Whilst it's rather rare for the Wii to have a really amazing game it does seem to have more than it's share of "fun" games, games that seem rather old school as if the programmers remembered what video games were about in the first place. Not horrific violence, or war like realism, but fun, escapism from the solid negativity of the world, dream like environments were we can jump on creatures heads to kill them. Old school gaming is also something Nintendo do better than most and in Wario Land Shake Dimension that's exactly what they managed to do, whilst also making it all feel fresh and new. A combination of old skool gaming and nu-skool techniques is something that video games have almost forgotten about in a day and age were video games have tried to go the cinematic route, turning fun and unreal adventures in to war movies and playable gangster-flicks, Wario on the other hand takes you back to the 1990's.
A 2-D platform game with Wario, Mario's yellow dungaree wearing nemesis, in the lead role and on the Wii, would lead some to believe it's about time that the evil fat fellow has taken the limelight and Nintendo has let them fans down. Known best as a portable anti-hero form the Gameboy games, as well as being one of Mario's rivals in games such as Mario Kart, Mario Party, Mario Golf and Mario Tennis. This is much more like the Gameboy games than anything else many will have seen him in as he goes on an adventure of gold collecting and treasure hunting across 5 different worlds. The first thing that hits you (after the overly long but funny introduction) is that this is proper 2-D, a throw back to the real Mario and Sonic rivalry at the start of the 1990's, before Sonic went 3-D and backwards. Though it may seem like the sort of game that seems to have been lost it makes the most of the Wii control as it allows you to use the features of it for additional controls other than the directions and jumping, which causes it to be come a puzzle-platform game. For example shaking the Wii-mote will make certain barriers move allowing you passed, or even helping you get to previously unassailable heights.
The game as well as seeming like a rather complex 2-D platform game has it's share of targets and secrets that make you come back for more, revisiting previously completed levels trying to find things you missed the first time as the games length just grows and grows. With so much fun and such depth the only question marks remain are those of the graphics and the sound. Whilst the sound is often a secondary thought it's bearable enough even if it's not mind blowing, don't come in expecting musical brilliance or you'll be disappointed, but expect normal 2-D platform music and you'll be fine. As for the graphics, it's a matter of what your looking for, if your want realism don't bother looking here, if however you want colourful free worlds with plenty to explore and a vibrant feeling this is perfect for you.
Overall the game is a new look at a lost genre, it uses the Wii's remote intuitively and helps create a 2-D platform game for the 21st century to be proud of. Lets just hope the new Sonic (Needlemouse) can live up to the standards of Wario land Shake Dimension.
PS-Not sure why Dooyoo call this a pre-order and doesn't have the normal game on.
2D platforming at its most fun. ALl those people who played the original marios back in the day are going to love every min of this game. The visuals are beautiful with slick anime style animations and sprites. Amusing cut scenes split up the game play although sometimes they are rather repetative (if I have to see him jump down that telescope one more time). The level design is inspired, different challenges are thrown at you one after the other. This is quite a newbie friendly game as the learning curve is fairly shallow spoonfeeding you the answer to puzzles to begin with but soon enough getting more and more tough utilising the skills you have picked up. I was pleased when I found the "shake" part of shake dimension is not too overpowering, sure you shake the wii-mote to empty gold sacks or to smash the ground but it doesnt feel too tacked and and all flows fairly well.
A nice simple platformer that will keep you amused for quite some hours.