If you‘ve ever played any of the other WarioWare games, you know exactly what to expect from this one. It‘s not so much a completely new game as it is a remake of one of the previous games, with a new way to play the minigames. This way—for those of you who have trouble with titles—is by touching the screen. So, in other words, this game is not necessarily a completely new game from the other WarioWares.
This means, more or less, that if you hated the other WarioWare games, you will more than likely hate this game, and I‘m going to go ahead and assume that you know what happens if you liked the other games. While all of the games do involve touching the touch screen, the minigames are divided up into different categories where different techniques are required to beat them. For example, some games require you to simply poke things on the screen, while others have you drag things across the screen, and others even have you blow on your DS. Altogether there‘s something like 200 minigames to play, but I have no idea how that compares to the other installments, as I don‘t own any of them. Ask Paul.
My favorite part of this game (which I guess speaks badly of the gameplay, even though it‘s not bad…) is the music, specifically a few songs, like Ashley‘s Theme. It‘s definitely some of the best music I‘ve heard on a portable gaming system, with lyrics and everything.
The controls are just as simple as they need to be, with you doing mostly everything in the game by touching the screen in some way. Since the controls are obviously different than the other WarioWare games, you clearly do not need to have any sort of WarioWare experience to learn them easily.
The graphics are basically the exact same thing as all the other games, with the same characters and minigame graphics and everything. If you are looking for some sort of new take on the whole WarioWare look, then you are out of luck with this one.
The most important part of this game, like any similar game, is the replay value. Without it, you waste all your money on 17 minutes’ worth of gameplay. Fortunately, this game has loads of it. There are many different mixes of all the minigames, so you don‘t have to play the same rotation over and over, and there are many hidden mini-minigames to unlock by fulfilling certain conditions.
All in all, this game is fun to play, but due to the nature of it, it is not going to be one that you play for hours and hours day after day. It‘s more of a game that you leave in your DS and play whenever you are bored and have 15 minutes to burn. Fortunately, since there aren’t many decent DS games out right now, you‘ll know it‘ll always be sitting there waiting to be played when you need a break from whatever GBA game you are playing.