Wario

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Wario
Wario Itadaki Street DS artwork.jpg
Itadaki Street DS artwork
First appearance Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992, overall)
Mario Hoops 3-on-3 (2006, Square Enix-related)
Latest appearance Mario Strikers: Battle League (2022, overall)
Fortune Street (2011, Square Enix-related)
Portrayed by Charles Martinet (1997–present)
Species Human
Gender Male

Wario is a recurring anti-hero from the Mario franchise. He made his first appearance in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, as the main antagonist, and would later become the titular star of his own franchise. Wario is playable in several Mario spinoff titles, including those developed by Square Enix, and Mario Hoops 3-on-3 is Wario's first appearance in Square Enix media.

Wario is noted for being muscular, hot-tempered, obese, and greedy. He is the arch-rival of Mario, and his name is a combination of Mario's name and the Japanese word warui (悪い), meaning "bad."

History[edit]

Mario Hoops 3-on-3[edit]

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Wario appeared as a playable character in Mario Hoops 3-on-3. Wario's character-type is Powerful and his stage court is the Wario Factory which has Bob-ombs that can be picked up and thrown as a weapon. Wario's Special Shot is the Move-It Dunk which can be done if the player taps the letter "W" twice.

Itadaki Street DS[edit]

In Itadaki Street DS, Wario is featured as one of the unlockable playable characters, and is at rank B.

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Mario Sports Mix[edit]

Wario appears in Mario Sports Mix, where he is classified as a Powerful type character. His court is once again the Wario Factory.

Being a Powerful-type character, Wario's shots often pack a lot of power and can push back weaker characters pretty easily. In Dodgeball, instead of evading attacks, Wario attempts to repel dodgeball attacks with his rear end. However, this maneuver is rendered useless if the dodgeball is equipped with an item.

Wario's special shot involves him throwing a yellow bomb, which covers an area with gas. He then aims the ball/puck at the goal. In Basketball, the gas has an added effect, in which players caught in it are stunned. In Volleyball and Dodgeball, the gas merely covers the field. While the move does make it harder for opposing players to block or avoid Wario's shots, it also hinders Wario in that he has a harder time aiming for his target. As a result, this special shot is sort of like a double-edged sword.

In the promotional Mario Press Conference, Mario said that it was difficult to convince Wario into participating. Once he mentioned the four sports to him, Wario finally decided to take part in Sports Mix.

Fortune Street[edit]

In Fortune Street, Wario returns from Itadaki Street DS as a rank B playable character. He is available from the start, but like the other Mario and Dragon Quest characters, he is only playable in Multiplayer mode.

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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワリオ
Wario
Portmanteau of 「悪い」 warui ("bad") and "Mario"
Chinese (Simplified) 瓦力欧
Wǎlì'ōu
Transliteration of the international name
Chinese (Traditional) 壞利歐[1] (Hong Kong)
Huàilì'ōu
壞莉歐[2] (Taiwan)
Huàilì'ōu
瓦利歐[3][4] (since Mario Party 9)
Wǎlì'ōu
From "壞" (huài, "bad") and "瑪利歐" (Mǎlì'ōu, "Mario")

From "壞" (huài, "bad") and "瑪莉歐" (Mǎlì'ōu, "Mario")

Transliteration of the international name

Dutch Wario -
French Wario -
German Wario -
Italian Wario -
Korean 와리오
Wario
Transliteration of the international name
Portuguese Wario -
Russian Варио
Vario
Transliteration of the international name
Spanish Wario -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wii software list. nintendo.com.hk. Archived November 8, 2017, 09:16:17 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 30, 2022.
  2. ^ Wii software list. nintendo.tw. Archived March 15, 2019, 03:48:30 UTC from the original via Wayback Machine. Retrieved October 30, 2022.
  3. ^ "Character" section on the official Mario Party 9 website for Hong Kong. nintendo.co.hk. Retrieved December 27, 2019. (Archived April 15, 2022, 14:05:45 UTC via Wayback Machine.)
  4. ^ "Character" section on the official Mario Party 9 website for Taiwan. nintendo.tw. Retrieved December 27, 2019. (Archived February 3, 2021, 02:27:17 UTC via Wayback Machine.)