With the upcoming title releases for the Nintendo 3DS quickly diminishing, I am hoping that there may be a few more diamonds left for those who have supported the console over the years. I have just received a copy of WarioWare Gold and am keen to see what “Gold” is inside.
WarioWare Gold boasts an assortment of 300 mini games to enjoy. I entered this game as a first-timer to the WarioWare series and was excited to begin. These games are completed with an assortment of controls varying from control sticks and buttons, touch screen, and motion controls.
Starting with the story mode, I was shown a part of a story before each group but quickly found these stories had little to no relevance to the mini games within. In fact, each game has no relevance to any other game either. It is just a barrel of randomness squished into a single game.
Some may consider this to be a good thing, and that it provides variety to your gameplay. I however do not agree, and the reason is mainly because of minigame duration. When I saw the minigame quantity, I actually believed that I’ll be playing this game for quite a while, enjoying spending a decent amount of time in each game. Sadly, I was left disappointed within minutes of firing up the game. With each minigame consisting of a matter of seconds, you have virtually no time to figure out what you are meant to be doing, let along conducting it correctly within the allotted timeframe. During the Story Mode, this was increasingly frustrating given that you just lose a life and move on.
The variety of each game is huge, there are some original (at least to me) games mixed in with homages to existing games and then there are blatant cut out segments from other Nintendo games included but not limited to Star Fox, Zelda, Mario, Mario Kart and Donkey Kong. These cut outs felt like a cheap and easy way to add more games to this title.
There are a number of games that had me questioning the rating of the game and then I took note of what it is: G Rated with Very mild crude humour and violence. Some of these included pumping air into a camel’s ass to inflate its hump, smacking a horse’s ass to win a race, forcing two characters to “Hook up,” tickling someone to make them lose a challenge, and pulling out someone’s nose hairs.
Audio & Visuals
As most of this game is an assortment of other games, both the audio & visuals vary greatly. They can change from basic noise and stick figures to a slice of Donkey Kong Country. Each are suitable for their own part but again, when you’re limited to a few seconds of gameplay, it is hard to focus on details before it disappears and moves on to another game.
As a first experience of the series, WarioWare Gold has shown me how poorly an assortment game can be. Extremely limited game time and the inconsistent groupings just made it confusing to say the least. On top of that, I was actually disgusted that Nintendo targets this game to children with some of the game selection. I won’t be seeking out the earlier versions based on this title and not likely to revisit this game again based on my experience.
Thank you to Nintendo for providing a copy of WarioWare Gold for review.