E3 2006 Hands-On | Wario Ware: Smooth Moves

By Jorge Ba-oh 13.05.2006 5

Wario Ware: Smooth Moves (Hands On)
Anna Sky Houlton :: 13th May 2006 :: Reporting from LA

Nintendo shows off WarioWare: Smooth Moves on Wii at E3 2006. Utilising the Wii Remote once again, WarioWare's mini-games turn a new corner with running, balancing and slicing using more than just a standard controller.

Insane describes WarioWare: Smooth Groves in one word and we think that just about sums it up. WarioWare's games have always been frantic and with the invention of the Wii Remote they have just got more frantic than ever.

It seems that the guys at Nintendo saw a window of opportunity with the invention of their new console and really went to town on getting the games so unique, it just wouldn't work on anything else.

WarioWare sees Wario and his Nintendo friends discover a book and learn crazy moves with the mystical 'Form Baton'. The use of the Wii Remote throughout this game is ingenious. We played WarioWare for quite a while, trying out all the different mini-games they had to offer, each totally different in what you were expected to do and yet hugely fun. Some of our favourites was putting your hands on your hips and keeping a hula hoop in the air for a specified length of time. Another favourite was holding the remote like a sword and slicing a barrel in half, ninja-style. Of course there are many more mini-games that we have can write about, but here are just a few...

  • Balancing a broom in your hand.
  • Lifting a dumbbell.
  • Tracing over a pre-defined shape.
  • Pumping up a balloon.
  • Shaking soap off a showering man.

    In total there will be about 200 games that will range from the quite sedate to the mad flailing of the arms. Watch out if you are sitting nearby. Of course this is the type of game that you don't have to be playing to enjoy. It makes an excellent spectator game, as we're sure those behind enjoyed watching us jumping around all over the place.

    There is no confusion over what to do (as there sometimes was in the GC version) each mini-game begins with a reminder how to hold the remote. Just when you thought you knew what you were doing, with over 200 games there are many ways to hold it and it is more than likely that you wont remember every possible way. Of course this will all take a little getting used to in the beginning, but if you are anything like us then you will quickly pick it up and be scoring points.

    Nintendo have not yet announced how many players the final game will support, however there has been a lot of speculation. Nintendo are just going to keep us guessing...

    WarioWare: Smooth Moves is definitely something that will get you jumping around and it seems that along with the other titles due to be released for Wii, Nintendo is definitely onto a winner.

    Anna Sky Houlton

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    Loved the DS version. I can see myself playing and enjoying this, especially with friends. I hope to god they multiplayer. Better add this to my buy straightaway list.

    It's good because it's the original WarioWare team that's working on this, rather than Intelligent Systems who did the DS game. Should be great - and easily sell a million in Japan like the DS game did! Smilie

    Adam Riley [ Director :: Cubed3 ]

    I certainly hope so!

    Sounds like a great game to play with friends1 Smilie

    Cubed3 Admin/Founder & Designer

    Sounds awesome!! Launch Title? Smilie

    IANC said:
    Dude yuor totally awesome. And i won't be killing you anytime soon.

    Sounds good, looking foward to picking it up and playing it.

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