Wario's Woods (Nintendo Entertainment System)

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Wario's Woods
WWoods NESCover.jpg
Developer Nintendo, Intelligent Systems
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Family Computer/Nintendo Entertainment System, Virtual Console (Wii, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U), Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date Famicom/NES:
Japan February 19, 1994
USA December 10, 1994
Europe 1995
Virtual Console (Wii):
USA November 19, 2006
Australia December 7, 2006
Europe December 8, 2006
Japan December 12, 2006
Virtual Console (3DS):
Japan May 29, 2013
Europe October 24, 2013
Australia October 24, 2013
USA November 7, 2013
South Korea July 20, 2016
Virtual Console (Wii U):
USA November 7, 2013
Japan January 29, 2014
Europe February 27, 2014
Australia February 27, 2014
Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
Japan December 12, 2018[1]
USA December 12, 2018[2]
Europe December 12, 2018[3]
Australia December 13, 2018[4]
HK April 23, 2019
South Korea April 23, 2019
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB K-A.svg - Kids to Adults
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
Mode(s) Single player, Multiplayer
Media NES icon.png Game Pak
Wii U:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Wii U:
Wiimote Sideways.png Wii Remote (Sideways)
Nintendo Switch:
Nintendo 3DS:

Wario's Woods is a puzzle game for the Nintendo Entertainment System released in 1994. It is the last first-party game to have been released for the system and, having been released late into the console's lifespan, is the only Nintendo Entertainment System game that has an ESRB certificate. Wario's Woods is a part of the Wario franchise, although it stars Toad as the main protagonist and Wario as the main villain. The game has an alternate version for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, which released around the same time, so it is not a reissue.

Wario's Woods has been ported a few times. It was first reissued in 2001, being a part of Doubutsu no Mori+ as well as its two variations, Animal Crossing and Doubutsu no Mori e+. In these games, Wario's Woods is a furniture item that can be obtained from Animal Island. In 2006, Wario's Woods was released for the Wii Virtual Console. Since this release, the ESRB updated their K-A rating for Wario's Woods to an E rating, and the game also received two additional ratings, including a 3+ from PEGI and a G from the ACB. In 2013, Wario's Woods was ported to the Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console. Later on, that same year, the game was ported to the Wii U Virtual Console. In 2018, Wario's Woods was ported to the Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online.


Gameplay screenshot

Wario's Woods features gameplay similar to Tetris. Toad is the main hero, and Birdo and a Sprite would help Toad by giving him encouragement and bombs to destroy the monsters (respectively). If Toad took too long to complete a level, the rascal Wario would replace Birdo and replace the Sprite with a Pidgit. The Pidgit would then throw more monsters as well as bombs at Toad. Wario would body slam the side of his box to make the Thwomp ceiling descend, destroying enemies would make the ceiling rise up again. Many enemies unique to this game appear. Along with them were several mini-bosses who would attempt to block Toad's path from getting to Wario.

At the end, Wario himself appears to fight against Toad alone, inexplicably at a gargantuan size. Eventually, Toad defeats him, causing him to shrink back to his original size and therefore his powers were also reduced (it was also revealed that Wario had in fact used an airpump to inflate himself to a much bigger size in order to battle Toad). Toad then proceeds onward by chasing the antagonist out of the Woods.

Game modes[edit]

There are five game modes: Round Game, Time Race, VS, Lesson, and Option. Round Game is the basic game with 100 levels (this is much like the story mode of the game, featuring the bosses and events within the game). The levels increase in difficulty as the player progresses, starting with more monsters and more kinds of monsters. It also has an A and B game mode. Time Race has three levels of difficulty and has players racing against the clock. VS is the two player mode (the second player has the option of choosing a green Toad as their character). Lesson teaches the game basics. The Option menu gives the options such as name change (of the player), data clear, and rankings.


In the Round Mode of Wario's Woods, the game takes on a story mode sequence with cutscenes being frequently encountered throughout the game. These cutscenes often take place after every 10 rounds, and they are scenes of Wario taunting Toad as the hero gets closer to defeating Wario. In most of these cutscenes, Wario often calls Toad insulting names such as "'Shroom" to discourage him. Wario also appears to grow in size throughout the game; thus, showing his powers increasing. In the final round levels, Wario can be seen to be in a gargantuan size (though it is revealed that he was just inflating himself with an air pump). In the end, Toad can finally be seen chasing Wario out of the woods.







Main article: List of Wario's Woods staff

Wario's Woods was co-developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems. Nintendo's Kenji Miki was the producer and director, while programming was handled by Intelligent Systems' Hiroyuki Yukami, Hironobu Suzuki, and Makoto Katayama. The game employed two different sets of graphic designers and musicians, for the Nintendo Entertainment System and Super Nintendo Entertainment System versions respectively, although a few sprites and compositions have noticeable similarities.

Soichiro Tomita, Masahiro Iimura, and Naotaka Ohnishi designed the graphics. The music was composed by Shinobu Amayake and Soyo Oka.

References to other games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. 2: Toad carries and throws his opponents in a similar way to this game. Additionally, his superhuman strength also originated from this game. Enemies such as the Spud resemble various items from this game. Wario's Woods also marks Birdo's reappearance since this game.
  • Mario & Wario: The Sprites of the Peaceful Woods may be a reference to the exotic fairy Wanda of Yōsei no Mori.

References in later games[edit]


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Wario's Woods (Nintendo Entertainment System).

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ワリオの森
Wario no Mori


  • Wario's cap and shirt are purple and white respectively due to the console's palette and color limitations. Both his cap and shirt are yellow on the box art as well as in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
  • This is Wario's only appearance in a Nintendo Entertainment System game.
  • The North American and European versions of the game feature different soundtracks.
  • A mode noticeably inspired by Wario's Woods called "Blob Blast", featuring familiar bombs and stylus controls, appears in Brain Age: Concentration Training. This is a similar homage to the Dr. Mario-influenced Virus Buster mode appearing in previous Brain Age games.


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  2. ^ Nintendo. (December 4, 2018). Nintendo Entertainment System - December Game Updates - Nintendo Switch Online. YouTube. Retrieved December 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Nintendo UK Twitter
  4. ^ Nintendo AU NZ Twitter