Why did Nintendo stop publishing and shipping Wario Land: Shake It! as I reported in January 2010, and why isn't the game a Wii Nintendo Selects title yet? Is it because Nintendo thinks the "W" is misprinted upside-down in the title? If the game was, "Mario Land: Shake It!", would it be a Nintendo Selects title already?
Wario Land: Shake It! was released for the Wii on September 22, 2008 in the U.S., and was developed by GOOD-FEEL and published by Nintendo. The game released with a MSRP of $49.99, and it received an ESRB rating of "Everyone" with "Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence" listed as content for gamers and parents to be aware of.
How many U.S. Wii owners have reported playing Wario Land: Shake It!, and how many hours have they reported playing it? Brew yourself some coffee, and let's take a look!
Wario Land: Shake It! has approximately 180,674 U.S. Wii owners that reported gameplay data for the game, with over 4 years of data possibly reported. Players have reported 1,980,903 Total Hours of gameplay since the game released, with the total average play-time being 10 Hours 58 Minutes "Per person" and the average play-time per day/session being about 1 Hour 35 Minutes.
Was Wario's return to console platforming, after more than a half-decade absence, received well by critics and customers? The game has a "professional" critic review score average of 77.70%, based on 43 reviews on GameRankings.com. The customer review score average for Wario Land: Shake It! is 81.87%, based on 64 reviews from Amazon.com.
I played Wario Land: Shake It! very briefly on a Game Stop store demo, but I didn't spend very much time on the demo before moving on. If you have never seen what type of gameplay you can expect from Wario Land: Shake It!, the trailer below should give you a good idea of what you can expect from the game.
I think based on the average hours reported "Per person" that Wario Land: Shake It! would be a good choice for a Nintendo Selects title, but being that it hasn't happened yet, and with the Wii U releasing in just over a month, I don't think Nintendo is going to do much with the Wii anymore.
Perhaps we can hope that Nintendo will add Wii titles to the Wii U's eShop? I hope so, and not just for Wario Land: Shake It!, but also for Wii games like Pandora's Tower that never released for North American Wii owners.
(If you're looking for the Wii U giveaway contest, you can find the details HERE.)
Did any of you play (and beat) Wario Land: Shake It!, and if so, how many hours did you get out of it? Is it a one-time play-through and then not much to go back and play again, as the reported average here might suggest?
If you have played Wario Land: Shake It!, do you think it would be a good choice for a Nintendo Selects title, and/or a possible Wii U eShop game in the future?
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