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Wario-mario party 8.png
Wario, as he appears in Mario Party 8
Series Wario series, Mario series
First game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Designed by Hiroji Kiyotake
Voiced by (English) Charles Martinet (video games)
Voiced by (Japanese) Charles Martinet (video games)
Chikao Ōtsuka (commercials)
Fictional information

Wario (ワリオ ?) is a fictional Nintendo video game character originally designed by Hiroji Kiyotake. Wario was designed as another antagonist to Mario (besides Bowser), and first appeared in the 1992 Game Boy title Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins as the main antagonist and final boss. Since that time, Wario has developed into the protagonist and antihero of the Wario Land and WarioWare series, spanning handheld and home console markets, in addition to his numerous appearances in spin-offs in the Mario series. He is voiced by Charles Martinet, who also voices Mario, Luigi, and Waluigi.


Concept and creation

Wario was originally designed by Hiroji Kiyotake.[1] Wario is portrayed as an exaggerated version of Mario; he has muscular arms, a large moustache, and a bellicose cackle.[2] The name "Wario" is a portmanteau of Mario's name with the Japanese adjective warui (悪い) meaning "bad"; hence, a "bad Mario".[3] Charles Martinet auditioned to provide the voice for Wario around 1993. He was told to speak in a mean and gruff voice. Martinet described voicing Wario as a looser task than voicing Mario, since Mario's voice and personality is free-flowing, coming from the ground and floating into the air, while one of Wario's cornerstones is self-pity.[4] Starting with Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land, Wario experiences rejuvenating effects from garlic. The character is also often seen making use of bombs, as in Wario Land and Wario Blast. The WarioWare series prominently uses bombs as a visual motif in every microgame to represent the time limit.

In video games in which Wario makes a cameo appearance, he is often treated as a villain. However, the development team for Wario Land: The Shake Dimension stated that he wasn't really a villain, and they didn't consider this while developing the game. They focused on his behaviour, which could either be good or bad.[5] Etsunobu Ebisu considers Wario to be a reckless character, who uses his strength to overwhelm others. Tadanori Tsukawaki, the design director of The Shake Dimension, described Wario as manly, and said he was "so uncool that he ends up being extremely cool". Because of this, he wished for Wario to come off as macho rather than comical, and requested that the art designers emphasize his masculinity.[6] Wario was chosen as the star of the WarioWare series, due to the development team's inability to think of anyone better. They also cited Wario's frequent habit of doing stupid things as a reason for choosing him.[7]


Wario Land series

Wario makes his first appearance as a villain in the Game Boy video game Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, having captured Mario's castle.[8] He appeared yet again in the role of a villain in the Japan-only Mario & Wario, where he drops a bucket on top of either Mario, Princess Peach, or Yoshi's head.[9] This was followed by the first game in the Wario Land series, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, which marked Wario's first appearance as a protagonist and introduced his first villains, Captain Syrup and her Brown Sugar Pirates.[8][10] His next adventure plays similarly, titled Virtual Boy Wario Land. It incorporates the ability to move in and out of the background.[8] A sequel, Wario Land II, was later released, with the character Captain Syrup returning as the antagonist. This game also introduces Wario's invulnerability, allowing him to be burnt or flattened but retain no damage.[8] Wario Land 3 plays similarly, using the same mechanics and concepts of its predecessor.[8] A sequel was created called Wario Land 4, incorporating Wario's ability to become burnt or flattened, but reintroducing the ability to become damaged from standard attacks.[8] Both the first console and first three dimensional Wario platforming title was released for the Nintendo GameCube titled Wario World, which did not use any major elements from previous platforming titles.[8] Wario: Master of Disguise was released for the Nintendo DS, using the touch screen for movement.[11] The most recent release in the series is Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, which reintroduced Captain Syrup. It used a hand-drawn animation style, which required the artists to design many frames of animation for the characters, including more than 2,000 for Wario alone.[6]. He is abnormally overweight and loves gross humor and money.

