We're pretty sure that a number of Nintendo fans have a soft spot for Wario. The overweight, gold-loving and wacky trouble maker began life as a villain, but has gradually become the face of his own quality platformers and some wacky minigame collections.
As a character his history is rather interesting, as he's effectively served as a front for creative and slightly rebellious development teams. Though this most recent hardware generation has been quieter for the character we hope that he'll rise to prominence again in years to come.
In any case, Did You Know Gaming has done its usual work to reveal interesting facts and details around the character - check it out below.
Wha ha ha!
Also how is it less offensive to get drunk on balls instead of beer? I love most Wario games and Game and Watch is included. Lots of time in the multiplayer games and sadly most of the concept games were never expanded upon by Nintendo.
Shake it is amazing and instead of just releasing the wii game on the eshop only a high res version would do it justice. So beautiful!
I need to play Shake Dimension! Wish we'd gotten another 3D WarioWorld game on WiiU. The GC one was flawed but with some work it could have been great!
Wario is such a lightweight. Getting drunk on one beer.
Now we need a video on Waluigi.
2D wario games are the best. Specially, Wii shake dimension is a masterpiece.
Nintendo has abandoned him since then, so sad.
Wario is awesome but it's waluigi I can't get enough of, he's so illusive but easy to see at the same time haha
Wario is indeed awesome!
We need a new Wario platformer game for 3ds.
We need a game for both Daisy and Waluigi now.
I love the WarioWare series a lot, not so much Wario Land though...
The Wario Land series is one of Nintendo's best. Shame it hasn't been heard from since 2008. (Shake It! is great, BTW.)
I miss the original Wario from Wario Land. I hate how his character has changed over the years, especially with the Wario Ware series.
I was surprised they didn't mention the Virtual Boy game. I actually still have it.
Still want Waluigi to be included in the next Wario game
Wario Land: Shake It was a great platform for the Wii. I am a little at a loss as to why they have left that series alone. If you can get your hands on Shake It, it is definitely worth the money. I actually sold it back to Gamestop after I beat it and regretted it. I have since picked it up again, and used, it was less than $10.
It's so sad that there probably won't be any new Wario Land games. I've always thought that the WL & Sin and Punishment games were Nintendo's most underrated franchises.
I recently picked up a new(!) copy of Shake It! in the discount bin. I haven't played it yet, but now this video has me wanting to move it up in my backlog. I love the Wario Land series, and enjoyed playing Warioware Touched! back in the day.
When was the last Wario game? I want a new Wario Land game.
@iamDTS Depends which kind of Wario game, the last one was Game & Wario for WiiU from 2013 which is a Microgames sorta one, but the last platformer was Shake It! for Wii in 2008.
@BigBabyPeach Why would there no be anymore Wario Land? Just because there was a break doesn't mean it's dead.
Nintendo......where oh where is that Wario game for the 3DS?
I don't care if we can't get Wario Land on it, I just want a game that stars Wario. Is that such a problem considering how easily his games outsold Metroid and that fact that its a Mario Spin off.
Wario Land 1-4 were my all time favorites. WL3 is probably one of the best platform/puzzle games ever made.
Never heard of him!
Interesting, as always!
@Dankykong Well, the break is still going on...but I hope I'm wrong. It just seems like Nintendo is all in on WarioWare which has overshadowed the later Wario Land games saleswise.
I personally think that the Wario Land series, 1-4, is not only better than previous Mario Land titles, but even better than most Super Mario Bros entries. The tightness of the platforming, the treasure hunting and extras seeking, the classic quirky Nintendo aesthetics, the way which the hats/forms were used to interact with the levels, the comparatively foreign look of the Wario Land characters compared to the now well worn (even bordering on theme park style) Mario characters, and the interesting theme of a greedy capitalist becoming an anti-hero after taking on chaotic forces (or from a DnD perspective, Lawful Evil vs Chaotic Evil)...
Even in Mario Land 2, it's not clear if he really was a truly villainous character. It's said that he takes over "Mario's Castle", but if Mario owned a castle, that would make him a Landed Elite vassal of the Toadstool dynasty, not an everyman like he's advertised as. For all we know, Wario purchased the property, or acquired it through some loophole or other means, to legally acquire it. After which, the narrative of Wario being a villain and hiring minions (maybe just bodyguards of his bought property) may be just from Mario's perspective. How do we know all those power ups, like the rabbit ears, were not just actually funded projects by Wario? If that's the case, Mario is the one copying and "repatriating" or stealing land and identity from Wario, not the other way around!
These themes all come together to form a more interestingly nuanced narrative than the obvious goody two shoes vs irrational baddie schtick of the comparatively childlike Mario Bros series. Wario has many of the same desires as those such as the Syrup Pirates, but his methods present a conflict of interest with theirs, which is what began their battle. Turns out Mario/the oligarchy were just using him there, too!
Wario Land presents a very different angle of the Mario universe, and it would be good to see it continue in the future. (Although I don't know if anyone is still left who could live up to WL 1-4...)
Wow, LOTS of Wario Land fans here, very few mentions of Warioware, which is an excellent series as well. The same studio also made Rhythm Paradise.
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