WarioWare D.I.Y.: making games an inch wide, a mile deep: "
If you want to try your hand at designing a game, you live in a very good time. You can always download the Unreal Engine 3 to play with for free if you want to take a crack at PC gaming. but if your goals are slightly less ambitions, Nintendo has your back. The company is giving you the reins with Wario Ware D.I.Y., the latest game in the now venerable series of microgames. Each release in the series features short games that can be completed in a matter of seconds by the player, and this newest release allows you to make those games yourself.
Don't expect to just jump in and start creating, however. The game begins with a lengthy and somewhat tiresome tutorial, but there is nothing simple about creating a simple game. Stick with it, and the game will hold your hand through the basic concepts of game creation, including artwork and music. You can import assets from any of the existing games on the cart, or make your own. The game will teach you basic scripting language in order to give your creations the ability to interact and respond to the player.
When you're finished, games can be shared with other players either using direct connections or online using Friend Codes. The games can be played on the Wii with the optional WarioWare D.I.Y. Showcase for that system. Nintendo will also be releasing games designed by some of the industry's top talent, including the minds behind Metroid: the Other M and Scribblenauts. The games on the cart, and the games released by the pros later, have all been made with the tools you have been given. It's empowering to be able to look at what others are able to do with what you have ready at your fingertips.
There are limits to how many objects you can put into your game, and you can only control the game by tapping the screen, but those limits will stretch your creativity. Take a look at what others have created with those parameters in order to see just how far creativity can take you. The game also includes a four-panel comic designer, and the ability to upload and download new games means the experience can be fresh for pretty much... well, forever.
If you've ever had the itch to create your own Nintendo title, this could be as close as many of us get. WarioWare D.I.Y. comes to the Nintendo DS this Sunday.
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