I had mixed feelings when Wario Land: Shake It! was first announced for the Wii. The last DS Wario adventure title was such garbage that I feared Nintendo would continue to ruin one of my favorite characters of all time. Thanks to GoNintendo, though, my fears have been put to rest.
The official Japanese Web site for Wario Land: Shake It! just opened up and contains a bunch of stuff that I can’t read or understand. Not that it matters, as there are two videos on the site that pretty much explain it all. RawMeatCowboy from GoNintendo graciously put the videos up on YouTube, one of the gameplay and one of the prologue to the story of Shake It!
Watching the gameplay trailer above just makes me think of the original Game Boy games, which were all awesome. Wario uses his powerful muscles and brute strength to take on his enemies. But when that’s not enough, he’ll be hopping into ships, submarines, and more to get as much treasure as possible. It also looks like there will be some Yoshi's Island mechanics, as Wario will pick up enemies, aim them, and then throw them. Hopefully the “Shake It” portions of the game don’t get too repetitive or annoying.
The anime-style prologue video explaining what Wario has gotten himself into is after the jump.
Some evil fiend (who sort of looks like Booster from Super Mario RPG) has brought darkness to the world and captured what most likely is that world's Princess along with her disciples. One brave disciple looks for a hero to save their kingdom but ends up with Wario instead. The little bird ... thingy ... tries to get Wario to help, but of course, Wario doesn’t give a fuck and picks his nose. That is, until money is brought into the equation.
I am so happy now. Shake It! looks like it will be really good and make up for the last few fail Wario games (not counting the WarioWare games, of course; those have all been awesome). Now that you’ve seen this in action, what do you think of it?