Oh, oh how I’ve missed you. I love the virtual console so very much, and while I have full access to all of the Gameboy games I’ve owned over the years, the convenience of the portable VC feature is very welcome to me. On top of the fact that the game looks that much nicer, it’s always a fear that my classic games, at this point, are running out of battery. We replace them at my store, of course, but it’s almost a poetic justice to let the juice run out on those, signifying the end of their era, but not their importance. With that in mind, I was able to maintain a clear conscience when I downloaded Wario Land for the sweet price of only 3.99 off the eShop channel about a week ago.
This game holds a considerable amount of value to me. With it coming hot off the heels of two other Mario games for the original Game Boy, this one marked a new era of Mario platforming by being the first Mario platformer to not actually STAR Mario. Presumably taking place shortly after Mario trounced his new, physically corrupt doppleganger at the end of Six Golden Coins, Wario sets off to do what he does best! Bully the hell out of everything to make a quick coin! While in the middle of playing this game, it actually prompted me to think that it’s importance to the Mario universe ended up having a much larger influence than it would first appear, if even only in the current era of gaming. I’ll elaborate on the details shortly, but let’s get into this fantastic little gem of a game. Read more »