Excerpt: You have to take leaps of faith and frequently you must also deal with sloppy controls (since you’ll be using devices that enhance your speed in many cases). If you happen to time a jump wrong or if you start along the incorrect route, you’ll miss out on some nice rewards. In essence, the game penalizes you for not knowing ahead of time where everything is located.
Excerpt: The only Wario games I’ve ever played are his extremely fun minigame compilations, so I didn’t really know what I letting myself in for when booting-up Wario Land for the first time. I’ve always had a “thing” for 2D platformers, but does this game live up to my expectations? Keep reading to find out more… Nintendo has never been known for its compelling and engaging story telling skills, and things are no different here.
Summary: Parents need to know that this game features Wario, a crude antihero to the squeaky-clean Mario. Wario enjoys picking his nose and smacking his butt, among other things. There's nothing overtly offensive about him, however, and the character is actually quite funny and endearing in spite of his greed, which is his primary motivation for helping the subjects of the Shake Dimension. Aside from boss battles, there is scant combat in the game.
Excerpt: It looks like 2008 is going to be the year of the 2D platformer, and I assure you that isn't a typo or mistaken date. I can hardly believe it myself, but it's true. Twenty years after the genre's heyday on the NES, SNES and Genesis, the 2D run-and-jump game is back in a big way, and I couldn't be happier.
Conclusion: Wario Land: Shake It! may have given you the same initial assumptions I had before playing the game. Its gimmick sounding title smells of the gimmicky motion controlled games of which the Wii has been plagued. However, once you get your hands on this title, you'll realize that it's a glorified 2D platformer of great proportions.
Summary: Wario Land: Shake It! is a classic side-scroller for the Wii starring Wario, the smelly, bad-mannered alter ego of Mario. With the Wii Remote controller turned sideways like an old-school controller, veterans and newcomers alike can run, jump and smash their way through hectic side-scrolling stages.
Excerpt: Wario is one of Nintendo's second-tier characters, a gassy, villainous Not-Mario clad in yellow and purple. He's starred in a fair number of releases over the years, particularly the fantastic WarioWare minigame collections. Nintendo's newly released Wario Land: Shake It! is a more story-focused affair, the sixth release in the platforming-centric Wario Land series.