Nintendo Characters Wario and Kirby Get Some Time to Shine

Posted by at 7:16 am on September 22, 2008

Today, two popular Nintendo characters launch their new video games on a rare dual-launch day. Conniving Wario appears in Wario Land: Shake It! for the Wii console, while “super tuff pink puff” Kirby arrives in Kirby Super Star Ultra for Nintendo DS.  

Wario Land Shake It! looks like a hand-drawn cartoon that players can control. It’s a classic-style side-scrolling game in which players navigate Wario through a series of enemies and hazards. The game features motion controls: Players shake the Wii Remote controller to help Wario shake down his enemies, free coins from treasure bags and even cause earthquakes. Wario’s narcissistic personality is on full display as he sets out to get his hands on the Bottomless Coin Sack.

What Wario is to greed, Kirby is to kindness. But the little pink powerhouse is not to be trifled with. Fans know that Kirby has the ability to inhale enemies and copy their abilities, a trait used to progress through the game and defeat anyone who gets in the way. Kirby Super Star Ultra for the Nintendo DS updates the beloved Super NES classic including new graphics, new adventures and new challenges. In local wireless mode, up to four Nintendo DS owners can compete, even if they only have one game card.

“Nintendo has one of the largest stables of beloved video game characters on the planet,” said Cammie Dunaway, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “Kirby and Wario’s new games will give veteran players challenges to enjoy while introducing novice players to these iconic video game personalities.”

Wario Land: Shake It! lists for $49.99, visit  for more information. Kirby Super Star Ultra lists for $34.99, visit  for more information.  Both games are rated E for Everyone.

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