Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
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  1. Oct 26, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is a wonderful addition to the 3DS library at such a late point in the system’s life cycle. Its presentation is largely brilliant, with bright, bold, punchy animations and a seemingly endless variety of visual styles within the microgames themselves. Although some of the magic of the classic microgames is lost thanks to the needless graphical facelifts they’ve been given, overall the vast amounts of chaos and hilarity occurring on-screen is gorgeous. With a litany of modes and content to unlock, veteran and rookie players alike will be occupied for hours trying to see everything that the title has to offer.
  2. Sep 17, 2018
    Boasting the largest amount of content to date, Wario's latest entry is a masterclass in reinvention, breathing life into old games and somehow making the same three-second long mini-games fans have been playing for years feel new exciting. Just as fresh for series fanatics as it is for those who haven't yet delved into WarioWare's absurdist world, Gold is far more than just a collection of the series' best moments; it's an entirely new game, and a great one at that.
  3. Aug 21, 2018
    Wario Ware Gold is the best of Wario Ware and more, and a reason to pick up a 3DS again. It’s got a super weird sense of humor that isn’t replicated, it pays loving tribute to Nintendo’s history, and most importantly it’s pure fun. There’s plenty of game here for the price as well, with it all being unlocked the more it’s played. A must own in handheld gaming and a good sign that the 3DS isn’t dead yet.
  4. Aug 6, 2018
    WarioWare Gold serves as both an excellent tribute to the series’ fifteen years of absurdist humour as well as the perfect entry point for new fans. Comprising of some of the best microgames the series has had to offer, WarioWare Gold represents the best way to experience the zany eclecticism that is WarioWare. It’s just a little bit of a shame that if you’re not into chasing scores, it’s all over all too quickly.
  5. Jul 31, 2018
    With its absurdist humour, wonderful voice acting (courtesy of Charles Martinet, naturally), immensely satisfying gameplay and stern challenges - many of which will make even the most seasoned players' palms sweat - WarioWare offers something for everyone. If this does turn out to be the 3DS' swansong, then it's going out on a high.
  6. NF Magazine
    Sep 5, 2018
    If you enjoyed past WarioWare games, you won't want to miss this. [Issue #35 – September/October 2018, p. 63]
  7. Aug 24, 2018
    Wario Ware is back and like all the bozos who fall for Wario’s schemes we really should fall for this all over again.
  8. Aug 14, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is an off-the-wall title bursting with content and creativity. The 300+ microgames and myriad side modes will keep you coming back to this game time and time again, even with its lacking multiplayer and padded unlockables. WarioWare Gold is easily the best game Nintendo has released in 2018 so far, and a great addition to any 3DS owner’s library.
  9. Aug 7, 2018
    A great compilation of the best content of WarioWare. Pure Gold for all Nintendo fans.
  10. Aug 6, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is one of those exponents of pure fun. Its 316 microgames, the use of the different functions of 3DS and the great dubbing of the characters will make you not want to take off from the console until you discover everything. It is true that its story mode is very short, and it is a pity that a multiplayer mode that promises to paint requires two cartridges to be enjoyed, but these are details that do not tarnish what the title offers: the Wario essence, the Nintendo essence.
  11. Aug 6, 2018
    WarioWare Gold manages to be one of the most consistently enjoyable and funny 3DS games in recent memory.
  12. Jul 31, 2018
    Probably the best entry on this series. Instant fun that lasts while the microgames last... And that may not be for a long time. At least it's an intense and true love.
  13. 85
    WarioWare Gold is grand game for veterans and newcomers alike. The title features a top notch selection of microgames, which kept me glued to the screens for hours.
  14. Jul 30, 2018
    It is a complete product, overflowing with content.
  15. Jul 30, 2018
    The craziest minigame collection is back, bigger and better than ever. A must-have if you like Wario’s idea of fun.
  16. Aug 22, 2018
    If you’re a fan of the series then this is another solid entry. Will it be your favorite? That probably depends on the person, but there’s definitely something here for everyone who has liked any version up to WarioWare Gold. If you missed the tilt controls or wish we had another stylus version, this is where you can enjoy an encore of series past with the largest collection of migrogames yet! Me personally, I’m not complaining about WarioWare being back in our lives.
  17. Aug 6, 2018
    The 3DS version doesn’t really add that much to the franchise but the unique control mechanics and games does make for an enjoyable time, even though some of the mini-games fail. So although WarioWare Gold doesn’t get a gold medal on this occasion, it still deserves a solid bronze as it’s a great homage to Nintendo.
