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This article is about the minigame in Game & Wario. For the stage in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, see Gamer (stage).
Gamer title screen

Gamer is 9-Volt and 18-Volt's minigame in Game & Wario, for Wii U. The game is played using the GamePad's buttons. A stage based on the minigame makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, also called Gamer. 5-Volt makes an appearance as a stage hazard.

Gamer returns in WarioWare Gold as a stage in Challenge Mode, this time under the name Sneaky Gamer. The microgame Mole also reappears in the game.


9-Volt and 18-Volt play a game on their new console, competing to find out who gets the high score in the game. As 9-Volt wins and celebrates while 18-Volt is in shock, 5-Volt takes the console from them and orders them to do their homework. After some time, 9-Volt and 18-Volt finish, eager to play again. 5-Volt gives the console back, and 9-Volt is shocked to discover she had beaten her son's score by a wide margin.


There are two modes in the minigame. Both involve the characters playing a modified version of Balloon Fight containing microgames, called Balloon Fighter.


In this mode, the player must help 9-Volt to win microgames and avoid letting 5-Volt know that he is playing during his bedtime. She will constantly look into his bedroom to see if he is sleeping, forcing the player to hide and pause the game. through his door to see if he is sleeping, forcing the player to hide and pause the game. The Wakey Meter[1] displays the amount of time 9-Volt can stay awake; hiding with good timing (indicated by a Great!) will prevent any meter loss, and in Endless Mode it restores a small portion of the meter. The game ends if the player fails to hide their game from 5-Volt, the Wakey Meter runs out, or if they lose all chance balloons.

5-Volt will open the door and look into the room, which is signaled by her humming a song (e.g. the "Underground" theme from Super Mario Bros., or else the sound of footsteps and the door handle jiggling. She may also walk by the window, opening the second half that she stops by, or even pop out from the TV. If the player receives at least 1000 points in level 1, 2, or 3, they will achieve Gamer status. If they score at least 30 points in the Endless level, they will also achieve Gamer status. Achieving Gamer status rewards the player with a coin for the Cluck-A-Pop.

The Game Over Screen, if 9-Volt falls asleep


  • Level 1: There is only one distraction: instead of 5-Volt, a cat may quickly open the door.
  • Level 2: A few more distractions are added, including a shadow puppet and other fake-outs appearing on the TV, and an old man with a wig that will walk by 9-Volt's window and open it (the wig is loose and falls off beforehand). The distractions can now occur alongside real instances of 5-Volt. She may open the door multiple times in a row, with the last time possibly being the cat instead. 5-Volt can also fake the player out by walking offscreen past the window, then doubling back and opening it. The television can turn on and cycle through up to three different programs, with 5-Volt possibly coming out from the last of them to try and catch 9-Volt. In Sneaky Gamer, 5-Volt may either walk near 9-Volt's window like normal, or else walk faster, only to suddenly break it open, giving the player less time to hide.
  • Level 3: There are further additional scenarios to look out for in addition to the previous ones. Mr. Sparkles can now appear on the TV's screen. When the old man walks by 9-Volt's window, he may bump into 5-Volt, who might then open the window. 5-Volt also walks by the window and slowly sinks down; then, either she comes up and open the window, or a pair of upside-down legs appears and moves away. Her handprints may also appear at the window before she opens it, hanging upside down, in an attempt to catch 9-Volt awake. 5-Volt may also stay in 9-Volt's room after certain attempts to catch him; a tense score plays as she keeps her eyes on him before sitting down to watch TV briefly. She may look back at 9-Volt a few times during this; should the TV flip to a test pattern, she becomes restless and rush over to his bed, trying to catch him in the act. Eventually, she turns off the TV and watch 9-Volt's bed intently as she leaves, with the cat opening the door for her. In Sneaky Gamer, 5-Volt can appear by lifting up the TV; this is indicated by the entire set shaking before it is lifted to reveal her or Mr. Sparkles. Sneaky Gamer also adds Fronk as a character that may open the door; the door also occasionally opens on its own.
  • Endless: This level is at the same difficulty as Level 3 and contains all the same distractions along with several new one; the level continues until the player loses all of their chance balloons, 5-Volt sees 9-Volt, or 9-Volt falls asleep. A cat may now pop out of the TV before running back in. 5-Volt may change her walk speed while going by the window outside, including when she doubles back to open it. 5-Volt often opens the window multiple times in the same pass; similar to the door, the last person to open it might be the old man instead. Also, after entering 9-Volt's room and watching TV, 5-Volt may fall asleep instead of running towards 9-Volt's bed; the player can see a snot bubble appear when she does, though she can wake up suddenly. Rarely, 5-Volt may jump into the room through the window with little warning, then watch him for a good amount of time before leaving. A Cluck-A-Pop coin may drop onto the console and appear in a microgame, which the player can claim by tapping it. In Sneaky Gamer, many actions such as 5-Volt opening the windows repeatedly are accompanied by a scare chord.


