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9:00 PM on 12.17.2013

Wario Land 4 to be critically analyzed in 600-page eBook

Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 is a 600-page eBook that will analyze the entirety of Wario Land 4. I'll just give you a moment to let that sentence sink in. Seriously, Daniel Johnson has put togeth...

Brett Zeidler


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Review: Game & Wario photo
Review: Game & Wario
by Jonathan Holmes

Game & Wario is kind of like Nintendo Land in reverse. Where Nintendo Land takes the gameplay concepts of various Nintendo franchises and condenses them all into a Mii-sized caricature, Game & Wario takes the micro-game sensibility of the WarioWare series and tacks it onto a variety of modernized Game & Watch-style arcade games. It's a fusion of one of Nintendo's oldest, arguably most simple game series and one of its most strange, surrealist franchises. It's a new combination of old ingredients, not unlike the Wii U itself.

In fact, some of the games in Game & Wario were at one point planned to be pre-installed on every Wii U console, like the SpotPass games on the 3DS. Many of them were among the first "experiences" available for play during the Wii U's initial E3 unveiling in 2011. The Wii U is the reason these games exist, but is there reason enough for you to buy them?

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11:30 AM on 05.20.2013

Nintendo apes Kickstarter with Wario's Crowdfarter

It's safe to say that Nintendo is in a comfortable spot when it comes to first party development and funding. But Wario is not content with Nintendo's handling of the situation, and has launched his own "Crowdfarter" parody s...

Chris Carter

6:30 PM on 05.02.2013

Game & Wario comes to Wii U on June 23 for $39.99

Game & Wario arrives in North America on June 23 and then Europe on June 28. It comes with a budget price of $39.99. I'll bite my tongue and hold back any Wii U gaming drought comments, because Game & Wario is finally...

Allistair Pinsof

10:45 AM on 04.17.2013

There are five new gametypes in Game & Wario

For the fans of 2007's Wario Ware: Smooth Moves, it's been quite the dry spell in between console entries. Having recently seen release in Japan, Nintendo is now showing off localized versions of Game & Wario. Here's a rundown on some of the new modes.

Abel Girmay

9:31 AM on 04.17.2013

'Pirate' and 'Gamer' revealed for Game & Wario

Nintendo revealed a bit more info for Game & Wario today, showing off the new minigames "Pirate" and "Gamer." Pirate has players moving to the rhythm to dodge cannon shots -- the TV only shows the ship in front of you, s...

Chris Carter

8:30 PM on 03.28.2013

Game & Wario video blow out

The last time I posted about Game & Wario, there was much editorializing on how I found the game initially disappointing but was slowly becoming more hopeful that it would find excellence. These new videos from...

Jonathan Holmes

10:45 AM on 03.14.2013

Tickle sleeping children's feet in Game & Wario

Everbody's buddy "NintenDaan" Koopman directed us to these latest videos for the upcoming Game & Wario. Now, I must admit that I haven't been following the development of the Wii U party fest because the word "mini-game"...

Tony Ponce

10:00 PM on 02.28.2013

Game and Wario fills out with Disco, Pirates, and Gamers

I was a little disappointed with Game and Wario when I played it at E3 2012. It came off as limp and uninspired compared to most prior WarioWare games. Arrow and Ski felt felt too much like similar mini-g...

Jonathan Holmes

2:00 AM on 02.26.2013

Game heroes died so that you can have this poster

Did you guys get a chance to check out "The Game Over Tinies" in brentalfloss the comic? Once again, co-writers brentalfloss and Dan Roth and artist Andrew Dobson created an abecedarian comic of videogame character deaths -- ...

Tony Ponce

6:00 AM on 02.22.2013

Even more 'Game Overs' in storybook rhyme

A couple weeks back, brentalfloss the comic began an arc parodying the dark comedy children's book The Gashlycrumb Tinies -- that book's author, Edward Gorey, is the subject of today's Google Doodle, by the by. Anyway, "The G...

Tony Ponce





2:15 PM on 01.24.2013

Game & Wario is coming soon in Japan

After eons of radio silence, we now have some more concrete info on a Japanese release date for Game & Wario: March 28th, 2013, with a retail price of 4,935 Yen (4,700 digitally). I had a chance to play it at a Nintendo e...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 12.05.2012

Game & Wario will contain 16 minigames

At yesterday's Nintendo Direct presentation in Japan, Nintendo revealed a bit more information about Game & Wario, stating that it'll have sixteen separate minigames to choose from. The game is said to have a mix of fully...

Chris Carter



100% Series Retrospective: Wario photo
100% Series Retrospective: Wario
by Chris Carter

[Read on for a description of every Wario game ever released in the US, and my completion of them all in 2012.]

Why Wario? 

Ok, this is the last one for 2012, I promise. After squeezing in Kingdom Hearts to top off my Tony Hawk and Resident Evil Quests, I said I was done until I tackled Metroid, Kirby, and who knows what else in 2013. 

But the other day, I had a dream: it involved Wario, Waluigi, and the transformation of New Super Mario Bros. 2 into Super Wario Brothers. Despite the fact that Waluigi is my favorite Nintendo character ever, I knew that I had to pay homage to the next best thing: Wario!

Wario is one of my favorite characters of all time. From the get-go, he symbolizes the quirky, unconventional side of Nintendo, and I love him for it. 

I know what you're thinking -- Wario didn't have that many games. But you know what? If you count all the spinoffs, he actually had quite a few -- enough to rival many other Nintendo franchise characters and then some. For the purposes of this Quest, I'm including all WarioWare games and spinoffs (such as Wario's Woods) released in the US. Sadly, I'll miss out on Mario & Wario because of this US requirement. 

Also, this is officially Wario's 20th anniversary, as his first appearance ever was in 1992. He deserves something.

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E3: Game & Wario is neither Game & Watch nor WarioWare photo
E3: Game & Wario is neither Game & Watch nor WarioWare
by Jonathan Holmes

Along with Project P-100, one of the biggest surprises at the Nintendo booth at E3 was Game & Wario. I would have definitely been less disappointed with Nintendo's on-site press conference if they had made some mention of either game. 

That said, Game & Wario was far from a showstopper, and that's coming from a huge fan of the WarioWare series. The games here appear much longer than those found in WarioWare, and they generally lacked the humor and the punch normally associated with the Wario name. The game with the arrows and the stomping was pretty fun, but the others felt rather tame, especially compared with the surprisingly exciting times I had with Nintendo Land

If Game & Wario ends up having 50+ mini-games included, like a traditional WarioWare title or Rhythm Heaven Fever did, then it may end up being a must-have purchase. If it only includes 12 different games like Nintendo Land is planned to, then it may not have what it takes to win your attention.

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5:00 AM on 08.20.2010

Dr. Wily makes necessary preparations in WarioWare D.I.Y.

Let's see now...there have been ten main games, one side story, and five handheld titles in the classic Mega Man series. Dr. Wily builds one or two fortresses for each outing, and they always crumble to the ground in the end...

Tony Ponce