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Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

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It was all yellow

Product: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 | Publisher: Nintendo | Format: 3DS | Genre: Platform | Players: 1 | Version: Europe
 
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Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 was quite the turning point for Nintendo. Not only was it Wario's first outing as protagonist, but it all signified Nintendo's first venture into the realms of being evil.

Wario is not looking to save any princesses nor rid the land of any evil - he just wants to get rich quickly and build a giant castle with the proceeds.

Wario Land is a sort of parody of the original Super Mario Land games, and it manages to not only match them in terms of fun but also create an entirely unique experience.

War(io) is heaven

You're going to need a few special ingredients for this. First, take the Super Mario series as your base, with its twitch platforming and precise jumps.

Now throw tiny Mario away, replace him with a great big galoot who fills a good portion of the screen, make him slow and bulky, and set out in pursuit of greed rather than valour. Voila - Wario Land is born.

The world of Super Mario from the eyes of Wario is very different indeed. Wario can simply walk into a good number of his foes to topple them over, and many of your 'enemies' don't look all that harmless to begin with - in fact, the regular Mario coin blocks have rather worried looks on their faces.

Wario Land is the perfect parody, obliterating Mario's cosy little world and turning it into a coin-filled free-for-all. Smashing through blocks and lobbing enemies into each other is fantastic fun, and collecting caps such as the Bull Cap and the Dragon Cap is an amusing affront to Mario's roots.

We're in too deep

Where Wario Land really excels is level design. While the levels are usually quite linear, each contains a number of secret passageways that will grant you extra coins and treasure.

Finding these passages and the keys to unlocking the doors feels hugely rewarding. You'll most likely find next-to-none on your first play through, meaning you'll want to play again to discover where they're all hiding.

Depending on how much treasure you manage to bag, Wario's castle at the end of the game will either be a titchy little thing or a magnificent spectacle. For all the achievement points and trophies you get nowadays that urge you to replay a game, nothing works better than scrutinising the size of a castle.

Wario Land gets pretty tricky later into the game - especially given that a number of enemies will render you DOA with just a single touch. Some will enjoy the challenge, but for others it may be too much.

Whatever the case, this is a Nintendo classic that you must play - especially if you never have before. It's certainly one of the best Virtual Console games available for the 3DS.
 
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Mike Rose | 23 April 2012
Wario Land is a Game Boy darling that comes with a huge recommendation from us
 
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Aces High | 12:29 - 24 April 2012
Thank you so much for your reply Ian, I'm very grateful.

I'm gonna go with your advice and grab Wario Land sharpish rather than waiting. Damn my compulsive eShop addiction! Regarding DK vs M, my hunch was with Donkey Kong too, so that'll be next on the list.

You're also absolutely right about the good lady wife, I am underestimating her. After nearly 18 years of marriage, I really should know better than to risk pulling a crafty one shouldn't I. I'll be celebrating the big four-o in July, but if I get my collar felt while trying to smuggle in another VC title without her express approval, I fear I might not get there! Damn you and your mocking Wario, damn you!

Thanks again Ian for the top tips, much appreciated buddy!

Simon

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Aces High | 21:49 - 23 April 2012
Anyone!??
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ionspark | 21:48 - 23 April 2012
Simon I'd say Wario Land is better than Super Mario Land 2. It's easily the best Wario game while Super Mario Land 2 certainly isn't the best Mario game.

Also prefer Donkey kong to Metroid. Wouldn't advise hiding it from your wife though. I fear you could be underestimating her craftiness and thats sounds like a recipe for trouble. Also Wario would just laugh at you if you got caught.

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Aces High | 13:50 - 23 April 2012
@Mike - I wonder if you could you tell me which you prefer, this one or it's predecessor, 6 Golden Coins?

I eventually want to adorn my 3DS with every VC game on the eShop, and in the last couple of months I've downloaded Catrap, SML2, Super Mario Bros, Links Awakening and Tetris, but my Mrs will murder me if I spend another yet another £3.60 so soon! As a gamer of a certain age, the VC titles are fabulously nostalgic and hugely enjoyable for me, but I somehow missed out on Wario Land the first time round and I feel that I missed out.

With all that borne in mind, what's your advice? Do I sit tight and wait a while or do laugh in the face of danger and download it right now? My wife is crafty, but if I really try, maybe I can sleep with one eye open!

Lastly, what should be next on my shopping list after SML3? Donkey Kong or Metroid (GB/GBC)?

Cheers buddy!
Simon


 
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