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Posted: 19 months ago, last updated 6 weeks ago.

Author: @GeekDadGamer and Jo Robertson.

OverviewOverview

Game & Wario is a series of small games designed for families to enjoy. Like NintendoLand it shows off the different sorts of game you can play on the Wii U not possible on other systems. Because of this the quality and depth of the games on offer is greater than other WarioWare games.

The games vary greatly, but fit together here rather than Wii Party U because each one is a little bit silly. Still, each one offers light-hearted and well-designed gameplay challenges.

There are 12 single-player games:
  • Arrow: You defend a crop of strawberries from robots using the Wii U Gamepad as a bow to launch arrows at opponents.
  • Shutter/Camera: Is an observation challenge where you hold the Gamepad up in front of you to zoom into the picture on the TV screen and take photos of specific individuals amongst a crowd of characters.
  • Ski: Holding the GamePad vertically you tilt to steer down the ski slope while the TV screen shows an action camera of your progress.
  • Patchwork: You use the GamePad's touchscreen to place patchwork puzzle pieces in the correct spots to solve each puzzle.
  • Kung Fu: You tilt the GamePad to guide your character over a series of platforms and collect dumplings.
  • Gamer: You are a child sneaking in some classic Nintendo gaming on the Gamepad, but must keep an eye on the TV screen to duck under the covers when you see your parent coming.
  • Design: You draw specific shapes on the GamePad, trying to following particular instructions (length, angle, circumpherence).
  • Ashley: Tilt the GamePad to guide fly through a dessert world on a broom.
  • Taxi: Use the GamePad to ferry passengers whilst fighting off UFOs that are trying to snatch them.
  • Pirates: Watch the TV to learn the rhythm, then move the Gamepad around in front of you to match the movements and protect your ship.
  • Bird: Use you elongated tongue to grab fruit falling from the air, trying to keep them from touching the ground.

There are then multiplayer games:
  • Bowling (1-2 Players): With another player, use the GamePad screen to swipe and bowl at pins in the shape of the characters seen throughout the game.
  • Disco (1-2 Players): Take it in turns to create rhythmic button presses that the other player must bounce back in time to the music.
  • Fruit (2-5 Players): One player uses the GamePad to secretly select a character to be the thief. They then must discreetly steal multiple fruit amongst a crowd of similar looking characters. At various intervals, hints will appear on the TV showing the rough location of the thief. At the end of the game, the guessing players take turns to select who they believed to be the thief.
  • Islands (2-5 Players): Take turns using the GamePad to launch Fronks characters onto a target board featuring various scoring zones knocking each other's Fronks around in the process.
  • Sketch/Artwork (2-5 Players): Like Pictionary but one player uses the GamePad to draw and the others guess.

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 28/06/2013

Platforms: Wii U

Genres: Action, Puzzle and Rhythm

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

CommitmentCommitment

Duration: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game.
 
Players: You can play with 5 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. Multiplayer games support up to 5 players with a combination of Wii Remote and Wii U Gamepad controllers.

CostsCosts

Game & Wario usually costs £34.99.
 

Game & Wario

Switch Store Wii U £34.99
 
Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Fear and Violence.

In the US, ESRB state: In one mini-game, players use a “cartoony” cannon to fire at a spaceship from a first-person perspective; in another mini-game, players fire arrows at small Wario-like robot characters and over-sized robotic vehicles. A handful of sequences depict crude and/or bathroom humor: mucous hanging from nostrils; a character emitting a flatulence sound.

AccessibilityAccessibility

We haven't documented accessibility features for this game yet. Our Game & Wario Accessibility Report details system-wide settings that may help, and suggests similar games with accessibility features. Tweet the developer (@Nintendo) to let them know about our Accessibility Questionnaire.

Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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