Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

a game by Nintendo
Platform: GameBoy
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 2 reviews
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Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Mario's home is his castle, and when Wario tried to swipe the plumber's palace in Super Mario Land 2, he got flushed down the toilet. Now Wario figures that if you can't steal happiness, you can buy it. Super Mario Land 3 returns Wario to his dastardly quest of trying to acquire the biggest castle on the planet, but this time you get to help the big bad boss man on his mission.

Now You're Playing with Evil

Wario looks like a twisted, crooked, demented version of lovable Mario: conniving smirk, misshapen nose, snake-like eyes. Ain't he great? You play this game as Wario and explore 40 levels (seven worlds) of exciting Mario-style action with a twist. Your goal is to amass enough treasure to buy a retirement home that would make Donald Trump jealous.

Wario's moves and techniques are original, but they stay within the standard Mario side-scroll format. Instead of munching wimpy mushrooms or fireflowers, Wario powers up by donning some stylish hats. Not only does he look debonair, but he can also use them to fly, overpower enemies, or breathe fire.

The look and feel of the game is similar to SML 2, but this game's four big megs promise to enhance many of its predecessor's top qualities. The graphic sprites are very large and bold by CB standards, and more detail is noticeable in the facial expressions and animation. The overland maps are as good-looking as they are comical, with names like Sherbert Land and Parsley Woods.

Wario's enemies in this cart are the Pirates of Kitchen Island, who possess stolen treasures beyond any greedy creep's imagination. Wario must find all these secret items. The game ending varies according to how much wealth you find - you can build a birdhouse or a fortress, it's up to you! (And it won't be easy with bad bosses like Dastardly Duck and Bucket Head in your way.)

Wario's Revenge

You don't know what it's like to be a crook until you've walked a few levels in Wario's shoes. Maybe Wario's a pretty nice guy after all...NOT!

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Game Reviews

Wario, Mario's evil nemesis, is fed up with being the bad guy. Now he's got a game all his own for the Game Boy. Using the engine that powered Super Mario Land 2 to huge success, this cart introduces a new slew of techniques and power-up items. Wario collects a variety of hats to attack, fly, and explore. The objective is to collect big bucks, and there are different endings depending on how much money you snag. Wario can even retire in luxury on his own island!

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