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WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Corbie Dillard

A nice little added bonus.

We've just recently seen the release of WarioWare D.I.Y. for the DS system which lets players design, play, and share their own unique microgame creations. But for those who feel like enjoying even more of the same, not to mention the ability to play and share their creations on their television screens, Nintendo has just released their newest WiiWare offering WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase. Now fans of the series can enjoy this unique release as a standalone title or in conjunction with their DS WarioWare D.I.Y. game for even more flexibility.

The main gameplay section of WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase is quite similar to that of the retail release. There are quite a few built-in microgames, musical tracks, and comics to play and enjoy, but you can also upload any of your DS-based creations directly into this WiiWare release to play on your television screen or share with other Wii-owning friends, although it should be noted that transferring large numbers of games will take a little time. You can even transfer any of the 72 new microgames from Showcase to your DS system to play in the retail version of the game.

If you're looking for some multiplayer competition, you can unlock the Mix All: Versus mode where you and up to three other players can select a position on the screen and when your position is highlighted, you have to solve the microgame within the given time limit. Once you garner four losses, you're out. Of course if you want to stir up some hurt feelings and anger, you can even control the game on another player's section if you're looking for a little sabotage action -- it really all depends on the mood your in. Either way, the last player left standing wins. While this mode feels a little tacked on, it's going to appeal to those who prefer to play their games with other players locally.

As with the DS edition, all of the microgames are once again tap-based, or "point and click" in the case of this WiiWare version, so don't expect a huge amount of variety between the various games. The developers certainly did a nice job of mixing things up as best they could given the single gameplay mechanic, but fans of previous releases in the series might find the whole experience a little one-dimensional at times. It's something to keep in mind if you're one of the gamers who are downloading this WiiWare release as a stand-alone release just to play the new set of microgames.

Visually WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase is a nice step up from the DS release and you won't believe how great your microgame creations look on your television screen. Even the cut-scenes are extremely impressive from a visual standpoint and show a solid amount of polish, especially for a WiiWare release. The only downside is that it does tend to make the transition back to the DS a bit of a graphical letdown.

Much like the visuals, the music in Showcase really shines, especially if you have a decent surround sound system. There's plenty of variety in the various musical tracks, and the sound effects are perfectly done and definitely do the WarioWare series proud.


If you've enjoyed WarioWare D.I.Y. and are looking to further the experience, WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase is the perfect compliment to the already outstanding DS title. Not only are there 72 new microgames to enjoy, but the ability to upload your DS creations to your Wii and enjoy the games on your television makes this a nice alternative, especially if you're planning on sharing your microgames with other players. While you should definitely find more than enough to keep you busy in the DS retail release, it's difficult to argue against picking up this added bonus release, especially with the promise of new microgames being made available for download periodically.

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User Comments (30)



KeeperBvK said:

So this doesn't allow for creating games, but just downlloading them? Why is this called DIY then? It's just like standard DLC, only being free DLC...



Corbs said:

Yep, you gotta have the DS retail release to create the games. I believe the emphasis is on "Showcase" and not "D.I.Y." The DIY seems to be just to associate it with the DS release.



Pwerlvlamy said:

@Storm Owl

Yeah 2 Big name game each week
2 game from normal member of nintendo i suppose
and a contest in the future ( by looking at a section that say future contest)



Stuffgamer1 said:

That free DLC is the same stuff available on the DS version. Nice to have options for the Wii version as well, though.

So how does the multiplayer in Showcase work? It says 4 players in the info box, but the review says nothing about it at all.



Imerion said:

I also wonder about the multiplayer part. Would be cool if it was like in the GameCube version, where each player had their own screen. (Which I guess could work since the DS games are quite small screen-wise).



TingLz said:

I always thought this is more of a supplement to the DS game than a standalone title



Malouff said:

Here is a D.I.Y. paper craft

Also I noticed that some people are asking about the four player mode.

I have completed all 72 minigames and have this mode unlocked.
It is just a extra mode that splits the screen into four.
However, only some of the games will use all four screens at once.
Other games will just zoom into one of the screens and all of the remotes can click on things.

Here is my save file http://malouff.home.bresnan.net/WA4E/data.bin
For anyone who wants to skip into four player mode right away.
It is a 6.13 MB download.
On the Wii it says the save file is 50 blocks.
Also I think the four extra NinSoft games are included/embedded in the save file
(If anyone does try it let me know if they are)

Also if some one has the DS game they could export all 72 of these games to it.

That or if someone would be kind enough to import some of the DS games and share the save file.
(This is assuming the games get embedded into the save file and I think they do)



Warioware said:

I love Warioware (obviously!) so I'll hopefully be getting both this and the DS one. Does anybody know if there are any region-locking issues if I get a US version of the DS game but download the EU Wiiware (I'm currently an ex-pat and getting hold of US games is easier than EU ones)?



Angaran said:

So you don't need any friend codes to get others micro games, if so, a definite buy?



Nintendude92 said:

You can access the same content as the DS one, Just can't create anything. Its a nice addition to the DS version, which should be gotten first. I imported all of 18-volts games into my DS, and my DIY games look nice on the big screen.

Such a great outing for warioware.



HanuKwanzMasBif said:

I got Showcase... I don't have the main DS game, though. Bad idea. At least I have a DS so I can get the game. Showcase is not a good standalone game, even though it is fun, only get it if you have the DS version.



LittleIrves said:

I'm happy it's only 800 points. Thought it'd be 1000, for sure. Haven't gotten either yet, but I'm hunting down the DS D.I.Y. soon.... methinks it's a must-own for people that love Flipnote and are looking for more creative outlets.



psychoboo13 said:

I LOVE WarioWare! I will buy pretty much anything, and DIY and DIY Showcase are no exception.



longtimegamer said:

So why get BOTH the ds AND Wiiware one? Is there something you can do with the wiiware one that you cant in the DS version?



SafariSuz said:

@24, yup. The WiiWare version lets you send your games to other friends in your Wii Address book via WIFI in one step and you can send multiple titles easily to more than one person (if each has the WiiWare title). If you only have the DS game, you can only upload two games, two records, and two comics. Your friend would have to own the cartridge too, trade FCs, log in, and download your uploaded content on his own.



BudDudandSlash said:

@14, Yeah, the Wii version (NA) is not compatible with my import (JPN) version of Made in Ore.

But, if anyone downloads the games I created for this? The score automatically changes to 10/10.



JulioMorataya said:

Regarding Malouff's question, does anybody has a save file for the Wii with the DS original games downloades into ??



EdEN said:

Well, for 800 points you get 72 extra Warioware games so that comes to about 11 cents per game which is great value. IF you do have the DS game then you get to play the 72 games on your portable or you import your creations on the big screen. Can even download games from other users directly into your Wii and play them that way.

You COULD download this without the DS game and enjoy all the created games and the 800 points asking price pays for itself in a couple of days, specially with the special "developer" games.

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