In this weekly column, we’ll be selecting inexpensive, discarded titles from still playable consoles for your perusal. They may be games you’ve heard of and remember playing, or they may be games that have flown completely off of your radar. Just know that we love them and they’re available on the cheap. That’s a bonafide win/win situation.
If you have any favorite titles that you consider hidden gems, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your pick in the weekly column.
Original Release: June, 2003
Wario World is a 3D platformer with beat ’em up mechanics that come out in droves. It’s a game that, go figure, pits Wario on a quest for as many riches as he can stuff down his gullet in one go.
Wario’s castle is taken over by an evil jewel that turns his treasures into monsters. It’s silly, but it works in the context of the titular character. The game is a simplistic, straightforward take on an explorative, level-based, 3D platforming romp. It’s good fun, especially when you consider its age.
Further, Wario World was host to some of the best and most creative boss battles I remember playing during the GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation 2 era. They were whimsical, in a typically Nintendo sort of way, but they were diverse and challenging enough to warrant several beatings.
Find the game new, and it’ll set you back a pretty penny. But, you can snag it used for around $10 or $15 from places like Amazon. If you’re looking for a classic platformer that’s managed to age well, grab Wario World.
Be sure to check out our ever-growing list of Hidden Gems.