WarioWare: Smooth Moves
By Marc Saltzman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Party hearty with Wario's 200 microgames on a Wii.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
One of the microgames requires you to pull out nose hairs, and another challenges you to shove in an old woman's dentures.
Violence & Scariness
A little mild animated violence. You will push down people, karate chop objects, and use a sword to cut a barrel in half.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is some mild animated violence in the game, such as pushing down a person with your palms (holding the Wii controller, of course). This E+10-rated game has an ESRB's "Crude Humor" warning because the gameplay includes pulling a hair out of someone's nose and putting dentures into an elderly woman's mouth. That said, most of the 200 microgames are wacky, silly, and loads of fun.
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What’s It About?
In case you haven't played an older WarioWare game, these titles offer increasingly challenging microgames that take only a few seconds apiece to complete (along with a few slightly longer Mini games). In WARIOWARE: SMOOTH MOVES, all 200 or so microgames are divided into \"forms\" based on how you're supposed to hold the controller. For example, the basic controller form is called \"remote control,\" where you hold the Wii remote like a TV remote (pointed at the screen); a related microgame may have you shine a flashlight to expose a little critter hiding in a dark room or vacuum up blowing leaves by moving your arm up and down. At the end of each section is a final \"boss\" level, with a slightly longer and more difficult task to complete.
Is It Any Good?
While the story is difficult to follow, the animated cut-scene sequences are amusing to watch before and after each group of microgames is completed. The entire game can be completed in a weekend, but at least you can unlock additional content -- including Mini games such as an Arkanoid-style breakout game and ping-pong -- as well as a few multiplayer modes for up to four players, animated story sequences, and collectible cards.
Quite simply, WarioWare: Smooth Moves was made for the Wii. This fantastic game for short attention spans takes full advantage of the clever Wii remote and its built-in motion sensor. This family-friendly collection of microgames is a blast to play -- and even fun to watch someone else try.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the zany premise behind this game. Do you even notice the game's storyline when the Mini games take just seconds to play? What about the wacky animated shorts between Mini games -- do these add to the game or should there be more activities? What's your favorite way to wield the Wii? What game would you create to match this playing style?
- Platform: Nintendo Wii
- Available online?: Not available online
- Publisher: Nintendo
- Release date: January 16, 2007
- Genre: Arcade
- ESRB rating: E10+ for crude humor, mild cartoon violence
- Last updated: November 4, 2015
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