Retro Wrap-Up: Wario Edition

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

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Halloween’s over, which means it’s time to get ready for Christmas. Yeah, I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but let’s not kid ourselves. As soon as Halloween ends, everyone starts preparing for the holidays. Retail stores wheel out the Christmas decorations, people think about what to get for their friends and family, and everyone starts making plans to tolerate their families during the end of the year. What better way to celebrate this glorification of corporate greed than with Mr. Greed himself, Wario. So for this week’s Retro Wrap-Up, the Operation Rainfall Retro Commercial Research Team (in other words, me) will take the opportunity to observe Wario in the one place that he practically fits right in with; the TV commercial.

Here are the highlights from this week.


The guys at Platinum Games talk about their experiences over the past decade or so, including their time at Clover Studio, Bayonetta, and The Wonderful 101.

Jeff Neuenschwander reviews Liberation Maiden on the eShop, Steve Baltimore reviews Ragnarok Odyssey for the Vita and Jonathan Higgins reviews NightySky for the eShop as well as Ristar for the Genesis in this week’s Game of the Past review.

In addition, Jonathan Higgins talks about what drives him to come back to Cave Story.

The President of Nicalis, Tyrone Rodriguez, talks about some of its upcoming games, including Yatagarasu, Ikachan, and a new “Metroid-like” platformer for iOS.

Project Crystallis is doing a playthrough of every Final Fantasy game (sans XI) in its Project Playthrough stream this Thursday.

Jared Cyhowski reminisces about Final Fantasy IX in this week’s Oprainfall Origins.

Treasure announces that it’s working on an exclusive title for the 3DS. Get excite!

Tyler Wise tells us why he thinks Hideo Kojima should make the next Silent Hill game.

Dragon Quest VII is getting a remake for the 3DS with some new features.

Chrono Trigger has finally been released on Android. Huzzah!

The guys behind the Bring Bravely Default to the West campaign talk about why they’re doing what they’re doing.

David Rawlings gives us the results of our first Character Battle.

Finally, we announce the winner for our Orgarhythm contest. Thanks to everyone for participating.

About Kyle Emch

Kyle has been studying music at college for about three years now. He's played the piano since he was 6 years old and has been recently been learning how to write music. He has followed the Operation Rainfall movement on Facebook since it started and was happy to volunteer for the website. Just don't mention Earthbound or the Mother franchise around him.