WarioWare series

In 2003, the franchise introduced a new series of WarioWare games, starting with WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! for the Game Boy Advance, which was later remade as WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Games! for the GameCube). The premise involved Wario becoming inspired to open a game development company to make money, creating short "microgames" as opposed to full-fledged games.[8] A sequel called WarioWare: Twisted! was released, incorporating a tilt sensor that allowed microgames to be controlled by tilting the handheld left and right.[12] A Nintendo DS sequel was later released titled WarioWare: Touched!, incorporating both the DS' touch screen and microphone.[13] A Wii game was released titled WarioWare: Smooth Moves, which used the Wii Remote's motion sensing technologies in a variety of ways.[14] The Nintendo DS and Nintendo DSi have seen two new releases, including a DSiWare video game called WarioWare: Snapped!, which uses the Nintendo DSi's built-in front camera, and a Nintendo DS game called WarioWare D.I.Y., which allows players to create their own microgames, including its graphics and music.[15][16]

Other game appearances

In Wario's Woods, Wario appears as an antagonist who wanted to take over the woods however he was defeated and was chased out of the woods by Toad.[8] He was also featured in the video game Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!, which is a remade version of its Japanese original including Wario as a playable character.[8] He has appeared in almost every Mario sports game since Mario Kart 64, including the Mario Tennis, Mario Golf, Mario Baseball, Mario Strikers, and Mario & Sonic series. He has also appeared in most installments of the Mario Party series.[8][17][18][19] Amongst other roles, he appears in Dr. Mario 64 as a co-star to Mario.[20] He appeared only as a collectible item in Super Smash Bros. Melee but later as a playable character in its sequel, Super Smash Bros. Brawl.[21] He also appears as a playable character in Super Mario 64 DS and as a baby who can ride on Yoshi's back in Yoshi's Island DS.[8][22] He has made other cameos, including one in the video game Densetsu no Starfy 3 where he aides protagonist Starfy, and a minor cameo in Pilotwings 64.[8][23]

Other media

The Super Mario Adventures graphic novel, which is a collection of comics originally serialized in Nintendo Power, features Wario in two of the stories. It features a variety of storylines, including a story of Wario's past and his relationship with Mario, explaining Wario's rivalry with Mario.[24] Two characters appear in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, resembling Wario and Waluigi. However, this appears to be a coincidence, as the episode aired two years before Wario's first appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.


Wario ranked 10th on GameDaily's Top 10 Smash Bros. characters list.[25] He also ranked seventh on GameDaily's top 10 ugliest game characters list; the authors referenced his snarling smile, moustache, and outfits.[26] They also included him in a top 25 list of video game anti-heroes, stating that in spite of his greed, he's actually a "cool dude".[27] Screwattack rated Wario as the 10th Biggest Douchebag in Gaming.[28] IGN editor Travis Fahs commented that while he was not the most likable character, he has incredible confidence that overshadows his flaws and makes him an entertaining character.[29] In an article written by Kombo editors Agustin Olvera and Stephen Smith, they exclaim their surprise that he had not appeared in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a playable character, stating that he would be a great addition to the game.[8]

In other media

Various merchandise of Wario has been released, including plush dolls, T-shirts, stickers and a series of Mario Kart radio-controlled cars, featuring Mario, Luigi, Yoshi and Wario in their respective karts.[30]


