Wario Land 4

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Wario Land 4
Wario Land 4 NA Box Art.png
North American box art
Developer(s)Nintendo R&D1
Director(s)Hirofumi Matsuoka
Producer(s)Takehiro Izushi
Designer(s)Hiroji Kiyotake
Tomoyoshi Yamane
Takehiko Hosokawa
Masani Ueda
Isao Hirano
Shinya Sano
Ryuichi Nakada
Ko Takeuchi
Takayasu Morisawa
Programmer(s)Katsuya Yamano
Yoshinori Katsuki
Nobuhiro Ozaki
Kota Fukui
Goro Abe
Artist(s)Yasuo Inoue
Sachiko Nakamichi
Composer(s)Ryoji Yoshitomi
Platform(s)Game Boy Advance
  • JP: August 21, 2001
  • AU: November 9, 2001
  • EU: November 17, 2001
  • NA: November 19, 2001[1]

Wario Land 4[a] is a 2001 platform game developed by Nintendo and released for the Game Boy Advance. Wario has to gather four treasures to unlock a pyramid and save Princess Shokora from the Golden Diva.


Wario jumps between platforms on the Monsoon Jungle level of the Emerald Passage. Ahead of him lie four blue crystals; behind him, an enemy crocodile has jumped out of the water in an attempt to bite him.

The gameplay of Wario Land 4 (which is generally similar to that of Wario Land II and Wario Land 3) allows for some open-endedness as well as some order of difficulty. After an Entry Passage that serves as a tutorial for the game, there are four main passages: the Emerald, Topaz, Ruby, and Sapphire Passages, in order of difficulty. The Emerald Passage is themed around nature. The Topaz Passage is themed around toys, games, and other "playtime" ideas. The Ruby Passage is themed around mechanics and technology. The Sapphire Passage is themed around horror and danger, prominently involving ghosts and the like. After these four main passages is the "Final" Golden Pyramid, which serves as a recap of these four themes and houses the Golden Passage level and the final boss.

Unlike previous entries, Wario now has a health meter that depletes when he takes damage. If Wario loses all health, he is kicked out of the stage, losing any items he had collected, and must start over.


Wario is reading the newspaper when he notices an article about a mysterious pyramid found deep in the jungle. The legend related to the pyramid is that of Princess Shokora, ruler of the pyramid, who was cursed by the money-crazed Golden Diva. As he enters it, he finds a black cat and chases it. Doing so, he falls down a precipice and is stuck inside the pyramid.

Exploring the pyramid, Wario has to fight several bosses, each of whom is in possession of items Princess Shokora once wore. After completing these passages, Wario gains access to the innermost part of the pyramid, which ends up being the stronghold of the Golden Diva. Wario meets the cat again, who turns out to be Princess Shokora herself. Wario defeats the Golden Diva and exits the pyramid with all the treasure he has acquired.

Upon their escape, Shokora is restored to her true form—this may be a brattish child, a female version of Wario, a Peach-like princess, and, ultimately, a superheroine-like princess (what form Shokora is restored to depends on the total number of treasure chests Wario had acquired from the other bosses prior as well as how quickly the Golden Diva is defeated—if he took too long to defeat any of them, some of these chests will be withheld). Shokora gives Wario a kiss on the cheek and ascends to the afterlife as Wario watches. After she leaves, Wario grabs his loot and celebrates by going to an all-you-can-eat steak buffet.


The game was included in the list of Game Boy Advance games that were available for download by Nintendo 3DS Ambassadors since December 16, 2011.[2]

The game has been released on the Wii U Virtual Console in 2014: in Japan on April 30, in North America on May 8, and in Europe and Australia on June 5.


In the United States, Wario Land 4 sold 720,000 copies and earned $20 million by August 2006. During the period between January 2000 and August 2006, it was the 33rd highest-selling game launched for the Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable in that country.[13] The game ended up selling 2.2 million copies worldwide.[14]

The game received critical acclaim. IGN gave Wario Land 4 a 9 out of 10, or "Outstanding", citing its well thought out level design and replayability.[9] GamePro stated "Boasting fantastic graphics and awesome transparency effects for water and fog, Wario Land 4 pushes the GBA to its visual limits". GameSpot commented "The gameplay is tight and varied, the graphics are detailed and bright, and the sound is second to none".[15] GameSpy called the game: "An incredibly entertaining, diverse, and humorous addition to the Mario/Wario legacy. It's challenging and creative, but not as outright frustrating as Wario Land 3."[16] Game Informer noted "It's nothing new to the Wario Land enthusiast, but it's enjoyable nonetheless".[4] Nintendo Power stated "It's polished variety paired with a mishmash of moves, which makes Wario Land 4 fun through and through".[11]

Wario Land 4 was a runner-up for GameSpot's annual "Best Game Boy Advance Game" and, among console games, "Best Platform Game" awards. These went respectively to Advance Wars and Conker's Bad Fur Day.[17]


  1. ^ Known in Japan as Wario Land Advance (Japanese: ワリオランドアドバンス, Hepburn: Wario Rando Adobansu); supporting material further titles the game Wario Land Advance: Treasures of Yoki (Japanese: ワリオランドアドバンス ヨーキのお宝, Hepburn: Wario Rando Adobansu: Yōki no Otakara).


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  2. ^ Anoop Gantayat (December 14, 2011). "Game Boy Advance 3DS Ambassador Program Begins on Friday". Andriasang.
  3. ^ "Wario Land 4 reviews". GameRankings.
  4. ^ a b "Wario Land 4 for Game Boy Advance reviews". Metacritic.
  5. ^ Ricciardi, John; Johnston, Chris; Dudlak, Jonathan (January 2002). "Wario Land 4". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 150. Ziff Davis. p. 233.
  6. ^ "Wario Land 4 Review". Eurogamer. January 6, 2002.
  7. ^ ゲームボーイアドバンス – ワリオランドアドバンス ~ヨーキのお宝~. Weekly Famitsu. No.915 Pt.2. Pg.115. June 30, 2006.
  8. ^ "Wario Land 4 Review". Archived from the original on June 7, 2008.
  9. ^ a b Harris, Craig (November 20, 2004). "Wario Land 4 Review". IGN. Retrieved June 5, 2006.
  10. ^ Laurie Blake (December 28, 2011). "A treasure". NintendoLife.
  11. ^ a b "Wario Land 4". Nintendo Power. No. 150. Nintendo of America. November 2001. p. 144.
  12. ^ "Wario Land 4 review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved December 4, 2001.
  13. ^ Keiser, Joe (August 2, 2006). "The Century's Top 50 Handheld Games". Next Generation. Archived from the original on October 10, 2007.
  14. ^ 2021CESAゲーム白書 (2021 CESA Games White Papers). Computer Entertainment Supplier's Association. 2021. ISBN 978-4-902346-43-5.
  15. ^ "Wario Land 4 Review – Wario Land 4 for Game Boy Advance at GameSpot". Gamespot. Archived from the original on February 5, 2003. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  16. ^ D'Aprile, Jason. "Reviews: Warioland 4 (GBA)". Gamespy. Archived from the original on December 6, 2003. Retrieved January 19, 2012.
  17. ^ "GameSpot's Best and Worst Video Games of 2001". GameSpot. February 23, 2002. Archived from the original on August 3, 2002.

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