WarioWare Gold (3DS): COMPLETED!

Well that was the easiest WarioWare game ever. I’m not knocking it, as it was great, but I don’t think I failed more than a handful of times and it seemed a lot shorter.

Yes, there are loads of things to unlock and there’s high scores to chase and stuff, but to finish story mode was a walkover.

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (3DS): COMPLETED!

tumblr_nvx9cbduni1svmpf2o1_400I got this with some of my Club Nintendo stars. RIP Club Nintendo, by the way. I struggled with what to spend them on before they expired, and of the number I had left Wario Land 3 was the only one I didn’t already have on either my 3DS or Wii U that I hadn’t already completed. I do have it on the Game Boy Colour, but never finished it.

tumblr_nwc2xug4dg1svmpf2o1_400About three levels in, I realised something was amiss. Not only did I not recognise any of the game, but it also wasn’t in colour. And it was possible to die. Hang on, I thought, this isn’t right. Have you spotted the mistake yet, readers? That’s right – I’ve got hold of Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, not Wario Land 3. I was actually quite pleased, as I’ve never played it.

tumblr_nwc2yl6qfs1svmpf2o1_400Now I have, and I’ve completed it. It was fun, but nowhere near as much fun as Mario Land 2 or Wario Land 3. The extra hats Wario picks up are mostly unnecessary, the levels are linear, the game feels quite short, and although it’s better than 95% of other Game Boy platformers, it isn’t anything special. Of course, I only picked up enough treasure to get Wario a tree to live in (rather than a gold castle or whatever it is he wants), so I could return to find the hidden treasures, but I’m not sure I can be bothered.

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WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania (3DS): COMPLETED!

Back in the day, I completed this on the GBA. But that was about 8 years ago, and it is such a good game that I really got into playing it again when I got it for free on my 3DS.

It is still excellent, and still the best Wario Ware title. Not that the others were bad – just that this one is the most pure. Or something.

Completed it today, and found it far easier than I remember it being on the GBA. I suspect that’s because part of me remembered what I was supposed to do in each game. Or I’m just a better gamer now (not true).

Wario Land 3 (GBC)

This is really more than a bit good, isn’t it? I mean, it’s a bit like Mario 64 in that each level has to be completed multiple times to get different treasures in different ways, but obviously in 2D. And it’s more puzzley. But the idea is still the same.

I’ve collected about half the treasures so far, and opened up quite a few levels meaning I was wrong with the 4-levels-per-world statement in my last post. At least one world now has 6! I only have 2 or 3 (it’s difficult to tell on the screen) bits of the musical box though.

Wario Land 3 (GBC)

Hello! No, I’m not dead. I’ve just had no time to game, no unpacked consoles to game on, and no internet access to update my diary even if I did have both of those.

For reasons I don’t really understand, I started playing this yesterday. On an actual Game Boy Colour as well! How exciting! I’d never played it before, but have played, and completed, the second and fourth games in the series and enjoyed them. This is more like the second, as it doesn’t have the silly race-out-the-level Wario Land 4 had, and is the better for it.

There seem to be 4 worlds, with 4 levels in each world, and 4 treasures to get in each level. So far, I’m on World 3, having got at least one treasure on each level so far. I don’t know if it’s necessary to do the lot to complete the game, but we’ll see!

Wario Ware: Smooth Moves (Wii): COMPLETED!

It’s my birthday today, and one of my presents was this from my wife. And very most ace it is too. So ace, in fact, that I sat down and completed it.

Of course, I haven’t even attempted the high scores or unlocked half of the minigames, but I did get the end sequence.

I think I like this more than Touched, as there’s a lot more variety to the games. Some of them are totally inspired too, like the 3D “flap your arms” Balloon Flight, although the final “game” (the dancing one) totally confused me for many goes until I realised that yes, you do actually have to dance along. Just shaking the remote isn’t enough!

Played some of the unlocked minigames after completing it, and worked through the “bonus” Orbulon and Crygor levels, as well as the first Elephant bonus thingie.

Oh, and Jimmy T’s dancing cats FTW.

Wario: Master of Disguise (DS)

Yes. The reviews are a little off-putting, but I’d tried the Japanese version a while ago and enjoyed it, so I bought the US version a while back and it arrived today.

It’s better than I remember, mainly because I actually some idea of what is going on. Wario enters TV programme, steals magic wand owned by master thief, become a thief himself, and can transform using different disguises that give him different powers.

So far, I have the thief disguise, the laser astronaut one, the artist one, and the genius one. Puzzles so far haven’t been that difficult, although the having to swap clothes (done through drawing shapes on the screen) several times in quick succession is a bit of a pain. I’ve completed the first two episodes, both on the ship, and killed both bosses.

Pretty good so far!