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Gameplay 8.2
Graphics 8.0
Sound 8.0
Value 8.0
Distributor: Nintendo
Classification:
 G
Reviewer:
Gary Young

8.0


Wario Land: The Shake Dimension

Wario once again returns on the Nintendo Wii that melds classic arcade old school gaming with the revolutionary control system of the console. Featuring a classic tale that joins villain and hero, when the Queen of the Shake Universe has been abducted by King Shake, only the nefarious Wario can rescue her, however he needs additional motivations in order to proceed.

This motivation is a bottomless bag of gold that has also been stolen by King Shake, so it’s time to transform into Wario and using your villainous powers to rescue the Queen and claim the bottomless bag of gold. It’s a classic Nintendo story that features an over the top plot plus great humour.

The game itself contains five different levels, each with their own unique environments and bosses to challenge the gameplay. An interesting twist of the title is that you need to purchase the next level which means you need to collect as many coins through your travels as possible.

There are some times where you may need to replay the level again in order to collect more coins to access the next stage but as the game is quite thoroughly entertaining, this is not really a problem. The cash system also allows you to purchase additional items such as potions or health.

Exploring the levels gives you quite a few challenges, especially when you are confronted with enemies.  Your character also needs to liberate the Merfles from their cages who have been imprisoned by King Shake and by shaking your controller, you can free these strange creatures.

The control system of the Wii is perfect for this game which successfully uses the controller with the gaming environment. Where the title does shine is through the “shake” system that allows you to shake the controller to move enemies and the environment. For a game that uses the classic side scrolling arcade system, the control system works quite well for this genre and does give the world of gaming something unique.

Graphically, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension is a visual treat on the Wii with great cartoon inspired graphics that are oozing with Nintendo gaming goodness. The colour palette is quite impressive and vibrant which compliments the sharp graphics.

Although the characters are quite basic, it actually suits the premise of the story and gameplay well that does pay homage to the old school arcade games of yesterday, however with a touch of 21st century console magic. Musically, you can’t go pass the addictive soundtrack and great “cartoon” inspired sound effects which lends itself well to the gameplay.

In conclusion, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension is a very entertaining game on the Nintendo Wii that successfully melds the classic arcade old school genre with the revolutionary control system of the Wii. The title contains some really nice graphics for the system and it allows the player a variety of different ways to complete the title, ensuring prolonged longevity.

Definitely a must have game for all Nintendo fans!






 
 



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