Hey! Don't look! This is my treasure! MINE!
"I'm-a number one!"Wario World
—One of Wario's several in-game taunts from Wario World
is a 3-D platforming game
for the Nintendo GameCube
. It was developed by Treasure
The game, of course, stars Wario, the famous Anti-Hero
from the Mario
franchise, who has been getting his own games
since his first appearance as a villain
in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
. Although Wario World
is technically not an entry in the Wario Land
series, its plot has the same fuel: Wario's endless greed
The plot is as follows: Wario steals a black jewel
that had been sealed away
a long time ago by a group of small, elf-like creatures called Spritelings. However, it turns out that the black jewel is evil, and thus, chaos ensues. The black jewel proceeds to destroy Wario's castle, create his own bizarre, warped world
in its place, turn Wario's treasure into monsters, and imprison the Spritelings inside boxes. It's up to Wario to rescue the Spritelings, get his treasure back, and destroy the evil black jewel once and for all.
The main objective of each level is to collect red diamonds
, which are located inside underground puzzle rooms spread throughout the level. Once Wario has enough red diamonds, he can remove the Stone Doohickeynote
sitting atop the door to the level's boss. After beating the boss, Wario can move on to the next level.
There are four worlds, all of which consist of two levels and a world boss
. When Wario clears a world, he gets a key. After getting all four keys, he can open the chest in which the Black Jewel sleeps.
This game provides examples of:
- Acrofatic: Wario, even more so in this game than the Wario Land series.
- Adam Smith Hates Your Guts: The garlic machines charge more coins for garlic in later levels. Some of the machines even raise the price after each clove Wario buys.
- Airborne Mook: Cractyl, as well as its equivalents in later levels. Also the Wind Winders.
- Alliterative Name: Several of the bosses, enemies, and items.
- Alliterative Title
- Always Night: Horror Manor.
- Ambiguously Gay: Red-Brief J.
- Anti-Hero: Wario, of course.
- Antlion Monster: SandWorm, the second boss, waits at the bottom of a quicksand cone that drags you to him. He later reappears as a Degraded Boss in Pecan Sands.
- Artifact of Doom: The Black Jewel.
- Badass: Wario was at the height of his badassery in this game. Wario can not only punch out hordes of monsters that are larger than he is, he can pick them up, throw them, spin them around, and piledrive them while delivering one-liners such as "Get outta here!" and "Have a rotten day!" This includes the massive dinosaur who acts as the first world's boss. Yeah. Wario can piledrive a freaking dinosaur.
- Badass Mustache: Again, Wario.
- Balloon Belly: Happens to Wario if he looks at the Winter Windster while its eyes are red.
- Big Bad: The Black Jewel.
- Big Boo's Haunt: Horror Manor.
- Big Fancy House: It doesn't get much fancier than a solid gold castle filled with treasure.
- Black and Gray Morality: Wario just wants the evil Black Jewel dead because it destroyed his castle and stole his treasure. The whole "saving the Spritelings" part is just an extra.
- Blow You Away: The Wind Winders, bizarre floating enemies that resemble badminton birdies. Instead of attacking you, they just blow you around.
- Boss Arena Idiocy: The lava underneath Red-Brief J's arena and the spikes around Dino-mighty's.
- Brown Note: The Winter Windster has an attack where its eyes turn red. Wario must look away, or the Windster will dissolve into Wario's esophagus and inflate him like a balloon. He will then start to float toward the spikes on the sides of the arena. This attack can be aborted by shaking the analog stick left and right.
- Bubbly Clouds: The sky sublevels that exist beneath steel trapdoors.
- Circus of Fear: Wonky Circus.
- Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The Spritelings. Also the 8 treasure chests in each level, as well as the buttons that activate said chests.
- Console Cameo: The last treasure in the second level of each world is a Nintendo console. The consoles Wario can find are a NES, a Nintendo 64, a Game Boy Advance and a GameCube.
- Convenient Weakness Placement: Crystals containing Spritelings, which Wario must break to defeat the Black Jewel, are repeatedly spawned during the final battle.
- Cowardly Boss: The Mean Emcee. He spends most of the Boss Battle hiding from Wario using a trick that resembles a shell-game, requiring Wario to find him before he can hit him.
- Creepy Doll: The Brawl Doll.
- Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: The punishment for dying is nothing more than having to pay a small sum of coins, after which you continue right where you left off, even if it's during a boss fight. The only way to actually lose is to not have enough coins to continue. However, losing is unlikely, because coins are everywhere.
- Degraded Boss: SandWorm, the boss of Greenhorn Ruins, reappears in Pecan Sands. However, he is not the level's boss, has less Hit Points, and Wario is not even required to defeat him.
