Game & Wario Review
Game & Wario Box Art
System: Wii U
Dev: Nintendo SPD Intelligent Systems
Pub: Nintendo
Release: June 23, 2013
Players: 1-5
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p

At this point in the review, I would love to tell you that Game & Wario is going to be incredibly fun at parties, but that's probably not true. There are only four multiplayer games. But to Nintendo's credit, they are clever. There's a Pictionary-like game, which is actually a brilliant use of the Wii U's gamepad. One game is like a battle mode for Dance Dance Revolution. Another sees players launching a net full of Fronks, an adorable in-game character, onto a scoring platform. And the last game is about secretly stealing fruit while all of your friends watch. The weirdest part about all four of the multiplayer mini-games is that they don't require anything other than the GamePad.

Game & Wario Screenshot

The brutally honest truth, unfortunately, is that many of the mini-games in G&W aren't very enjoyable. Nintendo has a knack for rethinking gaming in a way that draws you into the interactive space. So it's disappointing when I have to play something as uninspired as a top-down skiing title, or when a game repeatedly asks me to draw a one-inch line. Luckily, these games are mercifully short.

On the other hand, there are several mini-games that are incredible. One stage in particular, called Gamer, is almost exactly like the original WarioWare game, but you have to play it while hiding from your mom. It's brilliant.

At the end of the day, Game & Wario isn't perfect, but it is fun. Nintendo has created a rock-solid collection of mini-games that showcases the Wii U's unique super powers. But as much as I would like to think that G&W could be a part of the cure for the Wii U's sales problem, it's just not true. Game & Wario is one of the best games on the system, but it doesn't have enough oomph to bring people back onto Nintendo's side of the fence.

Josh Engen
News Director
Date: June 25, 2013

Not impressive. But perfectly suited for the title.
Often annoying.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Nintendo is the master of strange noises.
Play Value
For a game that’s built on replay value, it doesn’t have much.
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Arrow--This single-player game transforms the GamePad into a hi-tech bow(shaped like Wario's mustache, of course) and arrow designed to defeat swarming enemies. Players hold the GamePad vertically with one hand to aim at enemies on the TV screen, while using their other hand to pull the arrow on the GamePad's touch screen.
  • Ski--In this single-player game, competitors must lead the skier to the finish line by holding the GamePad vertically and tilting it left or right. The TV monitor will show the skier's flashy moves to entertain the audience.
  • Shutter--In this single-player game, the player must use the GamePad like a telephoto camera lens to take photos of criminals hidden in the town before the time runs out.
  • Fruit--In this game for two to five players, the main player uses the GamePad to anonymously control one of many characters on the TV screen to quietly steal some fruit scattered all over the town. Once the thief completes the mission, the player passes the GamePad to the other players, who then must try to finger the suspect.

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