Although it's been 15 years since Wario's bite-sized games initially captivated gamers with low attention spans, they're back and better than ever. WarioWare Gold contains a huge amount of rapid fire content so pop an Adderall and let's play!
If you've played a WarioWare game before then you'll know exactly what to expect from WarioWare Gold. I played every single game in the series since it debuted back in 2003 and consider myself a big fan. However, if you have no idea what this crazy franchise is about then allow me to explain. You're basically presented with a rapid succession of tiny "games" that have you perform simple tasks such as tuning in a radio by tilting the 3DS, partaking in a mini version of a Game & Watch game, picking noses, and steering someone out of the way of a dummy using their phone on the sidewalk. It's ridiculous stuff and considering there are 300 of these games included plus 16 boss games that pose lengthier challenges; there's certainly a lot of hilarity to enjoy that will thoroughly test your reflexes.
One thing that WarioWare Gold offers that the other games in the series simply can't live up to is a fantastic collection of cutscenes that break up the crazy gameplay. They're impressively entertaining whether you're a youngin or in your early 30s (apparently). These scenes are full of wacky characters, stories that go nowhere, and plenty of non sequiturs that'll make you either laugh out loud or scratch your head. Heck, Wario even farts for no reason in one of the scenes. It's hilarious stuff and I loved watching these short movies.
Back to the gameplay, WarioWare Gold contains a great deal of variety. For starters, the mini-games are either played by tapping buttons, tilting the 3DS, using a stylus on the touchscreen, or blowing into the microphone. If you've played as much WarioWare as I have then you'll recognize these input methods from previous games such as WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames! as well as WarioWare: Twisted! and Touched! There are also games ripped straight from Smooth Moves, D.I.Y., and Game & Wario. It is somewhat disappointing that I recognized a great deal of games from other installments in the series but there are plenty of new games, too. My favourite ones are based on classic Nintendo titles such as Mario Bros., Yoshi's Island, Pushmo, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Balloon Fight.
The amount of content in WarioWare Gold provides it with a ton of replay value. First up, the story mode contains 18 stages that you can probably complete within 1 or 2 gaming sessions but you can then try them again and aim for high scores. Speaking of which, you'll eventually unlock a variety of challenge modes that add a layer of excitement to the microgame action by incorporating elements such as making sure 9-Volt's mom doesn't catch him playing games, having Wario try and interrupt your gameplay, and there's even a competitive multiplayer mode that uses Local Play. Playing these challenges and multiplayer against a friend is definitely enjoyable but the lack of Download Play and online rankings limits the amount of fun you can have. That reminds me; there's no 3D support at all either.
On the plus side, WarioWare Gold has a huge list of achievements to check off as you play and a vast assortment of trinkets to unlock via a capsule machine that uses earned gold coins. These trinkets are collected in the toy room and include bonus mini-games (which are clearly the most enjoyable unlockables), the ability to dub your voice over the cutscenes, collectible Nintendo memorabilia, tunes from the game's soundtrack, and some very cool interactive goodies. My favourite one is where you scan an amiibo to make Wario paint it. The result almost always looks like a kid drew it and you get awarded some bonus coins, too.
WarioWare Gold is the ultimate collection of microgames. With so many ways to play, oodles of unlockable goodies, and hilarity lurking around every corner; you'd be a goof not to enjoy Wario's latest fun-filled cash grab.
- + Tons of microgames that offer loads of variety and ridiculous fun
- + Super-charming and funny cutscenes
- + Massive amount of content to unlock
- - Many of the games are ripped straight from previous iterations of the series
- - No Download Play mode, 3D functionality, or online leaderboards