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Virtual Boy Wario Land

System: Virtual Boy
Release Year: 1995
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 1


From the instruction manual: I, Wario, have an interesting story to tell. One day during my vacation in the Awazon river basin, I landed my trusty seaplane, Bulldog, and decided to relax in the shadow of the beautiful Aldegara Waterfall. While basking in the sun, I spied some strange creatures with masks entering the waterfall. This piqued my interest! I hurried over and followed them into the waterfall. Behind the falls there was a large cave, and in the back of the cave ... there was a vault filled with a glorious mountain of treasure!! Some of the masked creatures jumped me, but I quickly overcame them. "This treasure is all mine now!", I thought to myself and rushed in to collect the loot. Suddenly, the floor collapsed and I fell! I found myself deep within the Earth! I was quite angry and vowed revenge on these creatures, "I will get their treasure!!!"


I think we all know the history of the Virtual Boy, so I won't get into that. Virtual Boy Wario Land was Nintendo's only platformer offering for the VB system. But even if there had been others, this one may well have stayed the best. Though most of the games elements are heavily influenced by Super Mario Land 3, Wario Land has a few unique features. One of these, for instance, is the hat-combination feature. SML3 fortified Wario with an assortment of hats, which provided him with super powers. While the hat selection in VB is small on it's own, there is a new feature which allows you to combine the powers of two hats. Combining the Eagle hat, which provides flight capability, and the dragon hat, which provides a fire weapon, create the King Dragon hat, which has both capabilities. This game also made use of the Virtual Boy's 3D capabilities, allowing for sprites to move between two views, a close-up and far-away, freely. The music is standard Wario fare, not bad. The game plays very similar to SML3. Mario-type gameplay with a few unique elements. Nothing outstanding here folks.