WarioWare D.I.Y. Review
WarioWare D.I.Y. box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Intelligent Systems 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Nintendo 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: March 28, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

The only thing I missed here was the ability to record your own sounds, which is indeed an option in Flipnote Studio. Other than that, the music editor is easy enough to use and so is the addition of sound-effects. I loved the inclusion of classic Super Mario sound effects, as well as stamps with the characters and buildings from the game, which are fun to use in some of the mini-games.

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If you manage to put together graphics, sound, and actions, you'll have a micro-game. You can then package it and send it to your D.I.Y. shelves within the D.I.Y. shop, which is where you play. These games can also be sent to your Warehouse within the Distribution Center, which allows you to share the title with friends in your friend roster (managed with friend codes). You can also transfer these homemade apps to the Nintendo Wii, as long as you have purchased WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase from WiiWare. If you have this title, you can also send any of the 72 Wii-exclusive micro-games to your DS via local connection. Another way to obtain new micro-games is downloading them from the "NinSoft" store, which features new additions every week, all free of charge. Nintendo also hosts challenges by suggesting game themes. You can participate in these challenges for an opportunity to be featured in the NinSoft store.

In addition to sharing games, you can share and download music tracks as well. Last but not least, a game that lets you create graphics and music couldn't just stop at game creation! There's a comic section where you can create your own strips, which you can then share. You'll even be able to unlock plenty of odd comics included in WarioWare D.I.Y. by simply playing the game.


WarioWare D.I.Y. doesn't improve the series as far as gameplay, visuals, or multiplayer (which this game doesn't offer). Still, the ability to create micro-games of your own and share them with other players greatly expands the replay value of this title. When you're in the mood for playing, there are plenty of games to choose from, and when you're feeling creative, there's a whole lot you can do. So, how can you go wrong? Only if you hate WarioWare and you're not into building your own thing will you regret it. Otherwise, you'd better be happy!

By Maria Montoro
CCC Site Director

Following the typical WarioWare visual flare, the presentation is wacky, colorful, and very basic. Games look even more primal. However, everything has its charm.
Tap to move; tap to turn on; tap to jump. It's almost all about tapping in this one, which is to be expected anyway. Game creating interface is organized and user-friendly.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The game comes with plenty of original tunes for the different mini-games, cutscenes, and micro-game creator. Also, you can create your own tunes for D.I.Y. games as well as share them.

Play Value
If you're a fan of this micro-game series, WarioWare D.I.Y. will be far from disappointing. It includes 90 micro-games, plus you can create your own from scratch, share them with friends, and download even more from both the "NinSoft Store" and the Wii version of the game… for free!

Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Do It Yourself! Take on the role of game designer and create your own micro-games by crafting everything from artwork, animations, music, and action instructions.
  • WarioWare: D.I.Y. comes with more than 90 premade games to play, but players who have access to a broadband Internet connection can wirelessly download a virtually endless supply of user-generated games, or upload their own creations to share with the world.
  • When creating games, players can utilize a library of premade graphics and sound samples, borrow elements from other micro-games on their system, or start from scratch.
  • Sharing new content is the real key to WarioWare: D.I.Y., and there are a number of ways for players to participate:
  • Using a local wireless connection, friends can swap micro-games, comics and music they have created.
  • After the game launches, Nintendo will regularly make new micro-games available for download to players who have access to a broadband Internet connection.
  • From time to time, Nintendo will challenge WarioWare: D.I.Y. players to create games based on a specific theme. Nintendo will make the best submissions available for download to players with a wireless broadband Internet connection.
  • Players can upload items to their Storage Crate in the Warehouse (wireless broadband Internet access required). These products can then be downloaded by any of the friends with whom they have exchanged friend codes.
  • If you want to take a break from creating and playing games, why not try your hand at a comic strip? WarioWare: D.I.Y. includes all the tools artists need to compose their own four-panel comic strips.
  • Players who have a Wii console can add another dimension to their game. By downloading the WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase game from Nintendo's WiiWare service, players get access to 72 more micro-games, and can experience the games they created with their Nintendo DS system on their TV. Each of the elements in these new games then becomes a part of the player's toolbox. The WiiWare game also includes an unlockable multiplayer mode that lets up to four people play micro-games competitively.

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