Wario World 2 is a 3D platformer developed by Crash Co. for the Nintendo Switch and Pharo. It is a sequel to the 2003 GameCube game Wario World, as well as the second 3D platformer in the Wario series. This is also the first Wario game to be released since Game & Wario in 2013.
The game opens in Wario's House in Diamond City. He is sitting on his couch, eating heads of garlic while flipping through channels on his TV. However, a news report catches his eye, saying that the lost temple of King Hanzo III has been found, with various treasures inside. Ecstatic, Wario goes to tell his roommate Waluigi, accidentally bumping into him and spilling hot coffee on his overalls. Though angry at first, he forgets it almost immediately when Wario tells him that treasure has been found. Looking to get rich quick, the two run over to the Wario Car and start driving to the temple.
When they arrive, Wario is about to enter before he notices his old rival, Captain Syrup, who apparently also found out about the temple's treasure and is looking to steal it. All three race inside the temple and find themselves in a room filled with treasure. A large, heavy diamond is also seen on a golden pedestal in the middle of the room. Wario, Waluigi, and Syrup all climb the pedestal to reach the diamond first. Desperate, Wario grabs Waluigi and throws him at Syrup, knocking both off of the pedestal. Wario climbs upward and manages to get to the diamond first, holding it up in victory. The room begins shaking however, and the spirit of King Hanzo III awakens from a large golden statue in the back of the room. Enraged that the three have infiltrated his temple to steal his treasure, he unveils a large globe similar to the one used to enter the Shake Dimension, and using his magic, he draws Wario, Waluigi, and Captain Syrup into it, transporting them to a new world.
The three end up in a strange land, and Wario and Syrup recognize it as the Shake Dimension. As the two bicker with each other as they normally do, Waluigi looks around and finds a woman glad in green sitting by herself in the distance. He calls in the other two, getting the woman's attention. Wario recognizes her as Queen Merelda, the ruler of the dimension. Merelda recognizes Wario as well, and is thankful that he came at a time like this. She explains that ever since Wario defeated the Shake King, strange monsters have been wrecking havoc across the land and robbing it of its treasures, eventually forcing her into hiding. Syrup then replies by saying that they're in a situation of their own as well, being in the Shake Dimension with no way of returning thanks to Hanzo. Merelda recognizes this name as one of the Shake Dimension's previous rulers, an evil tyrant that would stop at nothing to hoard all the land's treasures for himself. She assumes that Hanzo's spirit has arisen again, which is why Wario, Waluigi, and Syrup are now here. She also mentions that the only way to escape is to collect the six Shake Pearls, which are now held by the monsters. As such, all four make an alliance to get out of the Shake Dimension and stop Hanzo, as well as take his treasure.
Much like its predecessor, Wario World 2 is a 3D platformer. In any given level, the player's main objectives are to reach the end of the level and collect all of the treasures in each level. The four playable characters all have attacks and moves of their own, allowing them to reach certain areas or defeat enemies. Unlike the first game however, the levels in Wario World 2 have more of an open-world sandbox theme akin to Super Mario Odyssey, with multiple branching pathways leading to various level exits.
In a similar way to Super Mario 3D World, the game puts a heavy emphasis on multiplayer. At any given time, one other character will tag along with the player, either being another player or AI-controlled, and will help them defeat enemies and open new paths. These can also be used to perform special Duo Attacks, where both characters use their combined strengths for a significantly harder attack.
Level progression is similar to Wario Land 3; all levels have more than one exits, usually ranging from three to five. A level can be finished by finding a Shake Diamond, found in a large treasure chest at the end of one path of the level. Throughout the game, Wario and his allies will learn new attacks and abilities, which can be used to find further exits in the levels. In addition, some changes to the levels themselves may occur as the game progresses, opening to more exits.
|Wario||Waluigi||Captain Syrup||Queen Merelda|
|Wario||---||Wa-Baton||Gold Rush||Shaking Slam|
|Captain Syrup||Gold Rush||Sneaky Strikers||---||Golden Aura|
|Queen Merelda||Shaking Slam||Showstoppers||Golden Aura||---|
Worlds and Levels
Wario World 2 is divided into six worlds, each of which have five levels, making for 30 levels total. Certain events can happen in these levels as the player progresses through the game, which can open more pathways and in turn unlock more levels.
Greedy Grove is a large, vast grassland, filled with flower patches and trees. It is, however, roaming with monsters. They are weak however, and the level serves as a "test area" for Wario and co. to practice their abilities. The level isn't very huge and is the only has one exit, though there are multiple pathways to take, as well as treasures to find.
