WarioWare was meant to be played on the Wii. It shows off the wii-mote's unique controls, and provides great gameplay.

User Rating: 9 | WarioWare: Smooth Moves WII
WarioWare: Smooth Moves was definitely one of the most highly anticipated games on the Wii. This unique series has garnered many fans after appearing on the Gamecube, the DS, and even the GBA. With a delightfully strange storyline, along with some equally weird mini-games, WarioWare is a definite must have for all Wii owners.

To start the game off, you are faced with a wide variety of mini-games to complete. These games range from loveable Nintendo classics, to some of the most popular Gamecube titles. There are over 200 mini-games to play, so don't expect to go through them all in a day. The most frequently asked question about Smooth Moves is: "How do the Wii controls work with the gameplay?" To answer this question, I will respond with two words: almost perfectly!

There are sixteen different wii-mote stances to master throughout the game. One example of a stance is the waiter, where you hold the controller in the palm of your hand as a waiter holds a serving tray. Another example is the sketch artist, where you hold to wii-mote as you would a pen. Each stance has its own variety of mini games to choose from. Attempting to play one of these games without adhering to the stance can sometimes be difficult, so its best to follow directions. Some of the stances are basic, while others look really funny. All in all, they fit the game very well, and make for some interesting gameplay moments.

After playing through about half of the mini-games in single player mode, you will unlock a multiplayer mode. Multiplayer is possibly the greatest feature of Smooth Moves; its much more fun to play with a group of friends. There are various gameplay modes to choose from, including a balloon bang mode which is similar to hot potato. There are also several longer mini-games to play, such as Darts. The multiplayer game modes are very fast paced, which makes them very entertaining. There is also a unique element of surprise before a mini-game beings. You might be faced with a fly infested banana, and the screen will say "Shake." Instinctively, you shake the controller, and the little handdrawn ape gets to eat his favorite fruit. Other games aren't as obvious, so there is a bit of finesse required.

By completing the single player mode, you can also unlock several extended games, which are longer than the normal party games. To name a few, there are games such as Can Shooter, Balloon Man, and a strategic block balancing game. These add some replay value to the rather short single player mode. You will probably find yourself going back to them occasionally in order to beat you old high scores. In short, there is a wealth of great games to choose from, so you will not get bored too easily.

The WarioWare series hasn't really been associated with stunning visuals, but the graphics fit the game very well. As I said, they can range from Gamecube games such as Metroid and Zelda, to NES classics and hand-drawn mini-games. The cutscenes are fully animated, and the art is generally very well-done. The sound is very good also, and adapts well to the gameplay. Sure, some music might sound strange, but hey, this is WarioWare we're talking about.

Overall, WarioWare: Smooth Moves is one of the best games we've seen on the Wii thus far. Not only does it execute the Wii's unique control scheme with ease, but it also gives us a really awesome and fresh gameplay experience. Fans of the WarioWare series will definitely enjoy this amazing sequel. If you're a Wii owner looking for a new game, then this is definitely the way to go.