PALGN writes: " After the average-at-best Wario World on GameCube and Wario: Master of Disguise for Nintendo DS, it seemed like Wario's platformer days had come to an end. The games just didn't have the same appeal or quality as the Game Boy's Wario Land series, and notably Nintendo appeared to favor the growing popularity of the WarioWare franchise. Thankfully, Wario Land: The Shake Dimension is a step in the right direction. The game itself is simple enough to appease the casual market, but also offers enough challenges to keep Wario fans coming back for more.
The story begins by introducing players to the Shake Dimension, a world that is ruled by Queen Merelda. One day, the Shake Dimension is attacked by a notorious pirate called the Shake King. Having captured the Queen and imprisoned all her followers, the Shake King acquires the legendary Bottomless Coin Sack, a sack which spits out endless amounts of money when shaken. Not too far away, Wario is enjoying an afternoon nap when he is awoken by Merfle, a strange fairy-like creature who's loyal to Queen Merelda. Merfle pleads with Wario to help save the Shake Dimension, but he's uninterested and goes back to sleep. When Merfle mentions the Bottomless Coin Sack however, Wario springs into action. The story is told through hand-drawn animation sequences but it never expands too much, it's just there to set the mood for the adventure."