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Nintendo DS
GENRE
Platformer
DEVELOPER
Suzak
PUBLISHER
Nintendo
LOCAL WIRELESS
MULTI-PLAY
No
Wi-Fi/GLOBAL ONLINE
MULTI-PLAY
No
MICROPHONE
No
EXPECTED RELEASE DATE
March 5, 2007
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Wario: Master of Disguise

Wario is a guy who likes his cash, a fact to which any gamer can attest. Since he originally started out as a villain (something to do with gold coins, if memory serves correctly), that shouldn't come as a huge revelation. Just as the man in yellow is himself a bizarre and twisted version of Nintendo's Mario, so are Wario's platforming games warped versions of their traditional forebears.

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Wario: Master of Disguise begins with the plumber/treasure hunter/software designer taking a break on his couch, only to find himself watching a show about a professional thief. Filled with jealous rage, Nintendo's most famous anti-hero hops in to the TV screen himself, determined to outdo the character's exploits.

Each level is presented as an episode of the TV program. Like previous Wario games, the levels can be played and replayed, as locating some secrets will require more than one visit. Similar to earlier Wario platformers, Master of Disguise turns the standard 2D sidescroller on its head. Wario's movements are directed from the Control Pad as always, but every other aspect of the game is controlled by the DS touchscreen.

Adding variety to the premise are Wario's new costumes, which can be changed by drawing a quick symbol on the touchscreen; for instance, drawing a bowl around Wario's head transforms him into a laser toting Cosmic Wario. Each of the eight different costumes has unique abilities that can be used to get Wario around tough situations.

As Wario finds locked treasure chests, he'll have to engage in touch-themed minigames reminiscent of his own WarioWare series. These provide a break from the regular action and can range from sorting puzzles to putting items in numerical sequence to simply coloring inside the lines.

word on the street

Wario's really holding the torch for Nintendo in early 2007. With this and WarioWare: Smooth Moves on the Wii, the powerful but portly plumber has the lion's share of first party titles on Nintendo hardware. While Master of Disguise isn't being developed by the same studio as the previous Wario platformers, it looks like this one is shaping up to be another faithful installment in a series known for weird humor and off-the-wall play.

press release notes

The world's most low-down and ornery garlic-lover never lets a get-rich-quick scheme pass him by. Wario: Master of Disguise opens with our money-mad hero taking a break from being a shady software impresario to watch a show about a master thief. Working himself up into a lather of jealousy, Wario leaps through the screen and embarks on his own glamorous globe-trotting career as a thief!

Formulating a plan for 10 heists, each presented as a TV episode, Wario hopes to steal the ultimate object of d'larceny: an artifact that grants wishes! The rogue's road leads through a cruise ship, pyramid and seven more way-out destinations.

Using the stylus, players can draw specific designs on Wario to give him new costumes. Each costume -- there are eight in all -- gives him a unique ability. Thief Wario, for example, allows him to jump high and charge through enemies. Cosmic Wario (draw a helmet around his head) gives him a laser gun and the ability to make low-gravity jumps. Use these abilities to defeat enemies, solve puzzles and defeat bosses.

En route, you'll have to play variations of eight touch-controlled minigames. Tons of unusual collectibles (and if Wario is about anything, it's collecting) guarantee plenty of replay value!

overall

Two-dimensional games have enjoyed a serious rebirth on DS, and it's only appropriate that one of portable platforming's most storied heroes keeps up the tradition. With a new control scheme and an amazingly diverse array of powers, Wario: Master of Disguise looks to delight players with a blend of classic mechanics and new variations.







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