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  • Platform: Game Boy Advance
  • ESRB: Everyone
  • Genre: Mini-game compilation
  • Players: 1-2
  • Online: No
  • Developer: Nintendo
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Suggested Retail: $49.99
  • Graphics: B
  • Sound: C
  • Gameplay: A
  • Replay: B
  • Fun Factor: A
  • Reviewer's Wild Card: A+


A collection of five-second games

By James Stevenson     May 27, 2003

Some people may see instant gratification becoming more of a trend in the videogame industry with the amount of RPGs on the decline, and plenty of games that you can just jump in and begin to play. One might even say this is somewhat behind the phenomenal success of the Game Boy Advance. Nintendo is taking this theory to the extreme with its latest title, WARIOWARE INC. MEGA MICROGAME$, where the game itself is about as much of a mouthful as the title.

Imagine a game that would satisfy even the worse case of ADD. That's this one, and I'm going to attempt to explain it by recreating a play experience. There is a flashing light, suddenly the command "Chop" appears, and the next thing you see is a ninja with a power meter filling up and down, hitting it near the top causes him to break through the blocks, missing the top portion causes him to miss and a life is lost. Then suddenly, the command eat appears, along with an apple, you tap the A button repeatedly to take bites out of the apple before the time limit runs out. Next thing that happens is the word "Enter" and the game changes to the original LEGEND OF ZELDA, and you must enter the door on the screen.

Simply put, WARIOWARE tests all of your most basic gaming skills in rapid fashion and at increasing speed and difficulty. There are well over one hundred different mini-games that quickly flash in and out as you attempt to keep up and make it through the extreme pace of the game. A welcome addition for fans of classic Nintendo titles is the fact that you'll play moments from games like the aforementioned LEGEND OF ZELDA, as well as METROID, F-ZERO and PUNCH OUT! It's exciting, quick, and many times, insane. I can't say I've ever played a mini-game where I had to pick a nose in five seconds.

I'm not sure really why I like this game so much. But I do appreciate the insanely fast and addictive gameplay. I had it with me recently out at the ballpark and I took the opportunity before the game to clear out some of the story mode. It wasn't as easy at you would think either, and several times I had to restart a level. The most difficult, challenging, and fun aspect is when you attempt to earn a high-score and the game just keeps getting faster and faster.

From a graphical perspective, the game looks very nice. Some parts are very simply done, and others use real photos (such as the dog that you have to shake hands with in one mini-game). As a whole the game has a real bright and colorful look, but one that isn't really very flashy. I do appreciate the massive amount variety throughout the course of the game though. The sound is ok, but it gets annoying quick, I had it turned off most of the time and didn't really miss much.

WARIOWARE INC. MEGA MICROGAME$ is a sure hit for the Game Boy Advance and is a lot of fun. The only downfall is that you might find it a little short, but it still is one of the most unique titles I've played in a while and comes recommended.


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