"Crush your enemies and become rich: When video games and real life collide!"
Playing Warioland: Super Mario Land 3 makes one thing clear: by 1994, Nintendo had mastered its formula to the degree that it could make an excellent Super Mario game featuring a character other than Mario, a character whose powers felt familiar and yet were noticeably different.
Sure, one could say the company already did that on the NES with Super Mario Bros. 2, a game featuring four different characters with their own quirks. Warioland is a different breed altogether, however. After serving as the villain in the second Super Mario Land offering, Wario grabbed himself a starring role in the follow-up. Licking his wounds after losing the previous game's climactic battle for Mario's castle, the greedy dude is not out for revenge, but riches instead. It's a quest that sets him against a horde of equally greedy pirates over the course of 40 stages.
Staff review by Rob Hamilton (October 27, 2018)
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