This third game in the Super Mario Land series was the first Nintendo game to give Wario his own title, and also feature him as a playable character. After this, the Wario games went on to become a successful series in their own right.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 features platforming gameplay similar to the other Super Mario Land games, except with subtle-but-important differences. Wario can shoulder-barge, and wear different types of helmets, which bestow upon him various powers. And coins collected in Wario Land are used as currency, rather than for extra lives. With coins you can buy access to checkpoints and to open level exits, and you can gamble with them at the end of each level. There are multiple game endings too, which are dependant on the number of coins you collect overall.
Wario Land is rightly considered one of the best games on the Game Boy, although it has also been criticised by some for being too easy. It’s a game that definitely deserves a playthrough, though, if you’re a fan of Nintendo‘s platform games.
Wario Land was developed in 1993 but was released in Japan in January 1994, thus the date on the opening title screen. The game was also a big commercial success, selling more than 5 million copies worldwide.