WarioWare: Get It Together! Review
Looking for some zany party game fun? WarioWare Get It Together! has arrived exclusively on the Nintendo Switch with 200 microgames, my full review.
Wario is back! He’s brought his entire crew with him for some family friendly hijinks with a collection of over-the-top micro-games. WarioWare: Get It Together! Is packed with over 200 mini games that are big on zany fun. Whether hopping into the fray solo or with friends and family this is a party experience you don’t want to miss. Let’s suit up and explore all that WarioWare Inc. has to offer.
WarioWare: Get It Together! Details
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch
Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch Developer: Nintendo EPD Intelligent Systems Publisher: Nintendo Genre: Action / Party Game Modes: Single player, multiplayer (2-4 players) ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)
Story – Wario and gaming wares
Titles in the party game genre often leave something to be desired when it comes to a plot. Any semblance of a story tends to be non-existent, creating little context for players. WarioWare not only offers a fun story, but one so wacky it kept me hooked on progressing so I could see how it would 1-up itself. Playing through Get It Together! offered the same whimsical joy of watching Saturday morning cartoon, slapstick humour included!
"Playing through Get It Together! offered the same whimsical joy of watching Saturday morning cartoon, slapstick humour included!"
The tale begins with Wario wrapping up development on his own video game, then things go awry. When Wario attempts to fire things up, he and the entire dev crew get sucked into the game.
Now they must face-off against a series of “bugs” found within the software. The microgames often don’t reflect much of these story beats, but the accompanying cutscenes are hilarious and very entertaining.
The story mode is rather short, it only took me 2 hours to playthrough the entire thing. Luckily, its more of an appetizer that moves onto the main course of microgame party mayhem.
Gameplay – A test of wits and reflexes
WarioWare: Get It Together! will test your reflexes and puzzle solving skills in a series of games that span a few seconds (Hence, the term microgames). It’s the perfect “quick hit” of gameplay, especially if you are pressed for time.
There are over 200 games to experience packing their own unique and creative challenges. The aim is to earn as many points as possible and not to flunk out of the challenge and lose a life. The goals in the microgames range from moving through an obstacle course, avoiding incoming attacks and more.
"There are over 200 games to experience packing their own unique and creative challenges."
A shout out to the Nintendo-theme mini games, they were a welcome surprise and my personal stands outs. It was fun helping Link in Breath of the Wild and hanging out with the gang from Splatoon.
Pick your roster
In an added twist you also not only play as Wario, but many of his pals. These other characters often have unique skills which really help to keep the gameplay fresh. There is a wide selection of 20 characters with different skills. For example, Ashley can cast spells and fly on a broom, where Young Cricket’s skills include running and leaping high into the air. Depending on who you have in your party it can make challenges easier or harder. It adds to the learning curve of the experience and adds a lot of variety to the gameplay experience. The one downside is some of the characters skills are a little redundant, it would have been ideal to see more unique skillsets.
After you have completed the main story, there is still plenty of fun to be had with a wide variety of modes. This is where WarioWare: Get It Together! has big potential to become the life of your next party. With 5 different modes to explore there is a ton of replayability to be found in Get It Together! Let’s breakdown all the available modes:
Think of a “microgame scrapbook” and you start to get the gist of what “Play-o-pedia” is all about. This mode lets you go back and play any mini-games that you unlocked during the story mode. You can also choose different characters for each level and the game will offer tips and tricks to enhance your performance.
It’s time to go for the gold by climbing the leaderboard via ranked mode. Wario Cup lets players faceoff in scoreboard showdown by posting their top scores globally. In this mode, every point is crucial to give you a competitive edge. It also has challenges that rotate out weekly to help keep things fresh. This mode is also the closest thing to “online play” as live PvP showdowns are not in WarioWare: Get It Together!
The “Variety Pack” has 10 different party games for up to four players. The challenges range from head-to-head score attack showdowns, unique takes on sports games and fighting showdowns. If you are a solo gamer there isn’t a lot of options in this mode with only a few games available for a single player. Aside from that you’ll find a lot here when it comes to party favourites and zany challenges.
This mode lets you unleash your full arsenal of 20 characters on microgame challenges. It’s a great mode to use to help practice with all the characters and better understand their abilities.
This mode lets you earn coins for completing various objectives across all the game modes. These are separated into four sections: General, Score, Game, and Crew Member. The different missions are colour coded to correspond with Story Mode (blue), Play-o-Pedia (green), Variety Pack (purple), Wario Cup (orange) and Crew mode (cyan).
Final Thoughts - WarioWare Inc. manufactures plenty of family fun!
I really enjoyed the unique microgames that WarioWare: Get It Together! brought to the table. It offered a lot of that signature fun the series is known for providing hours of entertainment. I also loved the story mode and wacky plotline which was really shocking for a party game. It was a little short, but overall, a fun and satisfying experience.
WarioWare easily found itself a spot in my family’s gaming rotation, the microgames and local multiplayer action has been a blast! It would have been ideal to see more variety in characters and an online multiplayer mode, but overall, WarioWare: Get It Together! is an experience you shouldn’t pass up.
WarioWare: Get It Together! PROS
+ Creative Story Mode
+ Fast but satisfying gameplay loop
+ More than 200 different microgames
+ A wide variety of unique, playable characters
WarioWare: Get It Together! CONS
- No online play
- A few characters' abilities are repetitive
Gameplay: 8.0/10 Graphics: 7.0/10 Sound: 7.0/10 Replayability: 8.5/10
Overall Rating: 30.5/40 (76%)
A copy of the game was provided by the publisher for the purpose of this review.