WarioWare Gold

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WarioWare Gold
WarioWare Gold Cover.jpg
Box art
Developer(s)
Publisher(s)Nintendo
Director(s)Goro Abe
Producer(s)
Designer(s)
  • Nami Komuro
  • Ryosuke Kakutani
Programmer(s)Youichi Tada
Artist(s)
  • Eiko Hirao
  • Ko Takeuchi
Writer(s)Nami Komuro
SeriesWarioWare
Platform(s)Nintendo 3DS
Release
  • EU: July 27, 2018
  • AU: July 28, 2018
  • JP: August 2, 2018
  • NA: August 3, 2018
Genre(s)Action, rhythm
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

WarioWare Gold[a] is an action video game developed by Intelligent Systems and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo 3DS. The ninth installment in the WarioWare series, it was released in PAL regions in July 2018, and in North America and Japan the following month.

Similarly to past entries of the series, in WarioWare Gold, the player must complete consecutive "microgames" at increasing paces. Gold features both new microgames and microgames from past entries in the series (with improved graphics) for a total of over 300 microgames, the most featured in any series entry to date.[1][2]

Gameplay[edit]

In WarioWare Gold, the player must complete "microgames", which are small minigames with short time limits. If the player succeeds in a microgame, the game moves onto the next. If the player fails, they lose one of four lives. If the player runs out of lives, the game ends and the player's high score is displayed, which is determined by how many microgames were passed. During gameplay, the game will naturally speed up every few microgames, with its difficulty increasing each time a boss microgame is completed.[3]

The microgames featured in Gold return from multiple games in the series, including WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames!, WarioWare: Twisted!, WarioWare: Touched!, WarioWare: Smooth Moves, WarioWare: D.I.Y., and Game & Wario, in addition to new ones for a total of over 300.[1][2] These microgames involve pressing buttons, tilting the system, touching the touch screen, and blowing on the system's microphone.[4] Gold also features full voice acting, the first WarioWare game to do so, with an additional unlockable feature allowing players to overdub their own voice over the game's cutscenes.[5][6]

Plot[edit]

After stealing a golden pot from the village of Luxeville, Wario realizes he is out of money. To rectify this, he calls on his friends to design him some new games and organizes a tournament, charging a large entrance fee and offering ten million coins to the winner. A girl named Lulu calls Wario out and begins training to challenge him while the player completes each designer's games.

When the player reaches the last round of the tournament, Wario greedily takes the prize money for himself, placing the stolen pot on his head and transforming into Wario Deluxe. Lulu attacks him and helps the player win the tournament, forcing the pot off Wario's head. Lulu explains that she is from Luxeville and came to retrieve the pot, revealed to be Luxeville's communal toilet. Disgusted, Wario allows her to keep it, as the others restrain him and demand payment for their work. Discovering Wario has already spent most of the prize money, they decide to share the remainder equally, much to Wario's chagrin. Lulu returns to Luxeville, only to find that the villagers have already purchased a new, technologically-advanced bidet in her absence.

Release[edit]

The game was announced during the Nintendo Direct broadcast on March 8, 2018.[1] The game released in Europe on July 27, 2018, in Australia on July 28, 2018, in Japan on August 2, 2018, and in North America on August 3, 2018.[7] Shortly before release, a free demo of the game was released on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.[8]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
Metacritic78/100[9]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Famitsu32/40[11]
Game Informer8/10[12]
GameSpot8/10[13]
IGN7/10[10]
Nintendo Life9/10[15]
Nintendo World Report8.5/10[14]

WarioWare Gold received "generally favorable reviews", according to review aggregator Metacritic.[9]

Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu gave it 32 out of 40 score.[11] The game sold 92,648 physical copies within its first month on sale in Japan.[16]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Meido in Wario Gōjyasu (メイド イン ワリオ ゴージャス, Made in Wario: Gorgeous)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Macy, Seth (8 March 2018). "WarioWare Gold is Coming to 3DS with 300 Mini-games". IGN. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b Frank, Allegra (8 March 2018). "WarioWare Gold brings back the microgames — to 3DS this time". Polygon. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  3. ^ Carter, Chris (14 November 2012). "100% Series Retrospective: Wario". Destructoid. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  4. ^ Naudus, Kris (8 March 2018). "The first 'WarioWare' game in five years comes to 3DS in August". Engadget. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ Craddock, Ryan (5 July 2018). "A Free Demo Of WarioWare Gold Is Available To Download Right Now". Nintendo Life. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  6. ^ https://www.polygon.com/2018/7/9/17539358/warioware-gold-wario-speaking-voice-cutscene
  7. ^ Moyse, Chris (8 March 2018). "WarioWare Gold, Luigi's Mansion remake and an updated Bowser's Inside Story announced for Nintendo 3DS". Destructoid. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  8. ^ Wong, Alistair (5 July 2018). "WarioWare Gold Demo Available Today". Siliconera. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  9. ^ a b "WarioWare Gold reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved August 3, 2018.
  10. ^ "WarioWare Gold review". IGN. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "メイドインワリオ ゴージャス [3DS]". Famitsu. Enterbrain Inc. Retrieved 2018-07-31.
  12. ^ "Only the Hits, WarioWare Gold Review". Game Informer. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  13. ^ "WarioWare Gold review Worth it's weight". GameSpot. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  14. ^ "WarioWare Gold review". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  15. ^ "WarioWare Gold for Nintendo 3DS review". Nintendo Life. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  16. ^ "Japan's best-selling games of August 2018". Nintendo Everything. Retrieved September 30, 2018.

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