WarioWare: D.I.Y. is a title in the WarioWare series. The game is officially called WarioWare: Do It Yourself in European languages, but the "D.I.Y." abbreviation is still included everywhere in the game and is also present on the game's logo.
The game was confirmed on October 2 at the Fall 2008 Nintendo Conference, where a very short video clip was shown. The American release was first announced at E3 2009. The European release date was first announced at Nintendo's European conference on January 25, 2010. The game was released in Japan and the ROC on April 29, 2009, in North America on March 28, 2010, in Europe on April 30, 2010, and in Australia on May 20, 2010.
The second WarioWare game for the Nintendo DS allows the player to create their own microgames, records, and comics, hence the title (D.I.Y. is short for "Do It Yourself"). The content could be shared via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. However, the service was terminated on May 20, 2014, making this game's content no longer shareable online.
At his home, Dr. Crygor is dreaming that he's playing a video game, up to a point where the characters of the game come out of the TV screen and fly toward him. Crygor wakes up and, inspired by his nightmare, creates a game-creation device named the Super MakerMatic 21. The next morning, Wario comes in with a broken TV and demands that Dr. Crygor fixes it, before noticing the Super MakerMatic 21 production line. He mistakes them for TV sets and asks to do a trade, but after Dr. Crygor explains to him its function, Wario is convinced it is his next opportunity to become rich.
Sometime before the event of the games, several WarioWare Inc. employees left the company to work for competitor Diamond Software, causing Wario to hire the player as a game creator.
WarioWare D.I.Y is focused on user-generated content. The player can make graphics, records, and logic routines for their microgames. The tools for creating the artwork are partly taken from Mario Paint, and even the respective graphics resemble the visuals of the named game. Furthermore, D.I.Y. offers the possibility to create comics or records.
Before being able to use the editing tools, the player has to go through a six-step tutorial (named "D.I.Y 101") explaining the basics of the interface and the editor's programming syntax. Further lessons are available.
The tools for graphical editing include different pencil tools, a spray can, a fill tool, and an eraser. They are used for both background elements, and sprites, which can be easily placed and moved around. The game allows the programming of logic routines to define the game's rules. The editor is restricted to tapping motions for input, as the development team wanted to keep content creation simple
Music can be made as well. The respective tool is similar to the Music Mode of Mario Paint. Instead of manually placing the notes on the music score, the player can also sing through the DS's microphone, which the DS then converts into the notes. Many of the instruments usable for the created melody originate from Mario Paint. The premade sound effects are partly taken from Mario Paint as well.
Players can send their creations to other D.I.Y. owners or receive other people's works. Before the discontinuation of the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, they could also be uploaded to Nintendo for contest purposes. Microgames made available by Nintendo were also available for download. Additionally, the WiiWare game WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase allows the player to play the microgames on the Wii.
Ninety premade microgames are available from the beginning. They are split into five different sets hosted by different WarioWare characters. The microgames are made with the in-game creation tool and thus are more simplistic than those in previous installments, featuring one difficulty level instead of three and a varying number of alternate scenarios. Microgame sets are unlocked based on the DS's internal clock, with one character being unlocked per day. As the editor is restricted to tapping motions, the microgames are grouped by visual theme, similar to WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
In addition to microgames, the game also features several pre-built comics and music records. Comics, much like microgames, are unlocked based on the system's internal clock while records are unlocked by obtaining any of the 120 Medals linked to in-game milestones. However, because Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is now unavailable, it is no longer possible to obtain Medals 104 to 114 due to them being related to online interactions.
The game is divided into 5 sections:
In the D.I.Y Studio, the player can create microgames and look at their achievements.
Here, the player can finish premade games. The player can also learn basic or advanced MakerMatic tricks.
All of the pre-installed and D.I.Y. products are stored here.
Players can share their D.I.Y. creations with others along with the registration of friend codes. The player can also connect to the NinSoft Store.
Change the game's settings such as company name or watch the credits.
The Game Blender serves as the game's menu for playing stages of microgames with either pre-built microgames, the player's microgames or a mixture of both. It is found in the Games room of the D.I.Y. Shop.
