It seems fans will not be the only ones to get in on creating their own micrograms using Nintendo's upcoming WarioWare D.I.Y. release on Nintendo DS.
Nintendo has just announced that some big name video game developers are getting involved and creating some brand new microgames that fans with a wireless broadband connection will be able to download and play.
You can find out who these developers are, as well as more information on the project in the official press release below.
Famous Developers Flex Their Creativity in “Big Name Games” for WarioWare: D.I.Y.
Some of the video game industry’s brightest talents are contributing to a unique series of microgames for the upcoming WarioWare™: D.I.Y. game for the Nintendo DS™ family of products and the downloadable WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase game for the WiiWare™ service. Starting March 29, consumers who own either of the games and have a broadband Internet connection will be able to download microgames created by several acclaimed developers, each of whom has been invited to create an original microgame using Nintendo’s new WarioWare: D.I.Y. game. New microgames by the developers listed below and many others will be available for download under the “Big Name Games” banner every Monday through July 26, at no additional cost to users with broadband Internet access.
The list of “Big Name Games” participants reads like a roster of gaming all-stars. Pixel aka Daisuke Amaya (Cave Story), 5TH Cell (Scribblenauts), WayForward (A Boy and his Blob), Gaijin Games (BIT.TRIP series) and Team Meat (Super Meat Boy) will be featured in the weekly series. To kick things off in grand style, Nintendo will debut new games by Japanese designers Masahiro Sakurai (Super Smash Bros.™) and Yoshio Sakamoto (Metroid™) on March 29. Fans can also visit the Nintendo Channel on the Wii™ console to view exclusive videos and behind-the-scenes peeks of some of these remarkable games. The first video, featuring Masahiro Sakurai, is now available on the Nintendo Channel.
Launching exclusively for the top-selling Nintendo DS family of portable game systems on March 28, WarioWare: D.I.Y. lets users of any experience level create and share their own microgames. Whether starting from scratch or using a library of pre-made graphics and sound samples, players can design every aspect of their microgames, from artwork and music to actions and animations. Users with wireless broadband Internet access can upload their creations to share with friends and can also download additional content. Additionally, players can submit their games in Design Challenges with the possibility of their games being selected and made available for download as Theme Games. The game also includes more than 90 pre-made microgames to kick-start the creative process. Exclusively for the WiiWare service, WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase features an additional 70 unique microgames, and lets players enjoy games created with WarioWare D.I.Y. on their television to access and play the same downloadable microgames (broadband Internet access required).
Stay tuned as WarioWare D.I.Y. will be hitting North American store shelves on March 28th and we'll have a review of the game up shortly before the release.
Cool, can't wait to see/play them.
That sounds cool. I can't wait to play them! Can someone tell me something that I've been wondering about? Will D.I.Y have an online hub area where you can download anyone's microgames (like Mario vs Donkey Kong Minis March Again) or is it purely restricted to only letting you download friend creations?
Cannot wait. Bit.Trip microgames FTW!!!
I believe the game will only allow you to share creations among friends, but Nintendo will be selecting some of the best submitted microgames from fans for release.
Gaijin games and 5th Cell? Awesome! I can't wait!
@Corbie: Awww...That's too bad. I was really hoping Nintendo would embrace a more open-ended online area. Oh well, It should still be a blast!
There's too much room for people putting up offensive stuff I guess.
I know that's right! I've already decided what my first game will be. I'll leave it up to imagination to know what it is
5th Cell? pixel? /me wishes he had D.I.Y. or maybe showcase.
so you have to pay for additional microgame downloads?
Yeah they were really advertising DIY at the Game Developer's Conference. I'm not surprised. Sounds awesome
I can picture Gaijins now. You control the paddle on the left side, and have to hit a single beat, which will vary in speed and designs (blinking green, normal, size changing blue). Either that, or I'll have to make it myself. Either way, this news pretty much locks down my need to buy this.
@Corbie (post 4): Sort of like how levels have to go through EA first in Boom Blox BP?
Not a big surprise, but pretty cool nonetheless.
You can only share with friends? That really, really sucks... could even be a deal breaker... guess I'll just need lots of friends.
Nice. Hoping that we've got some good stuff to download on day one...
So if a person only got the WiiWare game (WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase) could we also download these featured games?
That or is the WiiWare edition only limited to playing the 70 included microgames and those transferred from the DS game to it?
Say, this sort of reminds me of Flipnote and aardman, tatsunoko, etc. Hopefully this and flipnote will encourage Nintendo to make more games like this!
Holy crap, Pixel, WayForward, Team Meat, Gaijin... plus Sakurai and Sakamoto? Plus God knows who else?? Faints
Awesomeness. Gaijin FTW!
@Malouff - The WiiWare version can download all of the microgames online.
Do Want XD
Here's hoping Sakamoto provides us with some Metroid-themed microgames...
@Corbie: In the first paragraph you wrote micrograms instead of microgames...
Interest Peaked By %75
I hope these don't go away really soon since I'm planning on getting the game a couple weeks after release. I wonder if they'll be archived on the Showcase like the downloadable puzzles in Picross DS. That would be nice.
Sakurai?! Please make a SSB themed microgame!!! I want this!
Actually, that's what they wanted to do, but then they changed it and now it's anonymous gaming galore.
@rayword45: That is great to hear! This game just got that much more awesome for me!
Now that I think about it, ALL of those developers are AWESOME.
What, no Popcorn Arcade? But I want a Ninjabread Man microgame.
How cool is this...
Pixel? Count me in!
Sakurai? I can't wait to play his game!
I think this game will be impossible to entertain for long - all the games are tap-only for one - but I gotta admit, this is a really, really cool promotion. Wayforwards' on board, which is definitely piquing my interest.
Oh god. I'm scared even to imagine how that would turn out.
Well, I saw the Masahiro Sakurai tutorial thing on the Nintendo Channel, and I am quite excited. The game he made really looked like an official microgame!
I don't have download play on my DS but this game has got my attention like FlipNote Studio did last year Can't wait!
SO These small mostly WiiWare/small ds game based companies are now famous? They must be very proud of themselves to be called such by ninty
At first when I heard of this game, I wasn't that interested. But now, hoo boy, DO WANT NAO. Maybe I'll buy it with my Easter money. Can't wait to see the 5th Cell microgames.
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