It has been a really long time since there has been a solid WarioWare game since the Wii days of Smooth Moves or the Nintendo DS days of Touched! The franchise did see titles come out on their major systems over the years, but they didn’t have that kind of lasting power like the former two.
However, with the recent release of WarioWare: Get it Together! things are looking mostly good for the future of this series, and this game in particular. WarioWare: Get it Together! provides a lot of fun from the start to whenever you decide to stop playing. There really is no finish to this game, unless you count the credits from the short story mode.
WarioWare games typically don’t have a lot of endgame content since they are party games at heart, so the true endgame is playing with friends. This one, though, has more than meets the eye. Get it Together! stays true to the WarioWare formula by having a healthy selection of different ‘micro games’ as well as having that wacky vibe that is in this series.
You have your typical all-star cast from the series like yours truly, Wario, and his pals like Mona, Orbulon, Jimmy T, Dribble and Spitz, and so on. They all have their quirks, some background stories, and themes to their games.
These micro games are like minigames, but are much quicker and smaller. Usually, they’d have one simple objective like “fill in the nostril” or “knock the table over” or “dodge this object”. They last for less than 10 seconds, and usually get quicker the longer you progress in a game’s session. The only ones that last longer are the boss micro games, which feel more like mini games at best.
The game also preserves the wacky games, toilet humor, funnily drawn backdrops, and multitude of references like other WarioWare games. Wario is still very much drawn to any sorts of means to obtain riches, Mona is just trying to do her best in school and her work, Jimmy is well into his music and sports over everything else. Every character is more than just a back story and accomplice of Wario. They’re unique when you actually play as them.
This is the game’s most unique feature. Picking characters actually matters to some extent in this game. Though, first, you will have to unlock them by playing the story mode. To add ease to your mind, the story mode can be completed in one sitting. Many might dock this game’s overall rating down because of the story’s length, but like I said, there is more than meets the eye.
The characters in this game all have different playstyles. They’re not just tied to the theme of the micro games you play. You’ll actually use the characters in the micro games as if they were in them. They’re all also representative of some kind of platforming, side scrolling shooter, or other 2D game tropes.
WarioWare: Get it Together! implements this very well in its story’s premise. Wario had just created his latest gaming device, but it malfunctions horribly, sucking in him and all of his friends into the game. You start off as Wario; he has to venture through his bug-filled game and rescue all of his pals. This is why screenshots and footage of this game shows all the characters looking all the same size and extra small.
You’ll have your standard character like Wario who is an all rounder, but excels in pushing things to the left or right. Other examples are like 9-Volt, who will skateboard left and right, but has vertical reach thanks to his yo-yo. There are many other fun tropes to experience with each individual character, making subsequent playthroughs of the different microgames all different each time.
There are 18 different characters to use in the game. So pair that with the 200+ micro games to partake in. To add even more onto the possibilities, at least on the personalization side, you can customize this roster to your liking. You can edit the characters’ outfit colors by leveling them up.
We currently have guides on how to level up characters and how to obtain the currency to help level them up. You can read up on that by clicking here. Character customization gives players more of an incentive to play the game more.
If it isn’t enough, WarioWare: Get it Together! also has weekly challenges via the Wario Cup. It’s the only component of the game that has any online functionality to it, which is a bit of a letdown. There isn’t any online multiplayer which does take away from some of the possible replay value.
However, as a local multiplayer game, WarioWare: Get it Together! does great. You can participate in the story mode and Play-o-pedia with one other person. The Variety Pack mode can go up to four players, but don’t use the standard micro games that the majority of the game uses.
WarioWare: Get it Together! is a very fun game from the moment you pick it up. It has a generous selection of over 200 micro games to sink your time into. Pair that with the various playstyles of the characters, and you have yourself a lot more than just a one and done game. It does hurt the game a bit that there isn’t a true online multiplayer, but the package is complete from the get go.
WarioWare: Get it Together!
- Score: 4 / 5
- Available On: Nintendo Switch
- Published By: Nintendo
- Developed By: Intelligent Systems
- Genre: Action, Party
- US Release Date: September 10, 2021
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Quote: "WarioWare: Get it Together! is a very fun game from the moment you pick it up. It has a generous selection of over 200 micro games to sink your time into. Pair that with the various playstyles of the characters, and you have yourself a lot more than just a one and done game."