Wario (franchise)

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This article is about the franchise. For information about a list of all games in the Wario franchise, see List of Wario games.
First installment Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (1994)
Latest installment WarioWare: Get it Together! (2021)
Number of installments 20
Sub-series Wario Land

The Wario franchise is a spin-off of the Mario franchise starring Wario as the main character. It is the first series created by Nintendo to feature a villain and an anti-hero as the main protagonist. Since its inception, the series has been primarily handled by Nintendo R&D 1 and its successor, Nintendo SPD Group No. 1.

The Wario franchise consists of two sub-series, Wario Land and WarioWare. Wario Land games are platformers that involve the greedy and selfish protagonist looking for treasure and other ways of accumulating wealth. The WarioWare games focus on groups of short minigames called microgames that are made by Wario and his friends, motivated by his wish of making money; they work in the fictional WarioWare, Inc., a video game producing company. These microgames often make use of the new technologies of the system they are released for.

List of games


Title, Original Release and System Synopsis of Platform Game
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Japan 1994
Game Boy

In the game Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, Wario found himself on Kitchen Island, looking for a statue of Princess Peach. He finds out Captain Syrup and her pirates stole the statue and goes out to defeat her and take the statue. After beating the game, Mario steals the statue.
Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!

Japan 1994
Game Boy

Hudson Soft created the crossover game, Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman! which starred not only Wario, but also Bomberman. The original release for the game was Bomberman GB, but for the Western release, Wario was added in the game. Besides the ability to play Wario or Bomberman, there are no differences, and this game plays like a Bomberman game.
Virtual Boy Wario Land

USA 1995
Virtual Boy

In the Virtual Boy's short lifespan, Virtual Boy Wario Land managed to get released. In the game, Wario finds himself in the middle of the Awazon river basin. He spots three Mask-Guys carrying treasure, and follows them behind a waterfall, into a secret cavern. Wario is surprised by a trap door which sends him into an underground labyrinth. The game revolves around Wario seeking revenge and the treasure.
Wario Land II

USA 1998
Game Boy
Japan 1998
Game Boy Color

Wario Land II continued the battle between Wario and Captain Syrup; in this installment, the Black Sugar Gang flood Wario Castle and steal his treasure. Wario chases after them to get his treasure back, and during the mission, also has to rescue his pet hen.


Title, Original Release and System Synopsis of Platform Game
Wario Land 3

Japan 2000
Game Boy Color

In Wario Land 3, Wario visits a cave and discovers a Music Box. Upon winding it, Wario gets teleported to a different world. Here, he meets an oracle who informs him that he has to save the world from hoards of monsters. After defeating these monsters, the oracle reveals himself to be Rudy the Clown. Wario defeats Rudy and all the monsters return to being citizens, who thank Wario for saving them. Wario is teleported back to the normal world.
Wario Land 4

Japan 2001
Game Boy Advance

In Wario Land 4, the story begins with Wario driving his car in the desert looking for a treasure he read about in a newspaper. He finds a Black Cat that leads him to a Golden Pyramid in which he encounters five bosses guarding the evil ruler of the pyramid, the Golden Diva. After defeating the Golden Diva, Wario learns that the cat, which led him to the pyramid was in fact Princess Shokora, who was cursed by the Golden Diva. Princess Shokora, now with the Golden Diva defeated, turns back into her human self and thanks Wario.
Wario World

Europe 2003

Wario's first 3D adventure is Wario World which starts with Wario having a relaxing time at his castle, when suddenly the black jewel destroys his castle. All of Wario's treasures are turned to monsters and his castle is turned into a strange world. Wario sets out to defeat all enemies, claim back his treasures and defeat the black jewel with help of Spritelings.
Wario: Master of Disguise

Japan 2007
Nintendo DS

The Wario adventures returned with Wario: Master of Disguise. It features Wario switching through channels when suddenly his attention is caught by The Silver Zephyr, a show. Angry at there being another thief but him, Wario invents a machine and teleports himself in the show. In the process, he steals the show star's wand, Goodstyle and gets special powers. Count Cannoli asks for his wand, show and Wishstone (a mysterious item Wario finds in the game) back. After defeating him, he meets an other thief, Carpaccio who he defeats. Finally, Wario encounters Tiaramisu who helps Wario but later reveals her real name is Terrormisu and she is a demon in pursuit of the Wishstone. Wario defeats her, and finally returns home with Goodstyle's help.
Wario Land: Shake It!

Japan 2008

The latest Wario Land game, Wario Land: Shake It! is a 2D scroller, featuring interesting game mechanics, which involve using the Wii Remote to perform a variety of actions. The game sees the return of Captain Syrup, who tricks Wario into saving the Shake Dimension from the sinister Shake King, and retrieving the Bottomless Coin Sack, which Syrup desires for herself.

