WarioWare DIY is the Original Mario Maker

first_img For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at Geek.com we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!The recent WarioWare Gold is bunch of things. It’s the latest in the WarioWare series, a collection of 300 of the best microgames from the glorious deconstructed minigame celebrations starring Wario’s wonderfully wicked doppelganger. It’s also (hopefully) one of the last dedicated Nintendo 3DS games before Nintendo fully moves onto the Switch as its future for both handheld and console gaming. But best of all it’s just a great excuse to talk about WarioWare again.WarioWare Gold draws from past hits like the original WarioWare, WarioWare Twisted, and WarioWare Touched. But today’s Game of the Year is a WarioWare so weird and creative and experimental and beautiful it would be impossible to truly replicate it in a compilation. WarioWare: D.I.Y., the original Super Mario Maker, stands alone.WarioWare (or Made in Wario) is all about figuring things out as fast as possible, so here’s a quick recap. WarioWare is technically a minigame collection where the “microgames” must be completed in seconds with no context aside from single command like “Jump!” or “Shave!” In a strange way, it’s about testing your assumed gaming knowledge. Like of course the button makes me jump over this enemy or of course drawing on the touch screen will shave the beard. The most beloved games are even little abbreviated remakes of Nintendo classics millions of gamers just know innately.Released in 2010 on the original Nintendo DS, WarioWare: D.I.Y. moves this formula in a magnificent direction. Tired on relying on his usual cohorts (who unfortunately don’t include Waluigi) Wario just straight up tasks the player with designing dozens upon dozens of new microgames. And the game gives you the tools to do it! Wario was designed by Nintendo’s hip Intelligent Systems/R&D1 team as their underground answer to the safer mascot Mario. And with WarioWare: D.I.Y. they beat Mario to the punch for accessible game making tool.Like Super Mario Maker (or spiritual ancestor Mario Paint), WarioWare: D.I.Y. is naturally limited in some ways to making it game creation more accessible. It’s definitely not on the level of something like the upcoming Dreams on PlayStation 4. For starters, you can only make a game so complex when you have to beat it in seconds. You give your player one task and some pretty basic intuitive inputs to complete it. It’s very much “My First Game” but everyone has to start somewhere if we want gaming to be truly democratized.The harsh limitations can also lead to surprisingly lovely results from more experience designers who choose to put the time and work in. Bend the deceptively simple programming language to recreate everything from platformers to racing games to JRPG battles. Modify and reverse engineer existing games to further your education. The DS’s touch screen and microphone let you customize the audio and visual elements, recording sound effects and drawing sprites to animate. And even when the games turn out bizarre half-broken, it fits the satirical capitalist world of Wario just using these to make a quick buck. He’s like a grindhouse film producer who doesn’t care about the weirdo outsider art he’s funding.Not exactly #mariopaintthursdays but check out this Powered by The Cheat WarioWare! You can do it! You will do it… pic.twitter.com/UC8wczXdBr— Strong Bad (@StrongBadActual) March 1, 2018At the time, you could play hundreds of homemade WarioWare microgames on either your Nintendo DS or through a special WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase app on the Nintendo Wii. But with both of those platforms now dead and their online services shut down, we fear once again that important video game art is lost to history due to corporate negligence unless you can hunt down a remaining cartridge. But what really makes WarioWare: D.I.Y. so special, even compared to the rest of its illustrious franchise, is that it shows the real Game of the Year was in our hearts the whole time.For more on WarioWare check out our list of the best WarioWare Micro Games, and for more on Wario himself read our loving tribute to Mario’s evil twin.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Review: ‘Fantasy Strike’ Is A Fighting Game That Understands…Game of the Year: Jordan Minor’s Best Video Games of 2018 last_img


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