Summary: Game & Wario is kind of like Nintendo Land in reverse. Where Nintendo Land takes the gameplay concepts of various Nintendo franchises and condenses them all into a Mii-sized caricature, Game & Wario takes the micro-game sensibility of the WarioWare series and tacks it onto a variety of modernized Game & Watch -style arcade games. It's a fusion of one of Nintendo's oldest, arguably most simple game series and one of its most strange, surrealist franchises.
Excerpt: Mario's frequently flatulent alter-ego makes his Wii U debut in yet another quirky collection of mini games, this time bringing the system’s touchscreen gamepad to center stage. While prior Wario-branded collections typically packed a multitude of bite-sized games, Game & Wario requires a slightly longer attention span, offering up just over a dozen games that strive for a bit more depth and complexity.
Excerpt: Oh Wario. You overly angry, overweight, whacky guy. You once had a series of platformers, which were quite amazing. You also had a plethora of hilarious microgame titles brimming with personality. So what exactly happened to your sense of creativity these days? Game & Wario features the crazy antics of Mario's polar opposite in a collection of 12 minigames (16 counting the four multiplayer games).
Excerpt: is incredibly uninspired, a hack-job of a mini-game collection from a developer & publisher who should know better. For this to be the big early Summer Nintendo-approved release for the Wii U is a slap in the face to gamers starved for something- anything- to play on their shiny new console.
Excerpt: Mini game collections are probably nothing new to your standard Nintendo fan. They saw the peak of their relevance with the advent of motion controls (and as such, the Wii itself) and many could argue that they also saw their decline within the same system life cycle. For the Wii U, on the other hand, there hasn’t been a “must have” collection of titles that show off what the GamePad is truly capable of.
Disappointing collection of solo and multiplayer games.
Common Sense Media
4 July 2013
Summary: Parents need to know that Game & Wario is a collection of mini-games -- lasting a few minutes each -- and microgames that only last a few seconds apiece. There is little to be concerned about here, though be aware of some light animated violence, including arrows shot at enemies, and some crude humor, such as nose-picking.
Excerpt: The WarioWare formula has always worked well on handhelds. Its fast, addictive mini-games were perfect for quick game fixes on the go. The series has transitioned less well to consoles. While Game & Wario is not an official WarioWare game, it has most of the hallmarks of the series, focusing on small mini-games albeit ones that are slightly longer and more fleshed out.