WarioWare: Move It! Review - A Wonderful, Whacky Experience
The wild and zany world of WarioWare: Move It! has arrived we dive into hilarious micro-games, and have a blast, full review.
Wario has returned in yet another wild adventure in WarioWare: Move It! for the Nintendo Switch. The game join the "WarioWare" series, which kicked off back in 2003 with WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! for the Game Boy Advance. Since then the franchise has seen over 10 releases on various Nintendo platforms. The series of comedy-based party games let you play short and simple “micro-games” in order to advance the story, or challenges. In true Wario nature they are based on funny and absurd scenarios testing your reflexes, memory, and creativity.
"In true Wario nature they are based on funny and absurd scenarios testing your reflexes, memory, and creativity."
Now Nintendo has returned with more zany fun in WarioWare: Move It! the latest game in the series on the Switch. It makes use the motion controls of the Joy-Con controllers for more zany fun. Dapper Jr. and I took the game for a spin with the whole family and really enjoyed the experience. Let's dive in and discuss our pluses and minuses in a full review.
WarioWare: Move It! Details
Platform(s): Nintendo Switch Developer(s): Intelligent Systems, Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development Publisher(s): Nintendo Genre: Action Modes: Single Player, Local Multiplayer (1 to 4 players) ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10+)
A Treasure Trove of Micro-games and Modes
WarioWare: Move It! has a lot of content and modes to enjoy that will keep you active and laughing your head off. The main mode is a fun story mode, where you follow Wario and his friends as they travel together to enjoy a trip on a tropical island. There they find some mysterious “Form Stones” (rocks shaped like Joy-Cons) that let them play micro-games and have the full wild story play out. There are 12 stages in the story mode they are hilarious and feature zany cutscenes and dialogue, where you can see the personalities and interactions of the characters.
Get Friends and Family in on the Action!
The game also has a "Party" aka multiplayer mode, where you can play with up to four players on the same console. The multiplayer mode is very fun and chaotic, and as a family we had a great time together. In the future I can totally see myself pullout the Switch and Warioware: Move It at parties and gatherings. The game also has a co-op mode, where you can play with another player on the same console, and work together to complete microgames. You share the same pool of lives, and you have to cooperate and communicate with each other. The co-op mode is very challenging and rewarding, and it’s great for bonding and teamwork. WarioWare: Move It! has a lot of variety and replay value with over 200+ micro games and it will keep you entertained for a long time.
Gameplay: Move It or Lose It
The gameplay of WarioWare: Move It! is fast, frantic, and fun. The game uses the motion controls of the Joy-Con controllers, and you have to do different poses and movements to play the microgames. For example, you may have to hold the Joy-Con like a steering wheel, a fishing rod, a hammer, and then tilt, twist, shake, or press buttons to complete mini-task. The game also does not have online multiplayer or leaderboards, which is a shame, because it would be nice to play with other people online, or compare your scores and rankings with them. Move It! is still very enjoyable and addictive, but it could have been more accessible and competitive.
A Bright, Colourful Feast for the Eyes and Ears
The graphics and performance of WarioWare: Move It! are colorful and smooth. The game has a cartoony and quirky art style, with bright and vibrant colors, expressive and exaggerated animations, and a variety of visual effects. The game also has a lot of references and homages to other Nintendo games and franchises, such as Mario, Zelda, Metroid, Animal Crossing, and Splatoon. The game is very charming and funny, and it will make you smile and laugh a lot. WarioWare: Move It! also has a catchy and upbeat soundtrack, with a mix of original and remixed tunes, as well as voice acting and sound effects that add to the humour and charm of the game. There is a lot of charm and heart that went into this title and it was a ton of fun to discover and test our skills with all the mini-games.
A Hilarious and Entertaining Party Game
WarioWare: Move It! is a hilarious and entertaining party game, that showcases the creative and innovative potential of the Nintendo Switch. The game has a huge variety of micro-games, that are silly, challenging, and addictive. Move It! also has some of the most inventive and enjoyable multiplayer modes, that are perfect for playing with friends and family. The game also has a lot of content that encourage replaying and experimenting. The game does have some drawbacks, such as the lack of handheld mode (for multiplayer) and movements don't always register properly which may limit its appeal and accessibility for some players. However, these are minor issues, that do not detract from the overall fun and quality of the game. I would recommend WarioWare: Move It! to anyone who likes party games, motion controls, or Wario in general. The family and I had a blast playing it, and I think you will too.
WarioWare: Move It! PROS
+Fun for all ages, makes a fun solo and local multiplayer party experience
+Over 200+ micro games to dive into
+Plenty of replayability
WarioWare: Move It! CONS
-Some mini-games need a little more explanation
-Sometimes Joy-Cons don't always register movement
-Singleplayer mode is a little short
Replayability: 8/10 Overall Rating: 28.5/40 (71%)
A copy of the game was provided by Nintendo for the purpose of this review.
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