Wario World

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

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  • Summary: While Wario enjoys the riches from his many adventures, a mysterious black jewel in his trove transforms gems into monsters. Now, Wario must scramble to recover his riches in an alternate world filled with quirky puzzles, swarming enemies, and lots of loot. As Wario, you'll punch, kick,While Wario enjoys the riches from his many adventures, a mysterious black jewel in his trove transforms gems into monsters. Now, Wario must scramble to recover his riches in an alternate world filled with quirky puzzles, swarming enemies, and lots of loot. As Wario, you'll punch, kick, jump, grab monsters and objects, and inhale surrounding coins like a vacuum cleaner. You must cling to 3D balls to fight bosses, find hidden areas through trap doors, and bash your surroundings to uncover secrets. Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Play Magazine
    100
    For someone who feeds off of the connection between game and player, the kind of connection that only the very best can forge, an hour of Wario is worth ten of a game that only pays of sporadically. Wario World pays off every second I'm holding the controller, and that, to me, is greatness. [June 2003, p.60]
  2. Game Informer
    85
    No Treasure game would be complete if it wasn't replete with awesome boss battles. Wario World has them in droves. [July 2003, p.108]
  3. A fun, splashy, albeit short and easy game with some great small touches and a hint of sidescrolling nostalgia.
  4. WW isn't the best platform game on the console, but it has its charm.
  5. Equally goofy and strange, but in an unassuming way, it's also good, unpretentious fun.
  6. No-one was expecting a heavy, lengthy platformer, but neither the puzzly-jumping nor the fighting has been nurtured enough to shine through, and as it stands Wario World is a missed opportunity; not particularly bad, but certainly not what we'd expect from two of the finest developers in Japan.
  7. If there had been more secrets, perhaps some power-ups like the Mario games, and more variety to the action the game would have scored much higher. As it is, Wario World delivers on the action, but falls short when it comes to actual substance.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 24
  2. Negative: 4 out of 24
  1. Wario
    Jul 12, 2003
    10
    Hey! That's the best game for game-cube and I'm the main character.So only say good things about my game!!!!
  2. TonyG.
    Feb 1, 2006
    9
    this game is amazing!!! if it was longer, easily a 10 ... creative, fun, somewhat challenging. a great game for every age. a great game to this game is amazing!!! if it was longer, easily a 10 ... creative, fun, somewhat challenging. a great game for every age. a great game to kick back to. alot more mario type games should be in this style. i enjoyed this title more than any mario title in 3-d. the 2.5d graphics in this game should be applied to all future mario platformers. this is like what i want to see nintendo.... keep up the great work!! Expand
  3. RyanM.
    Jun 1, 2004
    8
    A fairly linear adventure game, with a lot of fun. This game is a very enjoyable experience, that sadly, doesn't last as long as it should.
  4. Oct 28, 2012
    7
    Wario World definitely goes on the list of underrated GameCube games. It has great music, colorful graphics, challenging puzzles, and vast,Wario World definitely goes on the list of underrated GameCube games. It has great music, colorful graphics, challenging puzzles, and vast, creative levels. The game was kept fresh with many ideas like puzzle areas. The controls were solid once you learned them. The humor in this could only come out of a Wario title! The bosses were fun, but many were too easy. Wario World is far from perfect though. It was fun while it lasted which was not so long. In fact, it is about an eight hour game to finish and a fifteen hour game to complete, so maybe this one is a weekend rental. Also, many of the common enemies took no brain to destroy and were rehashed from other levels. The dimensions felt off and the depth-perception was way off, also the camera was painstakingly too restricting. Furthermore, every time you fell off the level you went into this sub-area where you had to find the exit. This at first was fun, but then started getting extremely irritating. The entire game only consisted of eight levels, which was kind of a bummer. Overall, if you like the Wario Land series, Wario World remains pretty loyal to those, although, I liked Wario Land 4 better than this. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2019
    6
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Not a bad game, featuring Wario as the main character for the 5th time. Wario World is a unique experience, but I kinda like sunshine better, hence my name. It is a platformer beat em up game where you need to collect pieces of a gold statue for heart fragments, 8 treasures for a Wario Ware minigame, and a number of red crystals to face the level's boss. You also free these little creatures that give you hints. You need to free all of them to get the best ending, and 5 are in each level. One notable part is the music. I love the music, it fits with the area. The underground stages are pretty good. The game just feels short. Wish it could have more levels. Also, Wario, why do you sometimes eat the money you try to collect? There is a game mechanic that if you hold the L or Z button, wario will suck up any loose change. Great to collect coins, not so great for his health. 6/10 Expand
  6. Jun 28, 2011
    6
    IDK if this is really a good game or not, story is dumb, gameplay can be boring at the beginning and some of the unlockable worlds dont makeIDK if this is really a good game or not, story is dumb, gameplay can be boring at the beginning and some of the unlockable worlds dont make sence idk what to say now... Expand
  7. BobS.
    May 19, 2003
    0
    Great another game rehashed by nintendo.

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#18 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
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#9 Most Shared GameCube Game of 2003