In case you’re not familiar, the WarioWare series consists of a bunch of quirky “microgames” that must be completed within several seconds. Though I had watched people play a handful of these games on YouTube in the past, it wasn’t until I downloaded the demo for WarioWare: Get It Together! on the Switch that I finally got to try those silly microgames for myself.
As stated before, WarioWare has you completing a bunch of microgames in quick succession, such as knocking down a piggy bank, uncovering a picture in order to see what the statue is holding, or even plucking a guy’s armpit hairs! It’s fun and goofy…and just a bit stressful for people like me with slow reflexes! And yet, Get It Together! also has a new gimmick that made me feel as if I was missing out on the true WarioWare experience.
You see, in this game, you control various characters with different movesets in order to complete each microgame. For example, Wario has a jetpack and can fly around and charge, Mona is always moving around on her scooter and has a boomerang, and 18-Volt is stationary, but can shoot discs. While this can certainly help to distinguish Get It Together! from past WarioWare games, for a newcomer such as myself, maybe I didn’t want such a deviation from the classic WarioWare gameplay, you know!
For one thing, since every character needs to be able to complete every microgame, it feels like the variety and creativity of these games suffers, a belief that appears to be shared even by those who had played the full game. Also, some of the characters, well, they kind of suck. I’m looking at you, Kat and Ana, whose constant jumping is a real pain and makes controlling them with any real precision next to impossible!
The WarioWare: Get It Together! demo was still pretty fun, but I think I’d rather play the more traditional WarioWare games instead. I also don’t think such a game is worth the roughly $50 price tag. But if you’ve already played previous entries in the series and want something that mixes up the formula a bit, then perhaps Get It Together! is a good option, after all.