|First appearance||Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic (1987)|
|Voiced by||Charles Martinet (2000)|
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Wart, also known as King Wart, is a fictional character from Nintendo. He is an anthropomorphic frog king who is the main antagonist and last boss of Nintendo's NES game, Super Mario Bros. 2. In Japan, where a previous version of the game was earlier released for the Famicom, under the title Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic, the character is known by his Japanese name, Mamu (マム, Mamū).
Wart made his debut appearance in 1987's Yume Kōjō: Doki Doki Panic where he plays a role of a main villain and final boss of the game. The game was converted into 1988's Super Mario Bros. 2 for its North American release. While some characters and music were changed into Mario series elements and the game world is named Subcon, Wart remains as the game's antagonist. In both versions, Wart creates his own monsters with a device known as the "dream machine", appoints himself ruler of the land, and enslaves its inhabitants. However, Wart is ultimately to be defeated by the protagonists and then castigated severely by the liberated populace.
Wart has made a number of cameos in various games and media. Wart appears in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening, in a dream world known as Koholint Island, where he uses his Japanese name, Mamu. He teaches Link the Frog's Song of Soul, which helps Link on his quest. He returns again in for BS Super Mario USA, Satellaview. Wart can be found in every tube while being in Subspace; where his rooms are similar to that of the prequel's last level, Mario must fight him. He is also mentioned very briefly in Mario Superstar Baseball in a Shy Guy's bio, and in Super Paper Mario where a "Cyborg Wart" appears in a character's comic book.
Wart made two appearances in Valiant Comics's Nintendo Comics System imprint. In Cloud Nine, he abducts King Toadstool and tries to flood the Mushroom Kingdom; and in Tanooki Suits Me, he appears as a prospective buyer of several priceless pieces of artwork Bowser had stolen from the Mushroom Castle's Royal Art Gallery. Under the guise of a friendly skateboarder, Wart also makes a minor appearance in the Nintendo Adventure Book Doors to Doom, when Mario and Luigi become lost in Subcon after travelling through a warp zone.
IGN editor Lucas M. Thomas thought Wart deserved a spot as a character in Super Smash Bros. Brawl or in a Mario spinoff series, despite conceding that he was not a likely candidate. Wart was listed in GamesRadar editor Alan Bradley's article "A baker's dozen of gaming's hungriest bastards", he referred to Wart as a "trippy looking frog" whose "allergy to healthy food is legendary" and "he’s not above eating anything (or anyone) else, potentially even children’s bubble mix." GamesRadar also listed Wart's appearance in The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening as the tenth best Nintendo character cameo. On other hand, GameDaily included Wart their list of the 10 worst Mario characters, stating he "will always be the loser that filled in for Bowser", and they also called him "a somewhat ironic figure" due to the fact that he dies from eating too many vegetables despite being an overweight creature.
- Super Mario All-Stars instruction booklet. Nintendo.
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- Bradley, Alan (February 2, 2011). "A baker's dozen of gaming's hungriest bastards". Games Radar. Retrieved June 22, 2014.
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- "The Top 10 Worst Mario Characters". GameDaily. Archived from the original on January 13, 2008. Retrieved July 31, 2013.
- Wart's information page at TMK.net