WarioWare, Inc. Mega Party Game$

Nintendo continues their weird naming conventions and retreads of old videogame franchises in this title released in April. I’m a little late to the party, but man, it’s addictive.

Take a bunch of old games like Zelda, Super Mario Bros., ExciteBike, LCD games, retro stuff that looks like it could have been on an Odyssey ^2, and a slew of original button mashers and throw them in a blender.

Each mini-game lasts about 3 seconds.


3 seconds.

In that course of time you have to perform one simple task. It could be to jump over a moving object, dodge a car, shoot down a plane, move Link into a cave, cut a steak with a sawing motion, shake a tree, pick a nose, put Visine in an eye, curl, drop item into container… yada yada yada. You get the jist.

When you’re done, it’s on to the next thing–lighting fast for the shortest of attention spans.

It’s frenetic. The type of hair trigger stuff I normally eschew, but somehow it works.

There’s a GameBoy Advance version, but the ‘Cube port adds multiplayer (not online) plus you can sit on the couch and stare at the pretty glow of the television.

Do I recommend going out and buying this? No. Rent it first. See how it jives. It’s like orange creamsicle fudge… too sugary for some palates.