WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase
WiiWare | Nintendo | 1-4 Players (local multiplayer) | Out Now | 800 Nintendo Points
Controller Compatibility: Wii Remote (pointer)
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28th May 2010; By KnucklesSonic8
The Main Menu presents you with an island that offers players three different choices: You can enter the Wario-Man Super Store, head to the Survey Box, or use Nintendo WFC to access the Distribution Center. The Super Store will likely be your first destination when you begin. The store has three different "aisles" if you will: Games, Music and Comics. Heading into the 'Games' area, you'll be able to play individual microgames from Diamond Software you've unlocked, special creations under 'D.I.Y Games', and access a series of mixes via the 'Game Blender'. Even playing music will give you an on-screen visualizer that pays tribute to Balloon Fight which you can either watch or take control of. And don't forget, having all of these open shelves means that you'll have more space to keep your creations from the DS release.
There are over 70 pre-made games included in the package, hosted by 4 different characters from the WarioWare case. Dribble & Spitz, Kat & Ana, 18-Volt and Wario-Man - none of which were featured in the DS release. As always, 18-Volt's retro-style games are great to experience. There are homages to games like Kid Icarus, Super Mario Kart and even Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. All of the games look great, and in keeping with the humorous themes, many of them are funny the first time you play them. You can experience all of these games via the Game Blender, under each character's respective set.
All of the microgames are presented with some nice visuals, despite the fact that some of them would look better up close on your DS. Even creations that you import don't look pixellated or terribly rough, and it's great that the transition still allows you to be proud of your work. The menus also sport polished visuals that are really pleasing to see. Music is another strong aspect to the game and, of course, it only adds to the humor for some microgames. There's not a whole lot to say about the controls. With the exception of the Plus and Minus buttons, you'll only make use of the A Button to execute necessary clicks whilst pointing at the screen to aim your hand cursor. Although using a stylus may offer more accuracy, the level of precision is still there for those who are masterful users of the Wii Remote.
From this venue, you can also play other mixes that you've unlocked upon reaching certain condition. 'All Mixed Up' will take all of the games you've discovered and stick them into a randomized set, while 'Ultra Hard' will start things off with increased speeds. Eventually, you'll also be able to play a Versus game where up to 4 players can battle it out to be the last person standing. Equipped with only 5 lives, the game will randomly choose one person to complete a mini-game or select a group of people to play. Some microgames can be kind of hard to see from afar when there are 4 replications of it on-screen, but it's still a lot of fun. It also gives you a great feeling to seeing your creation on the telly when in a group setting. It's a nice supplement to Smooth Moves and if you know people who are as big fans of that game as I am, then they should be pleased with this fun side-activity.
Via the Distribution Center, you can access the same options that are available in WarioWare D.I.Y. You can head to the 'Ninsoft Store' or the 'Big Name Games' option to download new games to your Wii, or submit your own entries for design challenges. You also have the option to interact with your DS to transfer games either to or from Showcase. And finally, players can send their creations to Wii Friends provided there's enough staff members to perform the send-off (max is 2 pieces of content per item). When you receive a game from someone, the Wii Menu channel will have a yellow envelope in the top-right corner. Opening up the game and accessing the Distribution Center will allow you to confirm acceptance and either play it temporarily or place it on your shelf for safe keeping. The game enables you to send a survey to the creator of games that you're sent. You can assign star ratings from 1 to 5 and then follow-through with a pre-made comments. It's a shame that none of these allow you to choose negative comments or even create your own.
WarioWare D.I.Y Showcase is a great complement to the DS release. Not only does it give players increased storage space for their creations, but it also has some nice features to it that make it worth the 800 Points including more microgames to extend the experience as well as a fun 4-player competition. Everything is presented using a great visual focus, and the ability to show games to friends in a group setting is always good for laughs and memories. Overall, I'd say it's a pretty satisfying purchase for a reasonable price.
27/30 - Excellent
Gameplay 8/10 - Some memorable and hilarious games available from the start, great to see your D.I.Y creations on the TV screen
Presentation 9/10 - Many of the games look really good, some good songs incorporated as well, some of it has to do with how good your own games are
Enjoyment 5/5 - It's great to see your D.I.Y creations on the TV screen, fun multiplayer component, sure to give you a few laughs
Extra Content 5/5 - Extra storage, over 50 games, new downloads, send games to friends and obtain feedback, versus, Balloon Fight visualizer/mini-game
Equivalent to a score of 90% (percentage score is approximate and based solely on the previously stated rating)