Wario Land 4

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  • Summary: Hey! You! Yeah, you! Listen up when Wario's talking to you! I just read about this legendary Pyramid of Gold, and you're gonna help me go explore it. There's lots of treasure in there for the taking, and I want it all. I'm sure there are gonna be all kinds of weird enemies and big, badHey! You! Yeah, you! Listen up when Wario's talking to you! I just read about this legendary Pyramid of Gold, and you're gonna help me go explore it. There's lots of treasure in there for the taking, and I want it all. I'm sure there are gonna be all kinds of weird enemies and big, bad bosses in there, so if you don't think you can hack it, put the game down now. I don't want any losers making me jump into bottomless pits, you hear me? Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Graphically the game looks fantastic. The game is insanely colorful and the sprites are well animated.
  2. Everything from the design of the bosses to the absolutely incredible levels screams personality.
  3. At the conclusion of some of the levels there are awesome mini-games...Homerun in Wario is awesome--it tests your baseball skills as much as your platform gaming skills!
  4. The gameplay is tight and varied, the graphics are detailed and bright, and the sound is second to none.
  5. Game Informer
    85
    It's nothing new to the Wario Land enthusiast, but it's enjoyable nonetheless. [Jan 2002, p.96]
  6. There's a lot in Warioland to wow you but, at the end of the day, it's just a GBC adventure with nice graphics. Which is REAL daylight robbery.
  7. 80
    One slight drawback is that without a light for your GBA some of the levels are quite dark and the action further down the line can be somewhat repetitive even with the new challenges the game dishes out for you.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 1 out of 22
  1. Aug 17, 2019
    10
    The perfect evolution of the Wario formula, it takes the gorgeous art direction of Virtual Boy Wario Land, the exploration of Wario Land 3,The perfect evolution of the Wario formula, it takes the gorgeous art direction of Virtual Boy Wario Land, the exploration of Wario Land 3, and puts it all together to create the perfect 2D game.

    Wario Land 4 is a game built on mysteries, which drive the player to explore and fall further down the rabbit hole. New to this game is the dash move which is one of the most seamless and perfect additions to any game. It acts as an extension to Wario's shoulder bash, and a helpful tool for the Hurry Up segments. The flow between using the shoulder bash and dash almost reminds me of the modern Rayman games. I love it. The transformations from Wario Lands 2 and 3 are back, but this time they are mostly used to help you progress or find secrets in the level. In Wario Land 3 because Wario was invincible the transformations usually just wasted his time or set him back in the level, which wasn't kind of annoying, but now most transformations are really easy to get in and out of. It is a bit of a downer that there aren't any new ones, but the ones taken from 3 look really great and function well.

    Wario Land 4 is a weird game, but the weirdness is really enjoyable and adds to the mysterious nature of the pyramid. I love how you can buy a smile for free at the shop, or how there is this weird photorealistic person moving between 2 frames when you play a CD.

    Another great aspect of the game is the music, it's one of my favorite soundtracks of all time, it really adds to the atmosphere of each stage, I especially like the title theme, credits theme, hurry up, and Hall of Hieroglyphics. It was really ambitious putting lyrics into some of the songs, but it really adds to the strangeness in a way a admire, the GBAs sound chip makes it so you can barely tell what they're saying, but it doesn't even matter because the songs with lyrics have so much energy that they're allready complete boops.

    The bosses are pretty fun, but can sometimes be annoying, I love their designs and most of the fights are fun, but some like the Teddy Bear are annoying in higher difficulties.

    This is kind of a mishmash of thing on my mind about this game, but Wario Land 4 is truly a great work.
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  2. Apr 1, 2020
    10
    Wario Land 4 boasts one of the strongest art-directions on the GBA. With its highly stylised graphics, fluent and colourful animations,Wario Land 4 boasts one of the strongest art-directions on the GBA. With its highly stylised graphics, fluent and colourful animations, eclectic soundtrack and captivating level atmospheres, it still stands out to me as one of the most unique and stylistic games Nintendo has ever put out.

    The gameplay is simple, but effective. Wario has an intricate set of movements options that are utilised throughout the entire game. Levels are diverse in settings and gimmicks, enemies are plentiful in variety, there are side mini-games to spice up the experience, hidden collectables to find and multiple difficulty settings that change the location of items to make it even more repayable than it already is.

    The games speed is extremely fast, even by today's standards. It feels like a Sonic game if Sonic were able to charge through his enemies and obstacles without being knocked back every five seconds. This allows for so much room to improve at the game, and complete levels faster, which is played into by the game with the count down at the end of each level, a great way of diversifying your simple side-scroller formula.

    I can't recommend this gem enough, it is one of the best games Nintendo has ever put out, and easily one of the best GBA games ever.
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  3. G.G.
    Mar 28, 2004
    10
    You who voted under 7 are f**king idiots!
  4. Dec 31, 2020
    10
    Si hubiera salido en 2020 me lo pillaba igual. Espectacular juego. Revisitarlo ahora sigue siendo una delicia.
  5. Uter
    Mar 25, 2004
    9
    I think it's the best original platformer on the system.
  6. May 1, 2020
    9
    In my opinion the best wario that has come out to date. A beastly evolution from its predecessors. Lots of secrets on this 2D platforms. TheIn my opinion the best wario that has come out to date. A beastly evolution from its predecessors. Lots of secrets on this 2D platforms. The best of game boy. Expand
  7. BrodyO.
    Dec 16, 2003
    4
    It gets very boring VERY FAST!

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#4 Most Discussed Game Boy Advance Game of 2001
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#4 Most Shared Game Boy Advance Game of 2001