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For fighter info, see Wario (SSBB), Wario (SSB4), and Wario (SSBU).
For the universe, see Wario (universe). For the Japanese Smash 64 player, see Smasher:wario.
Wario
Wario Pose WarioWareGold.png
SMP Wario.png

WarioSymbol.svg

Official artwork of Wario from WarioWare Gold and Super Mario Party

Universe Wario
Debut Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Smash Bros. appearances Melee
Brawl
SSB4
Ultimate
Most recent non-Smash appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022)
Console/platform of origin Game Boy
Species Human
Gender Male
Place of origin Diamond City
Created by Hiroji Kiyotake
Designed by Hiroji Kiyotake (original design)
Ko Takeuchi (WarioWare)
Voice actor Charles Martinet
Article on Super Mario Wiki Wario

Wario (ワリオ, Wario) is a villainous character from the Mario series, who eventually became popular enough to spawn his own side-franchise. He made a cameo in Super Smash Bros. Melee as a trophy and became a full playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. 4, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He is known to be Mario's rival.

Origin[edit]

After the critical and financial success of the 1989 Game Boy launch title Super Mario Land, a sequel was immediately put into production. This sequel, released in 1992 titled Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, has Mario discover that his castle has been taken over by his antagonistic, greedy counterpart, Wario, and he must retrieve the 6 Golden Coins hidden around the land to get his home back. In the final showdown, Wario was revealed to look very much like Mario himself, except fatter, more muscular, slightly shorter, and with a big, bulbous nose that had a jagged, pointy mustache jutting out of it. In a three-part battle, Wario uses the same power-ups that Mario had access to throughout the game, and adds his own abilities to the mix. Wario charges at his opponent with his shoulder, and crashes to the floor butt first, which became staple moves for the character in future games. When bested by Mario, he reverted to a "Tiny Wario" form, and escaped out the window to search for better treasures.

Wario became the breakout star of that game and quickly developed a cult following. After an appearance in the Japan-exclusive Super Famicom puzzle game Mario & Wario in 1993, Wario took over the Super Mario Land series, starting with the third installment, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 in 1994. The game is radical departure from the previous two games, which were slightly altered versions of the 2D Mario formula. In this game, Wario sets out to earn as much gold as possible, so he can buy his own castle and rub it in Mario's face. Wario controls much differently than Mario; instead of deploying simply jumping on the heads of enemies and using simple powerups, Wario relied on his brute strength with moves like the shoulder check and the ability to sport various hats that gave him different powers, such as a dragon hat that spewed fire. Wario can still jump on enemies, where they are temporarily unable to move, allowing him to pick up and throw them. He also gained his own villain in this adventure, the equally greedy Captain Syrup, who captured a Genie to use for her own selfish purposes. By the end of the quest, Wario defeats Syrup and pays the Genie to grant him his castle.

Wario next appeared in the spinoff puzzle game Wario's Woods, which is notable for being the last officially licensed Nintendo Entertainment System game in 1994. The Super Famicom version received two updates via the Satelleview add-on, being Wario's Woods Again and Wario's Woods Burst of Laughter Version. Also in 1994, Wario would receive a spinoff crossover with Bomberman titled Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! . Next came Wario Land II for Game Boy and Game Boy Color in 1998, where Wario experiences a case of bad karma when Captain Syrup kicks him out of his own castle and steals it. Wario Land 3 for Game Boy Color in 2000 involves Wario doing his first unselfish deed, saving the inhabitants of a music box from the devious Rudy the Clown - on the condition that he gets to keep all the treasure that he earned along the way. Wario also started appearing in more games as a playable character, particularly the Mario Kart, Mario Party and Mario sports titles, where he regularly appears in to this day. In these spinoffs, Wario is no longer evil, but acts as more of a bumbling comic relief character. Due to not having a doubles partner in Mario Tennis, developer Camelot created Waluigi to fill the void. In Wario Land 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2001, Wario follows Mario's footsteps and rescues a princess of his own, Princess Shokora, albeit unknowingly, as he is really out for the treasure that happens to be where she is held captive.

