Wario and crew are back for more micro-game madness, and this time your friends can come along for the ride.
Saturday I woke up to quite a surprise. A copy of Atsumare! Made in Wario (Wario Ware) for GameCube showed up at my apartment courtesy of Video Game Depot. My roommate, who was also a fan of the excellent Wario Ware, Inc. Mega Microgames for the Game Boy Advance, was just as excited as I was. We popped it in and, after working our way through the menus, we were on our way to some multiplayer Wario madness.
The menus, even for somebody with zero knowledge of the Japanese language, are quite easy to navigate. From the main menu, there are single and multiplayer modes, as well as a full-featured records section and options. The single player mode, which is more of an afterthought to this title, lets you play through a series of games from each character. It also allows you to play any individual game in a library mode.
Multiplayer is the meat of the title. The micro-games from Wario Ware have been converted over to the GameCube and are available for a whopping nine different main modes of play. There are also a few smaller multiplayer games available. Some of the games have support for up to 16 players (though you’ll need to pass a controller around). All but one of the multiplayer games is playable without knowing Japanese.
Later in the day, more of my friends showed up and we had an absolute blast playing the various modes. My current favorite mode involves drawing cards and playing micro-games, while opponents try to steal your collected cards. I haven’t seen such insanity in a video game since Super Smash Bros. Melee. The games start out easy enough, but once the speed ramps up, everything gets insane. There was a lot of screaming and overall commotion. In the end, everybody had a good time. So far, Atsumare! Made in Wario seems like one of the best party games of all time.