“So anyway, you should know that the fortune-hunter Wario has inspired many of my strange games! He's always one degree ahead of cool, and he's even let me tag along with on some of his money-grubbing adventures!”
Mona is a major human character in the WarioWare series. One of Wario's original employees and microgame programmer, she is also shown working part-time in many establishments of Diamond City, most owned by Joe, while competing with the The Dinosaurs, a rival group. Since her introduction in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Mona has appeared in all installments of the WarioWare series except WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase.
As revealed by Mona's diary at the official Japanese website for WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Mona is the daughter of an artist and a supermodel. The artist is her father, while her mother is a busy supermodel who travels the world and doesn't see her daughter often. In a comment by Mona in the blog of the Japanese website for WarioWare: Smooth Moves, it is written that she emphatizes with Ashley, since Ashley often feels lonely and thinks about her parents, while Mona herself rarely sees her busy mother and father. The games themselves, however, have yet to make a full mention of Mona's family.
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
Mona is first seen in the intro of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, where Wario calls her to join WarioWare, Inc. and to produce microgames for his upcoming game. As with Wario's other friends in Diamond City, Mona agrees.
Mona's own story starts at the Gelateria, Mona's workplace in this game. The manager Joe, known as Gelato Joe, goes to his work and opens the roller shutter of the building at 7:53 a.m., and Mona's working time begins at 8:00.
Mona, meanwhile, is on her red scooter, driving through various landscapes. At one point, Mona must stop before a large group of children passing the street. While she is wait, she is shocked to realize that it is already 7:55. After the children pass through the street, Mona continues to hurry. She drives past a Diamond Police car, however. The police notices her speeding and chases her. To get rid of the police, Mona asks her animals for help. She presses a button on the handlebar of her scooter, and her tiny Elephant emerges and fires sludge at the police car to stop it. A new police car, however appears behind Mona. Again, the hatchway opens, and her Pig kicks a soccer ball at the car, so it must stop as well. Now, however, a whole fleet of cars of the Diamond Police chase Mona. In the last resort, Mona asks her Monkey (then known as Chimp) for help. It throws a banana peel at one car, making it slip and fall. To aim better at the police cars, the Chimp puts its hi-tech goggles on.
Eventually, Mona can finally escape from the Diamond Police. She runs inside the Gelateria and inserts her staff card at 7:59, only two seconds from 8 o'clock. Her employer Joe is very happy that she has arrived in time. Mona then wears her uniform and starts serving gelato.
Mona also makes an appearance in the ending story of the game, where Wario represents his employees in the WarioWare headquarters. Wario, however, is unwilling to share the company's profits with any of his employees. Mona calls Wario a "greedy punk", but Wario escapes. She is shocked, but unlike the other employees, she chases Wario. Wario, however, successfully escapes from the headquarters with a rocket attached to the building.
In a two-player minigame, called VS Dong Dong, Mona, player 1, is controlled with , while the her opponent is Dribble. A single-player minigame, Paper Plane, features Mona as one of the characters looking through a window and telling the current flight time.
For WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, Mona creates Strange microgames. All games involve mostly everyday objects, such as brushing the teeth or plugging a finger into a nose.
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!
In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!, Mona now works as a waitress at the Sora Sora restaurant. In the ending movie, which can be seen after beating the single-player mode, Stage Clear, she drives her scooter to her workplace and hits a soccer ball while driving. The ball flies into the headquarters of WarioWare, Inc. and hits Wario's television set making it display Mona's Elephant.
At some time later, Mona in her uniform introduces Wario and the WarioWare employees at the restaurant.
Mona is one of the ten selectable characters in the multiplayer games in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!. Her multiplayer mode minigame is Listen to the Doctor. Here, a player is instructed to do microgames as well as do other actions as a doctor says. The other players clap on how well the player has done.
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! features Mona's strange microgames.
In the intro of WarioWare: Twisted!, Mona comes with 9-Volt to Dr. Crygor's lab. There, Dr. Crygor tries to fix Wario's broken Game Boy Advance with his invention, the Gravitator, but it has no buttons after the repairing. Instead, players had to move the system to move the character in the game. Mona and 9-Volt try and enjoy it, giving Wario the idea to make a new WarioWare game involving this gameplay.
In addition, Mona changes her workplace once again. Now, she is employed at Mona Pizza, a pizzeria owned by Joe, there known as Pizza Joe. Mona Pizza is a competitor to Pizza Dinosaur, a huge restaurant chain. In Mona's story, a customer mistakenly calls Pizza Dinosaur for Mona Pizza. The employees of Pizza Dinosaur, the Dinosaurs, mad, use their dinosaur machines to attack Mona, who delivers pizzas at the time. While Mona's Elephant and Pig cannot stop the machines, her Monkey threw a banana peel on the road again, flipping dinosaur machine, so Mona can deliver the pizzas safely.
Mona's microgames in WarioWare: Twisted! involve a particular style of gameplay rather than a specific visual theme, which is continued for the next games in the series until WarioWare: D.I.Y.. In this game, her set of microgames is called Mini Spin and requires small spins and perfect precision.
