Wario Land 4
Preview

System: Game Boy Advance
Genre: Action/adventure
Developer: Nintendo
Publisher: Nintendo
Release date: November 19th, 2001
ESRB rating: E
Players: 1
Save: Battery; two save slots
Memory size: ?
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Overview

On November 19th, Wario's coming back greedier than ever! In his fourth Wario Land adventure, Wario heads off to plunder a recently discovered pyramid. Of course, Wario's going to have to earn his fortune, as the pyramid is filled with bad guys...

Almost scrapping the "no-die" gameplay used in Wario Lands 2 and 3, Wario still has unlimited lives, but he now has a life meter. Below the life meter (the eight hearts in the upper-left of the screen) is a "coin meter" made up of eight bars. Collecting a red coin from a defeated enemy fills up one bar. When the coin meter is completely filled, one empty heart in Wario's life meter will be replenished.

After first playing the Japanese version of Wario Land 4, I was pleasantly surprised. The superb graphics fit the Wario Land series perfectly, and the gameplay is as addictive as ever. I was not expecting better than the excellent Wario Land 3, but somehow Nintendo managed to improve on it.

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