WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!
Graphics take a backseat to pure game-play in Mega Party Games, which serves up more of the simple, sidesplitting challenges that helped WarioWare steal our 2003 Game Boy Advance Game of the Year award. Solo mode is, more or less, the same here as it was when you played it on the go (assuming youve already sampled Nintendos ADD simulator), missing only a handful of unlockable bonus games and the element of surprise that helped make the original so charming. But the fun youll have with three friends is more than enough compensation. Leaping a wheeled hot dog is one thing, but evading said wiener while your opponents parade across the screen, blocking your view with their fat heads (down in front!) is video Valhalla. The best of Ware's eight multiplayer modes reward dirty play (see sidebar) after all, laughing at someone elses expense is the Wario way. With its S30 price tag, the game is perfect for pinchpennies, but there mightve been more: more hilarity, more reflex testers, and more ways to tap Nintendos rich history. I wouldve liked to have seen snippets of Nintendo 64 classics imagine minute-long GoldenEye 007 deathmatches but, hey, maybe Im just being greedy.
I wanted to love this, but alas, the console Ware isnt quite the breath of fresh air its portable sibling was. The biggest letdown: no new singleplayer minigames. If you played the crap outta the GBA game like I did, why even bother? It also lacks the setup and some of the unlockable games that made the portable title so much fun, so people new to Ware's insanity wont get a formal introduction. One area where Ware succeeds in a big way is its handful of enjoyable multiplayer modes, but theyre not newbie friendly. Someone who never played the GBA Ware isnt gonna do well in Outta My Way mode, where other players block your view. Its still good fun, but not the perfect excuse to stay home on a Friday night.
Wha happen? Im all for mul tiplayer WarioWare on the big screen, but whose idea was it to half-ass the single player? Adding exactly no new minigames is bad enough; making it even easier to unlock nearly everything just does not compute. Of course, playing with a bunch of friends is a blast, and there are a few (all-new) multiplayer modes to mix things up. But fun as it is, I cant help wishing for even more Ware would really benefit from some kind of metagame to tie all the craziness together (like the board game part of Mario Party). I may sound like a complainer, but I was hoping for perfection. Ware's still a must-buy if you really love the party games or dont have the GBA ver-sion...just a maybe-buy otherwise.
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I can't believe I've found a game that my 3-year-old son, my wife and I all like to play - Nintendo has struck demographics gold with Wario ware, Inc. Mega Party Game$!. This game is as addictive as its Game Boy Advanced counterpart but offers up a bevy of multiplayer actions so your friends and family can join in the action.
The basic concept of Wario ware, Inc. Mega Party Game$! is very simple ' which is why it is so addictive. All you have to do is mash a button, or rotate the left thumbstick at the right time in the right way to complete a three to five second task - if you succeed you move on to the next mini-game.
The mini-games include things like scrubbing a toothbrush across a set of yellowed teeth, plunging a swaying finger into awaiting nostrils, plugging the duck in Duck Hunt or simply avoiding a giant foot intent on squishing you. The different games may not sound all that interesting but there are 200 of them and they come at you so quickly in such a tidal wave of bizarre brevity that it can't help but be fun to play.
In the single player mode, an almost exact replica of the GBA experience, you work your way through differently themed mini-games until you've successfully accomplished all of the tasks. At the end, there is a strange Boss Level that is typically just a slightly prolonged mini-game.
What puts the Mega Party Game$! in Mega Party Game$! is a pretty eclectic selection of multiplayer options. The general principal is the same in these, but now you are competing with or against up to three others. Modes include an Othello like battle, where you have to beat mini-games to win a square; a direct elimination mode, a strange balancing elimination mode, and cooperative modes that have your buddy shinning a light on your action or taking turns with you as you try to beat the mini-games. Like the general theme of the game, these multiplayer modes aren't exactly complicated, but they are addictive and fun to play.
The only complaint I have about this game is that the graphics and sound really didn't receive much work in the port so you find yourself playing a GBA game on the television. It's not too disappointing, because the games in general are mock-ups of very, very old 16 and 8-bit games, but it would have been nice if they had received some polish. The same holds true of the sound, though I found this less noticeable than the visuals of the game.
I'd highly recommend Wario ware, Inc. Mega Party Game$! as a buy for anyone who' s into Tetris like fun or has children or a wife who may be looking for some idle fun.