Metascore
61

Mixed or average reviews - based on 60 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 60
  2. Negative: 5 out of 60
  1. Jun 21, 2013
    51
    Wario Ware was once bristling with creativity and energy, fizzing and sputtering with mad, short-form ideas, but Game & Wario is just a bit boring. The selection of games is sparse, and a couple of excellent ones don't make up for the rest.
  2. Jun 26, 2013
    50
    The trademark Wario weirdness is still there, but Game & Wario is too uneven and frustrating to wholly recommend.
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Game & Wario is a strange game that doesn’t offer a particularly cohesive experience, but that’s all part of the charm. It is a humorous and fun title that is perfect for showing off why the Wii U is special.
  4. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    There's fun to be had, but this isn't the reliable source of brilliant design that it should be. If you expected breezy old Wario to make sense of the Wii U in some fundamental manner, you're going to be disappointed by a game that occasionally seems quietly defeated by its host platform.
  5. Jun 25, 2013
    60
    As a stand-alone title, it's without an audience. Even the most die-hard Nintendo faithful would be better off waiting for the next title to come down the pipeline.
  6. Jun 21, 2013
    70
    Unlike the story depicted in Game & Wario, Wario’s latest game isn’t going to move units. It’s lacking in depth, and while some of the mini-games are stellar, the majority of them are uninspired and dull.
  7. Jun 26, 2013
    70
    What's there is crazy enough to keep you entertained but this is an underweight package. [Aug 2013, p.62]
  8. Jun 21, 2013
    50
    Those four minigames join the singleplayer offerings to provide an underwhelming experience, even if the game is launching at a low price.
  9. Jun 22, 2013
    66
    Game & Wario is a minigame collection with many ideas, but just a few of them are really good. As a GamePad showcase, it comes a little too late and without enough content; as a Warioware spin-off, it just looks bland and not too inspired.
  10. Jun 23, 2013
    70
    It's not what we expected, since it's not as good as the Wario Ware titles we've played before, but still is a great option for those who enjoyed Nintendo Land.
  11. Jun 12, 2013
    60
    Given his rich history, Wario deserves better than this. [July 2013, p.116]
  12. Jul 2, 2013
    60
    Game & Wario is disappointing mainly because the heart of the series feels stripped out, and in its place is a collection of mostly uninspired mini-games. I really wanted to see Nintendo take advantage of the Gamepad in unique ways, not just have me tilt to steer.
  13. Jul 28, 2013
    60
    Well below the standards we've come to expect from Nintendo's inventive, silly franchise. [Issue#137, p.123]
  14. Jun 21, 2013
    50
    As disgusting as it is of me to say, if you're reading this and have a family to play this with then sure, you'll probably enjoy it more than most. With that said, having kids doesn't make you a moron, and even you shall eventually tire of what's here. There's just not very much depth.
  15. Jun 26, 2013
    67
    It's not the party game we expected from the WarioWare creators. Only 16 minigames -and many of them for single player- aren't enough to catch the attention of gamers.
  16. Jun 27, 2013
    74
    Game & Wario is a fun collection of distractions but it’s missing an engaging core experience.
  17. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    All of the minigames in Game & Wario are decently fun, and some definitely have more long term gaming legs than others, but your enjoyment will ultimately come down to how much stamina you have for another minigame collection — because I’m honestly not sure if I have the stomach for any more.
  18. Jun 26, 2013
    60
    Wario, what happened to the fun?
  19. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    Nintendo simply has already provided us better minigames collections.
  20. Jun 22, 2013
    75
    Regardless of originality, all these games are well polished and fun, though none of them are going to please everyone. Considering the budget price and the amount of content here, you could do a lot worse. Just don't go into it expect Nintendo Land-sized production values or that frantic WarioWare feeling.
  21. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    Game & Wario is a wavering chapter of a saga that has always struggled to find its size on the home console.
  22. Jul 6, 2013
    65
    Game & Wario feels like Nintendo Land Part 2. It demonstrates the unique ideas behind the GamePad in an entertaining way. This would have been a nice game to have during the launch of the Wii U. Now it is nothing new and only interesting for brand new Wii U players.
  23. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    Even though some games are funny, Game & Wario loses most of the appeal of its predecessors proposing just a bunch of "not-so-special" games.
  24. 55
    Game & Wario is a very disappointing outing for a series that has pushed new hardware in zany yet inventive ways a number of times before.
  25. Jul 2, 2013
    60
    Game & Wario has its moments, but these are mostly hidden under layers of dust and mediocrity, which is ironic for a series that managed to abstain itself from becoming a drag thus far. It uses the gamepad inventively from time to time, but that’s not enough to sell this technology to a wider audience. And that, is what Nintendo was hoping for in the first place.
