just how quickly it's all over.|
|Nintendo GameCube||Tom Bramwell,
|7/10||Wario will inevitably be back, and we do hope Treasure is at the helm once again, but what this game needed more than anything was variety and more inspiration than Mario and Wario titles. As it is, priceless moments of its own making are too few and too far between, and although it gets so much right - controls, perspective, distribution of collectibles and level design - all it represents is a good rental or something to buy on Player's Choice in six months' time.|
|Nintendo GameCube||Jeff Gerstmann,
|6.4/10||There are some pretty cool things going on in Wario World--let's face it, any game with a spinning pile driver already has at least one strong point in its favor--but the game's mechanics are shallow, there aren't enough levels, and the game is easy enough to complete in an afternoon. There are some things to like here, but nothing that can't be experienced to the fullest by merely renting the game.|
|Compiler||Platform / Score|
Wario World was a commercial success, selling over 256,000 copies in the United States of America, and over 142,000 copies in Japan. The game was re-released as part of the Player's Choice label in 2004, along with Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour.
Pre-release and unused content
- Main article: List of Wario World pre-release and unused content
References to other games
- Mario Golf - Some of Wario's voice clips from this game are used.
- Mario Tennis - Some of Wario's voice clips from this game are reused.
- Wario Land 4 - Some of Wario's voice clips from this game are used.
References in later games
- Mario Power Tennis: Wario Factory Court has the remixed theme song from Courtyard, which is part of Treasure Square used in it.
- Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix: The music from Greenhorn Forest is remixed and used in the battle in World 3: Wario's Carnival. In-game, it is known as "Starring Wario".
- Mario Superstar Baseball: Wario Palace highly resembles Pecan Sands. Also, some statues make appearances too as well as Cyclone Generators. The theme song of this ballpark is also related to this game.
- Super Smash Bros. series: Several of Wario's moves in the series, such as his neutral attack, Up Smash, throws, etc. are based on his moves from this game.
- Wario Land: Shake It!: Glittertown's music is a remix of the theme from Greenhorn Ruins, and Chortlebot's theme is a remix of the theme from Wonky Circus.
- Fortune Street: In one of his quotes, Wario mentions the "Black Jewel", the main antagonist of Wario World.
- Mario Sports Superstars: Wario's artwork from this game is reused for his soccer amiibo trading card.
- If the player waits around 50 minutes on the pause screen, Wario's chanting will stop, and after a brief pause, he will glumly say "Sorry" and will no longer chant.
- Some of Wario's voice clips are modified versions of his voice clips from Wario Land 4.
Names in other languages
- Official European Website
- Official Nintendo UK site
- Official North American website (Archive of the original at the Internet Archive)
- Official Japanese site
|Nintendo GameCube games|
|Super Mario franchise||Luigi's Mansion (2001) • Super Mario Sunshine (2002) • Mario Party 4 (2002) • Mario Golf: Toadstool Tour (2003) • Mario Kart: Double Dash!! (2003) • Mario Party 5 (2003) • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (2004) • Mario Power Tennis (2004) • Mario Party 6 (2004) • Dance Dance Revolution: Mario Mix (2005) • Mario Superstar Baseball (2005) • Mario Party 7 (2005) • Super Mario Strikers (2005)|
|Donkey Kong franchise||Donkey Konga (2003) • Donkey Konga 2 (2004) • Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004) • Donkey Konga 3 JP (2005)|
|Wario franchise||Wario World (2003) • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! (2003)|
|Other||Super Mario 128 (2000, demo) • Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001) • Nintendo Puzzle Collection (2003) • NBA Street V3 (2005) • SSX on Tour (Nintendo Village) (2005) • Donkey Kong Racing (cancelled) • Diddy Kong Racing Adventure (cancelled)|