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Game And Wario: A Nintendo Land beater?

Nintendo's bad boy looks to be coming good again

A truly successful villain never seems totally evil. Part of you needs to root for them to succeed, despite the inevitably disastrous results, otherwise you'll just be interested in seeing how they're disposed of. Look at the evidence: Ernst Blofeld became a high-velocity chimney brush, while Dracula got used as an impromptu kebab payload. But Wario? That particular aubergine-nosed antagonist is still kicking after 20 years.

People like Wario. Despite his kleptomania, garlic obsession and severe ADHD, his games are Nintendo staples and each new one is greeted with blanket excitement. Even better, Wario's never been watered down. He's always been an antidote to Nintendo's clean-cut image and Game & Wario proves that's still the case by taking on the sweet-natured Nintendo Land.

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Devil's In The Details

On the surface, it's an odd move. Mere months after the release of what is quite possibly the best mini-game collection ever made, here comes another, complete with modes suitable for up to five people, imaginative use of the GamePad and a wide-ranging outlook.

It all comes back to Wario. Nintendo's first true anti-hero (Donkey Kong doesn't count, because he turned good) was never meant as an anti-Mario, but rather a reflection of Mario in a crazed funhouse mirror and Game & Wario acts in much the same way. Like Nintendo Land, each of its 16 games uses the GamePad and the TV, but the twist is that even five-player events require only the former.

That can mean collaborating: Gamer, for example, turns WarioWare into a kind of post-modern sleepover by telling one player to play the usual stream of inane challenges while everyone else makes sure they aren't caught by their prowling mother on the TV.

Or it can be competitive: Fruit tasks the chameleonic GamePad player with blending into an AI crowd to steal apples, while viewers attempt to work out who the culprit is on the TV.

It's not all so skewed (we're yet to discern any difference in gameplay between the self-explanatory 'Ski' and Captain Falcon's Twister Race), but the general vibe seems to be one in which Nintendo gets to flex its creative muscles in odd new directions.

As with everything Wario's involved in, we're excited for whatever saunters our way come spring.


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  1. KH81314 Sunday 24th Feb 2013 at 13:37

    Nintendo Land is a great game so Game and Wario better be amazing if they want to top it.

  2. vix_chan Sunday 24th Feb 2013 at 17:16

    Nintendo Land was good, but did not have much variety.
    Three of the games were very much the same thing with one player catching another.

    Always enjoyed the Wario Ware games and made sure to get all versions of the game.
    This one is high on my Wii U most wanted list, and was preorderd weeks ago.

  3. alexkinch Sunday 24th Feb 2013 at 18:23

    i love the wario ware games and after 8 years i still have not unlocked everything on wario ware twisted on gba. cant wait for this.

  4. adamatsu Sunday 24th Feb 2013 at 19:39

    i betcha it won't be as good as ninty land.

  5. MartinIsAwesome Monday 25th Feb 2013 at 13:54

    I'm sure it will be a great game, but better than Nintendo Land? So far with only seen 5 games that make up Game & Wario, compared to Nintendo Land's 12 games that can be played in different ways with multiple levels to them. It'll be interesting to see what else there is to Wario's new title.

  6. jaco_p Monday 25th Feb 2013 at 14:33

    Wario's games are allways ace. Smooth moves was one of the best games on Wii and most imaginative uses of the Wii remote that, despite it's early release on the console, was (almost)never bettered in all the years that followed.

  7. vix_chan Monday 25th Feb 2013 at 20:47

    i love the wario ware games and after 8 years i still have not unlocked everything on wario ware twisted on gba. cant wait for this.

    Still got alot of toys to unlock on it myself, Twisted is in my opinion the best of the Wario Ware series, a crying shame it never got a European release.

  8. liveswired Monday 25th Feb 2013 at 22:15

    Meh, if Nintendo land was on any other platform and didn't feature Nintendo characters it would've been given a 4/10.

    If Nintendo had any sense they should've shelved the Nintendo Land Project and threw resources at Game and Wario.

    Imagine if this was their system launch title?

  9. Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:19

    How can anyone comment on a game that isn't out yet??? *mind boggles*

  10. King Slazo Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 13:22

    Honestly? I'd rather have a new WarioWare game than Nintendo Minigame Funtime 2: Wario Boogaloo.

  11. liveswired Tuesday 26th Feb 2013 at 22:12

    How can anyone comment on a game that isn't out yet??? *mind boggles*

    Expectation based on the previous innovative and fun instalments in the series.

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