  18. Aug 15, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is the ultimate collection of microgames. With so many ways to play, oodles of unlockable goodies, and hilarity lurking around every corner; you'd be a goof not to enjoy Wario's latest fun-filled cash grab.
  19. Sep 2, 2018
    WarioWare is more than just a collection. It's an authentic celebration of the saga, unmissable for fans.
  20. Aug 26, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is a greatest hits game. It combines the best from the previous game.
  21. Aug 15, 2018
    The story mode of Warioware Gold only lasts a couple of hours, but those few hours are bursting with enjoyment and madcap humour.
  22. Aug 10, 2018
    WarioWare Gold may not have many new microgames, but its revamped presentation, satisfying modes, and potluck of playstyles manage to keep the experience fresh. The short, rapid fire challenges are as fun as ever, and the multiple approaches to the same premise make this golden compilation an enticing option for short bursts or hyperactive binge sessions.
  23. Aug 6, 2018
    While I wish WarioWare Gold had more new than old, it’s definitely the ultimate package of microgames that will give any fan of WarioWare something to truly enjoy.
  24. Aug 6, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is a perfect example of how to take the insanity of microgames from the past and shove them into one packed setting while still having each one stand out. With tons of different ways to play and a multitude of things to unlock, Gold is filled to the brim with wonderful content that’s easy to pick up and play at any time. Anyone who has enjoyed the previous WarioWare titles will have an utter blast in Gold, as it brings back all the good of previous entries while making itself a staple of how the series can continue to grow from here.
  25. Aug 6, 2018
    I, for one, will be anxiously awaiting the day when we get a host of all new WarioWare microgames for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo, call me. I've got tons of ideas.
  26. Aug 2, 2018
    Not so explosive like previous entries, but WarioWare Gold is still a good collection of microgames, with fun specially oriented to the fan of the series.
  27. Jul 31, 2018
    If you are new to the series, this is an amazing place to start. If you have played the others to death then there is still enough here to warrant you getting hooked all over again. It is utter madness from start to finish.
  28. Jul 31, 2018
    It's a true greatest hits package that showcases Wario's unique weirdo vibe, and this style of play remains inventive and thrilling 15 years after the original Game Boy Advance game. We're still hoping for an entirely new title on Switch in the future, but for now Gold is a compelling, generous victory lap.
  29. Jul 30, 2018
    WarioWare Gold it's like a "greatest hits" album, but from the craziest Nintendo IP. 316 five seconds minigames that requires speed and reflexes, and above all, sense of humor. An enjoyable crazy idea that, maybe, this time, falls short in some areas (story) and it doesn't offer multiplayer with one cart or 3D effect.
  30. Jul 27, 2018
    WarioWare has always been a fantastic oddity in Nintendo’s library and to gather much of what has made the franchise such a joy into one large collection is great. For anyone new to WarioWare, this is a great place to start. For veterans, it has more than enough new content to make playing it worthwhile, plus you get to have a greatest hits compilation of the best microgames.
  31. Aug 10, 2018
    While unlikely to ever eclipse the popularity of games starring his do-gooder counterpart—lo, art imitates life—Wario's series of wacky microgames nevertheless exudes such raw charisma and fun factor that it's hard not to root for him.
  32. Aug 1, 2018
    WarioWare Gold offers old school chaos with tens of microgames. The humor is of great quality, but the mini-games have stayed pretty much the same, making this game feel more like a Best Of than anything brand new.
  33. Jul 26, 2018
    300 mini-games and a lot of fun. That what’s anyone can expect from any WarioWare game, and that’s what WarioWare Gold delivers. Even if some of them are a bit confusing at first, and you’ll probably get bored soon enough.
  34. Aug 2, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is a sort of compendium of the series, with most of the microgames that are taken from the previous chapters. The result is a game that is aimed mostly to newcomers, with a strong deja-vu risk for veterans.
  35. 70
    WarioWare Gold brings together a handful of new microgames, and throws in plenty of the series' best ones. It might not reinvent the wheel, but you'll be too busy jumping from game to game to notice.
  36. games(TM)
    Sep 6, 2018
    A fun reminder of how great the WarioWare series is. [Issue#204, p.73]
  37. Aug 20, 2018
    Wario's relentless onslaught of microgaming still packs in a tonne of fun, especially for newcomers. For long-time Wario players, WarioWare Gold is a blessing and a curse. It’s nice to have a collection of games from across the franchise in one collection, but it also means that fatigue and familiarity can set in pretty quickly.
