Review by Jason Nimer:
"It looks like 2008 is going to be the year of the 2D platformer, and I assure you that isn't a typo or mistaken date. I can hardly believe it myself, but it's true. Twenty years after the genre's heyday on the NES, SNES and Genesis, the 2D run-and-jump game is back in a big way, and I couldn't be happier. Games like Braid, Commando: Steel Disaster, Bionic Commando: Rearmed, Mega Man 9 and Kirby Super Star Ultra have impressed both old and new school gamers alike with their relatively simple, yet endlessly appealing gameplay, and in the face of so many disappointing 2008 sequels, it looks to be the prime time for a the task of running to the right to make a comeback.
That's where Wario Land: Shake It! for the Nintendo Wii fits into the picture. As big a Nintendo fan as I am, my Wii hasn't seen much action since I finished No More Heroes back in… what? February? So Wario, everyone's favorite Nintendo anti-hero, serves two purposes in his newest solo adventure – he single-handedly transformed my Wii from a dust magnet into an interesting system again and he plays a big part in assuring that 2008 is remembered the year of the 2D platformer. Good for him, and better for us."