Wario World (GameCube)

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The very definition of "short and sweet". Bob the Stickman (290) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Wario's debut on the GCN is very rich in gold, jewels, and FUN! Dark Cloud (35) unrated

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AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.7
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.7
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.5
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Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.2
Overall User Score (25 votes) 3.4

Critic Reviews

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N-Zone (Jul 09, 2003)
Wario World ist ein erstklassiges Jump & Run, das enorm viel Spaß macht. Viele Ideen sind zwar geklaut, verschmelzen aber zu einem tollen Spiel. Die Geschicklichkeitsabschnitte machen viel Spaß und frustrieren längst nicht so sehr wie bei Super Mario Sunshine. Was eine höhere Wertung allerdings verhindert, ist die Tatsache, dass der Umfang zu gering ist. Das Spiel dauert etwa so lange wie Luigi's Mansion, so dass erfahrene Spieler spätestens nach zehn Stunden bereits den Abspann sehen. In diesen zehn Stunden wird man allerdings gut unterhalten
Wario World ist ein wunderschönes Jump‘n‘Run mit nur einem gravierenden Nachteil: Es ist viiieeel zu kurz. So gesehen ist es das perfekte Spiel für Jump‘n‘Run-Einsteiger und Gelegenheitszocker. Aber wer Super Marbo Sunshine gut beherrscht, wird Wario World an einem Wochenende durchspielen. Während dieser kurzen Zeit bekommt man jedoch einiges geboten: Einfallreiches Leveldesign, schicke Optik, einwandfreies Gameplay und viele tolle Ideen. Nach dem viel zu frühen Ende hat man als Spieler eigentlich nur noch einen Wunsch: Mehr davon!
Game Shark (Jul 15, 2003)
By game play standards, pretty much; by game length standards…not by a long shot. Most players will be able to whip through this in a day. Two days if you really want to collect all the jewels, as well as the WarioWare GBA demo download. Nintendo fans will jump all over this but Treasure fans and casual game players may just want to rent this one out.
Lawrence (Jun 23, 2003)
I loved the game for as long as it lasted. I might even go back through it again since it's just so fun to pummel helpless little creatures. But for the budget conscious, you might want to rent before you buy since you will most likely beat it in your rental period. But I guarantee you will have a lot of fun.
UOL Jogos (Aug 18, 2003)
"Wario World" é um jogo para puristas, pessoas que se frustram facilmente e jogadores que sabem apreciar um bom design. Assim como "Klonoa" o game mostra que muitos dos truques dos jogos 2D podem ser aplicados com sucesso em três dimensões.
GamePro (US) (Jun 23, 2003)
Treasure is quite possibly the most uneven development house in Japan. It goes from works of art like Ikaruga to works of utter nonsense like Stretch Panic in a matter of months. Perhaps, though, all it needed was a little guidance: Wario World, its latest for Nintendo, is gobs of fun and a reminder to all consolites that platformers don?t have to be dark, edgy, or extreme to seem fresh.
4Players.de (Jun 24, 2003)
Wario World ist zwar bei weitem nicht so komplex wie Mario Sunshine, aber bietet einen guten Mix aus fulminanten Kämpfen und akrobatischen Rätseleinlagen. Die Steuerung ist blitzsauber, die Spezialattacken sind ansehnlich und die vielen Schätze locken immer wieder in die kunterbunten Monsterwelten. Und obwohl die grafische Qualität vor allem im Texturbereich stark schwankt, werden an einigen Stellen klasse Spiegel- und Explosionseffekte gezeigt. Eine höhere Wertung wird dem schnauzbärtigen Miesepeter aber vor allem durch den geringen Umfang verwehrt: Genre-Fans werden sich an einem Wochenende durch die teilweise viel zu leichten Herausforderungen kämpfen - schade! Jungen Hüpfern und Einsteigern ist der Titel trotzdem wärmstens zu empfehlen, denn das Speichersystem, die Statistiken und das Leveldesign sind vorbildlich. Unterm Strich ein viel zu kurzes, wenig spektakuläres, aber trotzdem spielenswertes GameCub-Debüt von Wario!
Netjak (Jun 30, 2003)
It's tough not to like Wario as a character. He's basically the antithesis of everything classically identified with Nintendo. He's ugly, he's rude, he's greedy, and he's deliciously evil. While he's certainly not the first Nintendo villain to star in his own games (remember, Donkey Kong wasn't a particularly likable gorilla before Donkey Kong Country came along), Wario's adventures tend to be different than the norm. Generally, Nintendo placing Wario in a game means that they're taking a chance on something new. This is somewhat rare lately, given Nintendo's current trend toward the tried-and-true, both in the overwhelming number of SNES remakes for the GBA (Super Mario Advance, Zelda: Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country, etc.), and GameCube extensions of N64 series (Super Mario Sunshine, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mario Party 4, and so on).
