Developer: Intelligent Systems
Release Date: 2/14/2005
Available Exclusively On
Wario has always been a strange character. I didn’t really understand him or Waluigi and felt they were unlikable. I still don’t like either of them, but the WarioWare games have always been fun and wacky. Touched tried to utilize the unique features of the DS such as the mic and touchscreen. I honestly feel this is the weakest WarioWare yet with mini-games that are too obscure for the one-word instructions and some even feel unresponsive. It doesn’t help that the game is so short you can beat it in one sitting. I even felt the little stories were stupid as well.
The menu consists of icons that you can touch varying from “toys” to people who feature mini-stories. The stories are lame and make no sense but in a bad way. You have to watch these stupid long unskippable cutscenes and then you are thrown a montage of mini-games. They range from slicing, tracing, pushing, pulling, spinning, poking, blowing, and various other acts with the DS hardware. Most feel appropriate for the hardware, but some are unresponsive. You will try to make an object move and feel you aren’t getting anything done in the short 3-5 seconds you get for the game. It took me 2-3 tries for each level because the one-word instruction was too obscure to follow for these zany mini-games. The games are some of the weirdest yet like a nude cherub statue urinating water on a mountain that’s on fire and other wacky stuff. Some mini-games are too simple like popping bubble wrap or spinning objects to make them match or even lighting candles. They start out super easy then get extremely tough. Like all WarioWare games, you get four lives then it’s game over. The boss stages were really tough and some were just frustrating.
Apart from that, the toys are just plain stupid. They last all of 5 seconds and you never use it again. Things like making flan jiggle, banging on a piano, or blowing a little toy windmill. Why would you put these in a game? Maybe a 2-year-old would find them interesting, but no one above that age. It’s just a waste of space in which more mini-games could have been in. There were just a lot of stupid ideas put into this game and it was rushed to show people what the DS could do. If the game were longer or had better mini-games it could have been something great.
As it is, Touched! is a decent rental for a day and that’s it. The toys are lame, the games repeat often, and they are either too easy, too easy, or unresponsive. Some are even downright lame. It’s a shame because WarioWare is one of Nintendo’s unsung heroes in their library and needs more attention. If the game wasn’t so rushed it would have been so much more.