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This article is about the WarioWare spin-off game for the Wii U. For information about the WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase microgame with the same name, see GAME & WARIO (microgame).
Game & Wario
Box NA - Game & Wario.png
North American box cover
Developer(s) Nintendo SPD Group No.1
Intelligent Systems[1]
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Wii U
Release date Japan March 28, 2013[2]
USA June 23, 2013[3][4]
Europe June 28, 2013[5]
Australia June 29, 2013[6]
Brazil November 26, 2013[7]
Genre Party
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 7.svg - Seven years and older
CERO:CERO A.png - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
USK:USK 6.svg - Six years and older
DEJUS:DEJUS L.png - General audience
Mode(s) Single player
Multiplayer
Media
Wii U:
Media CD icon.png Optical disc
Input
Wii U:

Game & Wario is a party game for the Wii U console. This game is a spin-off from the WarioWare series[8]. The game stars Wario and, like WarioWare, it takes place in Diamond City. The game can be played by between one to five people. The title and logo are a reference to the Game & Watch series.

Story[edit]

Wario is watching television at his house. He changes channels, until noticing a reporting about a newly released console, featuring a controller with a screen (similarly to the Wii U GamePad). In order to make a lot of money, Wario decides to create games for that console and starts working on his computer. His friends in Diamond City also hear news about the console, and have shown interest in creating games for it as well.

Wario's Pirates game proves to be a success in the toy shop Toy Express, with Wario (in his pirate costume) stating that the game's success is due to him designing it. After hearing Wario say this, the game's fans, mistaking him for the villain, create a large energy ball that blows Wario away. Wario crash lands into Club Sugar, where the rest of Wario's employees are dancing. In response, Jimmy T. smugly remarks "Crashin' the party? That's our Wario." He then proposes to go bowling, which the other WarioWare employees enthusiastically accept.

Gameplay[edit]

Game & Wario is a spin-off of the WarioWare series, The microgames of the previous installments have been mostly replaced by lengthier minigames. The game features sixteen minigames, twelve of which are single-player (two featuring a 2-player mode) and four more multiplayer-only minigames, each of which is hosted by a WarioWare character.

Along with the solo and multiplayer modes, there is a separate game mode named Sketch, in which the player is tasked with choosing among four words suggested by Miiverse users and then draw the subject within the alloted time.

Single-player[edit]

Host Minigame Description
Wario Arrow.png A shooting minigame that requires players to use a bow and arrow to shoot the on-screen MechaWario minions. The minigame is played by holding the GamePad vertically, aiming at the television screen, and using the touch screen to draw and fire the arrow at the enemies. If the MechaWario minions reach the television screen, they will appear on the GamePad's touch screen, where the player must tap them on the touch screen to make them disappear. A MechaWario boss also appears in the minigame as a boss. The player can also use pepper shakers by tapping the nose on the arrow which can have a bigger impact than the regular arrow.
Mona ShutterGameWariotitlescreen.png In this minigame, players must search a variety of places (depending on the level) to look for hidden people. It is played by holding the GamePad in front of the television like a camera. Once players take a picture of one of the hidden people, they must tilt the GamePad down to send it to the newspaper editor. The newspaper editor will then give the player feedback on the picture and tell the player if they need to improve on the picture they took. The player can take multiple pictures for a better score but they have a limit on how many they can take. They can also take pictures of a "rare creature" (a Fronk) to get bonus points.
Jimmy T. SkiCard.png A skiing game in which Jimmy T. must ski down the mountain to reach the finish line. Players control Jimmy by holding the GamePad vertically and tilting it left and right.
Kat and Ana PatchworkGameWariotitlescreen.png A puzzle minigame that involves placing patches onto a cloth to eventually create the shape of an object.
Young Cricket and Master Mantis KungFuGameWariotitlescreen.png In this minigame, Young Cricket automatically jumps off each platform after he lands on one. The player must tilt the GamePad to move Young Cricket above platforms while he's in midair. The player can also press the Classic Controller ZL Button or Classic Controller ZR Button buttons to make him ground pound and quickly land on a platform. The player can also collect scrolls for extra time.
9-Volt & 18-Volt Gamer.png A minigame with a similar gameplay to the WarioWare games, playing microgames in the GamePad. Gameplay consists of pausing the game with the Classic Controller ZL Button and Classic Controller ZR Button buttons whenever 9-Volt's mother is about to come into his room. If the player fails to do this, loses all their lives, or causes 9-Volt to fall asleep, it will result in a game over.
Dr. Crygor DesignGameWariotitlescreen.png A minigame where the 1 or 2 players must memorize outlines and shapes to redraw them into specfied lengths as accurately as possible to build a robot.
Ashley GameWario AshleyTitleScreen.png This minigame involves Ashley and Red. Ashley flies around on Red (transformed into broom) collecting different sweets as well as shooting at some using the GamePad.
Dribble and Spitz TaxiGameWariotitlescreen.png The minigame objective is to load a customer in the taxi and take them to their destination route, while shooting the UFOs, which are trying to kidnap them, with a bazooka. The TV displays an overall map, while the GamePad is used to aim and shoot.
Captain Wario PiratesGameWariotitlescreen.png A minigame involving the player avoiding Captain Wario's attacks, with a pirate theme. Gameplay consists of Captain Wario giving commands to pirates on his ship and other ships to shoot arrows at the player. These commands can vary between him saying left, right, center or over. The player must move their GamePad in the corresponding directions in rhythm with the music to dodge the attacks.
All Bowling.png In this minigame, the player must bowl using the GamePad, turning the GamePad to manipulate the bowling ball's direction.
Pyoro BirdtitleGameWario.png This minigame is based on the original Pyoro game where as the player must act as Pyoro and catch falling beans. If Pyoro is hit by a bean, the game ends in a loss. This game features a Game and Watch-inspired art style on the GamePad, and a clay-like art style on the TV.

