If you read the above text too quickly, you may now be thinking that I’m comparing the same game to itself. Please. Give me a little more credit than that; these two WarioWares are completely different games.
The main differences between these two games are quite easy to grasp, unless you’re the type of person that can’t grasp why “gay” doesn’t make sense as an insult (i.e., as good ol’ J.R. would say, you’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer): Mega MicroGame$ is for the Game Boy Advance, and its focus is on single player action; Mega Party Game$ is for the GameCube, and its focus is on multiplayer action. Got that?
Other than those two major differences, these two games are virtually identical. They feature the same exact gameplay, mostly the same graphics, and even the same exact minigames. If you’re unfamiliar with WarioWare’s gameplay, it’s like this: you play several “microgames” that last all of three seconds a piece, and you do this until you mess up too many of the games. The games are pretty bizarre, many times leading you to grab a tiny bird via tweezers, fight ninjas, and pick someone’s nose. Additionally, there are many minigames based on older Nintendo properties, such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Balloon Fight.
In Mega MicroGame$, you play through all these games in a type of story mode t hat leads to your unlocking of other games (including an almost exact clone of Dr. Mario with Wario as the main man, and that fly-swatting game from Mario Paint). It’s also got a few multiplayer games you can play, but they’re only fun if you’re comfortable getting really close with the person you’re playing with, as you both must use the same Game Boy at the same time. Aside from those few multiplayer games, this game is completely geared toward the friendless gamer, and is ideal for someone who’s looking for the new Tetris.
Mega Party Game$, on the other hand, is ideal for someone who’s looking for the new Mario Party. Instead of a story-based single player mode, you only get a few meager games (like the multiplayer games of Mega MicroGame$), with the majority of the game’s focus being on its spectacular multiplayer mode. There’s the standard “everyone plays a microgame until everyone but one person screws up” mode, but there’s also “one person plays while everyone else controls avatars on the screen in an attempt to obscure the player’s vision” mode and “one person plays a game and is instructed to do something comical while playing such as wearing a foolish grin or telling their plans for after the game and after that persons done everyone else rates them based on how well they do what they were instructed to do” mode, among others.
Unfortunately, due to the nature of these two games, I cannot give a decisive winner. As I’m sure I’ve made clear by this point, Mega MicroGame$ is the better if you wanna play with yourself, and Mega Party Game$ is the best if you wanna play with some friends. If you enjoy both types of gaming, you’re just going to have to purchase them both (as I did), or just toss a coin, or pit them against each other in a game of rocks paper scissors SHOOT, or shoot yourself, or something along those lines. Both of these games are winners in MY book.
Winners: WarioWare, Inc.: Mega MicroGame$ (GBA) AND WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$ (GCN)