Welcome to EXPlay, (Explain & Play) the review series where we care not for scores but tell it how it is when it comes to every game we get our hands on, whilst also taking the time to include some lengthy gameplay, to give you the reader, the chance to shape your own impressions and views whilst watching and reading.
In this explanatory review, we’re covering WarioWare: Move It! by developer Intelligent Systems:
WarioWare: Move It! (The Explanation)
Bwah ha ha! What’s up losers? It’s-a me, Wario! I’m-a back with a brand-new feast of microgames like never before! They’ve been twisted, they’ve left you touched, they’ve been gold, they’ve even gotten you together, and now it is time for you to move it like never before for my latest game, WarioWare: Move It!
When my friends and I are invited to some kind of tropical island, they all enjoy themselves while I go searching for what I enjoy most… treasure! Of course, finding treasure is never easy and I soon find myself in a world of trouble. The only way to escape is to Move It! Literally! With the Grip Stones in hand (huh, they kinda look like those things people stick on the side of their Switch), you have to perform form poses and act out the movement required within 5 seconds. This is no game for slow coaches so you had better be quick about it.
WarioWare: Move It! has a number of game modes for you to play like Story for 1-2 players and Party for 2-4 players. All multiplayer modes are local play, we have no need to play with creepy strangers online, bleurgh! More game modes can be unlocked but I’m not telling you how to find them. Play my game and find out, unless… you have some cold hard cash you wanna give me? No? Suit yourself then, chumps.
In Story Mode, many of my friends are having their own little misadventures throughout the island, and all have their own specific form poses and microgames that they have to endure, uh, I mean “enjoy!” Some of these forms will make you feel like a big cheese, Ba-KAW like a chicken, choo choo like a train, and stand tall like a knight. There are 16 form poses in all and around 200 microgames to play. That’s a lotta microgames! How do I come up with all these ideas? “Stole them from somebody else,” you say? That does sound like something I might do but its actually those guys from Intelligent Systems that came up with them. I just take the credit Bwah ha ha!
“So, how do you play these microgames?” Some of you may ask. What? You’ve never played a WarioWare game before? Have you been living under a rock? Hmph, fine. I’ll tell you (I oughta get paid extra for this). In story mode, for example, each character chapter has a series of microgames for you to play that can use two or more form poses to play them. You then need to follow the commands on the screen in order to complete the microgame. Make sure you have plenty of space to move in order to play them, so you don’t smash into things like a bull at a China store or something.
Also, failing to beat the game will cause you to lose a life, and you only have four so try not to lose them all, loser, or it’s game over! Well, normally it would be, but if you are trying to beat the chapter for the first time, you will be given multiple second chances (if you perform the correct pose, that is) until you finally beat the boss stage. (See, even losers can be winners if ya play long enough).
As you play through the microgames, the speed will increase, meaning you will need to move faster in order to beat the game. After beating enough microgames (the number can vary depending on the chapter), you will then have a boss stage to take on. These games are much longer than the microgames, so you better pay attention all the way through. Once the boss stage is beaten. The chapter is over but you can play it again and see how much farther you can go? The boss is just the beginning, bwah ha ha!
I’m not much for words but I think I have said more than enough. To put it in words an idiot like me can understand. Get it together and buy my game then suffer, uh, I mean “smile” at the hours and hours of joy it can bring you and your friends. That’s all from me, I’m-a gonna get back to my vacation. That treasure isn’t gonna find itself you know!
WarioWare: Move It! (The Gameplay)
Developer: Intelligent Systems
Platform: Nintendo Switch (eShop)
Category: Action, Party
No. of Players: 1-4 (Single System)
Release Date: NA|EU: November 3, 2023
File Size: 1.3 GB