  1. ^ Travis Fahs (2009-07-27). "IGN Presents the History of Game Boy". IGN. Retrieved 2009-08-08.  
  2. ^ "History of Wario". Retrieved 2006-09-02.  
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  4. ^ "Charles Martinet Celebrates 15 Years of Wario with Kombo". Kombo. 2008-09-15. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  5. ^ "Wario Land Interview". IGN. 2008-09-30. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  6. ^ a b "Meet the brains behind Wario Land". Nintendo of UK. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  7. ^ "Nintendo R&D1 Interview with the WarioWare team". Kikizo. 2006-04-07. Retrieved 2009-09-06.  
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "The Chronicles of Wario: A Retrospect". Kombo. 2005-02-15. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  9. ^ "Mario and Wario for SNES". GameSpot. Retrieved June 30, 2009.  
  10. ^ "Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3". IGN. Retrieved October 1, 2009.  
  11. ^ "Wario: Master of Disguise Review". IGN. 2007-03-02. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  12. ^ "Warioware: Twisted! for Game Boy Advance". GameSpot. Retrieved June 30, 2009.  
  13. ^ "Warioware: Touched! for DS". GameSpot. Retrieved June 30, 2009.  
  14. ^ "Warioware: Smooth Moves for Wii". GameSpot. Retrieved June 30, 2009.  
  15. ^ "WarioWare: Snapped! for DS". GameSpot. Retrieved June 30, 2009.  
  16. ^ "WarioWare D.I.Y. Release Info". GameFAQs. Retrieved June 30, 2009.  
  17. ^ "Mario Superstar Baseball Review". IGN. 2005-08-25. Retrieved 2009-10-03.  
  18. ^ "Mario Strikers: Charged Football Nintendo Wii Video Game Review by AceGamez". AceGamez. Retrieved 2009-10-03.  
  19. ^ "Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Review". GameSpot. 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2009-10-03.  
  20. ^ "Dr. Mario 64 Review (Nintendo 64)". Gaming Age. 200-04-20. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  21. ^ "Character". Nintendo. 2006-01-01. Retrieved 2007-06-28.  
  22. ^ "Yoshi's Island DS Review". IGN. 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  23. ^ "Densetsu no Stafi 3 (Retro) review". Nintendo Life. 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  
  24. ^ Takekuma, Kentaro and Nozawa, Charlie. "Mario VS Wario". Nintendo Power vol. 44. January 1993.
  25. ^ "Top 10 Smash Bros. Characters". GameDaily. Retrieved 2009-08-07.  
  26. ^ "Top 10 Ugliest Game Characters - Page 4". GameDaily. Retrieved 2009-08-07.  
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  28. ^ "Top Ten Douchebags of Gaming". Gametrailers. May 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-03.  
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  30. ^ "Mario Kart Wii Choro Q Steer Japanese Micro Remote-Controlled Kart Set Mario vs. Wario". Toywiz. Retrieved 2009-10-01.  

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Wario as he appears in the WarioWare series for Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Game Series Mario series
1st Appearance Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins (1992)
Alter Ego:
Japanese Name: ワリオ
Occupation: Professional Pillager
Species Human?
Gender: Male
Blood Type:
Likes: Garlic, money
Fighting Style:
Special Skill(s):
Creator(s): Hiroji Kiyotake
Voice Actor(s): Charles Martinet
Trademark: W Cap

Wario is a character in the Mario universe. Often portrayed as Mario's rival, Wario has recently become quite a star in his own right, with the main role in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$, as well as its sequels, and, of course, the Wario Land series of games. Also, he seems to cameo in every Mario Party game, as well as Mario sports games, such as Mario Tennis.

Wario 2D

Wario's name comes from the Japanese word "warui" which means "bad." Since he's a rival of Mario's his M/W relationship of their names works out great.



Main Appearances

Other Appearances

  • Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (SNES) - 1996 - in a painting in Booster Tower and behind one of the houses in Rose Town
  • Pilot Wings 64 (Nintendo 64) - 1996
  • Uniracers (SNES) - 1997 - as racetrack "Wario Paint"
  • Game & Watch Gallery 2 (Game Boy Color) - 1998
  • Super Smash Bros. (Nintendo 64) - 1999 - as Mario's alternate costume
  • Game & Watch Gallery 3 (Game Boy Color) - 1999
  • Super Smash Bros Melee (Gamecube) - 2001 - as a trophy and as Mario's alternate costume
  • Mario and Luigi: Superstar Saga (Game Boy Advance) - 2003 - on a poster in the Yoshi Theater
  • Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door (Gamecube) - 2004 - as Mario's alternate costume

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