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Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)

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Description

Wario, Mario's greedy rival from Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, is more determined than ever to get a castle after being booted out of Mario's. He has heard that the pirates of Kitchen Island have a golden Statue of Princess Toadstool that's worth a king's ransom! Wario figures that if he swipes the Princess' statue for himself, as well as all the other loot the pirates have hoarded, he'll have more than enough cash for a castle that's even bigger and better than Mario's!

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is different from previous games in the series in that you control the brutish and greedy Wario. Even when small, Wario can break most bricks with a punch, and some enemies are so weak to him that they'll just be pushed aside! Wario has a body slam attack that he can use to destroy enemies, and he can also pick them up and throw them at his foes. If that wasn't enough, there are three different power ups that Wario can find. The Bull Hat lets him plough through bricks in a single hit, ram his horns into the ceiling to hold onto it, and butt stomp to stun all enemies. The Jet Hat allows him to fly horizontally for a short period of time, and increases his jump height and speed. Finally, the Dragon Hat allows him to breathe a long stream of fire for a short period of time.

To suit Wario's greedy nature, the game revolves around money. Throughout the stages, you can earn coins by grabbing them floating in the air, punching them out of bricks, or by body slamming into foes and then collecting the coins they drop. You can also find hidden treasures buried deep within some levels by finding a key and then throwing it at the skull door to unlock it. Once Wario reaches the end of a level, he usually needs to pay a toll to get the end-of-level door to open. Pressing Up on the Control Pad and B pulls out a coin worth 10 coins, which you must throw at the door. Once the door opens, you can exit and the level is complete. Before you finish each level, you can choose to play a mini-game that doubles or halves the amount of coins you have, with a 50/50 chance. You get three tries, and can choose to leave whenever you wish...so don't get too greedy!

Screenshots

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Game Boy Rice Beach
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Game Boy The pirate shows Wario unwillingly how to open the exit doors.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Game Boy In this course, you have to escape from a moving block...
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 Game Boy Not-so-super Wario

Alternate Titles

  • "WarioLand: Super Mario Land 3" -- Alternate spelling
  • "Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land" -- Japanese title
  • "スーパーマリオランド3・ワリオランド" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

All of Mario's moves plus the attitude he was missing. Zovni (9360) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
One of the best Gameboy games ever, hours of pure fun Bregalad (916) 4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars4.8 Stars

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Jun, 1994 5 out of 5 100
Nintendo Land 2003 92 out of 100 92
Nintendo Magazine System UK Apr, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Power Unlimited May, 1994 8.5 out of 10 85
Nintendojo Apr 17, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Portable Review Jun 09, 2007 32 out of 40 80
GamesCollection Jun 13, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Jan 08, 2010 16 out of 20 80
IGN Jul 25, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79
GameCola.net Oct, 2008 7.2 out of 10 72

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Awards

  • Retro Gamer
    • October 2004 (Issue #9) – #10 Best Game Boy Game

Zovni (9360) added Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy) on Jun 13, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (6492)