Wario Land II

released on Mar 09, 1998

What kind of no-good ruffians would break into my castle and steal my treasures?! It's that rotten Captain Syrup and that Black Sugar Gang! I'm looking out for bad guys and scavenging for coins as I track down my treasures. If I don't get them all the first time, that's OK. I can go back again and again until I find them all. Captain Syrup doesn't stand a chance against me!

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An alright sequel to a decent game, Wario Land 2 is a fun game to play, but it does get slow and odd at times. Still an alright time nothingless
Also wario refusing to die because he doesn't feel like it, that's badass

Wario Land II feels like an inbetween of Wario Land 1 & 3. It features the linear structure of Wario Land 1, so you progress through levels on a linear (but branching) path. But its themes and level designs are super weird and wacky, like in Wario Land 3. Absolutely servicable, but it doesn't really stand out to me, which is fine, I guess.

I intended on completing all of the side stages, but man, I just couldn't. This game has a lot of clever ideas, especially in the way enemies are recontextualized as tools in many places, but the controls can't keep up. There's a constant sense of lag every time you start or stop moving, which removes that ever-important sense of satisfaction in movement that the main Mario series nails so well. Also, the final boss (of the main story) was extremely unintuitive. After slamming my head against it for a while, I had to look up how to do it, and I know the only way I would have ever figured it out on my own is dumb luck. I do appreciate the sheer amount of content they packed into this little cartridge, and the presentation is excellent, but the fundamental issue of movement made the whole experience pretty mediocre for me.

Played it as a kid and have fond memories of it. Not sure if still holds up to my rating tho

became too long for my taste, but it's a really good improvement of the first game. the little puzzles at the end of every stage are just plain boring though.

It gets so tiring hearing the same exact melody every level.