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Wario Land: Hunt for the Ring is a 2.5D platformer developed with the assistance of Nightcap Devs. for the Nintendo Switch.

Plot

Opening

Wario is seen at his house reading a page on his laptop. He sees an article about Mario in Tostarena. He decides to ignore it and keeps scrolling down until he finds a page about the Tostarena Ruins. He reads about the Binding Band, which is known for it's ability to bring people together. Seeing it as a very valuable treasure, Wario wastes no time getting inside his car and making his way to the Sand Kingdom.

Past the first world

After getting past the first world however, most of the people have heard about the commotion Wario has been causing outside of the town. Mario, who happens to be in the town at the time, suspects that Wario is here to take the Binding Ring and does his best to stop Wario.

Ending

After beating Knucklotec,Wario takes the Binding Band and starts to celebrate. As he's celebrating,The area around him starts to collapse. Wario makes his way towards a door in order to escape. From this point,you'll take control of Wario again and you'll need to escape the Ice Cave before time runs out.

If you manage to escape the Ice Cave,Wario will land on a jaxi. Wario will then look in the distance and see an angry crowd of Tostarenans. Wario will then force the Jaxi to speed forward. Wario will end up outrunning the angry mob and laughing. Wario and Jaxi will run towards the sun before the game cuts to the credits.

The Endings

Once the credits stop rolling,you'll be rewarded with an ending. The ending you get depends on the amount of coins you have when you escape the cave.

0-20.000 Coins

Wario can be seen in his house resting one all the coins he collected. He looks at the Binding Band and smiles. He will then get up and head towards the Binding Band. Before he can touch the Binding Band however,He sees a crack on his wall. After a few seconds,The wall will break and reveal Mario with a group of Tostarenans behind him. The Tostarenans begin attacking Wario and Taking back the Binding Band. When Wario regains his consciousness,he looks around his house only to see that both the Binding Band and all the coins he collected are gone. Wario throws his hat down and starts stomping on it in anger before the scene cuts to the logo of the game.

20.000-40.000 Coins

Wario can be seen on an open field with the Jaxi he used to escape. He will then hop of the Jaxi and look around. He decides to use the money he collected to build a new and better house. The scene then cuts to Wario sitting inside his new house watching TV and eating Garlic. He will then grab the Binding Ring and hug it before the scene cuts to the logo of the game.

40.000-70.000 Coins

Wario can be seen on an open field with the Jaxi he used to escape.  He will hop of his Jaxi and look around. He then decides to use his money to build a mansion. The game then cuts to Wario's Room,where Wario can be seen swimming in a sea of garlic while using the Binding Band as a floatie. He will then swim towards the balcony and look around. The scene will then zoom out and show his mansion before cutting to the Logo of the game.

70.000-99.998 Coins

Wario can be seen on an open field with the Jaxi he used to escape. He will then hop off his and Look around. He will then use his money to build a castle. The scene then cuts to Wario sitting on a throne with the Binding Band. He will start laughing while the camera zooms out and shows the room filled with Coins. The scene then cuts to a shot of the castle before cutting to the Logo of the game.

99.999 Coins

Wario and the Jaxi stop at a shore. Wario will hop of the Jaxi and Look into the distance. Wario will smirk before hopping on Jaxi and motioning him to enter the sea. The scene then cuts to Wario sitting on a throne with a crown and the Binding Band. He will then laugh before jumping on a jaxi and running towards the Balcony. The scene will then zoom out from the balcony and show Wario's castle. The scene will zoom out again to show a certain area near the caslte. The scene zooms out one last time and shows the entire island Wario is currently on. Wario will then yell "WELCOME....TO WARIO'S KINGDOM!!!" before the scene cuts to the logo of the came.

Gameplay

This game plays like all the previous Wario Land games. He can perform his trademark shoulder bash and even charge it up to go through enemies much easier. He can perform a ground pound that causes a small earthquake and he can also pick up and throw stuff, and he can also roll into enemies and with enough momentum, he can move very fast across levels. Like the previous Wario games, certain enemies or hazards can cause Wario to react in some way.

