Wario Ware Twisted!

Common Sense Media says

Fast-paced micro games get the heart racing.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Wario and his griends are greedy -- but players work against them the whole time.

Violence & scariness

No gore but stick figures can get squashed or hit with balls.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is as innocent, random, and irreverent as any show on the Nick Jr. TV lineup. There are butterflies to catch, bubbles to pop, and cats to help cross elevated planks. A few games involve cars falling off platforms or stick figures being crushed, but the imagery is too simplistic and unrealistic to effectively imitate violence. Parents may want to set a time limit before allowing their kids to play.

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

The evil and money-hungry Wario returns for his second GBA adventure with a plethora of new and weird micro games to keep players equally frustrated and amused. There's no real plot in WARIO WARE TWISTED! besides the basic back story explained in the intro: Wario and his friends invented tricky games to make them money; it's your job to figure out how to beat them -- and prove that you're smarter and quicker than Wario and his cronies.

Most of the games have the same basic structure (avoid something, jump over something, identify something, break something) but the zaniness of each particular situation -- and the speed of which the games come at you -- throw you off guard time and time again. For example, one minute you are shaving someone's face and the next, pulling on a roll of toilet paper. Instead of just quick thumb-numbing action, the game cartridge has a built-in gyro sensor to detect movement; this lets the GBA know when you are swinging the unit back and forth in accordance with the game's wacky demands.

Is it any good?

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Players are given about four seconds to figure out how to complete tasks and even less time to absorb the hilarity of the scenarios before being given another command. But really, having more time to complete the task would ruin the fun. This version is more complicated than the original, and packs a lot more challenges. The later levels can involve both swinging and button-pressing action, and it gets very complicated trying to remember which games require which action in the blink of an eye.

The new Spindex feature helps by allowing you to return to practice any game you've already played. There is also a Souvenir section where the goodies you win after completing any Boss Stage (the last great challenge of any given round) are kept. Souvenirs range from wind-up music boxes to kaleidoscopes to new games utilizing the motion technology. Wario Ware Twisted! is sure to suck in the kids, and is potentially just as enjoyable to adults -- it's perfect for kids without a lot of video game experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fast pace of these games. Do you enjoy the breathless pace, or do you find it frustrating?

Game details

Platforms:Game Boy Advance
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Nintendo
Release date:May 23, 2005
Genre:Puzzle
ESRB rating:E for (Game Boy Advance)

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Kid, 12 years old Written byTurk55 April 9, 2008
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Fun, no brain cells lost though...

This fast-moving is delightful for Nintendo fans. It has all a fan could want. Microgame that Mario and Wario pacth things up, NES remixes, plus fun games and souvieniers to win! Crude humor is somwhat a problem, so seriously think before you get this addictive game.

Teen, 13 years old Written bybap425 April 9, 2008
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GOOD GAME!

I like this game, I don't agree with age level though, because it is kind of hard, and younger kids probably wouldn't get it. Buy this game though, because it is really fun!

Teen, 14 years old Written bySynchronicity April 9, 2008
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AWESOMEST GAME EVER! You gotta have it if you got a GBA

This game is so awesome and it's basically Wario Ware! The concept is to play a lot of minigames that last up to ten seconds. There's a little crude humor and slapstick but that's all. Play this game!

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