The 3DS has been winding down over the last year, and the bulk of its last releases have been ports of well-loved properties such as Kirby's Epic Yarn and the original Luigi's Mansion. Warioware Gold was released in August of 2018, and it definitely feels like a counterpart to Rhythm Paradise Megamix (aka Rhythm Heaven Megamix). Both are "greatest hits" compilations of acclaimed mini-game collections that spanned different consoles, with some new elements sprinkled in along the way.
Having played all the previous WarioWare games, this game definitely felt overly familiar to me. The game starts off feeling pretty basic, as the first WarioWare game, on GBA, only had buttons available as controls. The micro-games from the GBA, DS, and Wii games incorporate much more variety of controls such as the touchscreen, gyroscope, and even the microphone, and are definitely make the game more fun and engaging. The cartoon intros and conclusions that bookend each series of games feature our WarioWare friends are fun breaks from the action that feature the usual mixture of idiosyncratically quirky Japanese humor. Kotaku published an in-depth look at the game, including info from the developers regarding how much effort went into remaking all those microgames (a lot) and some changes to look out for. It seems some fans were left wanting due to the lack of development time available to spend on the useless little unlockable virtual gizmos and gadgets, but I've never really spent much time unlocking those in the previous games so I didn't really miss them here.
All in all this was a nice little remake that I found more enjoyable than the Rhythm Paradise remake, but as with that game it still left me waiting for a proper new game in the series. Given the huge popularity of Nintendo Switch it may be that we'll get the next entries in both series at some point, but we'll just have to wait and see.
Dig these golden Warioware Gold links:
- Pictures of all the amiibo unlockables (paintings of characters by Wario himself)
- Review at NintendoLife- Entry at Metacritic
- Entry at howlongtobeat.com