Wario Land (Game Boy - 3DS Virtual Console)
In Wario's first platforming adventure, you control the greedy bastard as he steals treasure and coins from the (evil?) Captain Syrup and her band of pirates. Wario is neither a good guy or a bad guy, he's just a selfish, greedy pig who wants nothing more but to be rich.
Like the Mario series, Wario can use power-ups to enhance his abilities. These come in the form of different hats (Team Fortress, eat your heart out). The Dragon Hat lets Wario breath fire; the Bull Hat makes Wario's shoulder bash more powerful, and he can use the horns to stick to ceilings; the Jet Hat lets Wario fly through the air, and he can even use it to move quickly underwater.
All of the treasures and coins that Wario finds are stashed in a vault at the end of every level. The more treasure you have, the better the game's ending will be. This coin count is very similar to New Super Mario Bros. 2, in that every coin you collect is added to a larger total.
1-Ups aren't earned by collecting coins, rather, Wario gets Hearts by defeating enemies and finding them in blocks. Similar to the Mario series, 100 Hearts = 1 life.
Wario can gamble the coins he finds in 2 minigames. The first minigame is a game of chance. In this minigame, there are 2 buckets over Wario's head. If he pulls the rope, either a weight will fall (causing his coin total to drop by half), or he'll earn a moneybag (causing his coin total to double).
The second minigame lets you earn Hearts or 1-Ups. Wario has to toss bombs at a duck moving back and forth in the background. The more points he gets, the better the prize.
There are dozens of bosses and plenty of secrets to find in Wario Land. It's a fairly long game, if you want to collect every treasure and get your coin count as high as possible.
My Score: 8/10