Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Party Game$ (GameCube) Review

By Adam Riley 07.09.2004

Review for Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Party Game$ on GameCube

When you hear the word 'Nintendo', what are the first words that spring into your head? Mario? True, since the mascot of the company is world-renowned. How about family values? Indeed, the Kyoto-based legendary power caters for a wide range of gamers. Hmm, innovation? Bingo! Touted as the Kings of Innovation, Nintendo has continuously led the way with its creative ideas and none have been more crazy than that of the Wario Ware series that appeared out of the blue. But now it has turned up on the mighty GameCube, can its novelty value survive?

Believe it or not, but Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Party Games$! does indeed have a storyline. However, do not raise your hopes too high as it is kookier than actually engrossing (as if you ever believed it would hold your attention at all!). Wario is, as many of you already know, a damn lazy, money-crazy, obese fool. But he has just hit upon a spectacular idea. After throwing together short three-second micro games for his Ware, Inc GBA d

Screenshot for Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Party Game$ on GameCube

Looking at the game on paper you might think that it is not Wario scamming his fictitious friends, but Nintendo doing the very same to us, the vulnerable, innocent gamer. But no, you see the graphics are meant to be so unusual. You get a nice mixture to be honest, between the basic Game Boy / Game 'N Watch stylings right through to perfect representations of the SNES and NES, all thrown at you at break-neck speed that, whilst not pushing the GameCube, does at least remove the annoying part of re-living past titles

Screenshot for Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Party Game$ on GameCube

Games, not mini-games, but micro-games. But what does this mean? Well, it means that you are treated to short bursts of superb, and not so wonderful, gameplay from various stages in the past. You could be guiding Link into a cave, dodging vehicles on the F-Zero race track, jumping barrels to reach Donkey Kong or simply helping Wario jump on a Goomba's head in a Mario Bros pastiche. The idea is that your reflexes, attention and general mental constitution are all tested to their extremes, whilst at the same time proving to be one of the most enjoyable gaming experiences for several years

Screenshot for Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Party Game$ on GameCube

Work your way up the chain in the one-player mode, trying your best to last through the melee of three-to-five second tests of skill or focus on fun with your friends

Screenshot for Wario Ware, Inc: Mega Party Game$ on GameCube

Cubed3 Rating

8/10
Rated 8 out of 10

Great - Silver Award

Rated 8 out of 10

Nintendo has done it again, albeit by the skin of its teeth this time round. The company has once more produced a seriously addictive game that will leave you and your friends wondering where all that time flew to. At the bargain RRP of

Developer

Nintendo

Publisher

Nintendo

Genre

Puzzle

Players

4

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  8/10

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  9/10 (7 Votes)

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