If Mario Party is a full meal, WarioWare has at all times been extra like a bag of popcorn: a fast, scrumptious snack, however attempt to eat it for dinner and also you’ll be craving one thing meatier earlier than lengthy. WarioWare: Get It Together! is not any exception, with rapid-fire microgames which might be a delightfully wacky take a look at of each response pace and drawback fixing – this time with the fascinating new twist of utilizing distinctive characters that management in another way. But whereas Get It Together! appears to be like nice and will be plenty of enjoyable, some dud characters and its fleeting multiplayer modes preserve it from being a daily a part of a balanced get together recreation food regimen.
All of Get It Together!’s insanity is launched via a quick however entertaining story mode, the whole lot of which takes about two hours to finish. The story itself includes Wario, now a recreation developer himself, and the staff at his firm getting sucked into the online game they’re making to do battle with its bugs. That setup has nothing to do with taking part in the precise microgames, which offer you a phrase or two of directions and only a few seconds to comply with them earlier than throwing you to the subsequent one, however the brief cutscenes that kickoff every stage and the conversations between them will be very amusing.
But we’re not right here for the plot, and WarioWare’s single-player modes have at all times been extra about going for prime scores in a wide range of ever-escalating themed playlists moderately than beating them as soon as and transferring on. That’s a enjoyable problem, significantly with the later playlists which have a bigger pool of microgames to throw at you. The story ranges are additionally playable in co-op this time round, which is actually a pleasant inclusion, if one that may really feel like a “little brother mode” for the reason that video games seemingly haven’t been adjusted for 2 simultaneous gamers.
Choose Your Character
Solo or co-op, nonetheless, Get It Together!’s assortment of microgames present precisely the sort of madcap hilarity I need from this sequence. One second you’ll be eradicating a statue’s armpit hair and the subsequent you’re scrambling to feed child birds. The fan-favorite, Nintendo-themed video games are additionally a pleasure, asking you to do issues like ship a gift in Animal Crossing or full a teatime in Fire Emblem. There’s a wholesome mixture of ridiculous moments and fast problem right here too, which lets you tangibly enhance as you start to acknowledge ranges.
That familiarity is mitigated by the brand new distinctive characters. There are greater than a dozen to make use of, every with talents and motion kinds that may give the identical microgame a special taste while you swap between them. For instance, Wario himself can fly wherever on display freely and punch left or proper with the press of a button, whereas his pal 18-Volt is caught sitting nonetheless as he shoots discs from his head to have an effect on the extent from afar. They every have their strengths and weaknesses for sure microgames, and story ranges ask you to select a roster of three to 5 characters that you simply’ll randomly swap between, including some extra spice to phases you’ve crushed a dozen instances.
Both the characters and the animations accompanying these playlists also deserve a shoutout for just how good they look. Get It Together! isn’t trying to push the bounds of modern graphics or anything, but the elaborate backgrounds between each microgame and the overall art direction are vibrant and full of personality. Tons of life has been poured into areas that could have otherwise safely blended into the wallpaper – including with the characters themselves, who use adorable 3D models that are made to look like chibi 2D sprites, making them wonderfully expressive despite their minimal designs.
But while the roster is visually diverse, some of these characters are just objectively worse versions of others, mechanically speaking. Why would I ever want to use video game enthusiast 9-Volt, who is stuck constantly skateboarding left-to-right and can throw a yo-yo directly upward, when the robot Mike can also shoot upward but fly anywhere on the screen freely while doing so? Similarly, the dog-cat duo Dribble and Spitz can fly but only shoot right or left, respectively, whereas ninjas Kat and Ana have the exact same directional restriction… but can never stop jumping up and down, making them far worse.
E3 2021 Screens – WarioWare: Get It Together
Meanwhile, the popular witch Ashley blows all the folk I just mentioned out of the water by being able to fly while shooting any direction she likes, and a unique option like the terrifying mother 5-Volt can be borderline unusable for some games since she only moves and attacks by teleporting. As a result, despite being given free choice of the roster, it felt like I was avoiding half of my options like the plague. There are definitely still enough good ones to keep the story levels interesting, but it’s a shame that “the same but worse” was used as a template so typically.
Nevermind, Don’t Choose Your Character
The different half of the WarioWare coin is its multiplayer, which is hit or miss in Get It Together!. There are a complete of 10 modes in a bit known as the Variety Pack, which vary from head-to-head microgames to co-operative score-attack minigames to different oddball entries like a combating recreation. The three score-attack modes are largely boring (together with an excellent boring side-scrolling platformer, which I by no means really completed a full run of with out quitting as a result of it was simply so thoughts numbing), however the PvP choices will be plenty of enjoyable… no less than, for a short time.
Apart from one of its two solid 1v1 modes and a janky volleyball minigame that’s only good for a couple rounds of entertainment (hot tip: 18-Volt is completely busted in this one), none of the four-player PvP modes actually let you pick your characters. Instead, they’re usually randomly picked and frequently changed, which feels like a truly baffling decision. That includes a clever territory-capture game with its own small set of unique PvP microgames (which are cool, but unfortunately get old fast since there are so few) and a Smash Bros.-style fighter that had promise but is let down by forced mid-match character swaps, causing it to devolve into the bad kind of party game chaos.
Only two of the seven modes that allow for up to four players are even about completing the regular microgames (one of which is WarioWare’s returning balloon inflation mode) which leaves Get It Together!’s multiplayer in a very strange spot. Everything about completing these games and the zany, unexpected madness of adapting on the fly can be a good time with friends, but you are given so little control and things are so random that none of it holds its shine for more than a few rounds. I absolutely enjoyed myself while I was playing, but after trying everything the Variety Pack had to offer, there’s not enough of lasting interest here to ever make Get It Together! a staple of my party game rotation like past console WarioWare games were.
To give credit where it’s due, Get It Together!’s story mode manages to make good use of its characters (at least the ones that don’t suck), and the genuine appeal of chasing high scores solo is further emphasized in the Wario Cup mode – a weekly unique score challenge with ranked leaderboards. It’s hard to tell how much long-term appeal this mode will hold having only seen two brief but entertaining challenges so far, but it is another neat inclusion to keep things fresh. That said, for having a ranked option, it’s a little strange to me that your score is partially influenced by how much you’ve engaged with Get It Together!’s cosmetic gacha system.
Don’t freak out: there are no microtransactions here whatsoever, so that’s good. However, completing games will earn you coins that can be spent on loot boxes that contain “Prezzies” of varied rarities which might be then given to characters to stage them up and unlock beauty recolors. It’s a comparatively ignorable system for individuals who don’t care and an honest (if perplexingly convoluted) means for devoted gamers to be calmly rewarded for his or her time – however your character’s stage can even enhance your ranked rating in Wario Cup for some odd cause. That’s not the top of the world in a goofy single-player score-attack mode with no real-money means to purchase Prezzies, however it’s a confounding determination all the identical.