Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is a Game Boy video game released in 1994. It was the first Wario Land video game, though at the same time was the third Super Mario Land title to be released on the Game Boy (despite the name, it starred Wario instead of Mario. In fact, Mario doesn't even appear during the game, however he is seen during the end credits where he steals the statue.) Nevertheless, it really started Wario's franchise, and most future games within the series would retain a similar theme of greed. It was the first Nintendo developed game in which the motive of the character was a bit iffy compared to something such as saving the world. Instead, the only goal Wario has is to collect as much money as possible.
The overall story of Wario Land, is based upon the rivalry between Wario and the Cinnamon Pirates led by Princess Syrup. The pirates, consisting of mostly ducks, capture Kitchen Island while Wario is off treasure hunting. He comes back in time to see the pirates take hold of his castle and totally remodel it all dark and gloomy. He grabs his vast collection of hats and dashes off to take care of those pesky baddies.