I have bought and played each game of the Wario Ware franchise and I, like many others have been itching to maybe one day try my hand at making my own microgames. Of course until now these ideas have only been doodles on paper but Wario Ware DIY creates one of the most in depth creation tools ever to reach any game, let alone any DS game.
The basic concept of any Wario Ware game is to play a bag of 5-11 second 'microgames' and you have to quickly solve them before time runs out. The fun of this comes from trying as quickly as possible to work out what you have to do and then do it as fast as you can. As with any Wario Ware game you get 90 pre-made micro games for you to play and what's even more interesting this time around is that every one of the pre-made games are all made using the engine of the microgame maker available for your use! This means that any pre-made game is possible to be made yourself!
The MakerMatic is the star here as the games toolset to make your own microgames (as the title DIY or Do it Yourself entails) but before you can even get your hands on it you'll have to sit through some lessons in the DIY ABCs class. The lessons are actually very good at getting you to learn the ropes while at the same time being quite entertaining from the banter that Wario has with your guide! What it ultimately boils down to is a 1 hour session of getting accustomed to the way the MakerMatic works and after that if you're still unsure there's a bunch of extra challenges which pit your knowledge of microgame assembly in the Assembly Dojo which is good fun and teaches you even more cool things to put in your microgames.
In the MakerMatic the graphic editing is solid using the ability to draw with your stylus which works ok but when getting to the smaller bits it's definitely worth zooming in to fix the smaller details. You also have the ability to make custom 4 frame animations to be played at a variety of different playback screens. The music editing comes with the ability to make your own custom tracks also from scratch using an extensive set of instruments spread over 2 base octaves and some cool drum sets and percussion devices to get your groove on with. The most important aspect though has to be the AI which controls the activity of every object on the screen and determines how you can win the game itself. There are literally hundreds of different ways to make your microgame unique and provides a solid set to build your own 10 seconds of glory. You can also view each of the pre-made games in the AI editing screen to find out how they did it and you can use aspects from these bits into your own creations!
There are one or two problems with the MakerMatic such as the ability to only make tap minigames instead of in the previous DS game Wario Ware Touched you could complete the games by doing a variety of things with the stylus such as dragging, scribbling, and using the microphone support but in DIY these features are nowhere to be found. This in itself doesn't seem like a huge problem but when you consider once again that all the pre-made games are also made off the MakerMatic so it boils down to a LOT of tapping.
I peeked at the distribution centre briefly but with no online support at this moment in time I can't give my opinion on it, but it looks like great fun and I'm sure I'll be able to check it out soon.
If you're not so much the creative type but like Wario Ware's core concept, check out Wario Ware Touched also on the Nintendo DS and if you like that, check this game out. This game does deliver the goods and if you have a DS and want another fun game to play for weeks on end, then Wario Ware DIY is most definitely a very worthy purchase!