With Wario always standing in Mario's shadow, we felt it was about time he got a bit more recognition. While his games didn't offer the fluidity of your regular Mario adventure, they offered a whole new darker experience combined with lust and greed. A fair few retro titles exist under the Wario name to date, however we've chosen his Game Boy Advance outing to start with as it's the most accessible of the lot.
Introducing WarioLand 4
WarioLand 4 arrived on the Nintendo Game Boy Advance in November 2001 (Europe), just a few months after the handheld had been released in Europe. Upon release it received a fantastic 9/10 from an IGN reviewer for it's outstanding level design and re-playability (a great sign for the Retro Game Club!).
Wario, in his usual treasure hunter mindset, stumbles upon an article in the newspaper regarding a golden pyramid hiding deep within the jungle. Within seconds, he is in his pink Cadillac heading off in search of the many treasures ahead. Upon arrival a familiar black cat is awaiting him which leads Wario into a game of chase. Not soon after Wario finds himself falling down an endless chute arriving on the map screen of the game. Unsure of his location, it's up to you now to lead him out (with his pockets full of treasure).
Your task is to beat the bosses at the end of each section leading you to the Golden Diva of the Pyramid, something easier said than done...
WarioLand 4 Gameplay Video
Join in the Retro Game Club
Fancy taking on the Golden Diva yourself? Already have the game at home? Still need to track down a copy? We welcome all players worldwide and we are more than happy to assist those yet to discover the game. The Retro Game Club is open for the next four weeks until our next choice is revealed, leaving more than enough time to locate the game and get well underway with the challenges ahead.
WarioLand 4 is a common game often found on eBay for approximately £3 (for a cartridge) and up to £15 (for a complete in box copy). So should you also fancy adding this one to your collection, now has never been a better time.
We encourage you to go take part in the fun on the forums and discuss anything regarding the game. Let us know how far you've travelled, if you're the first to finish it and even if you dislike the game for whatever reason.
Do you think you can finish the game first or rack up the most coins in game? Then head over to the forums and get started!