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Video Game: Virtual Boy Wario Land

"...[I]t's actually a good game. Damn good. But, only one problem: it's on Virtual Boy."

Virtual Boy Wario Land is an entry in the Wario Land series for the Virtual Boy.

Wario is taking a nap during a trip into the Awazon River basin when he spots three masked creatures carrying treasure behind a waterfall. Following them in with the intention of taking the treasure for himself, he ends up falling down a trap door into a vast subterranean labyrinth. Wario must trek through the caverns to take the treasure and get revenge against the Mask-Guys.

The gameplay of Virtual Boy Wario Land is very similar to its immediate predecessor, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, lacking the drastic changes to the formula made later in Wario Land II. Wario can be hit once and turned into Small Wario before another hit kills him. Garlic once again provides power-ups similar to the ones from the first game, though they must be combined with new items for more advanced power-ups. Each level also houses one treasure that must be collected for 100% Completion.

Despite the poor reputation of the Virtual Boy console overall, Virtual Boy Wario Land, the last Wario Land game that Gunpei Yokoi worked on before his retirement and death, is frequently cited as one of the few truly good games it had, and it enjoys a high reputation among the few who still know about it. It's also the only game for the console to contain the name "Virtual Boy" in its title.

Not to be confused with Wario Land II, which is technically the third game in the series.

This game provides examples of:

  • 2D: Of the "layered" variety. There are several Side View layers that Wario and the enemies can alternate between.
  • Black and Grey Morality: The enemies of the game are a bunch of mean monsters and demons, but Wario's only motivation against them is Greed.
  • Cool Plane: This is the first game to feature Wario's Bulldog seaplane (it had originally been introduced in a Japanese educational VHS featuring Mario and Kirby).
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: The first boss is called a "Dinosaur Fish."
  • Mook Maker: The Vase produces an enemy called a Vase-Based, but only the first time you throw the Vase on its side.
  • Multiple Endings: Wario's mode of transportation back home from the Awazon depends on how much money you have or on whether or not you've collected all ten hidden treasures. See them all here.
  • Playboy Bunny: Accompanies Wario on his magic carpet in the best ending.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: The Mask-Guys are almost identical to the Spear Men/Pirate Gooms from the other Wario Land games, in that they have a sharp object held in front that prevents Wario from killing them with a normal dash attack.
  • Underground Level: All the levels are this.

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