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Wario: Master of Disguise review

Wrist-achingly uncontrollable


  • Typical Wario humor
  • Clever use of costumes and puzzles
  • Voice samples are great


  • Gratuitous use of stylus
  • Too much switching between costumes
  • Imperfect platforming

There are seven costumes our cackling hero wears in this curious, stylus-controlled, spiritual successor to the Wario Land series, and being the thief he is, has stolen all the costumes. It%26rsquo;s impossible to hate Wario as a villain, largely thanks to his starring roles in a host of top-notch adventures. A Wario platformer tends to be an excuse for Nintendo%26rsquo;s developers to really poke fun at one of their characters while experimenting with the kind of off-the-wall gameplay they wouldn%26rsquo;t dare inflict on Mario.

So the poor guy has been blessed with invincibility while simultaneously suffering injuries that might make a lesser sprite yearn for the Game Over screen. He%26rsquo;s been ridiculed as a greedy fool with questionable personal hygiene and his successes are often depicted as accidental (for example falling into a treasure-filled cave while picking his nose) but he%26rsquo;s firmly established as one of Nintendo%26rsquo;s most important characters. We love him. Everybody loves him. What%26rsquo;s not to love? This game, unfortunately.

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DescriptionThe controls really detract from what might have been a worthy successor to Wario's Game Boy outings.
US censor ratingEveryone 10+
Release date5 March 2007 (US), (UK)