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The Wario Primer

WarioThe casual gamers walk among us.  That's a wild notion, sure, but it's true.  Just as simple games like Space Invaders and Pac-Man sucked in newbies twenty-five years ago, today's Clubhouse Games and Brain Age are pulling a whole new subgroup of digital entertainment enthusiasts.  They're going to need our help though if they're ever going to move on to more complex fare.  They may be familiar with Mario, but tossing them into the same room with Luigi, Wario, and Waluigi may outright confuse them and scare them away, sending them running back to the familiar comfort of things like American Idol and, god help us all, Hannah Montana.  Someone has to bring these new gamers up to speed on some of our most beloved gaming characters.  Who will take the first step and reach out to these people with a helpful recap of gaming's greatest personalities?  Let Kombo show them the way with this historical overview of Wario.

Mario's googly-eyed, pointy-eared opposite proved to be everything he was, only not. Whereas Mario was a little portly, Wario could make the walls shake with his massive girth, and where Mario was strong, Wario was virtually Herculean. Mario's features held a friendly roundness to them, while Wario's were jagged and pointy, from their ears to their noses to their shoes, and even their signature mustaches. While Mario was seen as a kind, helpful, generous soul, Wario was mean, belligerent, and most of all, greedy. And as players would find out upon reaching the end of the final level of Super Mario Land 2, Wario was capable of using all the same powers Mario could, alongside a handful of other sneaky tricks.

Part one in this two-part series covers Wario's early days beginning with his archetypal birth in Wrecking Crew through his actual creation in Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins and onto the start of his glory days in the Wario Land series.  We don't want to cover too much information too quickly, lest we completely baffle the newcomers.  If they can grasp the idea behind Wario then they may yet be able to understand more complicated topics such as the Hyrule creation myth, Samus Aran's Chozo blood, and even the Kirby digestive paradox.