Multiplayer[edit]

Host Minigame Description
Orbulon SketchGameWariotitlescreen.png Similar to Pictionary, this minigame consists of one player using the GamePad to draw an object that the game has given the name of while the others guess what object they think it is but, this one has a few gimmicks that makes it unique.
Penny FruitGameWariotitlescreen.png This minigame requires 2-5 players to play. In the minigame that takes place in a small town filled with lots of people, one player must use the Wii U GamePad to control a character on-screen and steal fruit that are found all over town without the other players knowing. Afterwards, the other players must take the Wii U GamePad and try to identify the thief.
Fronk IslandsGameWariotitlescreen.png This minigame requires 2-5 players. The objective is to catapult a certain amount of Fronks onto an island divided into different sections which display how many is required. The GamePad is used to aim and catapult the fronks onto the island. In multiplayer, players must knock their opponents' Fronk off to lower their score and increase their own.
Mike DiscoGameWariotitlescreen.png This minigame requires 2 players to play. Gameplay consists of each player taking turns making a rhythm with three beats available while the other player tries to repeat that rhythm.

Cluck-A-Pop[edit]

The game features a mode where players can use tokens they find in the minigames to get prize capsules out of a machine resembling a chicken called the Cluck-A-Pop (known as Chick-N-Win in Europe and Australia). Each token gives the player one chance to "pop" a prize out of the chicken machine. There are 240 collection prizes, each listed below:[9]

