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WarioWare: D.I.Y.

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Powerful design tool teaches kids how to make games, comics.

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One of the best games I have ever encountered, this game allows the player to create graphics, comics, games, music, etc. For creative gamers, game developers, and fans of the WarioWare series, this is an absolute must-have. Not only is it fun,

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Creative types will have a blast with this game. If you can think of a game that can take place in under ten seconds, chances are you’ll be able to make it. We made everything from simple card games to quick platformers starring our favourite game characters. Meanwhile, the music editor is a great introduction to making electronic music and allows for wonderfully complex 90-second compositions. A comic maker is the cherry on top, giving aspiring comic artists a chance to hone their skills.

Of course, all of these activities assume the player has plenty of patience. Learning how to make stuff in WarioWare: D.I.Y. is a little like learning how to use a new PC application like Adobe PhotoShop. There are loads of tools and rules to learn, and the only way to master them is to first work through hours worth of basic and specialized technique tutorials, then conduct trial and error experiments. It’s not easy, but creative kids with a little tenacity will be well rewarded for their hard work.

Online interaction: Players can store games online, making them accessible to people who are registered as their friends. Players can also upload games made in response to Nintendo’s design challenges. Those that are deemed best by Nintendo -- and, consequently, thoroughly vetted for offensive content -- could be made available for download by the public.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Nintendo DS , Nintendo DSi
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: March 30, 2010
  • Genre: Mini-games
  • ESRB rating: E for Comic Mischief, Mild Cartoon Violence
  • Last updated: August 31, 2016

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