Returning from Wario Land II, Wario can't be harmed by enemy attacks. Getting hit by an enemy only causes him to lose Coins. If he falls into a bottomless pit, he'll respawn at the last checkpoint at the cost of some Coins.

Characters

Wario and Allies

Characters Description
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Wario: The yellow greedy treasure hunter we all know and love. He has all of his abilities from the previous games and he's so though that he can't be taken out by enemies!
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Jaxi: A mode of transportation known among the residents of the Sand Kingdom. Once you get on Jaxi, he'll speed forward automatically and bash all the enemies in his path. He's very fast and can't jump as high, so you'll need to practice a bit in order to keep him under control.
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NPC's

NPC Description
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Mario: Mario was minding his own business in the town of Tostarena until he hears about all the commotion Wario has been causing. Mario can usually be found in some levels and will try to hinder Wario's progress.
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Toad: These Toads can be found in random locations and they have a lot of money. Wario can attack them in order to take their coins.
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Il Skeleto: A wanted Tostarenan that is also after the Binding Ring. He can usually be found in Bonus rooms and will try to attack Wario since he's also after the Binding Ring, but Wario can jump on him and throw his head at obstacles. But he'll start chasing Wario in order to get his head back.
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Sheep: They will run away from Wario when he gets within range. Knocking them away will reward Wario with a Power Moon.
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Moe-Eye: Attacking them will allow Wario to see invisible paths. because of this,they tend to run away from Wario whenever he's near them.

Enemies

Enemies Description
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Goomba: They will charge at Wario if he gets within range. They can be flipped over with the ground pound and thrown around.
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Micro Goomba: They usually come in groups and will charge at Wario if he get's within range.
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Gritty Goomba: They will charge at Wario if he gets within range. Like the regular Goomba,they can be flipped over with the ground pound and thrown around. But because of their spike, they can't be jumped on.
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Boo-Goomba: They will float back and forth and can't be harmed.
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Gromba: They will charge at Wario if he gets within range. They can take hits from Wario but can still be flipped over and thrown.
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Bombshell Koopa: They will walk back and forth and retreat in their shell if Wario jumps on them. Once they're in their shell, the shell will glow before exploding. Their shell can be thrown before the explosion.
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Fire Bro.: They can be found in pairs and will jump on platforms. They will attack Wario by throwing fireballs at him.
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Torch Bro.: They can be found in pairs and will jump on platforms. They will attack Wario by throwing torches at him, wich will create flames on the ground that will light Wario on fire if he touches it.
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Ice Bro.: They can be found in pairs and will jump on platforms. They will attack Wario by throwing ice balls at him. These ice ballls will freeze Wario if he touches them.
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Apple Bro.: They can be found in pairs and will jump on platforms. They will attack Wario by throwing Apples at him. Getting hit by these apples will cause Wario to eat them, triggering the Fat Wario reaction.
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Spiny: These guys will walk forward and cannot be jumped on.
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Poison Bubble: These guys will jump out of poisonous liquids and trigger the Poisoned Wario condition.
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Bullet Bill: They will fly in a straight line and inflict fire damage on Wario if he gets hit.
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Bull's-Eye Bill: They will home in on Wario and inflict fire damage on him if he gets hit.
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Banzai Bill: They will fly in a straight line and destroy any obstacle in their path. They will inflict fire damage on Wario if he gets hit.
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King Bill: They will fly in a straight line and destroy everything in their path. They can usually be found in levels where platforms are fragile. They cannot be destroyed.
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Cheep Cheep: They will simply swim back and forth without paying attention to Wario. They can be picked up and thrown.
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Boo: They will fly towards Wario if he's facing away from them, but stand still if he's looking at them. They will also circle around platforms and items sometimes.
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Dark Boo: They will fly towards Wario if he's facing away from them, but stand still if he's looking at them. They will often spit fire towards Wario.
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Bomb Boo: They will fly towards Wario if he's facing away from them, but stand still if he's looking at them. If Wario attacks them,They will glow red and explode after a few seconds.
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Pokey: They will slowly move back and forth and cannot be attacked.
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Spike: They will stand still and spit big spiked balls forward. These balls will crush Wario if he gets hit by them.
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Dry Bones: They will fly towards Wario if he's facing away from them,but stand still if he's looking at them. They will also circle around platforms and items sometimes
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Chain Chomp: They will lunge at Wario and try to bite him if he gets close.
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Thwomp: They will levitate in the air and try to crush Wario if he gets near them. Thwomps can trigger the Flat Wario and Bouncy Wario condition.
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Magikoopa: They will teleport around and cast spells at Wario that transform him into Tiny Wario.
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Pyro-Koopa: They will teleport around and cast fire spells at Wario that will transform him into Flaming Wario.
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Chargin' Chuck: They will charge towards Wario on sight. If Wario gets hit by them,he will be sent flying.
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Wiggler: They will simply walk back and forth. If Wario jumps on them,They will become angry and start chasing him.
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Coin Coffer: They are usually hidden from view and will run away from Wario when spotted. Defeating it will grant Wario 30 Coins.
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Blue Tostarenan: After hearing about all the trouble that Wario has been causing, the residents will do everything in their power to stop him. They will rush at Wario and try to attack him. They can be attacked, but they rebuild themselves after a few seconds.
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Green Tostarenan: They behave like the Blue Tostarenans. But these guys will bounce towards Wario instead of walking.
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Chincho: They will spawn from the ground. Charging through them with a dash attack or a shoulder bash won't defeat them, but they can be jumped on.

