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After defeating Wario he drops something and runs off, but I could never identify what he drops or figure out why he drops it.

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    Back in the early 1990s when I first beat this game I thought he was losing a tooth, which was a common thing to happen to people that got beat up by the protagonist.
    – Ocean
    May 1, 2023 at 20:32

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According to Mario wiki, that's one of his shoes:

Mario was still able to defeat him in battle. As a result, Wario shrinks and begins crying in defeat, but then throws one of his shoes at Mario before making his escape from the castle, with Mario following suit.

And for the reason, as also said by @TripHound, that move is considered a Shoe Slap:

throwing shoes happen to be a common occurrence in some cultures and countries, with some seeing it as an act of disrespect.

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  • The wiki is just someone's interpretation though (rather than an official source), although in this case it seems to be the good one.
    – Clockwork
    May 2, 2023 at 11:32
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    @Clockwork it's a wiki, so it's a several people's consensus and not only "someone", I usually trust them to support my statements.
    – pinckerman
    May 2, 2023 at 11:48
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After being defeated, Wario throws a shoe and flees the throne room.

This is easier to see when playing in color using Super Mario Land 2 DX: 6 Golden Coins

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Screenshot from video by LETSPLAYmarkus

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    @JohnGordon In some cultures, it's a form of insult. Don't know if that's the allusion here.
    – TripeHound
    Apr 30, 2023 at 6:14
  • A corroboration of the insult is that Wario also seems to be sticking his tongue, another act of disrepect. May 1, 2023 at 7:02
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    Isn't the DX version of that game a ROM hack and therefore just the interpretation of its creator?
    – Ocean
    May 1, 2023 at 13:47
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    Wait, never mind, this game pre-dates the GWB incident by 16 years, forget that. May 1, 2023 at 15:44
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    @Ocean yes, DX version it's indeed an hack ROM.
    – pinckerman
    May 2, 2023 at 17:38

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