WarioWare D.I.Y. is conceptually a very exciting game. Combining the absurd gameplay and fast pace of a WarioWare title with the anything-is-possible user-generated draw of something like Little Big Planet, it seems like there’s a lot to like about the upcoming DS title. So we got pumped. And have been roughly that pumped for the past 8 months, during which Nintendo has said virtually nothing about the game’s North America release, other than that yes, it is happening.
That is, until this week, when Nintendo finally began talking about the thing at their annual Nintendo Media Summit. They’ve dropped a ton of cool tidbits about the US release, including some details on the WiiWare edition, WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase, which will sort of act as a distribution platform for the microgames you create in the DS version. Apparently, Nintendo will be hosting contests to make microgames on specific themes and will distribute the best entries online to everyone owning the game. Think the Check Mii Out channel, but with content you can actually play. Here’s the just-released trailer for the US release:
The indie potential of WarioWare D.I.Y. seems both limited and strangely promising; when all you need to provide is 4 seconds worth of game, it evens the playing field a lot. Actually, although the game isn’t technically available outside of Japan yet, we’ve found one great (albeit superficial) connection to the indie scene – check out this World of Goo microgame that YouTube user Rynen10K created!
Perhaps most exciting, though, is one Nintendo rep’s mention to Joystiq that “famous devs” will occasionally contribute to the user-made microgames distributed each week. Details are extremely slim on what this means, but now that the idea of “famous” developers making 4-second games is in my head, it won’t leave. Any ideas for which devs might contribute, and what sort of microgames they wold create? Let us know in the comments!