Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is a game released for the Game Boy in 1994 and rereleased for the Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console in 2011. It is set apart from the first two Super Mario Land games in that it does not star Mario, but instead stars Mario's rival, Wario. This is the third and final installment in the Super Mario Land series and the first installment in the Wario Land series. Mario makes a cameo at the end of this game by stealing a statue of Princess Toadstool from Wario.
Desiring to replace or restore the castle he lost to his rival in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins, Wario sets out to steal a golden statue of Princess Toadstool from the Brown Sugar Pirates and Captain Syrup, which he then intends to ransom for the money to buy his own castle. Along the way, he collects or steals any other coins and treasures he finds or knocks out of enemies. The game is spent by navigating a number of levels to reclaim his lost treasures, and has a significant level of re-playability due to the branched path that many of the levels take. In the end, Captain Syrup (revealed to be female, which was hidden in the instruction manual) is defeated while Wario ultimately gets anything from a birdhouse to an actual planet or moon for himself based on the amount of treasure collected as compensation for failing to steal the statue (due to Mario retrieving it by airlifting it).
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 introduces a new mechanic where the ending is determined by the amount of coins that Wario has collected in the game. The more coins and treasures he collects, the better his new home will be. If Wario does not complete the game with the best ending, the player will be urged to "please retry!" after the credits, and any levels with missing treasures will be marked flashing on the map.
Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is a 2D platforming game. It is divided into seven worlds, which each are divided into multiple courses. In most courses Wario has to trade in ten of his coins for one big 10 Gold Coin to open the door to the next course. Once the player completes a course, the next course will become available, and so on. The game also allows players to revisit levels that have already been completed.
It has several mechanics that are similar to the Super Mario games such as the transformation system. Wario can also touch enemies as long as they do not have any hazards equipped, so he can stun or defeat them by performing a Body Slam, ground pound, touching soft-spots, or tossing at others.
One of the main features in Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is the various transformations that Wario can go through by collecting a Power Up Pot. These special powers can at times help Wario overcome obstacles and defeat tough enemies; however, if Wario takes damage when in any of the first three transformations, he will transform into Small Wario, who dies instantly upon taking damage.
Each world has a boss that Wario must defeat at the end. Here is a listing of the bosses in order, and which world they correspond to. Wario will not be able to fight bosses again once they are beaten.
Although it did not sell as well as its Super Mario Land predecessors, the game received mostly favorable reviews. The game placed 71st in the 100th issue of Nintendo Power's "100 best Nintendo games of all time" in 1997.
The game spawned five sequels, Virtual Boy Wario Land, Wario Land II, Wario Land 3, Wario Land 4, and Wario Land: Shake It!. The Wario franchise also received Wario World and Wario: Master of Disguise which were similar games. A spin-off series was also made, the popular WarioWare series of games.
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References in later games
Disappearing spike ball
If a Guragura is on the screen, and the player makes the camera scroll enough so that the Guragura disappears, the player can then make the camera scroll back, and the Guragura will usually no longer be swinging his spiked ball. However, his animation acts as if he is still throwing it. Scrolling him off the screen and making him reappear, or stunning him, will make the spike ball reappear as well.
When the player is collecting a power-up, and the player is holding the button, Wario will jump in midair, effectively giving him a second jump.
Floating in air after a large ! Block
If Wario activates a large ! Block and quickly jumps afterwards before the level is finished, he will be standing in mid-air and even do his end-of-level pose.
Ground Pound in a ladder
If Bull Wario performs a Ground Pound above a ladder and quickly descends it while the ground is shaking, he will eventually stand inside the ladder. From here, he can jump down to descend it more quickly than ordinarily climbing down it.
Ground Pound through a narrow passage
If Bull Wario is standing adjacent to a narrow passage (one block tall) and performs a Ground Pound, he can enter the passage while the ground is shaking without having to crouch. He can then continue to walk through the passage even after shaking.
Note: This glitch is only possible in the Game Boy version of the game. It was fixed in the 3DS Virtual Console version.
It is possible to skip certain levels or even worlds if there is a possible path to the right and an open path in a different direction. This can be done by pressing and a different direction simultaneously on the D-Pad.
For example, Course No. 1 starts with a path downward at all times (which takes Wario to the overworld) and a possible path to the right (which takes Wario to Course No. 2). If the player presses and simultaneously, Wario can walk to Course No. 2 even if he hasn't completed Course No. 1.
The reason why this occurs is that when the game first checks if Wario can possibly move in a certain direction (even if the direction is not unlocked yet), it checks button presses in the order , , , and . After this, to determine which direction Wario should move, the game checks which button is pressed a second time, this time in this order: , , ,  This discrepancy makes the glitch possible.
In the 3DS Virtual Console version, the button checking is consistent, by always checking in this order: , , , . This consistency fixes the glitch and makes it impossible to perform on the 3DS.
Out of bounds
Course No. 1
As Jet Wario, the player should go past the first Muncher pit. One section has a vertical column of 5 coins; this has a hidden ladder above. (This is easiest to reach in high tide, but is still possible in low tide.) This ladder leads to a hidden platform above with coins.
It is possible for Jet Wario to continuously fly either to the left or right (by starting a new flight after stopping one). If Jet Wario flies to the left (to the beginning of the level), odd gray rectangles appear in the sky. Eventually, the left wall can be seen, but it is one block wide and contains an invisible block next to it. If he descends to the beginning of the level, there are other graphical glitches that occur, where random blocks replace the background (including the water). Scrolling to the right and back to the left fixes the graphical glitches.
If Jet Wario instead flies to the right, more strange gray rectangles can be seen, and he can end up above the cliff. Going to the right of this cliff reveals more garbage blocks, and is virtually unplayable. If Jet Wario flies past the left boundary here, he will end up on the right side, and bringing out a 10 Gold Coin will make it disappear. Wario will be trapped here, and the only way out is to wait for time to run out or reset the game.
Course No. 35
It is also possible for Jet Wario to fly out of bounds in Course No. 35. Jet Wario can fly past the top-left corner of the first section, and he will eventually end up below the screen, where more graphical glitches occur. It is possible to break blocks, which affects another portion of the level. Eventually, a door can be found, which will take the player in a different part of the level.
In Course No. 1, at the end of the level in low tide, a Guragura takes a 10 Gold Coin and tosses it at the goal door. If Wario leaves this room and revisits it, the Guragura will respawn again, and will throw another 10 Gold Coin. This time, since the goal door is already unlocked, the 10 Gold Coin will bounce off the wall and land on the ground, and Wario can collect it. This can be repeated a limited amount of times: the Guragura will move right every time this is done, so it cannot be done forever (unless the level is revisited again in low tide).
The glitch is not possible in high tide since the Guragura no longer unlocks the goal door.
Spiked Koopa pause bug
Normally when facing the Spiked Koopa boss, Wario cannot move until the Spiked Koopa finishes floating upwards and then landing on the ground. However, by pausing and waiting for a few seconds, Wario can then move even while the Spiked Koopa is floating upwards, and can even get an early hit on him by attacking him from underneath.
Unfreeze enemies after life loss
Normally when Wario loses a life, any enemies are frozen and do not move. However, by pausing and unpausing, enemies are unfrozen and can move again. This glitch is graphical and does not have any added effects.
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