Bosses

Bosses Description
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Cactoron: The boss of The Canyon. It will attack by spitting milk wich can push Wario back and by shooting spikes at Wario. Wario must strike it while the spikes on his body are gone. If Wario is knocked off the arena, he'll fall back to a certain point of the stage and will have to make his way back to the boss room.
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Cala-Goomba: The boss of the town. Wario must avoid the stars that rain from the sky and the lightning strikes. once he does that, he'll need to strike the boss. The Cala-Goomba can also perform a stomp that will launch Wario away from the fighting zone if he doesn't jump in time
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Beako-Fish: The boss of the Oasis. It will attack Wario by spitting water at him, trying to stomp on him and even trying to bite him. Wario needs to keep attacking him when it's vulnerable in order to win the fight. If Wario gets caught in a bite, you need to mash the attack button in order to break free. Otherwise it'll spit you away from the arena.
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Brick Knuckle: The boss of the Ruins.It will attack Wario by staying in the background and throwing out some punches. It will also summon some Bullet Bills and Bull's-Eye Bills to attack attack Wario. You simply need to attack it whenever it's floating in the foreground. He has an attack where he punches the platform Wario is standing on. If Wario is still on the platform when the attack connects,he'll he send flying away from the platform and you'll have to travel back to the platform in order restart the fight.
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Chief Moe-Eye: The boss of the Inside of the Ruins.It will attack Wario by firing lasers at him. These lasers will cause debris to fall from the ceiling. The chief will also fly towards the foreground and try to stomp on Wario. The entire arena is invisible and can only be seen if you step on a Moe-Eye. If you fall off the arena,You'll end up in the poison below and will be booted back to the last checkpoint.
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Calavera Pokey: The boss of the Ice Caves. It will attack by smashing the platforms and creating bottomless pits. If Wario falls in these pits,He'll need to climb back up and restart the fight. The Pokey will also attack by firing ice balls forward and by using their ice breaths. Sometimes,It's head will be separated from it's body and it will try to stomp Wario. Wario needs to attack the head while it's not on the body in order to win the fight.
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Knucklotec: The Final Boss of the game and The TRUE boss of the Ice Caves. He's the guardian of the binding band and he will attack by throwing fast punches. He'll also slam the ground in order to cause icicles to fall from the ceiling. He can summon Chinchos to attack Wario and he will also summon rings that will float around the arena in random directions. Whatever you do,do NOT let him grab you in this fight. If he grabs you,You will actually get a Game Over.