# Collection
001 Bubble Blower
002 Dandelion Fluff
003 Magical Hair
004 Fireworks
005 Eraser Dust
006 Steel Wool
007 Whipped Cream
008 Pasta
009 Forgetful King
010 Forgetful Queen
011 Forgetful Dog
012 Forgetful Robot
013 Hi-Pitch Mic
014 Lo-Pitch Mic
015 Alien Mic
016 Rap Looper
017 Rope
018 Brush
019 Mysterious Cookie
020 Mediscope
021 Neuroscope
022 Vetrascope
023 Beans
024 Gnome's House
025 Prize String
026 Lucky String
027 Illustration String
028 Bugband: Strawbenemy
029 Bugband: On Target
030 Bugband: Jimmy Lovin'
031 Bugband: Hydrangeaville
032 Bugband: Masterpath
033 Bugband: Retro4Life
034 Bugband: ReDESIGN
035 Bugband: Ashley's Star Revolution
036 Bugband: Crazy Cabbie
037 Bugband: Dancin' Pirates
038 Bugband: Strange
039 Bugband: Hustlebustle Town
040 Bugband: Adrift
041 Mr. Tanaka's Sketchbook
042 Panda Sketchbook
043 Alien Sketchbook
044 Shadow-Puppet Projector
045 Beauty Magazine
046 Hand Mirror
047 Electric Fan
048 Teacher
049 Pink Crystal Ball
050 Blue Crystal Ball
051 Yellow Crystal Ball
052 Cat Disguise
053 Pig Disguise
054 Duck Disguise
055 Shy Dog
056 Unique Hamster
057 Hi-Tech Mirror
058 Haunted Mirror
059 BALLOON FIGHTER: Gold Digger
060 BALLOON FIGHTER: Sole Man
061 BALLOON FIGHTER: Mole
062 BALLOON FIGHTER: Break!
063 BALLOON FIGHTER: Rollout
064 BALLOON FIGHTER: Spotlight
065 BALLOON FIGHTER: Super Fly Swatter
066 BALLOON FIGHTER: Dinosaur
067 BALLOON FIGHTER: Eye Exam
068 BALLOON FIGHTER: Ball (G&W)
069 BALLOON FIGHTER: Samurai Slice
070 BALLOON FIGHTER: Matryoshka
071 BALLOON FIGHTER: Fake Out
072 BALLOON FIGHTER: Dachshund
073 BALLOON FIGHTER: Bananas
074 BALLOON FIGHTER: Fish
075 BALLOON FIGHTER: Loose Tooth
076 BALLOON FIGHTER: Allergy Attack
077 BALLOON FIGHTER: Transform!
078 BALLOON FIGHTER: Homeward
079 BALLOON FIGHTER: Record Guy
080 BALLOON FIGHTER: Windbag
081 Box o' Stink
082 Box ó Danger
083 Box o' Love
084 Orbulon's Prized Masterpiece I
085 Orbulon's Prized Masterpiece II
086 Orbulon's Prized Masterpiece III
087 Orbulon's Prized Masterpiece IV
088 Orbulon's Prized Masterpiece V
089 Mothership Catcher
090 TAXI Toy
091 Admiral Venture Clock
092 Top Set
093 Veggie Tops
094 Townsfolk Tops
095 Chinskina & Cheeky Tops
096 Decision Boy
097 Diver Warionette
098 Bongo Warionette
099 Disco Warionette
100 Flyswatter Warionette
101 Evil Call Code
102 Unique Call Code
103 Homey Call Code
104 Burnt Call Code
105 BFF Call Code
106 Sappy Call Code
107 Showy Call Code
108 Energetic Call Code
109 Undercover Call Code
110 Smelly Call Code
111 Frenemy Call Code
112 Suspicious Call Code
113 Support-Desk Call Code
114 Old-Fashioned Call Code
115 Wilderness Call Code
116 Customer Call Code
117 Woodsy Call Code
118 Otherworldly Call Code
119 Fresh Call Code
120 Artsy Call Code
121 Blue Scroll
122 Green Scroll
123 Red Scroll
124 Mona Superscoop 1
125 Mona Superscoop 2
126 Mona Superscoop 3
127 Mona Superscoop 4
128 Mona Superscoop 5
129 Mona Superscoop 6
130 Mona Superscoop 7
131 Mona Superscoop 8
132 Mona Superscoop 9
133 Mona Superscoop 10
134 Mona Superscoop 11
135 Mona Superscoop 12
136 Mona Superscoop 13
137 Mona Superscoop 14
138 Mona Superscoop 15
139 Mona Superscoop 16
140 Mona Superscoop 17
141 Mona Superscoop 18
142 Mona Superscoop 19
143 Mona Superscoop 20
144 Mona Superscoop 21
145 Mona Superscoop 22
146 Mona Superscoop 23
147 Mona Superscoop 24
148 Hint Card 0: Game & Wario
149 Hint Card 1: ARROW 1
150 Hint Card 2: ARROW 2
151 Hint Card 3: ARROW 3
152 Hint Card 4: ARROW 4
153 Hint Card 5: SHUTTER 1
154 Hint Card 6: SHUTTER 2
155 Hint Card 7: SHUTTER 3
156 Hint Card 8: SHUTTER 4
157 Hint Card 9: SKI 1
158 Hint Card 10: SKI 2
159 Hint Card 11: SKI 3
160 Hint Card 12: SKI 4
161 Hint Card 13: PATCHWORK 1
162 Hint Card 14: PATCHWORK 2
163 Hint Card 15: PATCHWORK 3
164 Hint Card 16: PATCHWORK 4
165 Hint Card 17: KUNG FU 1
166 Hint Card 18: KUNG FU 2
167 Hint Card 19: KUNG FU 3
168 Hint Card 20: KUNG FU 4
169 Hint Card 21: GAMER 1
170 Hint Card 22: GAMER 2
171 Hint Card 23: GAMER 3
172 Hint Card 24: GAMER 4
173 Hint Card 25: DESIGN 1
174 Hint Card 26: DESIGN 2
175 Hint Card 27: DESIGN 3
176 Hint Card 28: DESIGN 4
177 Hint Card 29: ASHLEY 1
178 Hint Card 30: ASHLEY 2
179 Hint Card 31: ASHLEY 3
180 Hint Card 32: ASHLEY 4
181 Hint Card 33: TAXI 1
182 Hint Card 34: TAXI 2
183 Hint Card 35: TAXI 3
184 Hint Card 36: TAXI 4
185 Hint Card 37: PIRATES 1
186 Hint Card 38: PIRATES 2
187 Hint Card 39: PIRATES 3
188 Hint Card 40: PIRATES 4
189 Hint Card 41: BOWLING 1
190 Hint Card 42: BOWLING 2
191 Hint Card 43: BOWLING 3
192 Hint Card 44: BOWLING 4
193 Hint Card 45: BIRD 1
194 Hint Card 46: BIRD 2
195 Hint Card 47: BIRD 3
196 Hint Card 48: BIRD 4
197 Hint Card 49: SKETCH 1
198 Hint Card 50: SKETCH 2
199 Hint Card 51: SKETCH 3
200 Hint Card 52: SKETCH 4
201 Hint Card 53: FRUIT 1
202 Hint Card 54: FRUIT 2
203 Hint Card 55: FRUIT 3
204 Hint Card 56: FRUIT 4
205 Hint Card 57: ISLANDS 1
206 Hint Card 58: ISLANDS 2
207 Hint Card 59: ISLANDS 3
208 Hint Card 60: ISLANDS 4
209 Hint Card 61: DISCO 1
210 Hint Card 62: DISCO 2
211 Hint Card 63: DISCO 3
212 Hint Card 64: DISCO 4
213 Hint Card 65: MIIVERSE SKETCH 1
214 Hint Card 66: MIIVERSE SKETCH 2
215 Hint Card 67: MIIVERSE SKETCH 3
216 Hint Card 68: MIIVERSE SKETCH 4
217 Wario Card
218 Mona Card
219 Editor Joe Card
220 Jimmy T Card
221 Kat Card
222 Ana Card
223 9-Volt Card
224 18-Volt Card
225 5-Volt Card
226 Young Cricket Card
227 Master Mantis Card
228 Dr. Crygor Card
229 Ashley Card
230 Red Card
231 Dribble Card
232 Spitz Card
233 Captain Wario Card
234 Orbulon Card
235 Penny Card
236 Mike Card
237 Fronk Card
238 GAME & WARIO Epilogue
239 Illustrated Schnozzipeda (Staff Credits)
240 Capsule Machine Replica