  26. Jun 27, 2013
    30
    A horribly disappointing mini-game collection that has none of the qualities of the real WarioWare titles and won’t entertain even the most game-starved Wii U owner for more than an hour or so.
  27. Jun 20, 2013
    70
    Despite the number of single player games indicating otherwise, Game & Wario isn't at its best when played alone — with multiple willing participants it's a hoot and, while it doesn't match up to Nintendo Land as Wii U's premier multiplayer experience, it certainly has its share of games that you're going to want to play again and again.
  28. Jun 22, 2013
    65
    Game & Wario could come as a disappointment if you’re accustomed to excellent past collections that bare the Wario moniker. While there may be a few glimpses of really clever ideas, they’re overshadowed by the amount of uninspired games that don’t lend themselves well to the hardware. Sorry Wario, guess you’ll have to look for future funding through another Crowdfarter.
  29. Jun 26, 2013
    50
    At the end of the day, Game and Wario is a compilation of a few good and a lot of mediocre experiences. You can see a ton of potential in a great Wario game for the Wii U but Game and Wario is not that game.
  30. Jun 24, 2013
    60
    Game & Wario isn't frantic like Wario Ware and hasn't the same variety, either. This game remains hilarious in visuals, and has some good minigames with great use of Wii U controller. However, other minigames are boring and multiplayer is poor.
  31. The very definition of a mixed bag, Game & Wario is innovative, but stingy with it; silly, but a bit of a slog. Beware the bad eggs, cherish the prize ones. [July 2013, p.82]
  32. Jun 24, 2013
    50
    Even more than the title the expression comes from, Game & Wario suffers from the "Nintendo Land" syndrome : few mini-games, and fewer that are actually really fun. Its main appeal is the best console version of a Pictionary you'll find to date.
  33. 50
    Far, far away from the brilliance of the Wario Ware games.
  34. Jul 10, 2013
    70
    As Nintendo Land rival, Game & Wario's main strengths are originality in presentation, a good mood and a tribute to retro gaming. It is just unfortunate that the game mechanics have not been further strengthened.
  35. Jun 21, 2013
    80
    Overall, I like what Nintendo did with Game & Wario. It's a bit of a departure from the usual WarioWare design, but I think it certainly caters to a wider audience. Also, the diversity of gameplay actually expands the flavor of the series a bit. In addition to those things, this game also shows off some creative ways to use the Wii U gamepad, which might be a wonderful blueprint for future Nintendo titles and/or third party games from major publishers.
  36. Sep 10, 2013
    70
    The 16 mini games included in Game & Wario wants to show of what the Wii U controller is capable of. For the most part it doesn’t really work. There are some bright spots but for the most part the mini games feel rather familiar. That said Game & Wario is still entertaining, humorous and wacky. But it is not in any way a revolution.
  37. Jun 21, 2013
    63
    Up to now Wario brought a hefty dose of madness to the minigames table. But like the rabbids he was tamed.
  38. Jul 17, 2013
    40
    Wario's hyperactive pace has been excised and his games expanded, which only highlights the dearth of compelling gameplay therein. A thin offering whatever the price, Game & Wario will only appeal to those with anterograde amnesia, and Pictionary fans.
  39. Jul 2, 2013
    68
    The time you’ll put into finishing the sixteen mini-games, will be a somewhat precarious experience. Sometimes you’ll have a lot of fun with the intelligent concepts, other times you’ll have to wade through the muck and will get annoyed by the simplistic and monotonous mini-games. You will push through it though, because the unlockables give this collection of mini-games just a little bit more to play for, than you might’ve expected in the first place.
  40. Jul 2, 2013
    60
    Instead of tons of microgames, Game & Wario offers a few minigames that are a bit more complex and lengthy, but also much less fun.
  41. Jun 21, 2013
    40
    It's disappointing to see the once confidently subversive Wario brand perverted into a desperate, flailing mess like Game & Wario.
  42. Jun 20, 2013
    70
    Game & Wario is worth considering if you're a fan of the WarioWare series or quite simply want a handful of new mini-games to try on the Wii U GamePad, but would be worth considering as a rental to see if it's the right sort of game for you.
  43. 50
    Feels more like a collection of tech demos with a tacked-on Wario theme than a coherent experience. Game & Wario is nowhere near as fun as earlier Wario games.
  44. Jul 15, 2013
    40
    Game & Wario is a poor mix of many bad concepts, half-assed ideas and a boring gameplay. There are a few great minigames in play here, but they are not enough to carry the game above it’s mediocrity.
