Nintendo's continued reliance on a closed network for their games is likely to prevent WarioWare D.I.Y.
from thriving in the same way that LittleBigPlanet
has on the PS3. Too bad, because the only flaw of D.I.Y.
's comprehensive suite of creation tools is Nintendo's dated online architecture. A Nintendo rep told us that all the games included in D.I.Y.
were made using the built-in creation suite, and we have little reason to doubt that claim. This is a powerful set of tools that allow you to create your own art, music and AI instructions.
If the thought of creating an entire game from scratch (albeit a small one) is intimidating, it should be: making a high-quality original level demands a lot of creativity, time and effort. It is an incredibly rewarding experience to go through, and is made instantly inviting thanks to the game's incredibly detailed tutorial mode. D.I.Y.
breaks down each individual tool and component, offering clear instructions on how to best utilize every aspect of the creator. The lessons are interactive, and each session ends with a pop quiz, reinforcing what you've just learned. It is surprisingly complex, while still approachable. It certainly increased our desire to make a level of our own.
While you'll be able to take advantage of pre-made assets, courageous inventors will want to make everything from scratch. Every asset in a user-created level can be created with a Photoshop-esque image tool. You'll be able to create layers, copy, paste, and make various shapes. A great time-saving tool is the ability to draw half of an image, and then mirror it, creating a whole. These art assets can then be animated, and programmed to interact with both the environment and player input.
To go into further detail about the creation tool would be a bit moot, if only because picking up D.I.Y.
and using the built-in tutorial would be infinitely better than describing it with words. It's clear that all types of microgames can be created with D.I.Y.
-- and if the Japanese response is any indication, we're bound to see some truly inventive creations
We cannot praise the core D.I.Y.
experience enough. However, a WiiWare expansion allows both owners and non-owners of D.I.Y.
to enjoy a new generation of WarioWare
microgames. Releasing one day after the DS retail game is WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase
, a downloadable Wii game (sold separately) that offers 72 additional playable games. DS systems can also connect wirelessly with the Wii to upload creations and store them on the Wii internal memory.
The WiiWare game doesn't take advantage of any unique Wii controls, so don't expect to add any motion controls to your D.I.Y.
creations. Instead, the function of the stylus is replaced by an on-screen cursor, controlled by the Wii Remote. The four-player competitive mode is also a very attractive addition.
Whew. Are we done yet? There's good reason to be excited for WarioWare D.I.Y. and its companion WiiWare game -- and perhaps after reading this (brief) preview, you understand exactly why this may be the WarioWare
game to end all WarioWare