Wario Land II

by Neal Ronaghan - December 20, 2012, 4:12 pm PST
Total comments: 12

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How does Nintendo's final Game Boy title hold up in 2012?

Wario Land II, originally released in 1998 on the Game Boy and remade in 1999 for the Game Boy Color (the latter is the version on Virtual Console), could be termed as the first Wario game as we know the character after his playable debuts in Super Mario Land 3 and Virtual Boy Wario Land. Fortunately, Wario Land II's changes and additions are for the better, and his return to platforming is one of the best games available on Game Boy.

In this game, Wario is invincible, using his large and malleable body to regain his treasure from his arch-rival Captain Syrup. If you are flattened, you don't die; instead, Wario becomes wider and smaller, allowing you to easily cross over gaps, among other things. Wario also can become fatter, on fire, a zombie, or drunk (or "crazy" as the game tries to tell you) in order to solve a variety of puzzles and collect as many coins as possible. The only issue that arises with all the abilities is that sometimes it is tough to find out what each one can do, and the game can be unclear with its hints.

Levels in Wario Land II are generally short, featuring simple goals that usually involve reaching the end of the stage, but they are all based around puzzles instead of action, making them more interesting and unique. Each chapter consists of a few levels that culminate in a boss fight, most of which are uniquely designed to be challenging even though Wario can't perish.

This is a pretty long game, complete with branching paths, multiple endings, and secret exits. Even today, Wario Land II is a fantastic title that is the cream of the Game Boy crop. It's as close to a must-buy as you can find on the 3DS Virtual Console.

Summary

Pros
  • Fun, unique gameplay mechanics
  • Humorous and engaging puzzles
  • Oodles of secrets
Cons
  • Some mechanics aren't clear

Talkback

Pixelated PixiesDecember 21, 2012

As stated in the review, this is a must buy (particularly for Gameboy fans).

On a side note. Wario Land III was just released in Europe and while I'm sure that it's awesome, Wario land II had so much...well...Wario Land packed into it, that I'm a little burnt out. I have it sitting there on my system but I just can't bring myself to play it.

Quote from: Pixelated

As stated in the review, this is a must buy (particularly for Gameboy fans).

On a sidenote. Wario Land III was just released in Europe and while I'm sure that it's awesome, Wario land II had so much...well...Wario Land packed into it, that I'm a little burnt out. I have it sitting there on my system but I just can't bring myself to play it.

That's probably why NOA waits so long between Virtual Console releases, so we don't have to worry about that kind of burnout.

Mop it upDecember 21, 2012

This may very well be the best GBC game, I can't think of one that I liked better.

Disco StuDecember 21, 2012

Is there not a world map in this game?  I've only played the first few levels and haven't seen one yet.  That's probably going to be the most disappointing thing about the game for me.  I loved the way the world map was used in the first Wario Land.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 21, 2012

Quote from: NWR_insanolord

That's probably why NOA waits so long between Virtual Console releases, so we don't have to worry about that kind of burnout.


They needn't worry. I still bought the thing. I'm still a Nintendo fan (i.e. stupidly compliant).

Mop it upDecember 21, 2012

Quote from: Disco

Is there not a world map in this game?  I've only played the first few levels and haven't seen one yet.  That's probably going to be the most disappointing thing about the game for me.  I loved the way the world map was used in the first Wario Land.

There's a map, but you can't access it until you beat the game once.

Pixelated PixiesDecember 21, 2012

I'd say it's more of a level-select screen that branches, but that's me being semantical.

TrueNerdDecember 21, 2012

It's about damn time. Love this game, never played the GBC version.

unh double-up unh UNGH

Art_de_CatDecember 21, 2012

Disco Stu- Once you have beaten a path of the game and gotten the ending*, you will be able to see what stages have branching points.

Mop it upDecember 23, 2012

Quote from: Jonnyboy117

unh double-up unh UNGH

Is this a Rhythm Haven Fever reference?

Evan_BDecember 24, 2012

I will hopefully be picking this one up during/after Christmas. I had originally only played Wario Land 3 and I know that game like the back of my hand- I'm excited to see the previous installment.

I have Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land on my 3DS right now- played through it, enjoyed it. I think some of the secrets are a little ridiculous, but I see how they tried to differentiate the game from the Super Mario Land titles and I appreciate it. The dynamic world is really cool, in my opinion, and I wish they had done more with that concept than they ultimately did. It's one of the things I enjoy most about Wario Land 3, though. Hearing that Wario Land 2 doesn't have a world map is a bit upsetting, but I'm interested to see how the game progresses.

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Genre Action
Developer Nintendo
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Worldwide Releases

na: Wario Land II
Release Dec 20, 2012
PublisherNintendo
RatingEveryone
jpn: Wario Land 2: Nusumareta Zaihō
Release Apr 04, 2012
PublisherNintendo
RatingAll Ages
eu: Wario Land II
Release Jul 19, 2012
PublisherNintendo
aus: Wario Land II
Release Jul 19, 2012
PublisherNintendo

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