Nintendo has a very unique assortment of characters within their universe, and Wario is no different. He’s one of the main protagonists across the Super Mario Bros. franchise as a whole, having first debuted in 1992. Since, he has appeared in more than 25 Nintendo games, spanning various franchises like WarioWare, Mario Golf, Super Smash Bros., Mario Kart, and more. Here are five Wario facts!
5 Wario Facts
- Wario first appeared in a video game in 1992. (source) Wario’s first appearance came in Super Mario World 2: 6 Golden Coins, which was released in North America for the Nintendo Game Boy on November 2, 1992. Wario was the game’s final boss, and it wouldn’t be until 1994 when Wario would get his own game, which was known as Wario’s Woods.
- Since 1997, Wario has been voiced by Charles Martinet. (source) Wario first spoke in Mario Kart 64, released for the Nintendo 64 in 1997. Charles Martinet also voices several other notable Nintendo characters, including Mario, Luigi, Waluigi, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Baby Wario, Metal Mario, and Toadsworth, among many more.
- Wario has “bad” right in his name. (source) There’s more to Wario’s name than just an inverted M. Throughout the development process, Nintendo found that his name was a bit of a pun. The Japanese word “warui” translates to “bad,” which fits Wario perfectly.
- Wario was created by the makers of Metroid. (source) The creators of another classic Nintendo franchise, Metroid, are responsible for creating the evil Wario. R&D1 was the team that created Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, and they also created Metroid and Kid Icarus. R&D1 was Nintendo’s oldest in-house development team, having been founded in 1970, but became defunct in 2005.
- Wario’s Woods was one of the final games released in North America for the Nintendo Entertainment System. (source) The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which was the successor to the NES, was released in the States back in 1991. Three years after its launch, Nintendo released Wario’s Woods on the NES, which was extremely late in the console’s lifespan. The game was also released for the SNES.
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