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CW
24-08-2008, 01:59 AM
Wario Land: Shake! - Nintendo Wii - ( Released 2008)



I will start out by saying this game is not yet available in Europe or the US and I had to import it from Japan, but it will be available in Europe on the 26th of September and the US on the 28th, no I haven’t got that the wrong way round we really have got a game before the Americans, well done Nintendo, if you carry on like this you might make up for Super Smash Bros Brawl.


When I first saw this game in a magazine, I recognised what a good idea it was for Nintendo to make a game a 2D platformer for the Wii, but how well was this good idea executed? This game has got a very simple and predictable storyline, but then again so have all the Mario platformers and they haven’t done to bad have they. One thing that gave me some trouble is the fact that all the characters communicate through a series of noises and for me all the subtitles are in Japanese, so I don’t know the exact names of characters, levels or treasures. What I can gather is that a woman has been kidnapped, believe it or not, by a fat man who just happens to be in charge of a vast army of minions, after this Wario is asked to help, but of course he has got an W on his head not an M so he wont do it out of the good of his own heart, but he will do it for the gold he is promised, and this is how it begins. Its not exactly original but if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, and it is packed with Nintendo charm and humour.

Now, on to the presentation of this game, to put it simply its among the best on the Wii, from the amazingly crisp and smooth animations to the incredibly detailed backgrounds you will be blown away. As we all know the Wii isn’t the best place to go if you want good graphics, but I honestly cant see how this game could possibly look any better on the 360 or PS3, by far the best thing about the graphics is the feeling they convey of being in a cartoon or comic strip, no other game has ever done this so well. The music always suits the setting of the level your playing in and the tunes are incredibly catchy, classic Nintendo.

Its time to move on to the most important part of any game, the gameplay, at first I was disappointed with the overall difficulty of the game, but then I started to get in to some of the harder levels and bosses and the game became a bit more challenging, after I got through the game, I went back to attempt the challenges which can be absolutely punishing, such as clearing a whole level without touching a drop of water ( of which the level is full ) or taking any damage. I got to the end of the game in around 5 hours, but I have now been playing for over 15 and I still haven’t got 100% in challenges or treasure, so there’s more than enough value for money. The game is played by holding the Wii remote on its side like a classic NES pad with just the two face buttons and a D-Pad, also the shake motion, from which the game gets its name, is used to perform a powerful earth shaking punch, shake garlic (life) out of enemies and most importantly shake gold out of sacks. Controlling Wario is made easy by responsive and accurate control, perfect for a 2D platformer.

In all honesty this is one of the best 2D platformers to grace a console in years and possibly the best Nintendo game of 2008. Wario Land: Shake has some how managed to truly bring 2D platformers back to the consoles and I would recommend it for any gamer with a Wii.

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9.5/10



Written by XBOX360DON

RabidDemon
24-08-2008, 03:30 AM
that first paragraph insults me... America pwns your face >.>

Talentz
24-08-2008, 03:30 PM
Mm I might Import It..
Sounds good though =)

The real gamer_thing
24-08-2008, 04:08 PM
Good review, I knew this game would be good, preordering now.

XBOX360DON
25-08-2008, 01:03 AM
that first paragraph insults me... America pwns your face >.>

What are you talking about, how can any one possibly be offended by that and who's face dose America 'pwn' ? You are the biggest retard to ever walk the earth.

RabidDemon
25-08-2008, 01:37 AM
wait... did my post get erased? :O (if it did i'll try the nice way)

xbox hun.... it was a joke, no need to go all angry with me :). and i'm the biggest NICEST retard to ever walk the earth ;). your just the biggest loser to walk the earth and we all pity you ;)

Comment: thats a bit nicer, try and keep it civil

Star Hustler
25-08-2008, 11:49 PM
hmmm never played it, I might try it out...nice review nonetheless.

P-Sleva
26-08-2008, 01:20 AM
It is nice to see another 2D platform game. It seems simple enough and I'm sure that many kids will enjoy this game. It seems to have DS like graphics and I have to disagree that it would not look any better on other consoles. Looks like it will be short term fun for people (seeing that it took 5 hours to complete) By saying that it is possibly the best Nintendo game of 2008, doesnt say a lot. Nintendo really layed an egg this year in the "good games" department.

flameboy118
26-08-2008, 08:31 PM
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Now, on to the presentation of this game, to put it simply its among the best on the Wii, from the amazingly crisp and smooth animations to the incredibly detailed backgrounds you will be blown away. As we all know the Wii isn’t the best place to go if you want good graphics, but I honestly cant see how this game could possibly look any better on the 360 or PS3, by far the best thing about the graphics is the feeling they convey of being in a cartoon or comic strip, no other game has ever done this so well.

hmm. amoung the best on wii? no way to look better on other consoles?? riggght. detailed backgrounds? have you looked at the screenshots? no other game has had the feeling of a comic strip so well? played viewiful joe? XIII? *sighs*

i also seem to remember you saying that rome total war had 'the best tbs gameplay ever' (sort of thing). youve got to stop being so hyperbolic.

besides that, what *did* rabiddemon say? im curious now so someone has to tell me

other than that, based on warioland 3 (i think) being fantastic for the GBA, i reckon this will be fun for about 5 minutes. one for the kids. i dread to think how the 'shaking it' is included

XBOX360DON
28-08-2008, 02:33 AM
hmm. amoung the best on wii? no way to look better on other consoles?? riggght. detailed backgrounds? have you looked at the screenshots? no other game has had the feeling of a comic strip so well? played viewiful joe? XIII? *sighs*

i also seem to remember you saying that rome total war had 'the best tbs gameplay ever' (sort of thing). youve got to stop being so hyperbolic.

besides that, what *did* rabiddemon say? im curious now so someone has to tell me

other than that, based on warioland 3 (i think) being fantastic for the GBA, i reckon this will be fun for about 5 minutes. one for the kids. i dread to think how the 'shaking it' is included

I donít know what crawled up your a**, but what ever it is get it out quick. I donít mind being criticised or disagreed with, but I cant understand how you can disagree with me when you havenít played the game. Yes, I have played Viewiful Joe, and I have seen the screenshots and most importantly I have played the game, have you played Wario Land ?, when you do make your own review, only a idiot makes there mind up without even playing the game.

Rabiddimon: ďAmerica pwns your faceď, after he took offence to my review, I challenge you to find anything offensive towards the US in there.