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WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase

by Pedro Hernandez - April 22, 2010, 11:47 am PDT
Total comments: 2

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WiiWare game more than complements the already excellent DS release.

Wario Ware D.I.Y for the DS presents the Wario Ware franchise at its most complex phase yet: micro-game creation. Once you figure out how to create micro-games the experience becomes very fun and compelling. Wario Ware D.I.Y Showcase for WiiWare hopes not only to extend the DS game's replay value but also to further inspire gamers to create better, more elaborate micro-games.

There are three main options: Wario-Man Super Store, Distribution Center, and Survey Box. At the Super Store, you will be able to play pre-made and custom games, read comics and listen to music. Like the DS version, Showcase has a very limited number of pre-made games. Four of the characters missing in the DS version make an appearance here: Wario-Man, Kat and Ana, Dribble and Spitz, and 18-Volt. Each character has 18 games for a total of 72 micro-games, fewer than the DS version, which has 90 games in total.

You can play each game individually or through the Game Blender, giving you all of a character's games in random order for a high score. In music, you can listen to the game's own tracks as well as your own. What's so neat about this section is that you can listen in two ways. Dressed up in a Balloon Fight theme, you can watch the character flying through the song, or you can take control and grab all of the notes for the highest score possible. Closing the Wario-Man Super Store is Comics. You can read from the game's own selection and imported comics you made on the DS.

The Distribution Center is where the game gains its depth and becomes an essential part of the DS title. Connecting your DS to the Wii allows you to upload games you created to the Wii version, which can then be played on your TV. What's even better is that you can also download the built-in games and play them on the DS, see how they were made, and interact with it using the game editor. Using the Wii option you can send games to other friends who are connected and have the title. Finally is the NinSoft Store, which is exactly like the DS version. Players can download the latest micro-games, including those in the "Big Name Games" section, where there are games created by developers like Team Meat (Super Meat Boy), and Gaijin Games (The Bit.Trip series).

On its own, the WiiWare game is a great way for players to play the latest games as well as experience some custom made ones if they happen to lack a DS and a copy of the DS version. There is one flaw, though. While you can export content from the WiiWare version, you can't upload the pre-made micro-games, comics and songs from DS version. It's unfortunate, especially since the interaction between the DS and Wii is perhaps one of the best in years.

The last option is Survey Box. In here, you will be able to see the comments and ratings your friends have left about your games. Regardless of its simplicity, this is integral if you plan to spend your time creating micro-games, and further extends the game's social ideals.

As a standalone game, Wario Ware D.I.Y Showcase is a fun WiiWare title that is somewhat shallow. But when combined with the DS version it completely enhances the game creation aspect and actually inspires gamers to create the best game possible. If you enjoyed what D.I.Y had to offer don't hesitate to pick up Showcase and complete the whole experience.

Score

Graphics Sound Control Gameplay Lastability Final
8 7.5 10 8.5 9 8
Graphics
8

Like the DS version, Showcase features colorful and wacky graphics that presents the player's creativity in a top-notch manner. The frame rate is very smooth and the menus are clean and easy to navigate.

Sound
7.5

The music in this iteration of the Wario Ware series is actually the weakest of the bunch. Still, they provide a nice diversion and a quirky atmosphere. The custom music sounds great on the TV screen.

Control
10

Showcase uses the Wii Remote's pointer for menu interaction and gameplay, and it works splendidly.

Gameplay
8.5

As its own game, Showcase is very limited, with only 72 pre-made games available and a handful of options. But as a complementary element of the DS version, Showcase shines thanks to its sharing capabilities.

Lastability
9

The pre-made games take only around an hour to find and complete. However, the replay value skyrockets when the game is used to present your own creations as well as learning what your friends think of them.

Final
8

For players who have invested a great deal of time with the DS title, Wario Ware D.I.Y Showcase is a must. While it is limited as a game title, as a tool it more than completes the user-generated experience D.I.Y has to offer.

Summary

Pros
  • Download and upload games
  • Great online features
  • Play your custom games on the TV
Cons
  • Only a handful of pre-made games
Review Page 2: Conclusion

Talkback

As I mentioned on RFN, I think Showcase is best for people who like WarioWare but aren't interested or just don't have time to make their own microgames. You get all the pre-loaded ones, plus an already sizable selection of free downloadable games, plus any games sent to you by friends. The only restriction is that your friends must have Showcase, not just the DS game.

NWR_pap64Pedro Hernandez, Contributing WriterApril 22, 2010

I also recently learned that you can only send two of everything per day. So if you have, say, 4 micro-games, you have to send two ahead and wait another day to send the rest.

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Genre Action
Developer Nintendo
Players1 - 4

Worldwide Releases

na: WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase
Release Mar 29, 2010
PublisherNintendo
RatingEveryone
jpn: Asobu Made in Ore
Release Apr 29, 2009
PublisherNintendo
RatingAll Ages
eu: WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase
Release Apr 30, 2010
PublisherNintendo
Rating7+
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