Wario's Conditions

Reaction Description
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Flaming Wario: He runs without stopping while the fire spreads. Wario will return to normal after running around for a few seconds. Falling into water will also return Wario to his normal form.
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Flat Wario: Getting crushed by certain enemies will flatten Wario. His body becomes flat and light. If he leaves the ground or jumps, he falls back slowly, swaying side to side. He can get into small spaces in this state. He will return to normal after a few seconds.
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Frozen Wario: He will slide forward and knock away everything in his path until he hits a solid object.
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Fat(ter) Wario: If he eats apples dropped by Apple Bros, he will become fat and his speed and jumping abilities will decrease drastically. However,everytime he jumps, he will cause an earthquake. The condition will wear off after moving around for a bit.
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Poisoned Wario: If he gets hit by poison, he will start stumbling around. This will make him difficult to control. He will also exhale poisonous air if you press the attack button. The poison will wear off after a few seconds or if you jump into water.
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Bubble Wario: Wario can enter certain bubbles. If he enters one, he will slowly float upwards. The bubble will pop upon colliding with something.
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Bouncy Wario: If he crushed by certain enemies,his legs will turn into a spring. he will bounce up and down in this state,allowing him to reach ears you can't normally reach. The condtion will wear off after a few seconds.
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Tiny Wario: If he's hit by a spell,he will transform into a smaller version of himself. This allows him to go through small spaces and he can also run faster and jump higher in this state. The condition will wear off after a short time.

Items

Item Description
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Question Block: Hitting these blocks will reward you with coins.
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Brick Block: Hitting these will break them. There are usually coins in these blocks.
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Coin: Can be found everywhere and will make your coin number go up.
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Coin Stack: Multiple coins stacked on top of each other. The number of Coins vary.
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Coin Ring: Will give Wario 10 coins if he goes through them.
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Gold Flower: Turns all the enemies into gold for a short time, giving Wario the chance to earn lots of coins.
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Tostarena Coins: There slightly less common than the golden Coins, but they're worth 5 Coins each.
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Power Moon: There are 3 of them in each level and can be used to unlock hidden levels.
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Moon Ring: Going through this ring will spawn five Moon Shards for a short amount of time.
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Moon Shards: Five of these will spawn if you go through a Moon Ring. Collecting all of them will reward you with a Power Moon.
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Key: Can be used to unlock doors that may either open up bonus rooms or a path for you to progress through the level.
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Treasure Chest: These will often contain Coins. Very rarely will they contain Power Moons.

Worlds

World Description
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The Canyon: The first world of the game. This is where Wario can test out his moves and find treasure.
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The Town: The main place that tourists will usually visit. Unfortunately, Wario isn't welcomed with open arms, because most of the residents will try to attack him in order to defend their treasure.
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The Oasis: A place filled with a few water levels. Unfortunately, since you're in a desert, you won't be spending a lot of time in the water.
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The Ruins: This is where your skills are put to the test. There are a lot of hazards and a lot of treasure to collect.
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Inside The Ruins: The inside of the ruins of Tostarena. This place is filled with poison and enemies that'll try to stop you from getting the treasures. There are also a bunch of invisible paths that can only be seen by attacking a Moe-eye.
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The Ice Cave: A world that's even deeper in the ruins. Wario must get past a lot of cold hazards in order to get the treasures.

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Artwork

Screenshots

Trivia

  1. This is the first game since Wario Land 3 where Wario cannot be defeated.
  2. This is one of the few games where Mario is an enemy.
  3. While Wario cannot be defeated in this game,it's still possible to get a Game Over. If you Get grabbed by the Final Boss or if you fails to escape the collapsing Ice cave,You'll get a game over.