Reviews and Problems with Wario Land: The Shake Dimension
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Wario Land: Shake It!
8 May 2009
Conclusion: We urge all of our readers and anyone who sees this broadcast to show the brave men and women of GOOD-FEEL your support and appreciation. Don’t let their sacrifice be in vain. If Wario Land: Shake It! actually sells, who knows? Perhaps they’ll be set free to make another game for us cretins. Meanwhile, here’s a recap of what’s shaking in Shake It!: • OMG! A Production I.G anime with Wario in it! I’ve died and gone to heaven!
Excerpt: 2D platformer fans have had a hard time in recent years. Since 3D became all the rage the simple side-scrolling platformer seems to have become a relic from yesteryear, forcing old school gamers to get what they can from retro re-releases, remakes and compilations. Wario Land: Shake Dimension must look like a tropical oasis in the middle of a desert to these gamers, with its slick cartoon-like visuals and classic platform jumping gameplay.
Excerpt: Mario’s greedy and ill-mannered rival Wario is something of a people’s champion in the Nintendo camp. His games always buck the trend and stick to what the developer does best – innovation and total fan-service. The Wario Land series is no exception, giving players some of the best platforming titles money can buy. The Shake Dimension boasts old-school platforming the way Miyamoto used to make; two-dimensional, colourful and all about the fun.
Conclusion: If Shake It! becomes the template for future platformers, I may not like any of them, but I will still follow them, and hopefully play them with someone very special to me. I think this is far more important than ensuring that “Core gamers” get their Zelda fix, even if it means dragging the series through the mud. It isn’t enough to just look at Nintendo or any other game company. You have to think a bit too.
Conclusion: No, this game is not like Half-Life 2 . It doesn’t even approach Metro 2033 . There’s enough potential in Homefront ’s story and presentation to make me interested in a sequel, but the Modern Warfare in this game far outweighs anything compelling or original.
Conclusion: Even with its minor faults, Wario Land: Shake It! still manages to be a great platforming experience. Shaking your controller gets old very quickly, but the tried and true platforming goodness that is Wario Land, thankfully, remains intact. With all the hidden levels and treasures to be found and each level's missions to complete, Shake It! will also provide players with many hours of enjoyment, even after completing the game.
Summary: Months after E3 has passed, people are still wondering why Nintendo’s press conference didn’t touch on any of the great traditional games coming to their platforms. Think about it: the DS has Square’s RPGs, Sonic Chronicles , Metal Slug 7 , and Kirby Super Star Ultra , among other things. On the Wii, you’ve got the likes of Samba de Amigo , Mega Man 9 , de Blob , FaceBreaker: K.O.