Sunday, September 14, 2008

Wario Land: Shake it

There are a lot of complaints these days regarding the lack of core games on the Wii. Why, then, aren't we hearing more buzz about Wario Land: Shake It! which hits shelves in just over a week?

The Wario Land series traditionally existed exclusively on handhelds, with the last entry being Wario Land 4 shortly after the launch of the Game Boy Advance. Before that was Wario Land 3 for the Game Boy Color, which is widely considered to be one of the best games for the system. Wario Lands 1 and 2 for the original Game Boy, as well as the Virtual Boy Wario Land game were all very well received by gamers and critics. So why, then, isn't there more excitement about this new entry in the series?

According to gameplay footage, this looks like it will bring the quirky Wario personality and variety of gameplay that fans of the series have come to love. Wario seems to have traded his many transformations for more moves, such as swinging, added control for throwing enemies, and, as the name would imply, shaking things. 

Wario Land: Shake It! certainly looks promising. Such a shame it's not getting the attention it deserves. Wii owners looking for a new game to appeal to their refined core gamer tastes should definitely look further into this game, perhaps starting with this gameplay trailer:

Looking good!

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