Here on RetroNight, we’ve been looking at a lot of GameCube games. But with 16 years separating us from the console’s launch, and so many incredible titles being developed for it, we just can’t help it. Today, we’re looking at Wario World. If this game doesn’t get my point across, nothing truly can.
Wario World is a game that puts an emphasis on collecting, exploring, and most importantly killing every last money grubbing monster in your path. This isn’t the quintessential hero story, as the greedy Wario’s fortune is the only thing on the line.
What is it about the abominable, grotesquely shaped, and horribly misbehaved Wario that makes us all love him so much? For a guy who’s entire personality is just smelly garbage, he’s managed to garner enough of a fandom to have not one, or two, but three dedicated games/series’ entirely centered around his love of money.
Wario World is an aesthetically different game as well, taking Wario to the third dimension and transferring a lot of the more popular aspects of the 2D Wario Land titles, such as his signature elbow and throw. This game also encourages you to pummel bosses with some surprisingly relentless force. In an age where Nintendo was trying to reinvent themselves so much, it should come as no surprise that Wario got the GameCube treatment as well.
While no other games like this have come out since, there’s no doubt that Wario World is one of the most interesting titles to be put on a Nintendo console, simply because of its incredible bravery.