- Dem Bones: Most of the enemies in Horror Manor are skeletal versions of the enemies from the first two levels. Captain Skull also counts.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: As strong as Wario is, a Reality Warper that turns negative energy into monsters shouldn't be so easy for him to punch out, but it is.
- Dual Boss: Dual Dragon, a two-headed dragon. Each head attacks separately, but they share the the same health meter.
- Easter Egg: On the pause screen, leaving the game there for 50 minutes causes Wario to say "Sorry" and stop making the noises he usually makes on that screen.
- Exorcist Head: The Brawl Doll in the boss intro.
- Exposition Fairy: The Spritelings will give small pieces of advice after being rescued.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: One of Wario's attacks involves grabbing a stunned enemy and spinning round and round. This method is also used to activate some switches.
- Floating Platforms: Common in the red diamond puzzle rooms.
- Flunky Boss: The Crystal Entities spawn smaller versions of themselves to fight Wario.
- Foe-Tossing Charge: Wario's dash attack.
- Frickin' Laser Beams: One of the Black Jewel's attacks.
- Gangplank Galleon: Captain Skull's battle arena, a wrecked ship in the middle of a stormy ocean.
- Ghost Pirate: Captain Skull, as his name implies, is a skeletal pirate.
- Giant Hands of Doom: These appear during the fights with the Terrible Portraits, as well as Ironsider.
- Giant Mook: Each basic monster has a larger version, used for combo attacks.
- Giant Spider: Spideraticus.
- Green Hill Zone: Beanstalk Way averts the common trend of Green Hill Zone being the first level by instead making it the sixth level instead.
- Ground Pound: One of Wario's attacks.
- Grievous Harm with a Body: Wario can pick up enemies and use them as weapons to kill other enemies.
- Hailfire Peaks: The battle against Red-Brief J takes place inside a volcano with snow on the outside.
- Heart Container: The golden Wario statues. If Wario collects all eight golden statue pieces within a level, a half heart will be added on to his max health.
- He Knows About Timed Hits: Some of the Spritelings' hints involve explaining Wario's moves, and which buttons are used to pull them off.
- Hook Hand: Captain Skull's left hand. The other one's a fricking cannon.
- Hub Level: Treasure Square.
- Hyperactive Metabolism: Garlic restores health.
- An Ice Person: The Winter Windster.
- Inescapable Ambush: This happens with some of the minibosses, such as the Crystal Entities, Angler Manglers, and Terrible Portraits.
- Invisible Monsters: Mirror Mansion has an enemy type that is invisible, but can be seen in mirrors.
- Ironic Name: Greenfist. Nearly every part of him but his fists are green.
- Item Get: Occurs whenever Wario gets one of the boss keys.
- King Mook: The Crystal Entities, though their smaller counterparts only appear when spawned by the Crystal Entities themselves.
- Living Structure Monster: Wall enemies show up in one level. They can't attack, their only purpose is to keel over and provide a bridge once punched sufficiently.
- A Load of Bull: Red-Brief J.
- The Lost Woods: Greenhorn Forest.
- Macho Camp: Red-Brief J. What more could be said about a musclebound anthropomorphic bull that walks around in a bright red speedo?
- Meaningful Name:
- Greenhorn Forest and Greenhorn Ruins are aptly named since they are the game's first two levels (a greenhorn is a beginner).
- All of the bosses have Meaningful Names, with the exception of Greenfist. (See Nonindicative Name below.)
- Mercy Invincibility
- Mirror Boss: All of Red-Brief J's attacks except for his fireball cannon are similar to one of Wario's attacks.
- Mook Maker: Many levels have weird white and blue bulbs that constantly spawn monsters.
- Money Spider: Enemies spawn coins after being killed. This is justified by the fact that the enemies are actually Wario's treasure converted into monsters by the Black Jewel.
- Monster Clown: The generic clown enemies in Wonky Circus, as well as the level's boss, Clown-A-Round.
- Multiple Endings: At the end of the game, the Spritelings repay Wario for his deeds by rebuilding his castle. The quality of the castle is determined by how many Spritelings he rescued. There are a total of 40.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: If Wario hadn't stolen the Black Jewel, none of the events in this game would've happened.
- Nonindicative Name:
- Greenfist, the first level's boss. Although most of his body is, in fact, green, his fists are not.
- SandWorm, the second level's boss. Based on the arena and its appearance, it's closer to an antlion than an actual Sand Worm.
- Non-Lethal Bottomless Pits: Falling into a bottomless pit takes Wario to Unithorn's Lair, where a bunch of ghostly horned creatures called Unithorns lurk. The Unithorns will try to steal Wario's coins as long as he's down there, so he has to break crates until he finds the spring to return to the level.
- Obviously Evil: The Black Jewel. Seriously, who in their right mind would steal that thing? ...aside from Wario?