Sweet Shipwreck is the remains of Captain Syrup's Sweet Stuff, the vessel she used while "helping" Wario in their last visit to the Shake Dimension. Since her last visit, the ship has been sunken and overrun by monsters, which are currently rebuilding it for their own use. Though the ship remains afloat, it's still quite damp from the water. Most trasures are found on board, though there are a few that are found in the ocean floor, below the Sweet Stuff.
Wide Woodlands is a pretty dense forest surrounded with trees. The level is a lot more vertical than most, with ladders and vines allowing the player to climb the trees. Treasure chests are found all over the trees, as are monsters. There are items found on the ground as well however. At one point in the game, one large tree grows, and the player can travel inside to gain more items and treasures.
Lake Latrodue is located in a large, rocky chasm, where water commonly flows through. Much of the level takes place in the water, where various treasures are found, though some are also found along the walls of the chasm. At one point in the game, the water level actually rises, allowing access to new areas.
|Temple of Ratl||
An old, sandy temple located in a desert. It used to belong to Ratl, an ancient god worshipped by the people of the Shake Dimension, but has since fallen in ruin. Monsters have decided to take control of the temple, rebuilding it into a fortress of sorts. Most of the level takes place inside the temple and its various puzzles and mazes, though there are points where one can explore the desert too.
|Sand Dune Shore||
Located near the ocean, this level takes place in a large, tropical beach, with palm trees and sand dunes. Humorously, the monsters have built sand castles here to serve as bases, taking down any opposers who come across. Much of the level is on land, though there are points where the player can enter the water.
Mystery Island is a small, secluded island in the middle of the ocean. Birds are often flying around here, and a lot of vegetation grows. A unique feature in this level is that the player can enter small sinkholes, and appear in an alternate dimension, which is a flipped version of the level that has dead vegetation, is at night, and the water is drained. Treasures can be found in both of these areas.
This level takes place just under the water. It introduces the use of the Subwarine from Wario Land: Shake It!, which allows the player to explore the area. Though the level can be navigated without it, the Subwarine's weapons and abilities could prove useful for digging up hidden treasures.
Radiant Reefs is located further down the ocean. It is significantly darker here, though as the level's name implies, nearby coral radiates light, which can be used to light the way. Many creatures can be found here, and won't hesitatie to harm the player if they come their way. The player can swim here alone or use the Subwarine, though both must be used to find all the treasures.
|The Deep End||
At the bottom of the ocean, it is significantly dark and impossible to see. However, the Subwarine's light allows the player to see where they're going. Monsters lurk underwater here, hiding in the shadows and waiting for the player to come by and strike. There are several trenches here that can be explored as well, which hide treasures.
This savannah is located at the edge of a huge cliff, which leads to a mess of clouds that make an entire area of the Shake Dimension. Monsters are hiding out here too, and won't hesitate to attack on site. Notably, this level introduces another vehicle Wario and his allies can use: the Bulldog. They can fly through the air with it, as well as shoot down enemies and obstacles.
An area in the sky shrouded with rainclouds. It is constantly raining, which can make the ground quite slippery. Thunder also crashes regularly, making certain areas quite dangerous to be around. Monsters will hide in the clouds and will try to jump at the player, getting in their way. The rain and thunder makes this especially problematic.
Far above the Shake Dimension is an array of clouds that lead even higher into the sky. Monsters lurk around here too, trying to impede progress. Clouds can be used to jump from one area to the next, and the Bulldog will need to be used at certain points. Notably, the setting sun can be seen from below, as night covers the sky.
Even farther in the clouds is a sea of large, bubble-like structures. These float aimlessly through the air, but Wario and co. can swim through them to reach new areas. These bubbles can also be frozen and act as platforms. Some of these bubbles also move in set patterns, and are needed for progression.
Located at the very highest point of the Shake Dimension is this temple made of thunderclouds. Some of the ground can light up in electricity, making navigation rather difficult. Additionally, the clouds can sometimes disappear from below. Because of its high altitude, it is hardly seen by Shake Dimension citizens, so Monsters have taken control of it, making it into a base of sorts.
- Wario World 2 was based on a comment Exotoro (t∣b∣c) made on a blog regarding Waluigi, saying how in order for Waluigi to be in a Wario Land game it would need to be made into a party experience a la Super Mario 3D Land, and at least two more characters would need to be in as well, hence Captain Syrup and Merelda's presence.