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WarioWare D.I.Y. - Nintendo DS
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- After the game launches, Nintendo will regularly make new micro-games available for download to players who have access to a broadband Internet connection.
- Take on the role of game designer and create your own micro-games by crafting everything from artwork, animations, music and action instructions.
- Comes with more than 90 pre-made games, but players who have access to a broadband Internet connection can download a virtually endless supply of user-generated games, or upload their own creations to share with the world.
- When creating games, you can utilize a library of pre-made graphics and sound samples, borrow elements from other micro-games on your system, or start from scratch.
- Sharing new content is the real key to WarioWare - D.I.Y., and there are a number of ways for you to participate - Using a local wireless connection, friends can swap micro-games, comics and music you've created.
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Really, as many Internet review sites have already said, this is a modern day "Mario Paint". You can create mini games, comic books (four panels each) and even full 90 second MIDI-like songs with 4 separate tracks and a percussion track. The amount of detail you get into your creations is all up to you. You decide how much involvement you want to put into it. Create something from the ground up? Go for it! But plan on spending upwards of 3+ hours to create a really good game... all for about 8 seconds of pay off.
Or maybe you just want to steal bits and pieces of other games to make your own? Or just edit some in-game artwork to give things a touch of your own personality? You can do that, too. And it takes much less time.
The problem is, even if you take shortcuts, this game is not a "pick up and play" type experience that Nintendo has recently become so famous for. You can save up to two projects of each type (game, comic, song) so you can be working on simultaneous projects and can always save and quit whenever you want. This is good. But even so, making these little baby steps may become tedious to you, as you may end up feeling like you're not getting anywhere.
Beyond the creation, there's also challenges. "Jobs" involve you creating different elements of games "on spec" for Wario. This is silly, because, even though the game presents you with a preferred outcome of your design, you could really just draw anything, like a bunch of scribbles, and the game won't know the difference.Read more ›
By the way, there's a full game in here too...and it's a lot deeper than it initially appears (After two weeks of play, features are still unlocking). But the included game--as is--isn't the reason for purchase. Not at all. This thing is a cartoonist's paradise. A game maker's dream. An amusement park for animators and composers.
As others have mentioned, it's not for everybody, and you won't really see what this thing's capable of until you've invested a couple of hours in the hilarious and helpful tutorials. If, however, you love to draw or make music (and you don't have to be very skilled at either) and you have any interest at all in creating games...well, what are you waiting for? You may never want to remove this cartridge from your DS.
For folks who can't draw or write music, no worries: Using shapes, stamps, and the helpful auto-composer, you'll be turning out games in no time. Seriously, once you've done the tutorial, you can create a simple projectile-through-a-moving-target game in two minutes.
And if you do have some art and/or music skills....again, what are you waiting for?
From front to back, Warioware D.I.Y. is presented with humor, charm and the kind of solid polish that Nintendo's famous for. The learning system is brilliant and always entertaining: It begins with Wario as your cranky classmate, continues with you completing art for lazy Wario's projects, then keeps going through advanced dojo lessons (presented as puzzles) and the funny postings on a make-believe game forum.Read more ›
However, I was disappointed to see that you can only make games where you have to tap with the stylus. There's no using the buttons, no additional actions with the stylus and no using the microphone. Also, I found most of the individual 90 pre-made microgames to be kind of dull.
But if you're serious about creating and using your mind, then this the game for you. If not, you should search elsewhere for a DS game you WOULD like...
It's obvious by now that the WarioWare series is Nintendo's license to let its game designers run wild with a very loose leash. I mean, come on, games where you poke someone's eyes out, or pluck boogers out of a nose? Awsomely grose! The untethered creativity has been something the WarioWare franchise has always embraced, from the GBA original to the DS and Wii follow-ups, and WarioWare D.I.Y. is pretty much the company handing over that creative license to the gamer. This is an incredibly experience that puts huge emphasis on user-made content: you have access to a rich set of tools to create microgames on the same level as you've seen in previous WarioWare games. There's a little bit of everything in D.I.Y.: programming, drawing, and music composing, all done in a way that's amazingly accessible to anyone's skill levels.
WarioWare D.I.Y. is essentially this generation's version of Mario Paint. Many Nintendo fans hold the Super NES title in such high regard, so it's baffling Nintendo's gone so long without reviving that mouse-driven art title on the mouse friendly Nintendo DS or Wii. WarioWare D.I.Y. encapsulates all the creative tools of Mario Paint and reproduces them in a versatile game creator. You can animate game sprites and paint full backgrounds as well as create a short musical tune or stitch together a longer song. But most importantly, you're using those assets in game creation: you're building the same style of challenges that have been seen in previous WarioWare titles.
Then, once you get bored of the small screen, go to your Wii and play your games with D.I.Y Showcase! It's great!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
2 happy kids with this cool game. The mini games are just enough challenge to keep them busy!Published 5 months ago by Sonya
My son loves the game and keeps making new games and sending them tooPublished 9 months ago by crystal l paradis
Game works just fine, fun for those who love a compilation of minigames.Published 10 months ago by Alyssa
My 9-year-old wasn't thrilled when he opened this, but once he started playing he changed his mind and got really into it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Amy