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Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U artwork
Japanese Name ワリオ (Wario)
Korean Name* 와리오 (Wario)
Species Human
Affiliates Starfy, Waluigi
Homeland Mushroom Kingdom
Location/Residence Diamond City, Undersea Ruins
First Appearance The Legendary Starfy series:
Densetsu no Starfy 3 (2004)
Wario franchise: Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (1992)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U (2014) (with Starfy)

Wario is a character who first appeared in the Mario franchise as Mario's rival, then starred in his own series, such as the WarioWare series and the Wario franchise.

In the Japan-only Densetsu no Starfy 3, he serves a major role in Stage 8 (Undersea Ruins) (or 'cameo' but not in the sense of a minor appearance), where he helps Starfy progress through the stage. His evil-like laugh can be heard in Densetsu no Starfy 3.

Wario has also appeared in the Nintendo fighting game Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a newcomer, and returned in its successors, Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


Densetsu no Starfy 3

Wario granting Starfy with treasure in Densetsu no Starfy 3

Wario made a cross-over appearance in Densetsu no Starfy 3, where he helps Starfy throughout Undersea Ruins (Stage 8) with his transformations from Wario Land 4. It is treated almost as if Wario winded up in Undersea Ruins throughout his adventures in Wario Land 4. In Stage 8-1, he arrives via a Vortex like every stage in Wario Land 4, and with the help of Starfy he must locate the Frog Switch, and four Jewels (possibly Pyramid Jewels) in order to escape.

He is greedy by nature, as shown in Stage 8-4 when he rushes into Gachatakkoru's chamber for treasure, only to be kicked out of the room. At the end of Stage 8-1, he apparently finds no need for Starly and Moe and uses his Dash Attack to throw them out of the area.

In the first three levels of Undersea Ruins (Gachatakkoru holds the treasure in Stage 8-4), Wario gives Starfy (and Starly in Stage 8-3) three different treasures: a Wario Cap (Stage 8-1), a Game Boy Advance with a copy of WarioWare, Inc. (Stage 8-2), and a Nose and Mustache Set (Stage 8-3).

Stage 8-1

This level introduces statues which Starfy must use his Star Spin on to set Wario alight and transform him into Flaming Wario in order to break fire blocks blocking his path throughout the way. Unlike the Wario Land series, Flaming Wario will only extinguish when he touches the fire block, and he will otherwise stay alight for an unlimited amount of time. Starfy must use his Star Spin to hit bridges, so that when Flaming Wario is standing over them, it will make him jump and allow him to jump from lower ground floors to higher ground floors. Later, Starfy finds one of the four Jewels. Wario obtains it and gives Starfy the Wario Cap treasure. Wario by nature apparently finds no need for Starly and Moe and uses his Dash Attack to throw them out of the area.

Stage 8-2

This level introduces Bubble Wario, and Starfy must help Wario swim down pools of water throughout the ruins without getting trapped within a bubble and floating back to the top. In order to pop a bubble, Starfy simply needs to attack it using his Star Spin. Later, Starfy must help Wario swim upwards and use his bubble form to rise through strong currents. Since Starfy recently acquired the Ultra Star Spin, he has no problem swimming through the currents himself. Starfy must stay on top of Bubble Wario and push him throughout the area, while avoiding spikes which will pop Bubble Wario and revert him back to his normal form. At the end of this stage, Wario retrieves another Jewel and gives Starfy the WarioWare, Inc. treasure.

Stage 8-3

In this level, Wario finds the next boss door gem by himself near the beginning of the area. Wario has to Ground Pound through hard blocks and Starfy has to follow him. Wario teaches Starfy the Shooting Star ability, so that Starfy is able to do the same. Later, Wario and Starfy find the fourth Jewel and Starfy must hit the Frog Switch. After Starfy hits the frog switch, Wario runs off to locate and battle Gachatokkoru. However, Wario occasionally waits up for Starfy, for example, at the spike room. Meanwhile, the screen returns to Starly and Moe who are frustrated for what Wario did to them. Moe turns angry and runs after Wario, after which Moe arrives first and Starly has to navigate through a side-scrolling room to reach Wario. Wario appreciates Starly's effort and gives her some treasure as well; the Nose and Mustache Set accessory, but doesn't pay much attention to Moe.

Stage 8-4

Wario, Starfy, Starly and Moe arrive at the boss door at a large, metropolis like area of the stage. Suddenly, Moe's father Kyorozou appears and shouts at Wario and chases him around the area. He manages to take Wario's Jewels, and everyone runs after Kyorozou. Starfy and Wario must navigate through four rooms to relocate Kyorozou. At the end of each room, Wario and Starfy find Kyorozou, and Wario throws Starfy at Kyorozou to retrieve the four Jewels that he lost, one at a time.

The top right and bottom right rooms involve Bubble Wario while the top left room introduces Puffy Wario. In the top left room, a Kachitsuki flies across the screen and inflates Wario, turning him into Puffy Wario. Like what Starfy did with Bubble Wario, he must jump on top of Puffy Wario and navigate him up the room whilst avoiding any platforms or spikes in the way. If Puffy Wario hits a platform or spike, he will pop, though strangely, he will later inflate again without the need of another Kachitsuki. The bottom left room leads to another Flaming Wario room and later a room for Starfy to use his Kigurumi ability to use a few Lurchins and Liftwisp as platforms.

When Wario retrieves all of the Jewels, he rushes into Gachatakkoru's room for treasure but later gets kicked out of the room as if he failed the boss battle. Starfy manages to defeat Gachatakkoru, with the help of the Shooting Star ability which Wario had taught him earlier.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

For additional information about Wario's SSBB appearance, see SmashWiki's article on Wario.

Elements from the Legendary Starfy universe appear in the fighting game crossover Super Smash Bros. Brawl. In this game, Wario is playable.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U

Starfy re-appears as an Assist Trophy and regular trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U; the successors to Super Smash Bros. Brawl and is also a profile icon. Like Brawl, Wario appears as a playable character in both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions (which feature the same playable characters).

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Wario re-appears as a playable character (with all previous playable characters in the series) in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

In the manga

Main article: DSM16

Wario is featured in chapter 16 of the Yumiko Sudō manga: "With Wario, this is the Best Tag Team Fii!". During this chapter, Starfy and Wario join forces in the hunt for treasure, which according to a treasure map, is in a cave. This followed on from Starfy and Moe heading to a restaurant but not having enough money to eat. Starfy loses Moe in the cave, but teams up with Wario to find the treasure. Starfy and Wario do not find the treasure, although Moe finds it. Due to this, when Starfy and Wario relocate Moe, they both attack him presumably for his treasure.


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