Wario is back with another weird collection of fun and addicting micro-games for the Nintendo Switch
WarioWare: unite! is the most recent episode in a long collection of crazy microgames starring the Mario lookalike and part-time antagonist Wario.
The first game in the WarioWare Inc series, Mega Microgame $ was released on Game Boy Advance in 2003 and has had a cult following that has since spawned a series of quirky and crazy microgames that have appeared on several Nintendo home and handheld consoles.
The last game in the series was WarioWare Gold for Nintendo 3DS in 2018. Known for its quirky humor and addicting, fast-paced gameplay, WarioWare games have become a Nintendo staple.
Developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems, who have worked on many Nintendo titles including WarioWare Gold and Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Paper Mario: The Origami King, Microgames are a super short and varied collection of unconnected games that don’t last. only a few seconds. , and are a fantastic example of this Nintendo creativity.
Wario and his team are sucked into his latest video game and once inside they find bugs that corrupt everything, so the team must eliminate the bugs by performing various crazy and wacky tasks.
Unlike previous WarioWare games, you now control a character inside games rather than interacting directly with the game.
With over 200 microgames, some of which are linked by themes such as “Nintendo Classics” and “Nature”, when a game starts, you receive an order and a storyline and need to figure out what you need for it. what your character does and how to do it. before a very short timer has elapsed.
The minigames in the WarioWare series are known to be weird and wacky; Players can find themselves flushing toilet flies, keeping soccer balls in the air, plucking armpit hair from a statue or – my favorite – completing an entire level of the SNES classic, Super Mario World .
However, in this title, throughout your journey you will unlock other characters, each with unique controls and manipulation that will change the way you play mini-games.
Each new stage introduces one of the many characters and gives you a very quick tutorial to help you learn their particular commands to help you get familiar with the new ways you will approach tasks.
Then a short video is presented to you to introduce a new, varied and individual character and the theme of this area. You can then select up to 3 teammates to join you in this stage and use them in the microgames inside.
You start each area with 4 lives, but if you mess up and lose them all, you can redeem your path for 100 points.
The different characters can make some games a lot easier or harder, as some can’t stop moving, some don’t really move at all, and some, like Wario, fly through the air (not gracefully, of course. , I mean… it’s Wario).
Even when you think you’ve mastered a particular microgame, it sometimes comes back with additional complications or a twist that will make you think twice.
As you progress the games speed up and you have less time to complete each game. The stage then ends with a boss stage, which is a harder micro-game than you normally have. more time to finish. Once the boss is defeated, the bug is kicked out of this step and you can move on.
The microgames retain the original mix of bizarre visual styles the series is well known for. The games often use simple, stylized designs or 8-bit graphics to represent the backgrounds, and that’s a big part of the game’s charm.
The characters have also been simplified but feature basic 3D models reminiscent of Nintendo Mii. And of course, there is an abundance of weird music and entertainment the uniqueness of which helps make the games a spectacle.
The new multiplayer option adds a whole new dimension to the madness of Get it Together!
You and up to 4 friends can try to fight your way through the carnage of Wario’s bizarre games, whether working together or against each other.
In co-op, you can work together and show off your teamwork skills or be evil and spoil your partner’s efforts. You can play via two-player couch co-op or via a local wireless connection with two Nintendo Switch consoles.
You need to pay special attention to your character selection in multiplayer, as it has even more impact in multiplayer with certain combinations that really change the way you play.
There are other useful modes included like Play-o-pedia which lets you replay any microgames you have ever played. Game data also gives you some useful stats, including which characters you win the most with, which is useful to note when building your crew.
The Variety Pack, once unlocked, offers even more modes to try out.
The game suffers from the same issues as all Wario games, namely that there is sometimes not enough information for you to know what to do, especially in the short amount of time you have to figure it out.
However, this is expected of WarioWare games, you aren’t always supposed to know exactly what to do or it would be way too easy.
Do together! It also doesn’t rely on fancy controls like some previous iterations, which is surprising given the versatility of the Joy-Cons motion controls and HD rumble.
One of the greatest joys of WarioWare: Get It Together! are you never 100% sure what will happen next; combine that with silly, weird humor, and you’ve got an absolute classic.
It’s not a deep game but it’s a lot of fun and it’s a lovely experience. The WarioWare series is easily one of the most original game concepts of all time and Get It Together! is a welcome addition to the Nintendo Switch.
Adding co-op and new characters with unique controls really helps breathe new life into the ever-creative WarioWare series.
WarioWare: unite! releases on September 10 and is available on Nintendo Switch for £ 39.99.
A demo is available on the Online Store.