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Deep within Wario's castle lies a treasure room filled with the spoils he has plundered during his many adventures. A mysterious black jewel, ensconced among the treasures, has a strange power to transform gems into monsters. While Wario rests in his castle upstairs the jewel begins to morph his treasure trove into a host of monsters, turning Wario's basements into a bizarre parallel universe. Awakening the next morning to monsters instead of treasure, Wario must step into that alternate world to win the treasure back.

Wario World is an action platformer where you play as the titular Wario. Punch, pound, barge and jump your way through hoards of enemies as you reclaim your stolen treasure. Wario can also grab certain items and enemies and whirl them around him and then release them into more foes, causing even more carnage.

Defeating enemies yields Wario coins, and he can grab these to purchase health and bonuses. If there's too many coins to grab in an area, you can press L and Wario will inhale the coins to collect them instead. Also tucked away within the levels are Spritelings, caged creatures which offer Wario hints when freed.


Wario World GameCube Take a swim!
Wario World GameCube Title Screen
Wario World GameCube Spooky!
Wario World GameCube The Courtyard

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Wario World Magazine Advertisement
Wario World Concept Art
Wario World Screenshot
Wario World Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ワリオワールド" -- Japanese spelling
  • "와리오월드" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

The very definition of "short and sweet". Jungle Jim (306) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Wario's debut on the GCN is very rich in gold, jewels, and FUN! Dark Cloud (35) unrated

Critic Reviews

Lawrence Jun 23, 2003 B+ 83
IGN Jun 19, 2003 7.1 out of 10 71
Eurogamer.net (UK) Jun 19, 2003 7 out of 10 70
GamerDad Dec, 2003 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Jun 20, 2003 6.4 out of 10 64
Diehard GameFan Jul 28, 2003 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic Jul 01, 2009 C+ 58
Game Freaks 365 2003 5.5 out of 10 55
Jeuxvideo.fr Jul 03, 2003 5 out of 10 50
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Oct 05, 2004 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20


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1001 Video Games

Wario World appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Regional differences

Since the Japanese version came out about a year later than the international version, it seems an alteration of the final boss fight was made. The final boss now has a second phase when its health is lowered halfway. The final boss now tries attacking with its own body physically during this phase..

Related Web Sites

  • Wario World (Nintendo of America's official game web site.)
Exodia85 (2155) added Wario World (GameCube) on Jul 02, 2003
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