Review – Wario Land Shake It! (Wii)


Developer: Good Feel
Publisher: Nintendo
Year: 2008
Fun Fact: the 8th platformer/action game starring Wario (or 10th if you count Super Mario 64 DS and Yoshi’s Island DS).

Sometimes people grow up with a video game franchise and they defend it no matter how crappy the series becomes. Other people grow up with a series and overreact to any slip in quality. When it comes to the Wario Land series, I might fall into the latter group. I just could not get into Wario Land Shake It!. Unlike the wretched Wario: Master of Disguise, there aren’t any glaring mistakes but the level design can certainly be described as uninspired. Many of the situations and layouts reminded me of other games. For whatever reason, the original Yoshi’s Island often sprung to mind but always in a negative contrast sort of way. Continue reading

Brush Up On Your Wario History

With Wario Land: Shake It! launching in Japan just next week, nows as good a time as any to learn the history of the famous anti-Mario, Wario.

Gaming site Kombo released an article a few months back with an interesting look at Wario’s history from inception until now. There’s no better source for a Wario history fix for Wariophiles anywhere else online!

To read this informative back history of the notoriously greedy Wario, follow the links below:

The History of Wario: Part 1

The History of Wario: Part 2

Wario Land 1 Skyrocketed Wario To Fame

Wario Land 1 Skyrocketed Wario To Fame

Wario Land: Shake It! Updates

There are several updates on the upcoming, handrawn, 2D Wii Platformer Wario Land: Shake It!

First off, Nintendo has unloaded their official press release:

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL YOUR WAY TO RICHES!

Wario’s Back And After Treasure Once Again As Wario Land: The Shake Dimension Arrives In Europe

Get ready for a wave of nostalgia as Wario heads to Wii for his first dedicated adventure on the console! Prepare yourself for some classic Wario action as Wario Land: The Shake Dimension takes you on an epic and lush 2D platform adventure to seek out treasure, complete missions and, in a traditional Wario way, obtain as much money as you can! Prepare to defeat all the bandana-wearing pirates standing between you and your potential haul as this puzzle-filled adventure hits European shores on the 26th September 2008.

Presenting an entirely new cast of characters around Wario, get ready to embark upon an all-new, swash-buckling adventure where Wario explores various continents in search of treasure. The notorious pirate leader, Shake King, has kidnapped Queen Merelda and it’s up to Wario to get her back. But is he really out to do a good deed? Or it is the ‘Bottomless Coin Sack, a sack containing a never-ending flow of gold coins, which has really caught Wario’s attention?

Featuring five different maps full of action-packed stages to complete, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension, is packed with exciting missions and challenges. Complete Missions, which are challenges, set out at the beginning of each stage, such as finishing a stage within a specified time limit or collecting a special number of coins. Also seek out the hidden Treasure in each stage to obtain the special items held within them, then progress through the game and unlock further stages.

The Wii’s innovative controller, the Wii Remote, is held sideways in a traditional retro fashion when playing, and is shaken to activate Wario’s special moves throughout the game. Shaking the controller whilst on solid ground will see Wario unleash his ‘Ground Punch’ move that will stun all enemies on the screen. This move can also be used to manipulate surroundings and grant Wario access to new areas in the game. But use of the motion sensitive controller doesn’t stop there! Shaking the Wii Remote whilst holding an enemy or money bag will make them spill their precious contents, whereas tilting the controller when Wario is at the wheel will see players steer their various vehicles through the stage.

During the adventure, be sure to visit the Pirate Shop to spend those hard-earned coins. Make regular trips to purchase exciting items, new maps and videos, as new items and features will become available as progression is made through Wario Land: The Shake Dimension.

Be first to the treasure when Wario Land: The Shake Dimension launches across Europe on 26th September.

Next, the official site of the E3 media expo has provided us with a new gameplay trailer and screenshots:

Gameplay video!

Finally, IGN has previewed the title:

IGN Preview

This title seems to be shaking up to be great. Oops, I meant shaping!

Wario's Adventure Looks Great!

Wario's Adventure Looks Great!

Wario Land: Shake It! Japanese Site Opens

For those of you eagerly awaiting news about Wario Land: Shake It!, the arrival of Japan’s site for the game may sate your thirst.

Japanese Wario Land: Shake It! Site

The first button leads to an introduction to the game. Clicking down on the purple ‘next’ button guides you threw the button configurations and ends at a gameplay video.

The second button leads to some of the game’s anime prologue. There’s a video here, too.

The third button shows us some of the main characters: Wario, Captain Syrup, A Melful, Queen Melful, and the Shay King.

There are more buttons but they remain unaccessible as of now.

The game seems to be shaping up to be great!

Wario Is Shaking It!

Wario Is Shaking It!

Wario Land Headed For Wii?

Wario\'s Big Return to Platforming?

The Wario Land series enjoyed four classic platforming titles on the Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. Wario has since become better known for his quirky party games in the Wario Ware franchise. It looks as if a return to form may be in order.

Nintendo of Japan updated its upcoming releases list and is now listing Wario Land Shake as a Wii title releasing July 24th in Japan.

There are no further details on the game at this time.