WarioWare series games

Main article: WarioWare

Partner series

Emblem Name Summary List of main games
Mario series

The Super Mario series is a long-running video game series published by the popular gaming company, Nintendo. The Mario series has been running for more than a quarter of a century, and in its lifespan has released more than two hundred video games. The Mario series has been released on a large array of systems, including home consoles, handheld game systems, and even personal and Macintosh computers. Originally starting out with an 8-bit game, the Mario series has gone through many graphical changes throughout the years. The series has spawned numerous sub-series, including the Mario Kart and Mario Party series; it has also taken a large part in the story line to its partner series, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, and Wario.

Super Smash Bros. series

With the release of Super Smash Bros. in 1999, Nintendo started the Super Smash Bros. series. Though the series was more of a crossover series for all of Nintendo's major series, it has featured various characters from not only the Mario series, but also the Wario series. Wario is represented as a series separate from Mario, bearing his own symbol, which is the large "W" from the WarioWare logo. In the games, players select whichever character they want, and then fight against other characters from different Nintendo games on a specific stage. Each character has different move-sets, clearly defining them from one another. Wario is the only playable character from his series, but other major characters like Ashley, have received appearances, with Ashley being an Assist Trophy.

Major elements of the Wario franchise

This list does not include WarioWare-related content.

Major characters

Character Brief Biography First Appearance

Wario is the star of the Wario series, portraying an anti-hero protagonist persona. His actions throughout the series are done with selfish and greedy intents, rather than doing it for the good of others. Though Wario does stomp on some enemies, like Mario's trademark move, most often, Wario confronts and battles enemies with his fists, ramming into them and by chucking them.
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
Princess Shokora

Wario's equivalent of Mario's Princess Peach in Wario Land 4 was Princess Shokora. She is the game's damsel in distress, and the princess that ruled over the Golden Pyramid, until the evil Golden Diva turned her into a Black Cat. The number of Treasure Chests that Wario collects throughout the game determines the overall beauty of Princess Shokora in the game's ending.
Wario Land 4
Queen Merelda

Queen Merelda is a supporting character in Wario Land: Shake It! She rules over the Shake Dimension, and during the events of the game, her reign comes under attack by the Shake King who imprisons Merelda and her subjects, called the Merfles. One of her Merfles escapes and gets Wario to save her and her dimension.
Wario Land: Shake It!


Character Brief Biography First Appearance
Captain Syrup

Captain Syrup is the main antagonist of the series. She is the greedy pirate captain that commands the Black Sugar Gang. Her and the Black Gang make attempts to steal Wario's treasure from him. In her most recent role, Wario Land: Shake It!, she serves as more of an ally to Wario, selling him maps.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Black Jewel

The Black Jewel is the main antagonist of Wario World. It is an evil, living, dark purple jewel with tentacles on the bottom of it. At the beginning of Wario World, Wario stole the gem from the ruins it was imprisoned in and took it to his castle. Following that, the Black Jewel broke out of the chest containing it and turned Wario's castle into a strange world and turned his treasures into monsters.
Wario World
Count Cannoli

Count Cannoli is the antagonist of Wario: Master of Disguise. He is a thief who stars on his own TV show, The Silver Zephyr. Wario invents an invention to suck himself into the show to steal his wand, Goodstyle.
Wario: Master of Disguise
Shake King

The Shake King is the primary evil pirate captain antagonist of Wario Land: Shake It! In the game, the Shake King and his pirate army attempted to take over the Shake Dimension.
Wario Land: Shake It!


Species Brief Description First Appearance

Merfles are the subjects to Queen Merelda, and the residents of the Shake Dimension. The Shake King imprisoned all but one Merfle during his attack on the Shake Dimension, and this Merfle seeked the help of Wario to rescue him and the others. Wario can rescue many Merfles throughout Wario Land: Shake It! and they offer guides and advice once they are freed.
Wario Land: Shake It!

Spritelings are the forest sprites that guide Wario in Wario World. The black jewel imprisoned a large tribe of them within block prisons. Though Wario seems to dislike them, they are extremely useful to offering helps and guide, rebuilding Wario Castle, and even defeating the black jewel final boss.
Wario World

The Wario series' equivalent to Goombas, these creatures come in different varieties including Pirate Gooms, Wanderin' Gooms, Yarikuri Obakes, Wizards and Para-Gooms. All these Gooms make up the Black Sugar Gang led by Captain Syrup. They appear in the first three Wario Land games.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

The most common enemy in Wario Land: Shake It!, they highly resemble Gooms, and like the Gooms, they come in many different varieties. These include Red, Blue, Yellow, White and Golden Bandineroes (each color has different qualities), Floating Bandineros, Pitchforks, Boomdineros and Buccaneros.
Wario Land: Shake It!


Item Brief Description First Appearance

A staple to Wario titles, Garlic cloves are a common healing item for Wario. Wario's character is known for being unhygienic, and Garlic being used to represent Wario's food of choice is for humorous purposes, as Garlic is infamous for smelling unpleasant.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

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