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Wario's Woods (NES)

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Description

Wario's Woods is a puzzle game similar to Tetris or Columns, but with a twist. Instead of directly controlling the monsters and bombs that are falling down, the player controls Toad who has to carry around stacks of monsters and bombs and to combine them in the right way. One bomb plus at least two monsters of the same color have to be combined to make them disappear. If five or more objects are cleared at the same time, a diamond will appear. Destroying the diamond will clear all monsters of the diamond's color.

There are four different ways to pick up objects. The A button lets Toad pick up the whole stack that is in front of him, the B button lets him only pick up one object, even if it's in the middle of a stack, the Y button lets him kick a monster or bomb that's in front of him and the X button places him on top of the stack that he is carrying. He can also run up walls and stacks to catch falling objects out of the air or to pick up certain parts of a stack.

There are 5 different modes of play: a "Round Game" in which Toad has to clear numerous levels, a match versus a computer controlled opponent, a two player mode, a "Time Race" mode, and finally, an extensive training mode.

There are some differences between the SNES and NES versions. Due to a lack of buttons, controls are a little different in the NES version (although all the moves from the SNES version are present). Also, there is no vs. mode against the computer, but the "Round Game" mode features two modes of play: one that includes boss-fights on every level ending with a 9.

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Wario's Woods NES In "Round Game", Wario will occasionally pop up to increase the game's speed and lower the ceiling.
Wario's Woods NES As shown on the left side of the screen, some monsters can only be destroyed in a diagonal line
Wario's Woods NES Title screen (Japanese version)
Wario's Woods NES The faster you finish a level in "Round Game" the more gold you will get

Alternate Titles

  • "ワリオの森" -- Japanese Spelling (NES title)
  • "Wario no Mori " -- NES Japanese Title

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The Press Says

NES Times Dec 01, 2006 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Land 2003 81 out of 100 81
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
HonestGamers Dec 15, 2012 7 out of 10 70
Total! (Germany) Jun, 1995 2.75 out of 6 65

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Milestone

Wario's Woods was the last licensed game released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in North America.
Mobygamesisreanimated (10788) added Wario's Woods (NES) on Apr 19, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (9073), Guy Chapman (1744) and Mobygamesisreanimated (10788)