After creating what they coined as "microgames" for Mario Artist: Polygon Studio on the 64DD, Nintendo wanted to expand the concept into a whole game, and decided that Wario was crass and unpredictable enough for the tone they were going for. This grew into the WarioWare series. The first two games on Game Boy Advance were WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! in 2003, which was later followed by Warioware, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! in 2003 and WarioWare: Twisted! in 2004. Wario also received a 3D platformer game titled Wario World in 2003. Also in 2004, the title WarioWare: Touched! released on Nintendo DS and Wario himself made a playable appearance in Super Mario 64 DS. In 2006, Wario would first appear on the Wii with WarioWare: Smooth Moves. Wario also appeared as Baby Wario in Yoshi's Island DS in 2006, where it is revealed that Wario did not have a true home to be returned to by the stork, which may explain his greedy personality and his jealousy towards Mario.

After a long absence, a proper 2D platformer starring Wario released for Nintendo DS titled Wario: Master of Disguise in 2007, and the Wario Land series returned in 2008 with Wario Land: Shake It! for Wii, where Wario would unwillingly rescue a princess again while in pursuit of the Shake Dimension's legendary treasure, The Bottomless Coin Sack.

Due to Wario's popularity, he was one of the newcomers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Instead of being added as yet another Mario character, though, Wario was made a representative of his own Wario franchise; however, most of his moveset was derived from his appearance in the WarioWare games, with only a few moves being taken from the Wario Land series.

The WarioWare series then returned on Nintendo DS with WarioWare: Snapped! in 2008 as a DSiWare downloadable title and WarioWare: D.I.Y. 2009, where players can make their own microgames. While not officially a part of the WarioWare series, a spiritual successor titled Game & Wario released for Wii U in 2013. A best-of collection of the WarioWare series released in 2018 on Nintendo 3DS titled WarioWare Gold and the latest game Wario has appeared in is WarioWare: Get it Together! in 2021 for Nintendo Switch.

In Super Smash Bros.[edit]

Wario did not directly appear in the original Super Smash Bros. in any capacity. A popular rumor though claims he was planned to be playable in the game along with Bowser, King Dedede, Mewtwo, and Marth, among other characters, before being cut for space/time constraints. However, unlike the aforementioned four characters, no definitive official source has ever been found that proves Wario was ever planned to be included as a playable character.

In an official poll held on Smabura-Ken (the game's official Japanese website) regarding characters for a potential sequel, Wario was the third most wanted character overall with 65 votes, after Bowser (169 votes) and Princess Peach (66 votes).[1]

As a color scheme[edit]

Mario in Wario's outfit in Super Smash Bros.

While he does not appear in the game, Wario's color scheme appears as a palette swap for Mario, though it has no effect on gameplay whatsoever.

In Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Wario was strongly considered for Melee's roster, but Sakurai passed over him, as he did not want to include more than three newcomers from the Mario series. Sakurai also explained that he could've implemented Wario instead with the development time allocated to Mewtwo or Marth and Roy, but had opted not to, so he could avoid having an excessive number of Mario characters.[2]

As a color scheme[edit]

Official artwork of Mario's yellow alternate costume in Melee.

Wario is once again referenced by a costume with his colors being sported by Mario. As in Smash 64, this costume change has no effect on gameplay. The only changes to the overall "Wario" color scheme are the blue M and the silver rivets and buttons.

Trophy[edit]

In addition, Wario has his own trophy in the game, unlocked by beating All-Star Mode on any difficulty level without continuing.

Wario's trophy in Melee.
Wario

An old acquaintance of Mario's. His failure to seize Mario's castle has fueled Wario's desire for a palace of his own. Wario has herculean strength and can do things that even Mario can't imitate. His unexpected skills include a talent with items and the ability to assume many roles, among them a snowman, a zombie, and a bat.

Game Boy: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (11/1992)

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Wario (SSBB)
Wario in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Wario is a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His moveset draws inspiration from WarioWare, with the exception of his forward smash, which is his iconic Shoulder Bash from the Wario Land series, and his dash attack, which is based on his sliding attack in Wario Land: Shake It! while running with the use of a Max Fastosity Dasherator. As a fighter, his attacks and manoeuvres are animated in a choppy, frame-by-frame nature, causing Wario's movements to be very erratic and sometimes comical in nature; this ranges from a dash where he appears to be dancing (similar to Mr. Game & Watch's movement), to a fart attack that builds up in power as time passes. Mario still has a Wario color scheme, and the "M" on his cap is still blue. Wario can wear his WarioWare biker suit from his own series, as well as his original Mario-style suit from the Mario series and the Wario Land series. His Final Smash is Wario-Man, where he consumes garlic, turning the already insane anti-hero into a more powerful caped "superhero".