  38. Aug 2, 2018
    No amount of additional content could sweeten the deal here, though, as it’s simply the purposefully crude WarioWare format that’s to blame for it feeling out of its price depth. WarioWare Gold is the gold standard of WarioWare games, but it commands too high a price for what’s on offer.
  39. Jul 31, 2018
    A good package that pays tribute to the long running WarioWare series and a great opportunity for all the newcomers.
  40. Jul 30, 2018
    Like the gaming equivalent of binge-watching a playlist of the funniest Vine videos, WarioWare Gold provides some enjoyable short attention span shenanigans, particularly for newcomers. But in the absence any substantial new additions and a paucity of worthwhile extras, WarioWare Gold is more like a runner-up silver for long term fans of the series.
  41. Jul 26, 2018
    Wario Ware Gold feels like the very best of the series to this day: with a few new mini-games and many old ones, this episode cannot hide the feeling of redundancy. But with its 300 microgames, many crazy modes and a ton of WTF gadgets, every player can now experience the craziness of Wario Ware. Too bad the hardcore crew already knows most of its content.
  42. Aug 7, 2018
    I had a great deal of fun playing this game, and it saddens me that I can't give it a better score. However, I just cannot imagine justifying the $39.99 price tag of WarioWare Gold for the few hours of gameplay it has to offer. The story mode is about how Wario slaps together a bunch of games in the hopes to make a quick buck off the gaming industry, and I'm sorry to say this might be a case of art imitating life.
  43. Aug 6, 2018
    My main concern with WarioWare Gold, exacerbated by the lack of download play and only one real multiplayer gametype at that, is that it doesn't really have legs.
  44. Jul 29, 2018
    WarioWare Gold is just as wacky as the days of old. But with little content on offer outside the main story and no local download play on the 3DS, it’s a low blow for the party-game series.
  45. Aug 15, 2018
    WarioWare Gold slightly redeems itself only after you've suffered through the feeble punchlines of the Story mode and have unlocked Challenge mode.
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  1. Aug 3, 2018
    After all these years, the game maintains a sense of humor that lands somewhere between Flaming Lips psychedelia and Ren & Stimpy gross-out humor. As such the 3DS then leaves not with a bang or a whimper... but a really loud fart.
  2. Aug 6, 2018
    Clever tweaks make this far more than a greatest hits package. [Recommended]
  3. It’s a shame this is a greatest hits compilation and not a sequel but seeing the full madness of the series in one game is a wonderful journey of imagination and surreal humour.
  4. Aug 2, 2018
    With the way Gold brings 15 years of WarioWare together and slathers them in new layers of weird, manic energy, it serves as a much-needed salute to this underrated, often genius series. More than that, it’s a fitting testament to the last 15 years of daring ideas and handheld consoles from Nintendo, an era that’s possibly coming to a close.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 50 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 41 out of 50
  2. Negative: 8 out of 50
  1. Aug 3, 2018
    Like entries in the series before it, WarioWare Gold makes great use of the features of the console it is released on. The microgames are asLike entries in the series before it, WarioWare Gold makes great use of the features of the console it is released on. The microgames are as zany as ever, and although a lot of them this time are reused from past WarioWares, some have a different spin on them, such as the originally boss microgame Dungeon Dilemma now being standard length.

    A notable difference here is the full voice acting, and it's spot-on. Charles Martinet is still fantastic as Wario, and the voices on the others are great too, really bringing their varied personalities to life. Also, you can dub over most of the cutscenes, which I found to be a cool feature.

    A game that can be played either in short bursts or for a long period of time, WarioWare Gold retains the addictive, wacky gameplay that the series is known for. With cool extras such as minigames and the aforementioned dubbing, WarioWare Gold is a must-buy. If this is the last first-party original game for 3DS, then the handheld is going out with a bang.
  2. Aug 3, 2018
    Look im new to the wario ware games but i will say best 3ds game of 2018 and best wario ware games the story mode is ware it shines its reallyLook im new to the wario ware games but i will say best 3ds game of 2018 and best wario ware games the story mode is ware it shines its really fun and the cutscenes are really cool the process is interesting
    Arcade is just as fun waxthing the cutscene over and over if your a fan or new player this is a must buy
  3. Aug 11, 2018
    I really like all the minigames they brought back and they resonate well with the 3DS. Wario speaking so much is surreal so no complaintsI really like all the minigames they brought back and they resonate well with the 3DS. Wario speaking so much is surreal so no complaints about the voice acting either.