Characters[edit]

Artwork of some of the characters being featured in Game & Wario.

Minigame hosts[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Pre-release and unused content[edit]

Main article: List of Game & Wario pre-release and unused content

Gallery[edit]

For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Game & Wario.

The character design went through a style shift, with the WarioWare developers now being drawn with thicker outlines and (with the exception of Wario) solid black eyes. This makes the art style more similar to the Rhythm Heaven series, which WarioWare's character designer Ko Takeuchi also works on.

Development[edit]

In 2011, WarioWare director Goro Abe was tasked to create pre-installed software for Wii U, and he in turn asked Intelligent Systems for assistance. As the development team knew the demo would be played by a wider audience than their usual titles, they deliberatly restrained their usual "wacky" aesthetics. This changed when producer Yoshio Sakamoto played the prototype and asked the team to "shake things up" [10].

In the summer of 2011, the developers felt the project had enough content to justify being sold as a retail game, and decided to make the title an original license. Due to difficulties creating a storyline that would coherently tie the minigames together, it was suggested to make the game part of the WarioWare series as it would provide a convenient framing device. Several of the Cluck-A-Pop capsules are leftovers from the original concept[10].

Near the end of development, personnel from tother divisions of Nintendo SPD were brought in to assist in finishing the game on time, the first time the entire SPD department collaborated on a single project[10].

Reception[edit]

The game has received mixed reviews. IGN gave the game a 5.1 stating that the game only had three games worth playing. GameXplain gave the game's single player a 2 1/2 out of 5 stars and its multiplayer a 3 1/2 stars out of 5. Joystiq gave the game a 2/5. Meanwhile, Destructoid gave the game a fair score of 7/10 which is followed by Famitsu, that scored the game as 31/40.

Marketing[edit]

Crowdfarter[edit]

As part of the game's marketing campaign, Nintendo of America opened a Crowdfarter (a play on "crowdfunding" and "Kickstarter") website. Instead of people donating actual money, vistors donate with tweeting and facebook likes. The more publicity Game & Wario received, the more coins it gained. When a certain amount of coins was achieved, a small digital present was unlocked. When 5 bajillion coins were gained, a digital badge was allowed to be downloaded. When 25 bajillion coins were gathered, a wallpaper for the game was released. With 50 bajillion coins, ringtones of Wario were released. And finally, when 100 bajillion coins were there for kickstarting, a trailer was released.

