A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Game & Wario was not created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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 & Scariness
Some of the games have cartoon violence, such as shooting arrows at enemies, or knocking out the teeth of a giant boss fighter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One cartoon woman has a big chest and tight top.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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