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I stumbled upon a quirky, unexpected surprise when visiting Nintendo’s booth at E3 2012 today. During its press conference, Nintendo neglected to announce a new game in the vein of the absurd Warioware games called Game & Wario (working title). The game makes use of the Wii U’s tech in the strangest ways that I've seen. Is Game & Wario an odd reference to Nintendo’s old school Game & Watch series? Who knows. What I do know is that using the Wii U controller to fire a nasal bow and arrow and go skiing is a good time.
First of all, these aren’t microgames. In fact, spending more than three seconds playing a Warioware-branded game feels odd at first, but it's quite nice once you settle into it. The first game I tried involves some olfactory archery. Displayed on the Wii U controller is a bow shaped like Wario’s jagged mustache, complete with an arrow sporting a nose-shaped head on it. The goal is to ward off waves of marching toy Warios before they reach you. You do this by pulling back the arrow, aiming the Wii U controller at the incoming enemies, and letting it rip. You can clear out more mecha-Warios by aiming for landmines or rubbing a little pepper over the nose-arrow to agitate it and create an extra powerful sneeze-powered projectile. If the mechanical foes overwhelm you, they leap from the TV screen to the touchscreen display on your Wii U controller, forcing you to tap the little buggers as they attempt to destroy your potted plants. The minigame concludes with a battle against a gigantic Wario robot complete with weak spots that must be systematically destroyed. This odd archery game is one of the most fun experiences I’ve had on the Wii U so far.
The other game I tried out starred Warioware’s disco-loving, afro-touting Jimmy and a trip down a ski hill. Players control the downhill speedrun by tilting the Wii U controller left and right. The gameplay unfolds on the Wii U controller, while spectators can watch Jimmy launch off jumps and perform stylish tricks on the TV. Players can compete against their own ghost after completing a run. This ski game didn’t feel any more remarkable than any tilt-enabled iPhone game I’ve ever played, but I like that onlookers can gaze at the TV rather than over your shoulder.
Having played Game & Wario, I have no idea why Nintendo wouldn’t have wanted to shave two minutes off its embarrassing Nintendo Land demo to show a little of this fun title. The goofy characters, random scenarios, and charmingly stupid presentation would have definitely earned some chuckles. It definitely got some laughs out of me.
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Sounds like a lot of fun. I've enjoyed most of the WarioWare games Nintendo has put out in the past and the WiiU's mechanics look to bring some interesting gameplay ideas to an already great series. I was hesitant about the WiiU at first, but after hearing more about it the last few days I'm strongly considering picking one up when it releases. Nintendo seems to be remedying most of the issues core gamers had with the Wii and are making sure not to make the same mistakes with the WiiU.
You just sold me on this game. Day one.
Id much rather have Game and Wario shown than Nintendo Land
Sounds awesome! Now I'm even more excited for the Wii U!
Woah. From hearing all of that about Game & Wario, now I really want this game and a Wii U. Why didn't Nintendo just shorten their talk about Nintendo Land so they could talk about Game & Wario?
so this is warioware correct. as i love that series.
Hmm....So Nintendo showed off the more boring one and hid the intresting one? Siiiiigh.