i've never played a wario land game, but i saw my friends playing it and talking about it, so i gave it a shot. there are no regrets.
the controls took some getting used to, but good lord, i love how it feels. as many said, it feels like a 90s cartoon brought into a video game. it's unabashedly silly, too-- no over-the-top story, no Top 10 Moments That Will Make You Cry... there's hidden lore, but that's not really the focus of the game. the game wants you to go fast and have fun.
also, as an animator, i love the animations for this. they're so smooth, expressive, sometimes even snappy-- and i am so glad it's drawn the way it is

Reviewed on Mar 23, 2023