- One-Man Army: Many of the monsters in this game are larger than Wario is, but that doesn't stop him from being able to take them down by the hundreds.
- Orcus on His Throne: The Black Jewel just sits inside the giant chest in Treasure Square until Wario gets the four boss keys and opens it.
- Orifice Invasion: Fail to avoid looking at the Winter Windster when its eyes glow red, and it will fly into Wario's mouth and inflate him like a balloon.
- Plot Coupon: The red diamonds, as well as the boss keys.
- Pointy Ears: Wario.
- Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: "I'm-a number one!"
- Purple Is The New Black: The Black Jewel is actually purple.
- Rated M for Manly: A more... surreal example.
- Reality Warper: The entire game takes place inside a world created by the Black Jewel. After Wario opens the big chest where the jewel awaits, he flat-out destroys Treasure Square, leaving only the backdrop and a giant white glyph which acts as the arena for the final battle.
- Recurring Boss:
- The Crystal Entities, tall robotic enemies with a gemstone-like torso. Wario fights at least one in every level except Greenhorn Forest.
- All levels except for the first two have a unique miniboss that appears either twice or three times in the level.
- Regional Bonus: The Japanese version adds a second form to the otherwise-easy final boss. The music also changes to a Near Victory Fanfare.
- Respawning Enemies
- Respawn on the Spot: As long as you have enough coins, you can continue right where you left off after dying.
- Rhino Rampage: The Unithorns are basically floating ghost rhino heads that chomp you, shake you around throw you about if you fall down a hole.
- Ring Out Boss: To damage Red-Brief J, Wario must wait for him to perform his dash attack, then when he is flailing about on the edge of the arena, ground pound to shake the arena and knock him into the lava.
- Ruins for Ruins' Sake: Greenhorn Ruins.
- Sand Worm: The boss of Greenhorn Ruins is literally called SandWorm.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Black Jewel was originally sealed away by the Spritelings. Not only that, but after it is released and wreaks havoc upon Wario's castle and creates its world, it seals itself away in a treasure chest which Wario needs the four boss keys to open.
- Shell Game: An element present in the battle with the Mean Emcee. After hitting him a few times, he hides under one of three cups. After he hides, the three cups will shuffle around.note The player must then punch the cup that he is hiding under. If the wrong cup is chosen, enemies come out instead.
- Shifting Sand Land: Pecan Sands.
- The symbol on the red Crystal Entity's head is shaped like the life counter from Super Mario Sunshine.
- The Mean Emcee looks remarkably like The Mask.
- Slippy-Slidey Ice World: Shivering Mountains.
- Spinning Piledriver: One of Wario's attacks.
- Spring Jump: There are bunny-shaped springs Wario can bounce off of by Ground Pounding.
- Tactical Suicide Boss:
- Normally, when one of Dual Dragon's heads breathes fire, the other head backs away to avoid getting hit by it. The goal of the fight is to punch one of the heads unconscious and wait for the other one to breathe fire. Since the other head is unconscious, it can't back away, ergo, it gets roasted.
- Red-Brief J's dash attack leaves him prone to being shaken off the edge into the lava. Since Red-Brief J is one of the few bosses that Wario cannot damage directly, if he didn't use this attack, he'd be invincible.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Dino-Mighty, the first world boss, has these. Namely long, curly, blonde hair, a ring, lipstick, and a bikini.
- Throw The Mook At Them:
- The Angler Mangler miniboss is completely invulnerable save for its lure, which dangles out of reach. The trick is to wait for it to summon a Barrel Buster mook, stun it, and do a Spinning Piledriver under the lure, which sends it flying up, hitting the lure.
- Ironsider is defeated by punching out the Giant Hands of Doom he summons and throwing them at him.
- Title Scream: "WELCOME TO WARIO WORLD!"
- Trademark Favorite Food: Wario's is garlic.
- Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction
- Trrrilling Rrrs: Have a rrrotten day!
- Underground Monkey: The recurring enemies of the game look different depending on the level. For example, the first two levels have Magons, which are orange, bipedal, dragon-like monsters. In Horror Manor, they are replaced with skeletal versions of themselves. In Wonky Circus, they are clowns. In Shivering Mountains, they are snowmen. This is done with every enemy introduced in the first level.
- Unique Enemy: Every level except for Greenhorn Forest has at least one enemy that is unique to it.
- Unstoppable Rage: Greenfist goes into this after being punched a few times. It lasts a few seconds, then he goes back to normal.
- Visual Pun: The bunny-shaped springboards, or in other words, spring rabbits.
- When Trees Attack: The Tree Freaks.
- Wrestler in All of Us: One of Wario's attacks is a piledriver, another is a giant swing. They are necessary to actually inflict damage on bosses.