  45. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    Despite its dozen games and side activities, Game & Wario lacks any of the depth in design of something like Nintendo Land, which offers rich multiplayer experiences that really grab the attention of everyone around you.
  46. Jun 24, 2013
    80
    At the end of the day, barring a few standout games, Game & Wario feels like a tech-demo for concepts that will be fully adapted on the Wii U at a later date — but it’s an absolutely stellar tech-demo, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
  47. Jul 15, 2013
    50
    Even though some games like ”Games” and “Islands” are really fun to play a few minutes, the majority of Game & Wario is a big and utter disappointment both to Wario-fans and gamers that liked Nintendo Land. I like the idea of multiplayer sessions without the need of buying any extra accessories wiimotes or nunchucks though.
  48. Jun 28, 2013
    55
    Game & Wario is the worst WarioWare game ever. A predictable and sometimes irksome experience that found itself overthrown by the freshness and style of Nintendoland. Only a couple of minigames prove to be funny to some extent.
  49. Jul 7, 2013
    65
    If you’re open-minded enough for that to justify your time, Game & Wario will satisfy you. I suspect that won’t be too many gamers though.
  50. Jun 21, 2013
    60
    You'll have fun while you're playing it, but the lack of depth will cut into the single player experience after a few hours. The multiplayer is very enjoyable, but not strong enough on its own.
  51. Jun 21, 2013
    70
    WarioWare fans have been waiting more than three years for the next proper entry in the series—and they’ll still be waiting after Game & Wario. This collection of minigames designed specifically for the Wii U doesn’t have the same style and panache of a regular WarioWare entry, but several entries do manage to re-create at least some of that classic magic.
  52. 50
    Given Wario’s great gaming background, Game & Wario leaves much to be desired. The selection of games is sparse, and even though a few of the games are fun, it doesn’t make up for the amount of ones that aren’t.
  53. Jun 21, 2013
    75
    I admire Game and Wario’s charm and creativity. After playing it, I can definitely say I’m more sold on the Wii U’s tablet controller than I was before. I just want to see these features implemented in meatier experiences.
  54. Jul 10, 2013
    65
    There is fun in the package, although Wario has had more inspiration and creativity in his previous investments.
  55. Somewhere along the line, Nintendo Co. Ltd. reckoned there was enough to Intelligent Systems’ collection of 16 mini-games to turn it into its own full-blown and nearly full-priced ($39.99) retail game...As it turns out, this may have been a questionable decision.
  56. Jul 15, 2013
    89
    Game & Wario’s a game, a label it wears proudly in its name, and it delivers entertainment in spades. Get it.
  57. Jun 28, 2013
    55
    A terribly disappointing collection of recycled minigames that don't have the spirit of ingenuity of previous Wariowares. There's some fun to be had, but it feels like a tease; a mere experiment in video game comedy more than a game.
  58. Jul 18, 2013
    70
    Game & Wario is an excellent choice for those who are new in the series and are looking for instant and simple fun. Nevertheless, people who are already familiar with the Wario Ware franchise, will be disappointed with the lack of originality in the mini-game design and may get bored pretty soon.
  59. Jun 22, 2013
    40
    It aims to dethrone Nintendo Land as the Wii U party game of choice, but the end result is a pixelated manifestation of an opportunity ignored.
  60. Aug 23, 2013
    50
    Too much of Game & Wario feels like it's been done before. Its handful of smart designs provide fleeting thrills, while the rest are unfortunately forgettable.
User Score
6.0

Mixed or average reviews- based on 90 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Jun 23, 2013
    8
    overall really fun game, there was only 4 multi-player games but they were all really fun, single player games were very fun and creative ways to use the game pad, and still fun to pass around with your friends. not as good as previous entries in the series but thought it was a good addition. for 40 dollars its deffinitly worth a pick up Full Review »
  2. Jun 23, 2013
    6
    While technically not a WarioWare game, it exists in the same universe. And in that respect, its a bit of a let down. The same personality of a WarioWare game is there, and that's really the best part. MicroGames are replaced with significantly less MiniGames which can only be played alone. While some games, such as Taxi, are standouts most seem uninspired and dull and simply not fun, more of a chore to play. The potential is there, so here's to the hope that a traditional WarioWare game makes it into this generation of gaming. Full Review »
  3. Jun 23, 2013
    6
    I was greatly disappointed by the lack of effort in this game. I really like the previous installments, but this game isn't very fun. Instead of having the normal micro games like previous warioware type games, this game has mini games that are a lot longer and a lot less fun. Full Review »