Wario has created 100 levels of tricks, traps, and dangers that even the nimble Mario, careful Princess and quick Yoshi can't get past. While the three friends and Luigi are out enjoying the countryside, they wander into Wario's sinister world. Luigi manages to slip away, but he can't help his confused friends, who keep getting whacked over the head by Wario with a variety of crazy buckets. Thank goodness for the kind fairy that comes along, who is determined to help the three make it through Wario's levels of terror, doing whatever it takes to defeat the nasty fiend and deliver the friends safely into Luigi's arms.
Mario & Wario, for the Super Famicom, is a puzzle game based on the popular Super Mario series. It was scheduled for a U.S. release but subsequently cancelled, making Mario & Wario a Japanese-only release. In the game, you control the fairy, doing whatever you can to help Mario or his friends make it past obstacles to get to Luigi, who waits at the end of each level. Mario gets a bucket or other object placed on his head at the beginning of each level and simply wanders forward, dazed and confused. The fairy can bonk him on the head with a stick, causing him to turn around. It can also use its stick to do a number of other things, including turning blocks solid for a short amount of time, activating escalators and beating up enemies that get in the way. All to help Mario avoid pits, spikes, and baddies that could take away precious lives. At the end of each level, the fairy must deal with Wario himself.
Mario & Wario is a one-player game, although you can choose one of three characters to control with the fairy, each representing a different skill level. The princess is the slowest, Yoshi is the fastest, and Mario falls somewhere in between. Mario & Wario is one of the only Super Famicom games to support the mouse that came with Mario Paint, although you can also control the game with a normal controller. ~ Jon Thompson, All Game Guide