Games under this category are made by former members of Wario's crew, working under the brand name of Diamond Software. Each character's stage consists of 18 microgames with a common theme, and a story presented like a television program. Unlike previous WarioWare titles, stages do not end after clearing the boss microgame on the first playthrough, and the player must wait 24 hours after clearing a stage's target to unlock the next one. Encountering a Diamond Software microgame in the Game Blender adds it to the D.I.Y. Shop, which allows the player to play it individually, as well as view, import and edit it with the Super MakerMatic 21. The microgame sets are listed as follows:
These stages utilize microgames the player has saved to their shelves in the D.I.Y. Shop. Clearing 15 points in the Diamond Software: Ultra Hard stage unlocks the option to assign any Diamond Software theme (aside from Jimmy T's) to these stages, giving them the story and boss stage of their respective host.
The Mix All option allows players to play a microgame stage with all of the microgames present in their shelves and Diamond Software's shelves combined and is unlocked by clearing 15 points in the Diamond Software: Ultra Hard stage.
The Wario Award Contest
A special contest known as The Wario Award Contest (also called The Wario Awards, Join the Warios or just The Warios) was held in conjunction with the North American version's release and was related to the first American design challenges. It ran from March 28 to May 16, 2010 and was open to residents of the United States and Canada (except Quebec). The contest was first announced through a print ad. Participants had the chance to win a trip to the Nintendo E3 Media Briefing in Los Angeles.
Players had to design a microgame using a theme of creatures, sports, or machines. When finished, the game had to be submitted within WarioWare: D.I.Y. for the respective design challenge. Afterwards, the player had to fill out the fields of the form at the official website as previously entered on the game screen to finish the entry. It was also possible to submit a microgame design concept via the game's website without owning the game by filling out the other form.
Director Goro Abe thought the microgame format was well-suited to content creation due to their simplicity and short development time, and thus believed players could have fun creating microgames. Following the completion of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!, Abe wrote a text file describing a software creation game using the WarioWare system for the Iris (the codename for the successor to the Game Boy Advance, which would eventually evolve into the Nintendo DS). However, Abe felt the pitch "missed something" and due to the difficulties of making the editor accessible, it was put on hold as he focused on other projects.
When the Wii was developed, various Nintendo departments held meetings to discuss the new console. Abe was the representant of Nintendo SPD and learned that the Wii and DS could exchange data via Wiiconnect24. This information inspired him to build on his previous pitch.
Following the completion of WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Goro Abe shared his idea with fellow SPD 1 employee Takumi Hatakeyama. Hatakeyama was interested in the pitch as he had fond memories of creating content on Mario Paint, despite sharing Abe's inability to focus on completing longer, more involved content. Goro Abe also invited Intelligent Systems employee Taku Sugioka, who too was interested in the idea, but he was unsure of the feasibility of the project.
The team decided to base the music and drawing tools on Mario Paint. As there was no template for the game content-creation aspect, the developers felt it was the aspect that was the hardest to implement – according to Abe, half of the game's 2-years development cycle was spent on experimenting to create an approachable editor. It was eventually decided that microgame creation would be split into three components: "objects" (moving sprites), "background" (static graphics) and "sound". To integrate the sound and graphic creation tool in the game editor, the development team created a test model which surprised them with its efficiency when a designer with little programming experience was able to make a game within a few hours.
The first version of the editor was far less complex than that of the final version, the approach being to start with a small number of necessary functions and add others if necessary, rather than having an overly complex editor and removing unnecessary functions. To test its capabilities, the development team set to recreate Wario's stage in WarioWare: Touched! They were able to replicate "almost 100%", with some adjustments made to games that could not be fully recreated. During developments, Abe emphasized to the other staff members that it was unnecessary to create highly complex and technical games, as they would only last a few seconds.
Taku Sugioka lobbied for the game to be shipped on a NAND cartridge due to the format's faster rewrite speed and increased storage capacity, which caused the game to be slightly delayed due to issues debugging the new format .
As the development team knew not all consumers would be interested in creating games at first, the ability to edit pre-made microgames was added. The game's 90 microgames were specifically designed to provide a wide variety of templates and assets.
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