Still, if you're a parent looking for a good GC game to pick up for your many chill'uns, then Wario World is probably a safe bet for you. I'm not a parent, so that didn't apply to me. Actually, MY parents bought it. Wow...cosmic. Erm...yeah, this game certainly pays respect to the empire that Wario has built up since his black-and-white debut in 1992, but could use some lengthening. Ah, Wario probably just wanted to make a quick buck...as usual. Well, you still get your money's worth, so feel free to snatch up a copy.
Gamesmania.de (Jun 30, 2003)
Mein letztes Wario-Spiel hatte ich vor knapp 8 Jahren auf dem Gameboy, spielerisch hat sich seitdem im Jump´n´Run-Genre einiges getan, bei Wario World leider nicht. Fans von klassischen Plattformtiteln werden mit Wario sicherlich gut unterhalten, da die 3D-Grafik nur in einigen Abschnitten wirklich Verwendung findet und jegliche Innovationen auf der Strecke bleiben. Etwas aufgesetzt wirken die von SMS inspirierten Knobellevels, die aber wie das gesamte Spiel nicht allzu schwer sind. Die Technik von Wario World ist grundsolide, begeistert aber in keinem bestimmten Punkt. Ein Must-Have-Titel ist das Spiel daher sicherlich nicht, zu kurz ist die Spielzeit, zu belanglos das Gameplay, trotzdem bietet es einige nette Spielstunden mit einigen Erinnerungen an die 90er Jahre.
Several Cube games have been attacked for their shortness and Wario World definitely falls in the category of good and enjoyable but could have been a whole lot longer. Side by side with Super Mario Sunshine, Wario World seems very short but in actual fact it's good for around 8 hours of gameplay, which isn't that bad. Nintendo have also included some Wario Ware Inc. minigames too that you can download to your GBA. I hope there is a sequel to Wario World and the length of the game could be increased to around 20 hours that would make it so much more enjoyable.
neXGam (2003)
Tolles Spiel mit Antiheld Wario in der Hauptrolle, allerdings ist es kein neuer Meilenstein. Wer auf gute, unterhaltsame Jump'n'Run Kost steht der wird mit dem Spiel einige vergnügliche Stunden vor dem TV verbringen. Joypad-Profis greifen indes vielleicht besser zu Super Mario Sunshine, da Wario World doch eher über einen milden Schwierigkeitsgrad verfügt.
IGN (Jun 19, 2003)
From Nintendo and developer Treasure comes Wario World, a quasi-3D platformer starring everyone's favorite Mario enemy, Wario. The game takes players through colorfully exaggerated locales complete with groups of enemies, libraries of platform challenges, and a host of minor environmental puzzles in between, all sewed together with tight, if unoriginal control mechanics. Like Luigi's Mansion before it, Wario World is generally fun while it lasts. The problem is that it doesn't last too long.
You've seen it all before and there are very few surprises here. Run around, beat up monsters, collect treasure and face a boss at the end of each level. While not original, it is certainly very entertaining.
Kombo.com (Nov 15, 2003)
I was never really looking forward to Wario World until I saw its video on the bonus disk that came with pre-ordering Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker. Since then, Wario World has been one of my most anticipated titles for GameCube. Luckily I wasn’t let down when I finally got my hands on it. It’s a fun platformer with a unique side scrolling style of gameplay. I had a lot of fun playing it and certainly recommend it as a rental to anyone who doesn’t have it yet. But buyer beware, this game is over very quickly and may not grab your interest to go and beat the game a few more times.
Jeuxvideo.com (Jun 19, 2003)
Malgré les apparences, pas forcément très flatteuses, Wario World préserve un certain esprit des jeux de plates-formes. Sans trop s'éloigner des bases classiques du style, on trouve donc un titre agréable et efficace qui pourra rebuter certains par quelques passages assez balèzes. Dommage qu'il soit si court !
GamerDad (Dec, 2003)
It seems Nintendo decided to give its flagship video game hero a well-deserved rest. Not surprising, really, considering it has been 22 years since the barrel-hopping, turtle-stomping plumber made his debut in "Donkey Kong." Instead, the latest GameCube adventure stars Mario's arch-nemesis, Wario, a plump, burly and greedy little creature who cherishes his riches above all else.
