[i got behind posting due to a game that turned me from the regular gamer that i usually am to an obsessive gaming freak. if you’ve been paying attention to the blog it should come as absolutely no surprise what the game was, but more on that in the near future.]
i’ve been strategizing about what games i should take home this christmas to accompany my new wii; i’m looking forward to seeing how my family reacts to it, esp. my 5-year-old nephew. to that end i picked up a copy of warioware: smooth moves which i’d heard good things about, to see how it might fare with the clan.
the game immediately sucked me in with its quintessentially nintendo brand of zany humor. it’s rare that a game makes me laugh out loud, but this was a notable exception and even had me at the point where i was shaking my head in disbelief at how wacky some of the scenarios were. a fair amount of the wackiness felt distinctly japanese as well, which makes me think it would be interesting to see how non-japanese families would react to it, although japanese culture has def. become more and more mainstream in the US.
as my first entry to the series the game lacked a little more depth than i’d expected, but since then i’ve already gone on to play through a fair amount of the original warioware game, warioware, inc. from that i’ve gained an appreciation for how perfect the wii controller is for this type of game and how great a job the warioware team at intelligent systems did in taking all the disparate ways to use the wii remote and presenting them in one cohesive package. there’s a fairly interesting interview with the developers on nintendo’s site where, perhaps unsurprisingly, it sounds like they had a great time making the game. in the interview iwata also says, regarding the warioware games, “We had no idea at the start that the games in this series would become milestones of sorts.” it’s rare nowadays that new genres are created, and warioware is def. an exception.
anyway, i’ll def. be posting about how it goes over after the holidays, but i’m fairly sure that it’ll deliver more than a few rowdy sessions. and of course i’m def. looking forward to playing the other warioware games.