Review by SilverStream

"Fine portable Mario adventure from Nintendo"

This game was released by Nintendo in 1993, the third in a successful series (Marioland). However, this time round Nintendo's most famous mascot, Mario himself, is nowhere to be seen. Instead, you'll be playing as his evil arch-enemy, Wario, who was also incidentally the last boss of Super Mario Land 2. Despite that, this game still proves to be a blast and loads of fun. The story goes in the fashion that Wario has to collect (err.."steal" would be more appropriate) enough treasure to buy himself a new home. Your quest would be to help him accomplish that. Anyway, nobody cares about the story in mario games right?=)--let's get on with the review...

Graphics: 8/10

Not bad overall, quite clear and crisp-looking sprites(when you're on pause). Wario and enemies are detailed and well-drawn with a touch of "cuteness". The backgrounds are okay, nothing fancy, maybe to reduce slowdown perhaps. On the contrary, when running the game on a normal gameboy, the entire screen blurs terribly and you might find it a tad dizzying after sometime.

Sound: 6/10

Extremely weak (compared to the rest of the game). Although it's quite catchy in the beginning, the background music grates on your nerves after a while, making you feel compelled to just shut the sound off. Sound FX is pretty standard gameboy bleeps, nothing extraordinary.

Gameplay: 9/10

Marvellous playability! Once you start this up, you'll won't be able to let go. The gameplay is fascinating and fiendishly addictive and is one of Nintendo's best. (It's hard to describe it in terms of words--when you play a great game like Tetris, you know instinctively it's good, it's the same case here.) In addition, the control is dead spot-on and responsive too.

Long-term Value: 7/10

There are about 40 stages for you to traverse. Due to the handy battery back-up and addictiveness, you'll complete this in erm...within a week at most (the game is quite easy btw). Fortunately, the included bonus treasures (26 in all) hidden in various levels help to increase its longetivity.

Overall Score: 8/10

IMO, this is the second best in the marioland series, only beaten by the first game. However graphics-wise, it's far superior to the previous two games. On the whole, this is a very good game, marred only by the fact that you'll complete it in a jiffy. Even so, I recommend it heartily (I've got mine for about 3 years now and I'm still not tired of it yet.) Thumbs up to Nintendo for another fine game!


Reviewer's Score: 8/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 10/26/01


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