In WarioWare: Touched!, Mona becomes the bassist of a rock band called "Mona and The Hot Slices" composed of herself and Art and Deco. While Mona plays the bass guitar, Deco raps and Art plays a banjo.
In Ear Candy, a television show of the channel DBS, Ken the VJ announces that Mona and her sidekicks reach the top of the record charts and displace the pop singer Vanessa from the first place, who performed with the Dinosaurs as the background guitarists. He also announced that Mona will have a gig at the Hawt House. After watching it, Vanessa, furious, vows to keep Mona and her friends from reaching the Hawt House.
At this time, Mona, Art and Deco are doing their last music probes at Mona Pizza before their gig. When they are done, Mona drives her scooter toward the Hawt House while Art and Deco follow her in a van. While they were on their way, Vanessa and the two employees of Pizza Dinosaur appear on motorcycles to slow the trio. Then Vanessa drives toward the Hawt House while the Dinosaurs drive a bird-like vehicle and fly directly over the trio, grabbing Art.
Mona calls her animal friends for help, who came in small propeller aircrafts, but they are kicked away by the bird-like machine. Even Pizza Joe arrived in a similar aircraft, but he is kicked away as well. The last helpers are 4.1 and 4.2, who fly in a spherical flying vehicle, who are able to shoot soccer balls at the Dinosaur's machine, but they eventually fail. Deco then activates an ejection seat of the van, causing the bird-like machine to release Art and fall down finally. With the machine gone, the trio hurry to the Hawt House.
At the Hawt House, the fans are waiting for the appearance of the trio. "Mona and The Hot Slices" arrives and pleases the fans. Vanessa, who is also present at the Hawt House, however, is seen furious. Mona, however, realize that she must deliver pizzas, so she immediately leaves the Hawt House. While Art and Deco stop playing, Vanessa gets an idea. Garbage Boy, who appears at every performance of the band, wants to heat up the atmosphere and goes to the microphone, but he is kicked away by Vanessa. She tries to disguise herself with a wig and a hat similar to Mona's, but the people boo and throw various objects at her.
In WarioWare: Touched!, Mona's set of microgames is called Cute Cuts and involves slicing with the Stylus. For example, in the Steel Chef microgame, the player must slice flying food two or more times to win.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mona works as a cheerleader. She drives her scooter to the football stadium of Diamond City, but she is late again, so she drives directly into the stadium. There, she is the leader of the Monettes for the Diamond City Roughs, who plays against Team Dinosaur, a football team that, at the least, is inspired by Pizza Dinosaur. One of the players of the Diamond City Roughs has fallen in love with Mona and keeps her in mind, but he tries to focus on the football game. The game is announced by Ken the Reporter and Joe.
When only a few seconds of the game are left, the player who loved Mona gets the football and has to pass three members of Team Dinosaur. The thought of Mona gives him the motivation to hit the Dinosaurs away and to make a touchdown. At the end, the Roughs wins the game. After the game, the player wants to confess Mona his love, but he stutters, and when he is done, Mona has driven away. Instead of Mona, he says it to one of the other cheerleaders, shocking her.
Mona appears in the story of Young Cricket and Master Mantis, where she serves dumplings along with Joe. Mona's animals and Art and Deco also help. Mona's Bear also makes his first appearance, although it is a brief one. She also writes the last town bulletin board message, which is obtained after collecting all Pose Cards.
In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mona's set of microgames involves the forms The Remote Control, The Handlebar, and The Umbrella.
The Japanese Smooth Moves wesbite features a blog section for the WarioWare developers. In her blog entry, Mona describes various establishments of Diamond City and explains she frequently changes jobs because her boss himself frequently changes business.
On Ashley's blog entry, Red explains that Ashley feels lonely as she misses her parents, who live in her distant hometown. In the comments, Mona states that she empathizes with Ashley as she too rarely sees her parents, and offers Ashley to come see her if she ever needs comforting. Ashley simply responds "Everyone... I hate you."
In WarioWare: Snapped!, Mona runs the newly-opened Wario Park along with Wario, Jimmy T., Kat and Ana. In Mona's five microgames in WarioWare: Snapped!, the player has to line up with objects on the screen. She adds stylish decorations to the photos taken of the player after the end of her stage.
In WarioWare: D.I.Y., Mona and Joe, the latter one acting as a cameraman, explore an ancient building, which they find after a trip through the jungle. Mona, holding the microphone, reports on their adventure on the show Mona Tankentai (translate as "Mona Exploration Team"). The theme of Mona's microgame set is Strange, like her first appearance.
Mona, along with Jimmy T., 9-Volt, Orbulon and Ashley, apparently leave WarioWare Inc. to work for Diamond Software in this game. Various residents of Diamond City consider the D.I.Y. Forums feature of the game, as well as Wario's taking all credit for making games, the most probable cause for leaving. Later games such as Game & Wario though, shows that she and everyone else have returned to working at Wario's company.
