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Socoder -> Off Topic -> Who is Wario?

Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 00:29
dna
I’ve never heard of Wario. What game is it?
Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 00:29
steve_ancell
Wario is an enemy of Mario and Luigi, they made a game centred around that character as far as I know.
Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 02:06
rockford
Wario is the complete opposite of Mario, in personality terms - he is a loud, brash thief anti-hero.

He's starred in numerous Mario inspired games, but his biggest claim to fame is the Wario Ware type games - 100s of very simple, brief snapshots of games all in one package and all lasting less than 30 seconds each (some a lot less).

Wario has also appeared in numerous Mario Tennis games, as well as his brother, Waluigi who is the opposite of Luigi.




Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 03:37
spinal
Wa = evil, Wario = evil Mario. Same goes for WaLuigi (possible one of the poorestly conceived characters ever).

He's been in a bunch of games as far back as the Gameboy.

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Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 08:04
9572AD
Isn't it waru?
Wario = waru, essentially
Waluigi, in Japan is pronounced same as waru-igi. The upside-down-and-backwards "L" which looks like an "r" on his hat is there to clue in the people who don't get it immediately. In Japan.

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Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 08:24
spinal
Probably is, I was going from memory there...
Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 10:05
steve_ancell
I heard somewhere that Japanese doesn't have puns, is that true?.

|edit| It must be pretty hard telling a joke in Japanese if that is true. |edit|
Posted : Wednesday, 24 October 2012, 21:24
Evil Roy Ferguso
Japanese is if anything even punnier than English - there are a lot more homophones to facilitate this, and similar-looking characters can also be a sort of "visual pun" that doesn't really work in alphabetic writing systems.

The thing is that trying to translate a Japanese pun into English is usually difficult if not completely impossible to do... so a lot of the time they're just dropped. It's hard to translate a pun when it depends on "love" (koi) and "carp" (koi) being pronounced the same.

"warui" means "bad." Waruiji is also an anagram of ijiwaru - "a mean-spirited person." Also he's a stupid character.

I think the main difference between Wario and Mario is that Mario can't actually gather more than 100 coins - they all just disappear and his life is magically extended. So he basically gets to live forever, but must remain a pauper. Meanwhile, Wario is building castles more or less directly out of stolen coins, because he's got so many of them he doesn't need bricks.
Posted : Thursday, 25 October 2012, 04:59
steve_ancell
Mario can't actually gather more than 100 coins - they all just disappear and his life is magically extended. So he basically gets to live forever, but must remain a pauper


A translation from English to more English...

Mario is actually a plumber that carries no tools and gets a lousy pay-cheque.

|edit| And probably the only plumber that eats magic mushrooms and has to deal with pipes that are bigger than himself. |edit|
Posted : Thursday, 25 October 2012, 08:02
9572AD
Probably also the only plumber who started out as a carpenter nicknamed "Jumpman".

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Posted : Thursday, 25 October 2012, 08:58
Jayenkai
Wario was originally named rumpman!