Dribble and Spitz

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This article is about the two characters. For information about the record from WarioWare: Twisted!, see Dribble & Spitz (souvenir).
Dribble and Spitz
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Dribble and Spitz as they appear in Game & Wario.
Full Name Dribble and Spitz
Species Dog and Cat
First Appearance WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003)
Latest Appearance Game & Wario (2013)

“I'm on it!”
Dribble, WarioWare: Smooth Moves

Dribble and Spitz are major anthropomorphic animal characters in the WarioWare series. The duo consists of Dribble, an orange bulldog, and Spitz, a small, squinting yellow cat, and together, they run Diamond Taxi as cabbies. They drive a taxi that has been souped-up by Dr. Crygor[1] and is capable of travelling into space, among other things. They often they carry passengers that turn out to be supernatural in some way. The two are easily distracted and therefore forget to collect fares from these passengers. In the original Japanese, they speak in Kansai dialect, which is stereotypically associated with fun-loving, boisterous characters[1].

History[edit]

WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$![edit]

Dribble and Spitz's stage in Mega Microgame$!

Dribble and Spitz are first seen in the intro scene of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, in which they are recruited by Wario to join his company, WarioWare, Inc., and they agree to produce microgames for him.

In their own story, Dribble and Spitz drive up and down Diamond City late at night and pick up a young boy or girl (named after the player) who asks to be taken to the sea. When they arrive at the pier, the person walks to the edge, transforms into a merman/mermaid in front of the furry cabbies, and jumps in the sea, bidding them farewell. Fascinated by this strange phenomenon until dawn breaks, they eventually realize that they forgot to collect the passenger's fare. Dribble also appears in an unlockable minigame called VS Dong Dong, where he fights against Mona.

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$![edit]

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!, Dribble and Spitz are traveling around Diamond City, where they are called upon by a woman who was really Orbulon in disguise. She asks them to take her to the farthest reaches of outer space, and on the way, she reveals her true identity, but the furry duo don't seem to be bothered. When they arrive, Orbulon drags the taxi into his Oinker, and makes them his underlings, until they suddenly get hit by an asteroid and fall back down to Earth, landing in Dr. Crygor's laboratory. Dribble and Spitz's taxi soon becomes able to float on water, and they, Orbulon and Dr. Crygor travel to the mainland. During the journey, Spitz tunes in to watch the Super Show, and before long they had arrived in Sora Sora, where Mona is working.

WarioWare: Twisted![edit]

Dribble and Spitz's stage in Twisted!

In WarioWare: Twisted!, Dribble and Spitz are driving through Interstate 310, where Spitz is fiddling about with the taxi radio while being told by Dribble not to sleep on the job. Suddenly, the taxi breaks down, and during their microgames stage, they try to fix it. They fix it in the end, but Spitz has fallen asleep again, so Dribble decides to push a button that transforms the taxi, and takes them into space. Before long, they pick up an alien customer that asks them to take it to Club Sugar.

WarioWare: Touched![edit]

While Dribble and Spitz do not have their own microgame stage in WarioWare: Touched!, they make a brief appearance at the end of Mike's story, where they are called upon by Dr. Crygor to help him look for his missing robot, and eventually find him on the planet of the Space Bunnies. They also appear in the character selection screen every time one or more characters are unlocked.

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

Dribble and Spitz's stage in Smooth Moves

Dribble and Spitz appear once again in WarioWare: Smooth Moves, where they are cleaning their taxi, glad that the weather had turned out to be nice after all. Suddenly a young woman arrives, asking for a ride to a place called Tomorrow Hill. When they arrive, they are shocked to see that a giant spaceship had descended to the edge of Tomorrow Hill, where the young lady transforms into an alien named Mitzi and departs, leaving her hat behind. Once they get over their shock, Dribble and Spitz realize that Mitzi didn't pay the fare.

WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase[edit]

An ad for Diamond Taxi that is seen after the pair's boss stage.

In WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase, the WiiWare counterpart for WarioWare D.I.Y., Dribble and Spitz take part in the Diamond Rally Championship, where they try to overtake their opponents. After the boss stage is completed, the taxi shown in their ad will break down if the player presses the A button button.

Game & Wario[edit]

The title screen of Dribble and Spitz's minigame, Taxi.

