Game & Wario

Common Sense Media says

Disappointing collection of solo and multiplayer games.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some of the games encourage cooperative play with friends beside them -- including hands on the same controller -- plus there's an online drawing mode, too. Most of these games are family-friendly, silly diversions.

Positive role models

Wario, the main protagonist in the story, isn't a great role model as he's greedy and jealous -- but you don't play as any one character in particular throughout these mini-games.

Ease of play

Game & Wario is very easy to play, thanks to simplified controls and clear instructions.

Violence

Some of the games have cartoon violence, such as shooting arrows at enemies, or knocking out the teeth of a giant boss fighter.

Sex

One cartoon woman has a big chest and tight top.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

While there's an optional online drawing mode, it's only a means to share drawings with a community, and there's no option to text or talk with strangers.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Game & Wario is a collection of mini-games -- lasting a few minutes each -- and microgames that only last a few seconds apiece. There is little to be concerned about here, though be aware of some light animated violence, including arrows shot at enemies, and some crude humor, such as nose-picking. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • playing
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management
  • achieving goals

What Kids Can Learn

Game & Wario was not created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • playing
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • problem solving
  • solving puzzles

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • set objectives
  • time management
  • achieving goals

Game & Wario was not created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Wario decides to get into the business of making video games because he thinks he can become rich in the process. You get to play the mini-games developed by the fictional WarioWare Inc. company -– beginning with “Arrow," where you’re tasked with shooting arrows to fend off enemies who are coming closer to you on the television screen. By pointing the Wii U GamePad towards the TV and aiming towards the various targets, you’ll use your finger on the controller’s touchscreen to pull back and fire. Another game is “Shutter” that lets you assume the role of a newspaper reporter, tasked with finding a handful of suspects in a crowded scene. Holding up the GamePad like a camera, you’ll see a magnified view of the people going about their business and you must tap the controller’s screen to photograph each suspect. Along with the dozen solo mini-games, GAME & WARIO features four multiplayer games for when you have friends over. Some are forgettable, like "Bowling" and "Disco," while some are fun but unimaginative, such as "Sketch"-– a Pictionary clone that has you draw something on the GamePad screen. This game also has a couple of hundred micro-games that only last a few seconds each, be it blowing a beard onto a man’s face, spinning people off a vinyl record, a voice changer, and other silly diversions. Clearing solo and multiplayer stages in the main games on this disc will earn you tokens that can be redeemed in a machine called the Cluck-A-Pop, rewarding you with plastic eggs that reveal micro-games, prizes, and short animated videos. There’s also a feature called Miiverse Sketch that lets you share and vote on drawings with others online.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 
If Game & Wario is all Nintendo Wii U owners have to look forward, don’t expect to spend much time with the console. While there are a few standouts in this quirky collection of mini-games, it’s an overall disappointment due to its lack of ingenuity and the brevity of the content. While it sounds like there’s a lot of content here -- a dozen solo games, four multiplayer games, 240 micro-games and Miiverse Sketch that lets you share hand-drawn objects on the GamePad screen -– it won’t take you long to unlock it all. And despite the odd highlight, nothing really draws you back to the TV to play again. Perhaps this is why Game & Wario is priced at $39.99 instead of $59.99. Even still, think twice about picking up this disc. Unless you’re a huge fan of Wario games or desperate for new Wii U content, leave this one for the bargain bins and wait for better Nintendo titles.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about game types. Should Nintendo continue to crank out these familiar game types with the same characters -- or should they take more of a chance on all-new intellectual properties (IPs)? Do people want the same game concepts rehashed out of familiarity or is Nintendo resting on its laurels?

  • Do you prefer to play games alone or with others?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii U
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:June 23, 2013
Genre:Mini-games
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Cats, dogs, and mice, Horses and farm animals, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Music and sing-along, Pirates, Robots
ESRB rating:E for Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor (Nintendo Wii U)

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Kid, 11 years old July 14, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

Mini games

They got mini games, and it was for kids 10 and over.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 13 years old Written bybobland 456 August 12, 2013
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

A must buy

This is a awesome game. This is 5 star not 2 star. Get it right common sense.

What other families should know
Great role models
Parent Written byMoserkat July 21, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

Another rant...

So... Here's another freaken rant... Yes a bunch of you want me dead but I don't care so... Here's the rant.. Ok If you liked Nintendo as a kid *i sure the hell did* around the 90s and late 80s there was a new game series a few good wario games were on the game boy advance and the game cube... So I think the last wario game was in 2004 so it's been a while... And then THIS was released! I feel bad for even calling this a game! *Please video game gods don't kill me! Please!* *video game gods: you have shunned us! LEAVE BEFORE I GET THE GUN OUT!* so anyway... They made this in the E shop, it's Mario party's retar* baby, wait... No more like ok lets just call this E.T for the Atari 2600 retar* baby, that's better, so... You geussed it! Here's a gold star anyway... It's like Mario party... But Mario party Is good... This game is not...

What other families should know
Too much consumerism

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