Eurogamer.net (UK) (Jun 19, 2003)
Where the game falls down is its length; at around eight hours it's going to take you less than a good weekend session to plough through it, and for £40, frankly that's not good enough. It's Luigi's Mansion all over again, in that it's a great little game that charms the pants off you, but it's too short to justify the price tag. We're certainly not averse to short games - in fact we wish games were shorter, generally, but publishers ought to consider aligning the price tags to match the longevity. At £20 we'd say this was an essential purchase for platform fiends, but £40 seems steep, to say the least.
Game Revolution (Jun, 2003)
Wario is something of an enigma. Donkey Kong and Bowser are clearly Mario's enemies, but Wario is just sort of this Bizarro version of the lovable little plumber. Is he truly evil or does he just envy his counterpart's success? Who knows, but one thing's for sure - the dude likes money.
GameSpot (Jun 20, 2003)
Who, exactly, is Wario? Nintendo's antihero has always been portrayed as an evil version of Mario, but the two actually rarely have appeared to be at odds with each another. Over the years, Wario has been drifting off on his own, and his character has become less of an evil nemesis for Mario and more of a wacky, fanatical, and greedy treasure hunter. Wario World is Wario's first adventure onto the GameCube. The game certainly contains a lot of the same Wario charm that makes his GBA appearances so memorable, but the final product is too short and simplistic to hold your attention for more than a day.
Diehard GameFan (Jul 28, 2003)
Overall, this is a game that I would like to see a sequel to, but one with an improved length, and maybe starting at a cheaper price. I really don’t feel like paying $50 for something I can finish 100% complete in a weekend.
GameSpy (Jun 25, 2003)
Wario World is a strange addition to Treasure's roster in my opinion. Given more time it's possible that a much deeper and longer game could have been crafted. Fans of Nintendo and 3D action platforming will have a blast for the short amount of time it takes to wander through Wario World. For me, though, the overall game is a great letdown due to the repetition and the shortness factors. Wario World represents a great weekend rental, but I'd have a hard time recommending you go out and blindly purchase it over some of the other great platformers already released. Oh, and if you really must get some Wario love, then you need to get WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$ now. But you already knew that, right?
The Video Game Critic (Jul 01, 2009)
I really enjoyed Wario World's early stages, but by the time I reached the obligatory ice stages, I began to grow weary of it all. I really hate that obnoxious pause screen, which plays that irritating "nah nah na-nah nah" sample over and over. Wario World isn't consistently good, but there's still some fun to be had with this GameCube original.
Each level is larger than that of other platform titles, but it does not allow you to roam around much. Compared to the likes of an open-ended game like Super Mario Sunshine, you could basically say that Wario World is a 3-D side-scroller (though it isn't), which shows how linear it is. Wario World takes minimal effort to beat and little reward (since each level is basically the same, but only w/ a different coat of paint). I beat it in one night and found other games (e.g. Luigi's Mansion) to me more fun, both thanks to the more open-ended and variety of game play. I suggest that you do not purchase this title, but if you feel like getting the little leprechauns' game, go ahead and pick it up at your local Hollywood Video, oh yeah, and be sure to "have a rotten day".
Jeuxvideo.fr (Jul 03, 2003)
Wario world est un bon jeu malgré ses graphismes légèrement en dessous de la production actuelle. Les amateurs d’action permanente seront ravis, on ne passe pas une seconde sans envoyer des coups sur les monstres présents en grande quantité. Il conviendra parfaitement pour un public de 6 à 11 ans ; pour les autres ce sera une affaire de goûts.
Nintendo Life (Oct 13, 2011)
There's nothing particularly inventive within Wario World and its appealing visuals and fun boss encounters can only go so far to offset its short length, lack of challenge and how incredibly tedious and repetitive it all is. Taking Nintendo's other Gamecube platformers into account — along with Wario's own rich heritage of handheld games — it's tough to give Wario World a recommendation. Even if you're not looking for a game that's particularly challenging or long, unless you're able to find any appeal in the idea of wearing out your Gamecube pad's B button while your eyes glaze over, you should really stick to Wario's Game Boy and DS adventures.
Vid det här laget har du säkert förstått att Wario World inte kommer att hamna på min årsbästalista. Direkt dåligt är det väl inte, men programmeringen känns långt ifrån klockren samtidigt som Treasure borde ha understrukit Warios fantastiska personlighet på ett tydligare sätt. Dessutom är spelet alldeles för kort. Åtta banor och några boss-strider är allt som bjuds innan eftertexterna börjar rulla. Det är inte utan att man undrar vad som är själva poängen.