Sub-franchises Wario Land
The Wario franchise consists of all games that star Wario
's "rival" for Mario
. Wario is supposed to be the exact opposite of Mario; greedy, fat, and willing to do anything to get his way. Thus, many of his games center around his greedy nature. The Wario franchise consists of two other franchises: Wario Land
. In addition, the Wario franchise has had four other games not categorized into these two franchises.
Wario first appeared in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
. The franchise continued with Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
, Wario's first starring role. The Wario Land franchise has expanded to include several other games: Virtual Boy Wario Land
, Wario Land II
, Wario Land 3
, Wario Land 4
, and Wario Land: Shake It!
. These games are platformers that center around Wario's greed. They differ from traditional Super Mario platformers in that Wario can alter his appearance through enemies (e.g. hitting a zombie transforms Wario into one), although not always for a negative outcome.
Two other Wario platformers have been released. Wario World
was released for the Nintendo GameCube, and again stars Wario on a quest to gain much treasure. Wario: Master of Disguise
for the Nintendo DS was another platformer starring Wario. In the game, Wario could enter into a television show and "become" whichever character was in that show.
The WarioWare franchise began with WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
on the Game Boy Advance. The series has since become well-known for its fast-paced, quirky microgames. Other games in the franchise include: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!
, WarioWare Twisted!
, WarioWare Touched!
, WarioWare; Smooth Moves
, WarioWare: Snapped!
, and Made in Ore
Wario has also starred in two other games. Wario's Woods
was a falling block puzzle in the same vein as Tetris
and Dr. Mario
. Wario Blast: Featuring Bomberman!
was released for the Game Boy, and is essentially Bomberman
, but with Wario as the lead character.