Wario World Review


Wario World is one of those games that I had been meaning to get for a very long time. After all, who wouldn’t want to experience this platformer in all its glory? Well, I can see why it never got big. It’s a good game, but it’s not a very good one. It makes some key errors in gameplay and level design that hold it back. It’s also worth mentioning that the game is quite short which is definitely not a good thing. You’d expect it to be a little longer.

The basic plot is that Wario was enjoying his riches when a dark star arrives which blows the whole thing up. Wario now needs to reunite the 4 keys in order to open up a Treasure Chest and then take the star down for good. Can Wario really manage to pull this off though or is he going to need to call in Mario to end things before it gets too serious? One thing’s for sure, he is going to make sure to grab a whole lot of treasure on the way.

There are 4 worlds in the game and each one has 2 levels and then a boss. Right away you can see how this would be shorter than the average game because that’s not really a whole lot of levels to get through. You can blast through that with ease. The individual levels are longer than the average platformer but it’s still not quite enough to completely balance things out.

The gameplay is that of a 3D platformer. You can punch enemies out or slam into them. Additionally you can pick them up after stunning an enemy and throw them into something else. The goal of each level is to grab some red gems which can be found in trap doors where you have to solve a puzzle. How many crystals you need definitely varies but on average you want to have around 5-6. Just don’t skip any trap doors and you’re good. If the trap door is glowing then that means there is a crystal in there.

Make sure you go through the trap doors that have a closed door symbol on them. Initially I didn’t go through them since it didn’t seem necessary but I found out the hard way that you need those as well. In order to enter those you need to ground pound while holding an enemy and then you are able to get in. At the end of each level is a boss so make sure you go for their weak points. The little guys you rescue during each level will give you hints on how to beat the boss. How many of them you collect also determined how your ending plays out in the game so it’s something to consider. It seems like I got the second best ending which is pretty nice.

The gameplay is decently solid although the controls definitely feel a lot more slippery than the average Mario game. Some of the jumps can be tougher than they look as a result. I liked the combat aspects of it though. Being able to punch out your enemies is pretty nice and feels like something Wario would do. I didn’t appreciate the fact that you have to collect gems though. One thing I’ve never liked is when you have to collect things because it just doesn’t feel right to me. Can’t I just breeze through the levels at my leisure?

Meanwhile the graphics are good. It definitely has that retro Gamecube feel which is always so amazing. No other console has managed to hit with quite the same level of emotional value. The boss designs are also pretty intense like the guy who looks like DK. Now there’s a power hitter if I’ve ever seen one before. He had to be a homage to DK just like we had a boss later who was like King K Rool. The designs were definitely on point.

As for the soundtrack, it’s like a Bizarro version of the Mario themes. You have Wario doing his best to make the themes sound like the classic tunes but it doesn’t really work. His singing voice simply isn’t up to par and neither are the stage instrumental themes. Ultimately this definitely isn’t one of the game’s strengths. As for replay value, at least there is some of that I suppose. You can go back to try and grab all of the upgrades and collectibles. Only issue is that aside from the ending which is less than 30 seconds anyway, there isn’t much of an incentive to doing that beyond just a general feeling that you 100% completed the game. Maybe that’s all you need I guess. So if you really like the game then it’s an added bonus.

Overall, Wario World is a good game but you can tell the studio hadn’t quite found their footing on this one yet. It feels like there are just a lot of chinks in the armor that still need to be straightened out. It had a lot of potential but as a result this title can’t beat the average platformer. Right now the going price for this game is around 70-80 bucks so I would not recommend it for that price. Even if just because the game is so short. If you find it for a good price though then it’s worth a look as such an old school title.

Overall 6/10

Wario World Stats and Records

Stats time!

Stage stats

Greenhorn Forest

5/5 Creatures
5/8 Crystals
2/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Greenhorn Ruins

5/5 Creatures
4/8 Crystals
3/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Horror Manor

5/5 Creatures
4/8 Crystals
4/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Wonky Circus

4/5 Creatures
5/8 Crystals
1/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Shivering Mountains

3/5 Creatures
5/8 Crystals
8/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Beanstalk Way

4/5 Creatures
2/8 Crystals
3/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Mirror Mansion

4/5 Creatures
5/8 Crystals
3/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Pecan Sands

4/5 Creatures
6/8 Crystals
6/8 Treasures
1/3 Collectibles

Wario vs Nightmare




Suggested by Sonic Nightmare is a powerful villain in Soul Calibur and definitely one of the most iconic characters. While he is a bit slow his attacks deal out massive damage. Wario has some strength of his own and in his Wario Man form his speed may even surpass that of Nightmare’s. It won’t be enough though. The difference in combat experience as well as overall talent will be a huge deciding factor here. Wario just won’t be able to land his hits in while Nightmare will be able to impose his will. Nightmare wins.

Piranha Plant vs Wario



Suggested by Sonic Wario has dealth with his share of Mario enemies so this match will be no different. He can easily crush the plant with a few well placed blows or he could turn into Wario Man and just use his strength to secure the victory. Either way that means curtains for Piranha Plant and he will have to take another loss. Where there is a will there is a way though and he will definitely be ready for the next round. Wario wins.

Ken vs Wario



Suggested by Sonic Wario has his Wario Man form at the ready in case things get hairy. Still, that won’t save him from Ken’s attacks. Being able to fly does help Wario keep his distance, but eventually he’ll need to close in and that’s when Ken will be victorious. Ken’s significantly better in close quarter combat than Wario to the point where he can win many different ways. Wario won’t be able to anticipate Ken’s moves ahead of time. Ken wins.

Ryu vs Wario



Suggested by Sonic Wario is a pretty tough guy who definitely doesn’t mess around. He has his Wario Man form and has gone toe to toe against Mario in the past. That being said, I really feel like Ryu has the edge here. Not only is he a lot stronger than Mario, but he’s also got better martial art skills and has superior speed feats of his own. Wario will have a very hard time trying to keep up with this Street Fighter! Ryu wins.

Little Mac vs Wario



Suggested by Sonic Wario has his Wario Man form at the ready and he’s always been a pretty talented adventurer. I think Little Mac could give him a pretty reasonable fight and the match could actually be close. That being said, Wario would still claim the edge in the end. His ability to fly is a huge advantage in this battle as he isn’t limited to duking it out with Mac. This way Wario can fly and tackle his way to victory. Wario wins.

ROB vs Wario



Suggested by Sonic It’s time for ROB to jump back into the fray. This one’s a pretty interesting case since neither opponent is really all that strong. ROB has a lot of lasers as we’ve discussed but Wario has his Wario Man form. I guess as of now I’d give Wario the slight edge here. The flight will come in handy and Wario has shown a good amount of super strength in the past so his attacks will deal a lot of damage. ROB’s no lightweight, but the damage will add up very quickly. Wario wins.

Wario vs Shark



Suggested by Sonic Both of these guys have a pretty mean bite, but Wario definitely has the edge in combat here. Aside from his famous chomps he’s also got a good shoulder bash and even a super hero form. With those abilities at his disposal I don’t see him losing this. He’s simply far too formidable for the shark to hope to defeat. Even if the shark were to grow more teeth the outcome would not change. Wario wins.