Review: WarioWare Gold (Nintendo 3DS)

Wheelin’ ‘n’ dealin’ in denim, Wario’s back and better than ever in 300 microgames, where touching, twisting, and mashing your way to victory is the key to microgame mastery!

Pros:

  • Cartoon graphics.
  • 9833MB Download size.
  • Gameplay- Series of mini-games.
  • Opening tutorial for each type of interaction within the story.
  • Four game modes- Story, Index, Arcade and challenge mode.
  • Index- Replay any unlocked mini-games, Hit target score for coins.
  • Has some classic mini-games from the previous titles.
  • Arcade- Capsule machine and toy room. Capsule machine takes coins and unlocks a random item for the toy room. Toy room is where you go to interact/play with the unlocks.
  • Story- Three input types, Mash (press A button), Touchscreen and tilt (Gyro controls)
  • Mini-games last no more than five seconds and you get an oh so brief set of instructions.
  • A lot of Wario.
  • Varied games from nose picking to building robots to mazes and so much more.
  • Whacky fun.
  • Full of humor.
  • Boss fights within story mode after a dozen-odd level.
  • Classic Nintendo games were redone with the new interactions. You can play original Mario using Gyro, Ok its a version of Mario but still.
  • Fast paced.
  • Complete a story type and unlock endless mode.
  • Over 300 games to unlock and play.
  • Bonus mini game can be earned and in it, you can earn a load of extra coins.
  • Coins- earned for playing and mini-games. Used for capsule machine purchases and continuing in story mode if you fail.
  • Has its own built-in achievement system.
  • Amiibo support.
  • Clever fun toys to unlock from mobile phones with hidden codes to alarm clocks to mini-games.
  • Proper out of the box thinking.
  • Studio mode- Choose an unlocked video clip and record your own voice into it.
  • Addictive.
  • Best score for each level is displayed.
  • Full animated voiced cutscenes.
  • Infinite replayability.

Cons:

  • No game speed options.
  • Does not have online leaderboards.
  • Games can repeat themselves a few times in a run.
  • No multiplayer.
  • A lot of Wario.
  • Grind is high for the coins and high cost for capsules.

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
8/10

Summary

Straight across the board, this game is mental. From the moment Wario starts shooting his mouth off, You are instantly hooked. The mini games are so much fun even if you mess up. For me what really does the game justice is the depth, You first boot it up and you generally think it scrimped out on options and just regurgitated old games. Nope, you start unlocking fun new mini-games, Classic Nintendo titles and at one point you are playing Warioware on a virtual 3DS on your 3DS. The game just keeps delivering and just when you think you’ve seen it all something else unlocks! I wish it had something like download play or online leaderboards but to be honest, I can live without it, The sheer joy you get from playing it is next level. In short its a game full of depth and variation that only lacks any social aspects and confines fun to just you the player.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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