The latest edition of Iwata Asks reveals that Game & Wario was originally meant to be a pre-installed title for the Wii U, according to director Goro Abe. Game & Wario started life as a game called Pirates which involved players using the Wii U GamePad as a shield to stop arrows that fly towards the television screen. Abe says that they had to refrain from making the game too quirky as it had to have mainstream appeal for consumers.
“At first, the idea was to make a game that would come preinstalled on the Wii U console. I became involved in the project when it was already underway, and I began by asking myself what kind of games the Wii U GamePad might make possible.”
“When I had an idea of the overall direction for the project, I knew that I needed to try these ideas out to see whether or not they would be fun, so I asked Intelligent Systems to work on realizing the ideas I’d had.”
“It wasn’t actually conceived of as being part of the WarioWare series. E3 was approaching, and we began working on something that we could present and which would be easy for people to pick up and play.”
“Our basic premise was that this should be a game that everyone could enjoy. The WarioWare team have always had free reign to come up with all kinds of zany ideas, but we now found that we had to restrain ourselves…”
Game & Wario will be released outside Japan in June. The party game arrives on the 23rd of that month in North America, the 28th in Europe, and the 29th in Australia. Game & Wario features 16 mini-games – all of which are played using the Wii U GamePad – and it will be available for purchase at both retail and the Nintendo eShop for Wii U.
Wario and his zany friends are back in Game & Wario, a brand new, colourful collection of crazy games exclusively for Wii U! Launching on 28th June, the game utilises the unique setup of the Wii U GamePad controller and the TV screen in innovative and exciting ways for a Wario experience like no other that will keep you coming back for more.
In Single Player, there are twelve games to enjoy that turn your GamePad into a variety of different objects for different gameplay challenges: use it as a camera, a bow that looses arrows into the TV image, or as a method to steer a skier to the disco, amongst others!
- In CAMERA, you’re tasked with snapping photos of escaped criminals with your GamePad! The TV shows a busy street in Diamond City and holding up the GamePad allows you to take a closer look at the scene. Frame those crooks perfectly in your photos to catch them, and earn a high score!
- In GAMER, take on the role of 9-Volt, a kid who’s been sent to bed with his favourite handheld gaming system, but is desperate to get a high score… However his mum is prowling around trying to catch him in the act of staying up past his bedtime! While playing microgames on the GamePad, you’ll need to keep an eye on the TV screen which shows 9-Volt’s bedroom, because you’ll have to pretend to be fast asleep whenever his mum pounces! Try to hide-and-play for as long as possible for a high score – just don’t get caught or it’s game over!
Game & Wario also unveils a new twist on playing with others on Wii U: using only the GamePad you can share the fun with friends or family in four different games in the Multiplayer Mode!
- In DISCO, you’ll be battling against a friend toe-to-toe in a dance-off, where the players are setting the pace and moves on the GamePad for points. Each player holds one end of the GamePad and tries to outwit his opponent with fancy fingerwork, rhythmically tapping the touch screen in three places to place moves his opponent needs to replicate… Each misstep earns the player’s opponent points – you’ll need the highest score to win – so make sure you can keep in rhythm!
- In FRUIT, up to five players play together in different roles: one player becomes a dastardly fruit thief, using the GamePad to work in secret as the others play agents and watch the TV screen, using their powers of observation to find the thief in a crowd and spot when the fruits disappear. The agents have their work cut out for them with bustling streets, passing traffic and smoky chimneys obscuring the view. At the end of the game, each of the agents pass around the GamePad to point out who they think is the thief; but only the most eagle-eyed may win as the line-up of would-be fruit thieves look rather similar!
- In ARTWORK, up to five players compete in a sketching showdown to see who can draw and guess drawings the fastest for a high score. Each player takes turns to sketch prompted words as fast as possible on the GamePad, with the other players guessing what the word might be. It’s a frantic test of communication with friends and family as points are earned both for correct guesses and for drawing fast, as one man’s squiggle is another man’s solution!
This game type is also integrated into Miiverse as Miiverse ARTWORK, where you can select one of four prompts to draw in 60 seconds, after which your mini masterpiece, or hilarious doodle, is posted to Miiverse to be appreciated by all! You can even submit your own words to be prompts for others to draw, which may even trend in the Gallery section of Miiverse Artwork as popular words other players are enjoying sketching!
Nintendo of America has confirmed to online gaming publication Joystiq that Game & Wario for the Wii U will retail for $39.99. We noticed a few days back that GameStop were selling the game for that price and it now appears to be the default price at online retailers. Game & Wario is due to be released in North America on June 23rd.
Game & Wario will retail for $39.99 if a recent listing at US retailer GameStop is correct. The retailer had originally listed the game for $59.99, but they have already slashed the game to $39.99. It’s unclear if other retail outlets will follow suit, but we shouldn’t have to wait too long to find out. Game & Wario launches on Wii U on June 23rd in North America.
Nintendo of America has confirmed that Game & Wario for Wii U will be launching on June 23rd in North America. The game was previously said to be a launch window title.
GameFly, the popular American online video game rental subscription service, has listed Game & Wario for release on June 30th. The rental service generally has a good record when it comes to listing release dates. GameFly previously leaked Mario Tennis Open and listed its release date before the game had even been confirmed by Nintendo.
Nintendo has released a new Japanese overview trailer for Wii U title Game & Wario, which launches in Japan on March 28th. There are a total of 16 minigames in the party game, all of which utilize many features of the Wii U GamePad, including its 6.2-inch touchscreen, gyroscope, accelerometer and buttons. Based on the new trailer, it looks like all the minigames in Game & Wario integrate asymmetric gameplay, where in each minigame, the TV and Wii U GamePad display different images, but both of their screens must be used.
Nintendo has revealed the box art for upcoming Wii U party title Game & Wario. The game features 16 mini-games, some of which were designed for five players. For example, in the mini-game ‘Fruit,’ the main player uses the Wii U GamePad to control one character on the TV screen to steal fruit. Once the main player finishes the thievery, he or she passes the Wii U GamePad to the other four players, who must attempt to find the suspect. Game & Wario is scheduled to launch in North America on June 23rd.
Nintendo of Japan has announced via the Game & Wario website that the Wii U instalment of the fun franchise is heading to Japan on March 28th. The game offers sixteen mini-games, some of which can be played with up to five players. The game uses the Wii U GamePad with no need for additional Wii Remotes. Nintendo of America and Nintendo Europe have yet to confirm a release date for the game.