Drawing contest[edit]

For the PAL launch, a "Game & Wario Drawing Contest" runs from June 28 to July 12 where participants will draw a scene of everyday life in the company WarioWare, Inc.., and send it to the respective Miiverse community with their Nintendo Network ID. The designs will be evaluated by experts, who will choose the top ten based on criteria such as creativity and artistic endeavor. Residents can participate in the following countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, and the UK. The participants must be at least 12 years old. The first five will earn funds to spend in the Nintendo eShop for 100€, and the last five placed will raise funds for the eShop worth 50 euros.

Miiverse Sketch Masterpiece Collection[edit]

Starting on June 25, 2013, Nintendo's Japanese YouTube account had begun uploading a series of video named Miiverse Sketch Masterpiece Collection, which showcased drawings made in the game's Miiverse Sketch mode. Each video is themed around a specific word and features commentary by a WarioWare character. The series concluded on November 12, 2013.

# Theme Character Upload date
1 Praying Mantis Wario June 25, 2013
2 Paon Ana July 2, 2013
3 Ashley Red July 9, 2013
4 Dolphin Fronk July 16, 2013
5 Prince Shōtoku Penny July 23, 2013
6 Bee Young Cricket July 30, 2013
7 Girl Orbulon August 6, 2013
8 Crocodile Dribble August 20, 2013
9 Martial arts Jimmy T. August 27, 2013
10 Skeleton Ashley September 3, 2013
11 Frog Dr. Crygor September 10, 2013
12 King Tut Mona September 17, 2013
13 Zebra Mike September 24, 2013
14 Samus Aran 9-Volt October 1, 2013
15 Turtle Kat October 8, 2013
16 Shrimp Spitz October 15, 2013
17 Cow 18-Volt October 22, 2013
18 Stag Bettle Master Mantis October 29, 2013
19 Grimace 5-Volt November 5, 2013
20 Wario Captain Wario November 12, 2013

Staff[edit]

Main article: List of Game & Wario staff

References to other games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros.: The third stage of the Sole Man-esque microgame in Gamer features a Super Mario Bros. background, with its Brick Blocks, "!? Blocks", bushes and clouds, while a boy in a Goomba costume must actually try to be stepped on by Mario's feet. A puzzle in Patchwork also features this game's Star.
  • Game & Watch: As aforementioned, the title and the logo are references to this series. Additionally, Game & Wario features minigames with simple titles (e.g. Arrow, Kung Fu) and so does the Game & Watch series. A microgame based on Ball appears in Gamer. All of the small icons used to represent the minigames are in black and white and feature simplistic designs that resemble characters or elements from the original Game & Watch games. Also, in the "Bird" minigame, the gamepad features Game & Watch like gameplay.
  • Mario Paint: A micro game in Gamer takes the style of Fly Swatter.
  • Super Mario Bros. 3: One of the puzzles in Patchwork depicts Mario's head and a Super Mushroom from this game.
  • WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!: Gold Digger and Sole Man are remade for the Gamer minigame. Another microgame makes full reference to Nighttime Allergies, with similar background, and the same woman with running nose. The game Pyoro is also remade as Bird.
  • WarioWare: Twisted!: Sal Out from Mona's stage in WarioWare: Twisted! makes a brief appearance in the opening cinematic of Game & Wario. In the Cluck-A-Pop game Mothership Catcher, Mona Pizza's theme song plays when moving the claw.
  • WarioWare: Touched!: The minigame Ashley features a remix of Ashley's original theme song. The boy and the girl from Hookin' Up occasionally appear after clearing a Patchwork puzzle.
  • WarioWare: Smooth Moves: Two of the Legendary Cat Dancers appear calongside Jimmy in the introduction of the game. The song used in the minigame Ski is a remix of Jimmy T. 's theme song from this game. One of the Call Code feature the player talking to a group of people jealous of the player's Wii U, in which they mention playing WarioWare: Smooth Moves on their Wii.
  • WarioWare: D.I.Y.: The "Sumo Wrestler" and the "Baby-face", who make regular appearances in WarioWare: D.I.Y., return in a few minigames from Gamer.

References in later games[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Game & Wario - Game Info - Nintendo.com
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  10. ^ a b c Iwata, Satoru. et al. Iwata Asks: Games & Wario. (Retrieved 17 July, 2015)