Game & Wario
In Game & Wario, Mona works at the Diamond City Times as a photojournalist, taking pictures of criminals at the scene of a crime. She is featured in the minigame "Shutter" which involves taking images of the hidden criminals from the buildings and streets.
Mona is featured as the subject of several Cluck-A-Pop capsules, collectively named Mona Superscoop. These capsules feature Mona sharing various information about life in Diamond City and its residents. She is also featured in the "Beauty Magazine" capsule. In it, Mona takes a photo of the player's face, which then has various comical filters applied.
Mona, along with most other characters in the game, also appears in the Bowling minigame as a bowling pin.
As with the other WarioWare characters, Mona makes an appearance in Miiverse Sketch Masterpiece Collection, a series of video showcasing pictures of often questionable quality made in the game's Miiverse Sketch mode. Mona is the host of the twelfth video, themed after drawings of Tutankhamun.
Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+
Mona makes several appearances in the Rhythmware challenge set of Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+. She first appears in Dr. Crygor's version of Freeze Frame, where she is part of the crowd that blocks the player's view of the background near the end of the minigame. Her scooter is also seen in Kat & Ana's remake of Jumping Road.
Mona later appears in the final game of the set, Ringside. The Rhythmware version features The Reporter dressed as Mona interviewing The Wrestler (disguised as Wario Man). Mona herself appears next to the building in the game's intro and outro.
Mona appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as a Sticker that raises resistance by four. Additionally, one of the names that can be gotten from pressing the "RANDOM NAME" button is "MONA". Mona from Game & Wario also receives her own trophy in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.
Mona is a teenager attending high school. She has a fair skin complexion and long orange hair, although the hair appears to be shorter in Game & Wario. Mona's hair often has two bangs over her face, although in later appearances, a third one was added. In most of her appearances, Mona has blue eyes, although, again, in Game & Wario, she has solid brown eyes. In most of her appearances, she wears a hat.
Unlike most characters, Mona's outfit has changed in every appearance. In her first appearance, Mona's normal outfit is a biker attire, but when she is working, she has a more formal attire. In WarioWare: Twisted!, as a pizza delivery person, she has a more casual attire with rollerskates. In an alternate artwork of WarioWare: Twisted!, she wears a similar outfit, but it is mostly white and red. In WarioWare: Touched!, Mona, as a bass guitar player, wears a red dress, red gloves, and a large striped hat with sewn eyes. The bass she plays is yellow and green with heart and star motifs.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves depicts Mona as slightly taller and older, in a formal cheer-leading attire. In WarioWare:Snapped!, being a park employee, Mona wears a white and green uniform with a headphone and a small hat. Mona takes the look of an explorer in WarioWare: D.I.Y., where her outfit is mostly pink. Mona is also depicted with small earrings and a little bit of makeup, similar to her first appearance. In Game & Wario, Mona is a photographer, and she is taller, has shorter hair, and appears generally older than her previous appearances. This design is later used in Rhythm Tengoku: The Best+.
Mona also owns a red scooter which varies slightly across its appearances.
Mona has a tomboy-like personality, as she is said to be spunky. Mona is often willing to help, but she is often willing to speak out aggressively if her employer is being unfair. She called Wario a "greedy punk" after realizing that he received all the credit for the microgrames, and when Wario attempted to escape, she was the only employee that pursued him. Although she likes Wario and even looks up to him, she also appreciates it if she is paid adequately, often expressing her want for a raise or a pay check. Mona is also dedicated to her jobs and school; if she is late, she will do all it takes to be on time, even if it means breaking the law and avoiding the police. She seems to like Wario, even to having a crush on him. She also seems to be friendly to 9-Volt
Despite her upbeat personality, according the official Japanese website for WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! and WarioWare: Smooth Moves, Mona often feels lonely without her mother, who is often out in trips. She is also revealed to be empathetic toward Ashley, who also misses her parents.
As seen in all games of the WarioWare series, Mona owns some different small animals. They often help her against her pursuers. All animals wear a shirt with a number on it.
Profile page from the WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgames$! manual
Hey, you're a new face around here! Well, I'm Mona! I scoop gelato at the gelataria-when I'm not at school or making games, that is. So anyway, you should know that fortune-hunter Wario has inspired many of my strange games! He's always one degree ahead of cool, and he's even let me tag along with him on some of his money-grubbing adventures!
Profile Information from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!
Website bio from WarioWare: Touched!
Whether it's delivering pizzas, crooning hit singles or fighting off jealous rivals in an airplane that looks like a giant chicken, this go-to girl never loses her spunky spirit. Now, just what should she wear today?
WarioWare: Touched! instruction booklet
"Hey, I'm back! I may work as a pizza-delivery diva by day, but I also play the bass in the hardest-rockin' band in the city – Mona and THE PORK LOINS! Our first gig is today at the famous HAWT HOUSE! Come check us out... we're going to, like, totally ROCK!"
"My CUTE CUTS are easy to play: just make quick slices across the screen. Simple, right? It's a lot like jamming on a bass!"
Game & Wario character card
Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker information
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy
List of game appearances by date
Miiverse Sketch Masterpiece video