Having lined it up to launch alongside the Japanese hardware on December 2nd, Nintendo has started trailing details on WarioWare, Inc. DS online this month, opening a Japanese website that introduces the characters and some of the game concepts in predictably frenzied fashion. See here.
As with its praised GBA and Cube predecessors, WarioWare on the DS will split a number of five-second-or-so mini-games among various characters, the idea being to beat them in sequence. Only this time the game makes use of the DS' various new functions to make things more interesting.
And of the two new characters mentioned in connection with the DS title, the robot named Mike seems to be doing the most in that regard; he's a Karaoke Robot invented by Dr. Crygor whose mini-games use the handheld's internal microphone (he's called Mike! Oh-ho!). His fellow debutant meanwhile, Ashley, will task you with sliding objects around the screen, because she's a witch in training, apparently. Yeah.
Other, returning characters include Mona, Jimmy T, Kat and Ana, Dr. Crygor himself, and 9Volt and 18Volt, and games will involve all sorts of stroking, scratching and fiddling - and of course snatches of old Nintendo games.
Given our fondness for the other games bearing the WarioWare name, this is bound to be one of the first we seek out once the DS hardware is released. And if we learn any more about the game from Japan or anywhere else for that matter in the meantime, we'll be sure to keep you posted. Scratch!