Wario Land: Shake It! Game Poster Image

Wario Land: Shake It!

(i)

 

Wario's juvenile antics create fun platformer.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

While Wario helps others, his motivation is greed.

Violence & scariness

Wario stomps, shakes, and throws enemies, but there's nothing graphic.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this game features Wario, a crude antihero to the squeaky-clean Mario. Wario enjoys picking his nose and smacking his butt, among other things. There's nothing overtly offensive about him, however, and the character is actually quite funny and endearing in spite of his greed, which is his primary motivation for helping the subjects of the Shake Dimension. Aside from boss battles, there is scant combat in the game. Wario can stomp on enemies, shake them, pick them up, and throw them into walls or at each other, but this is often done in the context of solving a puzzle.

What's it about?

After the mediocre showing in Wario: Master of Disguise, Nintendo's greedy anti-hero Wario has redeemed himself with WARIO LAND: SHAKE IT!. Wario travels to the Shake Dimension to rescue the queen from a pirate who calls himself the Shake King. While it sounds heroic, Wario is actually after the Shake King's treasure -- a magical Bottomless Coin Sack that could make him rich.

To find the Shake King, Wario must collect the five Boss Emblems by traveling through five different regions and rescuing the queen's subjects along the way. Wario must make it to the end of each level, free the subject, then race back to the beginning of the level before the timer runs down. Along the way he can complete optional bonus challenges like finding secret treasure chests, collecting a certain number of coins, or pass the level without taking damage.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Wario Land: Shake It! is simply one of those platformers where everything clicks. (Well, everything except the inane elevator music soundtrack). The game features spectacular hand-drawn graphics and plenty of ingenious platforming gimmicks like Wario's ability to transform into fire and a snowball to break special barriers, swing from bars like a gymnast, ride a mechanical unicycle along a tight rope, and pick up and throw bouncing balls and bombs. The Wii remote is held sideways, and cleverly incorporates various shake functions into the gameplay, including rapidly bringing the controller downloads to execute a bodyslam, and shaking it to swing on bars or rattle enemies and make them drop useful items. Wario Land: Shake It's length is on the short side, and it doesn't push the boundaries of platform gaming like Super Mario Galaxy does, but if players are looking for a solid example of old-school, two-dimensional platforming then they'd be hard-pressed to find anything better.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Nintendo created a character that is so crude. Were you grossed out by Wario's crude behavior or did you think it was funny? Why is it not appropriate to do some of the things Wario does in real life? What are the major differences between Wario and Mario in terms of actions and motivations?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$49.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:September 22, 2008
Genre:Action/Adventure
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence

This review of Wario Land: Shake It! was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent of a 8 year old Written byfourringa November 27, 2010

Fun platformer for 7+

My 5 yr. old really enjoys this game, however, he does need some help to get through some of the earliest sections. The game does do a great job at incorporating the Wii remote motions into specific moves for Wario which add to the fun.
Adult Written byTommypezmaster February 28, 2009

I love it

In this game Wario must recue a queen from an evil Ship Captain, But he only want to seek Treasure. So if you have a Wii Play this game Please 9/10
Teen, 13 years old Written byInkybox July 21, 2016

Help wArio get laid

Hail wario he is God give him all ur money
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?