Best Wario Land Games

The Wario Land series by Nintendo is one of gaming's most underrated. It managed to reinvent itself with every installment it got, and this is eight installments we're talking about! Unfortunately, Nintendo doesn't care about it anymore, but which games were the best? Let's find out!
The Top Ten
1 Wario Land 3

This is easily my favorite Wario Land game. I love Metroidvanias, and this entry is a great combination of that genre and the traditional 2D platformer. I've always enjoyed games where you start off weak but grow stronger over time, gaining access to more areas within a level. The day/night cycle adds even more flavor to an already near-perfect game. Imagine having the most explorative and stereotypical collectathon of the series and adding a day/night system that switches things up. An underrated gem!

2 Wario Land II

This is by far the most revolutionary entry in the series. Most of what we love about Wario Land originated here: being invincible, no timer or floating blocks, transformations, and more. In my opinion, it feels like a more straightforward version of Wario Land 3, without the added depth of that game. But that's not a bad thing.

However, I don't really like the linearity of this game. I was always frustrated that when you beat a level, you can't replay it until you finish the game. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth when I can't access a piece of the map or realize I missed a treasure. The fact that you have to pay coins to get treasures is also disappointing, not only because it's luck-based but also because my coin counter barely ever exceeds 1,000.

On one hand, I love this game. On the other hand, it has more flaws than most other entries.

3 Wario Land 4

I had low expectations for this entry because I loved the Metroidvania style of Wario Land 3 and was disappointed to hear this one took a much more linear approach. However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much fun I had with it! I loved the abandoned ruins setting, which gave it a distinctive feel compared to the other games. The visuals aren't just stunning but also creepy when needed, adding to the spooky atmosphere I mentioned. An absolute masterpiece!

4 Wario World

A 3D Wario game? Now that's what I'm talking about! That alone gives it a unique quality none of the other games have. It could have been better, as it's a little too short and somewhat wonky, but for Wario's first foray into 3D, it's more than I could ask for! Some people consider it part of the franchise, while others don't, but it's chronologically set after Wario Land 4 and in the same universe, so I'll allow this game on the list!

5 Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3

Probably one of the most classic handheld games ever and one that has stood the test of time remarkably well. The amount of content in a Game Boy game is mind-blowing, with secret worlds, secret treasures, and all-around great gameplay. It's only #4 because it's not as refined as some of the other games.

6 Wario Land: Shake It!

I'm really conflicted about this particular game. On one hand, it was my first Wario Land game, and it has by far the greatest art style, boss battles, and soundtrack - no contest. But the gameplay is frustrating. The missions are so harsh that I'd rather not do them, and shaking the money bag always results in a couple million bucks landing in the water. Still, it's a unique game, even if it's the weakest entry in the series.

7 Virtual Boy Wario Land

It's the only good game on the Virtual Boy, but that's not saying much. As a standalone game, it's good. It's similar in style to the first game and gets the job done well. However, the fact that it's on the Virtual Boy makes it a pain to get through.

A nice game. It picked up where Wario Land 1 left off and added more to it.

8 Wario: Master of Disguise

I haven't played this one, but it's kind of considered part of the series according to Smash Ultimate, and I wanted a complete list. From what I've seen on YouTube, it's pretty cool because you use the DS stylus to draw transformations for Wario. I enjoy the game's puzzle-centric nature, as I love brain challenges, but it doesn't hold a candle to the Wario Land games.