by Professor Layton
reviewed on WII
Are You Ready to Shake It!?
Over the past decade, Wario’s platforming adventures have been drastically reduced in order to make way for his journey into the party genre with WarioWare. Though many enjoyed these party games, they never came close to achieving the same feeling created by the Wario platform games. When Wario Land: Shake It! was announced, many gamers grew ecstatic at the thought of Wario returning to his home turf. Unlike his last platforming adventure on a console, Wario Land: Shake It! brings the series back to 2D. Was that change worth the risk?
On display at a museum is an ancient globe, housing another world called Yuretopia. The once peaceful land was invaded by the greedy Shake King. The queen of the Yuretopia, Queen Merelda, is imprisoned and so are her subjects. To top it all off, the Shake King steals their valued treasure, the Bottomless Coin Sack.
In the ‘real’ world, pirate Captain Syrup observes the crisis and sends everyone’s favorite antagonist, Wario, to the ancient globe. Wario ventures to Yuretopia to restore peace but fails to see how he is benefitting from all this and refuses to save Yuretopia. But then he finds out about the Bottomless Coin Sack, changing his mind in a heartbeat.
Shake, Shake, Shake!
The world of Yuretopia is split into five continents, each consisting of four standard stages, two hidden stages, and a boss battle. Shake It! doesn’t allow you to just progress from world to world as you please, you have to earn it. After successfully clearing each level and defeating the world’s boss, Wario must purchase an area map to progress to the next level. If you don’t have enough coins to buy it, you will have to return and gather some more.
Judging from Wario’s size, one could easily assume that he isn’t very fast and can’t jump very high. Ironically, Wario actually is a fast runner and he can jump fairly high. In Shake It!, the main goal of each level is to make your way to the end and rescue a pixy-like being and then dash back to the beginning before the timer runs out. You may not always be taking the same route back but you will always find yourself dashing back at high speeds.
The best way to progress through the game is to acquire as much treasure and coins as possible. This is generally done by finding coins scattered throughout the game, shaking sacks to find coins, and by ramming into treasure chests to acquire treasure. Each level has three treasure chests to locate, and for a heads-up, the chests aren’t always the most evident to locate and to reach.
Shake that Wii Remote!
Shake It! is played in a similar fashion to Super Paper Mario: turn the Wii Remote on its side and press 2 to jump and 1 to perform a dash attack. By shaking the Wii Remote, players can execute the Earthshake Punch and shake objects and enemies. While attached to a bar, a quick shake of the Wii Remote will build power so that Wario can jump to higher areas.
The great thing about Shake It! is that there is just enough shake to keep the game feel balanced. Some players may feel that they sometimes have to shake the Wii Remote too often but the majority of the game feels rather balanced.
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