Wario’s Woods is Wario’s 1st spin-off game after being introduced in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins. Here is our Wario’s Woods Review.
The game was developed by TEC and published by Nintendo, This version was originally released on February 19, 1994, for the Nintendo Entertainment System but has been ported over to some modern Nintendo platforms digitally. It’s currently also available on the Nintendo Switch Online NES Service, this is also the version we played to review the game.
Wario’s Woods is a 3-in-a-row type game where you need to get rid of tiny creatures while playing as Toad. You can pick up bombs and the tiny creatures to try and get 3 in a row horizontally, vertically, or diagonally and when all the creatures are gone you can pick up some coins and progress to the next level.
The gameplay reminds me in some ways a lot of Dr. Mario, but with a lot of added stress. There is a time bar on the top right and when it’s empty, the bombs speed up a bit, but the top of the tree also comes down a bit giving you less time to plan where to put something. It’s not bad on the first few levels, but the further you get in levels the faster it goes. But it’s overall a lot of fun and the game even has some more game modes to play like a time trail, something that is kinda rare for NES games to add extra modes.
On the Nintendo Switch, I was pleasantly surprised by the visuals, they are super bright and colorful and the game feels like a more modern arcade game in some ways and aged just really well. What I was surprised about was that Wario was purple instead of his classic yellow look, and not just that, he barely shows up Toad is the most on-screen focus in the game, but I guess Wario is more of a villain who tries to stop you, because only then he shows up.
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