Wario's combination of having heavy weight, a surprisingly small frame, and high air speed makes him a very defensive character who is difficult to KO. He is ranked 10th on the tier list in B tier.

Trophy[edit]

Wario's trophy in Brawl.
Wario

Mario's self-styled rival. He loves money and gross humor. He often sets out in search of hidden treasure. His bold moves come from his superhuman strength and are completely different from Mario's moves. Aside from adventuring, he's also the chairman of game maker WarioWare, Inc. Its franchise game is WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$.

Game Boy: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (11/1992)
GB Advance: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (05/2003)

Sticker[edit]

Name Game Effect Character(s)
Tiny Wario Virtual Boy Wario Land SpecialLaunchResistance+026StickerIconLaunchResistance.png +26 WarioWarioHeadSSBB.png
Wario & Bike WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! AttackBodySpin+021TypeIcon(Body).pngTypeIcon(Spin).png Attack +21 WarioWarioHeadSSBB.png
Wario Super Mario 64 DS SpecialLaunchResistance+057StickerIconLaunchResistance.png +57 WarioWarioHeadSSBB.png
Wario Super Mario Strikers AttackBite+015TypeIcon(Bite).png Attack +15 Yoshi Wario Wolf Pokémon TrainerYoshiHeadSSBB.pngWarioHeadSSBB.pngWolfHeadSSBB.pngPokémonTrainerHeadSSBB.png
Wario WarioWare: Smooth Moves AttackArm+030TypeIcon(Hand).png Attack +30 WarioWarioHeadSSBB.png
Wario-Man WarioWare: Touched! AttackArmLeg+018TypeIcon(Hand).pngTypeIcon(Foot).png Attack +18 WarioWarioHeadSSBB.png
Brawl Sticker Tiny Wario (Virtual Boy Wario Land).png
Tiny Wario
(Virtual Boy Wario Land)
Brawl Sticker Wario & Bike (WarioWare MMG).png
Wario & Bike
(WarioWare: MMG)
Brawl Sticker Wario (Super Mario 64 DS).png
Wario
(Super Mario 64 DS)
Brawl Sticker Wario (Super Mario Strikers).png
Wario
(Super Mario Strikers)
Brawl Sticker Wario (WarioWare Smooth Moves).png
Wario
(WarioWare: Smooth Moves)
Brawl Sticker Wario-Man (WarioWare Touched!).png
Wario-Man
(WarioWare: Touched!)

In Super Smash Bros. 4[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Wario (SSB4)
Wario as he appears in Super Smash Bros. 4.

Wario was unofficially revealed as a playable character in SSB4 with the Japanese release of the 3DS version, first publicised on September 11, 2014 in a Twitch livestream, before being formally confirmed on October 3. Prior to his reveal, the Nintendo 3DS eShop listed Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS on a list of games that include Wario, though it was later removed when this was made public. A supposed report from the Australia Classification Board provided further evidence for Wario's inclusion, as his design and Wario Waft attack apparently contributed toward the game receiving a PG rating.

Wario's moveset is mostly unchanged, with the exception of him having his up and side smash attacks replaced with different moves. Wario's animations now are far more fluid, which is best exemplified with his new running animation. Wario also lost palette swaps, now only having 8 color swaps (4 biker, 4 overall) like every other character (except Little Mac), as opposed to his 12 color swaps in Brawl. He is now an unlockable character, as opposed to being a starter like he was in Brawl.

Mario also retains his Wario color scheme, except the "M" on his cap is green instead of blue.

In the transition from Brawl, Wario gained a number of decent buffs, yet the few nerfs he also received were relatively drastic. The removal of DACUS took away Wario's Gatling Combo, removing an effective part of his offensive game. While Wario's new forward smash delivers much more knockback, it is much slower in start-up lag, and also lacks the transcendent priority and armor of his old forward smash. His superb air acceleration was also reduced slightly, though it remains as one of the best in the game. Some of the buffs Wario gained include extra utility to Wario Bike, as it can now be ridden indefinitely until Wario dismounts manually or is forced off by an attack. It can also now be pulled out immediately upon despawning, ending a wheelie can now slam down on opponents for huge knockback, and throwing it at opponents has the potential to cause large amounts of damage. Wario Waft was also given more knockback at full charge, making it even more deadly. Forward throw also received more KO power, making it a viable KO throw, especially close to edges. Wario currently ranks 41st out of 55 characters on the tier list; while he has secured some noteworthy results in tournaments, his overall representation and results are relatively uncommon when compared to Brawl.

