Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Nintendo Lacks Love for Wario!

Earlier today, I reported that Nintendo is no longer producing or shipping Mario Strikers Charged, Battalion Wars 2, or Wario Land: Shake It!. was one site that reported on my story.  A GoNintendo reader, 8 bit, stated in the comments section on the story, "...I thought WarioWare was the one being discontinued, since it's older. Is that one still in production?"

It made me curious, so I asked if WarioWare: Smooth Moves was still being shipped, and my source at Nintendo replied, "That one is no longer being shipped."

The Wii has had two Wario games published for it, WarioWare: Smooth Moves in January 2007 and Wario Land: Shake It! in September 2008, yet neither Wario game is being shipped now!  Why?  Does Nintendo think new Wii owners would not enjoy these games?

While my sources couldn't give specific reasons as to why the Wario Wii games aren't being produced and shipped anymore, I wonder if Nintendo will be soon announcing a Player's Choice lineup of Wii games, and perhaps these Wario titles will be in the lineup?
If you're looking to purchase either of these titles, you can check 2nd/3rd party vendors on, as shown below, as well as other sites.  Be careful though, as some of the prices are outrageous now!

What do you think?  Will Nintendo introduce a new line of $20 Wii games as Player's Choice games, like they did on the GameCube, or are these games just being put out to pasture?
Do you own either WarioWare: Smooth Moves or Wario Land: Shake It!?  If so, what do you think about the games?  If not, do you plan on trying to purchase them now?


  1. I certainly hope that a new line of Player's Choice games will come out. I am not sure if they will or not. From their replies to you it kinda makes me doubt that they are. They didn't mention a change in SKU but said that they were no longer being produced.

    I never played either game but I was wanting to get Wario Land. Looks like I had better get out there and find myself a copy at my local game store. They don't really follow trends too much so if I can find it I can probably get it at a decent price.

  2. I have to think at some point soon they will do this. I mean how long can you charge people 49.99 for Super Mario Galaxy. In fact Wario Land: Shake It would be better off at the $19.99 level.

    As mentioned in my comment yesterday, the game just isn't long enough. It's beautiful, and it plays great. However, with the exception of the last boss, the game is too easy.

    Oh well, I look forward to seeing wha will come of this.

  3. I think they will do it as soon as possible coz I don't think that for this game they will charge the $35 for long time. I already payed the game & my brother completed it.

    I didn't seen anything so interesting about this game. So, far the game is not so long aslo.

    I'll certainly tell when it is available for below $20.

  4. Loved the Shake Dimension. But I picked it up cheap in a clearance. In general I think games should be cheaper and shorter, but episodic content has never really taken off (Valve I am looking at you!).

  5. @NintendoGamer:
    I totally agree about hoping Nintendo announces a Player's Choice line of games. Considering that Nintendo lowered their financial guidance for the year, I'm surprised they didn't get this going for the holidays.
    I think they missed a HUGE opportunity not introducing the Player's Choice and advertising them as "stocking stuffers" for cheap.

    How many hours would you say Wario Land: Shake It! takes to complete?

    Same as Chad's question, how long did it take you and your brother to beat Wario Land: Shake It!?

    I'm extremely picky when games are short, and they are selling for $50. There are so many games that are shorter than 10 hours, but retail for $50 or $60...and they don't have much replay value.

    Thanks again to everybody for the comments!

  6. I have both of these titles, and both are fun. NoA has been pulling a lot of titles of late.

    I'm honestly surprised there's been no "Player's Choice" line-up at all for the Wii.

  7. @The Dread Pirate Guy:
    Yea, I'm not sure why there wasn't a "Player's Choice" at Christmas this year. If Nintendo is concerned about missing their budget forecast, I would think selling more games would help them make that.


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