In Game & Wario, Dribble and Spitz's minigame is called Taxi. The story is that Dribble and Spitz are driving their taxi down route 56, and they start to fall asleep. Not long after, they encounter a hitchhiker waiting on the side of the road. A UFO suddenly appears overhead and abducts the hitchhiker. Spitz then grabs a laser gun, opens the top of their taxi, and attempts to shoot at the UFO. The UFO dodges all of Spitz's shots. He then tells Dribble to follow it and he cooperates, following the UFO over a hill leading to a farm.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Dribble and Spitz make cameo appearances in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as Stickers. If the Dribble Sticker is used in the Subspace Emissary mode by a player, the player's battering resistance will be raised up by six. The Spitz Sticker can only be used on characters with tail attacks. If used, it will raise their attacks by twelve.

Official profiles and statistics[edit]

Profile page from the WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames$! manual[edit]

I'm Dribble. This is my pal Spitz. Together, we make one crash-bang cabbie team! When Wario asked us to team up and make some hard drivin' sci-fi games, we couldn't say no! Hop in your cab and try 'em out! We'll cut you a deal on the fare! Oh, hey! Between us, we taught Wario how to drive! He'd never admit it, but it's true...

WarioWare, Inc. Mega Party Game$ information[edit]

Dribble[edit]

  • Occupation: Taxi Driver
  • Skill: Driving
  • Personality: Speed Freak
  • This speed freak of a cabby drives for Diamond Taxi. He's a burly guy, but he's not as bright as his partner Spitz. For some reason, they both have Bronx accents.

Spitz[edit]

  • Occupation: Taxi Driver
  • Hobby: Reading Science Fiction
  • Personalty: Calm
  • Sure, he's small, but in the cab he's leader of the pack. His cool head suits Dribble's need for speed well. Together, they dream of cabbing it in outer space.

Game & Wario character card[edit]

Dribble[edit]

-Speed demon
-Has great respect for Spitz
-Has a beautiful smile but often gets cavities on his back teeth

Spitz[edit]

-Dribble's superior
-Highly skilled driver
-Has gorgeous, fluffy fur
-Takes two baths a day

Microgames[edit]

Dribble and Spitz come with their own set of microgames in all games of the WarioWare series, except for WarioWare: Touched!.

In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Dribble and Spitz's microgames are of the Sci-Fi genre. All of these microgames are based on futuristic things, such as protecting a ninja from incoming arrows, or shooting enemy spaceships. WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! does also feature Dribble and Spitz's Sci-Fi microgames, as well as a mini-game created by them called Milky Way Delirium, which involve futuristic things as well.

Dribble and Spitz's microgames in WarioWare: Twisted! involve a particular style of gameplay rather than a specific visual theme, which was also continued for the next games in the series until WarioWare: D.I.Y.. In this game, their set of microgames is called Steer Clear and require tilting the Game Boy Advance and pressing the A Button.

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Dribble and Spitz's set of microgames involve the forms The Remote Control, The Umbrella, The Dumbbell, The Janitor and The Mohawk.

In WarioWare: D.I.Y Showcase, Dribble and Spitz return to their original role and host a new set of Sci-Fi games again.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Both characters are named after a form of saliva, "dribble" and "spit".
  • They get to live their dream in WarioWare: Touched!, as astro cab drivers.
  • Their taxi's bumper sticker says "Diamond Taxi 777-7777".
  • Dribble appears to be the one game developer, while Spitz is just his partner.
  • Even though Spitz's eyes are always squinting, he opens them fully in WarioWare: Twisted, in which they are revealed to resemble real cat eyes but a bit sinister looking.
    • He also opens them briefly in WarioWare: Smooth Moves if the player clicks the Dribble icon and waits for a moment. His eyes look like they did in Twisted.
      • In Game & Wario, they are opened once more, but this time look like black dots.
  • In Game & Wario, Spitz's description card reveals that he is actually Dribble's boss.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Japanese WarioWare: Smooth Moves character blog - Dribble, using the Kansai dialect, says his taxi was remodeled for him and remarks on how he is always well taken care of by Dr. Crygor: 「わてのタクシーも改造してもらいましたし、クライゴアはんには、ほんまいつもお世話になってますわ。」 (Retrieved May 8, 2013)