Trophies[edit]

Wario
Ntsc A living embodiment of gross, this villain hates Mario and loves money. He claims to have known Mario since childhood, but who can tell if that's true? In Smash Bros., he's a seriously agile heavyweight fighter. He can store up his trademark Wario Waft for explosive results. Did I mention he's gross?
Pal If someone who hated Mario tried to draw an ugly version of him, it'd probably end up looking just like Wario. The greedy villain claims they used to be childhood friends, though... In this game, he's a heavy fighter with heavy-hitting attacks. The longer you go without using his Wario Waft move, the more explosive it'll be when you..."let it out".
Game Boy: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (11/1992)
GB Advance: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (05/2003)
Wario (Alt.)
NtscSuper Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS With his Chomp special, Wario can wolf down almost anything! Hold the button, and he'll keep his mouth open. Also, if you gobble up healing items, they'll work better! When using his Wario Bike side special, you can jump off, pick it up, and throw it. If you take one thing away from this, it's JUMP OFF. Don't ride off the stage.
NtscSuper Smash Bros. for Wii U With his Chomp special, Wario can wolf down almost anything! If you use this to gobble up healing items, they'll work better! When using his Wario Bike side special, you can jump off, pick it up, and throw it. But please, for the love of all things garlicky, JUMP OFF BEFORE YOU RIDE OFF THE STAGE.
Pal With his Chomp special, Wario can wolf down almost anything! Hold the button, and he'll keep his gob open too. Also, if you gobble up healing items, they'll have more effect! When using his Wario Bike side special, you can jump off, pick it up and throw it. Most importantly, though, you can JUMP OFF. No need to ride off the stage.
Game Boy: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (11/1992)
GB Advance: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (05/2003)
NtscWario + Bruiser
PalWario + Growlster
Ntsc For most racers the finish line is the goal, but if you combine Wario with this bad boy, the game takes on a whole new meaning. And that meaning is to crash into everyone else. Behind the wheel of the Bruiser, Wario turns Mario Kart into a contact sport.
Pal Even in a race for first place, it's possible to sort of ignore the whole winning thing and just focus on bashing into the other racers instead. Wario's that kind of guy, so obviously he'd choose a frame like the Growlster and use it to ram other drivers off the road. It's like he thinks Mario Kart is a combat sport or something!

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

As a playable character[edit]

Main article: Wario (SSBU)
Wario as he appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Wario was officially revealed as a playable character in the Nintendo Direct at E3 2018 on June 12, 2018. Like in SSB4, he is an unlockable character.

Wario's moveset is mostly the same as his moveset in SSB4, with some minor changes. Most notable is the replacement of his sliding dash attack with his iconic shoulder barge Dash Attack from the Wario Land series. He still retains his 8 color swaps (4 biker, 4 overall) from SSB4, although his overall costumes now occupy the even-numbered costume slots rather than the second half.

Also, for the first time in the series, Mario no longer has his Wario-inspired alternate costume, as he gains two new costumes from Super Mario Odyssey and Super Mario Maker.

Spirits[edit]

Fighter spirits[edit]

Primary spirit[edit]

No. Image Name Type Class Slots Base Power Max Power Base Attack Max Attack Base Defense Max Defense Ability Series
738
SSBU spirit Wario-Man.png
Wario-Man
Attack
★★★★ 3 4015 10039 2128 5321 1887 4718 No Effect WarioWare Series

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name
Japan Japanese ワリオ, Wario
UK English Wario
France French Wario
Germany German Wario
Spain Spanish Wario
Italy Italian Wario
China Chinese (Simplified) 瓦力欧, Wario
Taiwan Chinese (Traditional) 瓦利歐, Wario
South Korea Korean 와리오, Wario
Netherlands Dutch Wario
Russia Russian Варио
Portugal Portuguese Wario

Trivia[edit]

  • Wario is the only character that was introduced before Super Smash Bros. 4 that has never had fewer than eight alternate costumes.
    • Wario is also one of two characters who had their number of alternate costumes reduced from one game to another, as he had 12 colors in Brawl and 8 in Smash 4. The other is Little Mac, who was reduced from 16 to 8 from Smash 4 to Ultimate.
  • Wario is the second non-Pokémon fighter to have alterations to his costume aside from recolors.
  • Prior to Ultimate, Wario was the only character who debuted as a starter and later became an unlockable character.

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