Top Ten: 2D Platformers

The platformers that rise above.

By Robert Marrujo. Posted 08/26/2014 09:00 1 Comment     ShareThis

8) Wario Land 4

Released: Game Boy Advance, 2001

Nintendo always seemed to understand that Wario Land would never find success as a spin-off series if it didn’t separate itself from Mario’s shadow. Every installment offered a unique twist on the platforming genre, but Wario Land 4 was the ultimate synthesis of all the elements of the series that made it special. With lushly detailed graphics, an offbeat soundtrack, and a variety of game mechanics on display, Wario Land 4 was the ultimate swan song for the franchise on handhelds, and a wondrous addition to the rich history of platformers.

Wario always had a deep repertoire of moves to draw from in his games, but Wario Land 4 took the best of the previous three titles and combined them. Wario could be transformed by certain enemy attacks, butt-pound, roll into a ball, hurl foes like footballs, and much more. The game also sported end of stage switches, which once activated, started a countdown timer. Wario would have to then rush back to the portal found at the start of each stage, sometimes backtracking, other times maneuvering through entirely new areas, and in some cases a massively altered environment. Wario Land 4’s clever level designs and fun gameplay were amongst the best on Game Boy Advance, and any other console.

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