Flashback Fridays: Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 (Game Boy)

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It’s that time once again to delve into our gaming past in a little segment we’d like to call Flashback Fridays. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what’s going on here, please refer to previous articles for more information. Today we are going to take a look at something that introduced me to a very popular Nintendo character who is obsessed with treasures and eating. The title that I am referring was a very enjoyable adventure to play on a road trip, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 for Game Boy.

This is another instance in which the release date of a game does not coincide with me actually playing it. Around 1995 or so, my parents bought me my very first handheld system ever, a green Game Boy Pocket. In addition to buying the device, they decided to purchase a couple of games for it as well. One of these was an unusual platformer that went by the name of Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3. Unsure of what to expect from a new character, i decided to put the cartridge into the system, and what ensued afterwards made me fall in love with the overweight treasure hunter for many years to come.

The setup is exactly the same as any other Mario adventure you have ever played. Your character tries to move from one end of the stage to the other without dying. Along the way, a number of different enemies and obstacles will try to impede the players progress, so be aware of your surroundings at all times, because one false move will make the difference between victory and defeat. Gameplay revolves around simple platforming controls, and using dashing maneuvers and jumps to take out enemies. Sounds simple right? Well it is, but be careful, surprises can occur every once in awhile, so try to prepare for them as best as you can.

So what did I think of the game? Well, it is a whole lot of fun, enough said. The controls are simple and easy to understand, the visual style was simple, but very effective for the time, and the music was about as light and cheerful as it gets for anything related to a grown man in suspenders. Toss in some cool gameplay variations with hats, and what you have is a very fun adventure that proves that introducing a new franchise isn’t always a bad thing.

Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 was an extremely fun sidecsroller that made me proud to be a portable gamer, and  it is definitely something you should consider checking out, if you don’t get motion sickness easily that is.

That concludes my story on Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 for Game Boy, but if you have any fond (or bad) memories of this game please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.

Here is a video that I found for the game, Enjoy!

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