North American box art
|Developer(s)|| Nintendo SPD|
|Genre(s)||Action, creativity, mini-game compliation|
|ESRB PEGI CERO USK ACB|
WarioWare D.I.Y. (WarioWare "Do It Yourself", Made in Ore in Japan) is the third game in the WarioWare series to be released on the Nintendo DS (which includes WarioWare: Snapped! for DSiWare), and arguably the most innovative the series has to offer. It includes a mode that allows players to create their own microgames, make the rules for each one and will even include a music creation tool similar to the one featured in Mario Paint for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
The game includes ninety microgames and a microgame creating tool that allows the user to create their own games. They can edit nearly everything, including drawing the sprites, the sound effects, the music, the gameplay rules and even create comics for each one. After this you can upload your microgame to Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and Nintendo will choose the best of the best to send out. You can upload the games you've made to the Wii by downloading WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase via WiiWare for 800 points. You can also receive other minigames that people have created around the world through this game.
There are a variety of things that is editable in the game including:
- Create the objects and backgrounds in your microgame.
- Choose which frame the microgame should start out with.
- Choose where the object will be placed, and if it will be alone or not.
- Choose whether the place where your object is placed is random or set.
- What action should the object go through:
- Act when tapped.
- Acted when object collides with something.
- Acted when animation its attached to moves.
- Acted at a specific time during game.
- When a switch is turned on or off.
- When the player wins or loses the game.
- Choose what happens after you complete your goal or lose:
- Object moves after completion.
- Player loses the game.
- A specific, user created sound is emitted.
- Object's basic animation is altered.
- A special effect occurs.
- Create the game's music. This is done by either composing it manually or humming into the DS's microphone.
References to other games
WarioWare D.I.Y. has numerous references to other games. Each of 9-Volt's games, for example, is based on a classic Nintendo-published video game. The following are all of the references contained in the game.
The following are the origins of 9-Volt's microgames.
- Paratroopa - You can run all you want, you can't escape from me!! Ha...ha... (Super Mario Bros.)
- Fly Swatter - You annoying parasites! I'll teach you all! You'll be crying for your mothers! Mario Paint)
- Spiny - Again?!?? I'm out of breath from the first game. (Super Mario Bros.)
- Star Fox - Enemy striking! Blow it up! Er, we don't have any bombs... (Star Fox)
- Pikmin - I hope you want the nectar! Wait...did anybody bring a boat? (Pikmin)
- Shooting - Die, balloons! (Duck Hunt)
- Ice Climbers - Eggplants! I'm obsessed with them! (Ice Climber)
- Urban Chamption - A closeup of the fighters from Urban Champion.
- Yoshi - Featuring Yoshi, Baby Mario, and two Shy Guys from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. When Yoshi groundpounds the Shy Guys will turn into the stars from the game.
- Metroid - Features Samus Aran, enemies and a Missile Expansion from Metroid: Zero Mission
- Excitebike - features sprites from the NES game Excitebike.
- Tightrope - Based on a minigame from Wii Fit. Both a Mii and a Wii Balance Board are in this microgame.
- Greenhouse - Based on the Game & Watch game Greenhouse.
- Shadow Shift - Based on a game from Big Brain Academy.
- B. Fight - Based on the NES video game Balloon Fight.
- Zelda - Features Link and electric Chu Chus from The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass.
- Mario Paint - Based on Mario Paint for the SNES.
- T. Bridge - Based on the Game & Watch game Turtle Bridge.
- A. Crossing - The main theme of the GameCube game Animal Crossing.
- GB Mario - A remake of a theme from Super Mario Land.
- Kid Icarus - The main theme of Kid Icarus.
- Super Mario Kart - A theme from Super Mario Kart.
- Wrecking Crew - The main theme of Wrecking Crew.
- Wario Land - The main theme of Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.
- Yoshi - Various themes from Yoshi's Story. Uses the Yoshi soundbit.
- Super Mario - The main theme of Super Mario Bros.
- Pikmin - The main theme of the GameCube title Pikmin
- Donkey Kong - The opening
- B. Fight - The main theme of Balloon Fight.
- Clu Clu Land - The theme from Clu Clu land
- S.Metroid - A metal remix of Super Metroid.
- Mario Paint - The theme from the SNES game Mario Paint.
- F-Zero - The music from the Mute City race track in the SNES game F-Zero.
Many of the stamps feature characters or items from other games.
The team at SPD was thinking about making a WarioWare game where the player could create their own microgames in September of 2003, around the time when the original WarioWare game was released. Goro Abe, one of the principal designers working on the series, explained that he would regularly try to create games using RPG makers and mangas, but would get bored before he would ever finish them. Instead, he liked how quickly it was to create a microgame or a comic strip. He assumed that others would feel the same, so documented the idea with the words "Software for making microgames yourself using the WarioWare system." The game was originally planned for a successor to the Game Boy Advance codenamed the Iris, which at the time did not have a touch screen. Eventually the Iris evolved into the Nintendo DS, which would make the process of creating a microgame much easier.
Similarities to Mario Paint
The designers of the game said that one of the biggest influences for them was Mario Paint. Many of the people associated with the game were big fans of the SNES classic, and brought many of the features from that game over to D.I.Y. Some of the similarities between the two games include:
- The very premise of the game is creation, which is the case with Mario Paint.
- The paint tool that is used to create objects seems to be ripped directly from Mario Paint.
- The music composition tool seems to be making a return from Mario Paint.
- If the player titles their game as Mario Paint, the Mario Paint theme will play when editing a picture.
The Japanese name (Made in You) represents the fact that the game is highly customizable. In Japan, the series is known as Made in Wario rather than WarioWare as it is in English, suggesting that rather than Wario and crew creating the various mini games the player does. With that said this is the first in the series not to have Wario in the title. The English name is WarioWare D.I.Y.
- When shipping a game, the first cartridge shape (from left to right) slightly resembles a NES, Game Boy and Game Boy Color cartridge, the third one looks just like a SNES cartridge, the seventh one heavily resembles a Nintendo 64 cartridge and the eighth one heavily resembles a Game Boy Advance card.
- This is one of the best installments of the WarioWare series due to good graphics, the ability to make microgames and the availability of comics and music records.
- In the Comics section, Rei Betsuyaku's Pocket Cat comic is a reference to Doraemon.