In this mode, 18-Volt is playing the console. This mode is very similar to WarioWare games, without specific time and with three difficulty levels for microgames, only ending when the player loses all four chance balloons.


  • Normal: If the player scores 40 points or more, they will achieve Gamer status.
  • Ultra Speed: From the beginning, the games go very fast. If the player scores 20 points or more, they will achieve Gamer status.
  • Hardcore: At the start, the player begins with one chance balloon left and all microgames are set to their hardest difficulty. If the player scores 10 points or more, they will achieve Gamer status.


These scores are based on levels 1-3 only. Scores for other modes are based on microgames encountered.

  • Health points remaining: 10 points
  • Chance balloons remaining: 100 points


Game & Wario[edit]

Each of these microgames can be played individually without facing any threats from 5-Volt by obtaining them from the Cluck-A-Pop machine. They are represented by orange capsules and take up spots 59-80 in the capsule collection.

WarioWare Gold[edit]

All of the microgames featured in the WarioWare Gold version of Gamer are part of the Mash League.


Game & Wario[edit]

  • +Control Pad / A Button: Do microgame actions
  • ZL Button + ZR Button or L Button + R Button: Hide game

WarioWare Gold[edit]

  • +Control Pad / A Button: Do microgame actions
  • L Button + R Button: Hide game


"I'm 9-Volt! Can you play video games AND avoid my mom's evil stare? I made this game to show everyone how annoying she is!"

Hi, I'm 9-Volt! I just got the new super-popular portable game BALLOON FIGHTER! I'm kinda bummed right now because my mom beat my high score, so I'm staying up past my bedtime to get it back! She keeps coming by to check on me, though, so I have to pretend to be asleep...which is actually making me kinda sleepy.

I'm determined to beat the boss today. When my mom comes by, hide the system, OK? I never cause trouble, so she won't check on me too...I don't think. (Score 1000+ points to achieve Gamer status!)

My mom's been coming by more often lately. I think she knows I'm being sneaky and staying up to play games. But that won't stop me. I have to beat a really hard boss today! (Score 1000+ points to achieve Gamer status!)

I really wanna beat the final boss tonight! But my mom's getting pretty crazy about checking on me... I wish she'd be cool and just leave me alone! (Score 1000+ points to achieve Gamer status!)

I think I've figured out my mom's patrol pattern, so tonight I'm gonna stay up all night! If I'm really good at hiding, I'll barely lose any energy. (Score 30+ points to achieve Gamer status!)

18-Volt here! I'm 9-Volt's best friend. My mom's always out, so I can play video games whenever I want. I'm really into BALLOON FIGHTER right now. Ever heard of it?

This is the hit game BALLOON FIGHTER! 9-Volt's mom is super strict, so it's hard for him to get very far. He should just come over here to play! (Score 40+ points to achieve Gamer status!)

This version of BALLOON FIGHTER is fast right from the start and super hard. It'll really get your adrenaline pumping! (Score 20+ points to achieve Gamer status!)

The Hardcore version of BALLOON FIGHTER is only for advanced players. The game speed is normal, but if you make a single mistake, it's game over! (Score 10+ points to achieve Gamer status!)

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish Gamer (Game & Wario)
A escondidas (Gold)
On the quiet
French Gamer (Game & Wario)
Gamer furtif (Gold)
Stealthy gamer


  • The Dinosaur microgame appears to be based off of an iconic scene from the film Jurassic Park.
  • In Gamer, A Virtual Boy can be seen next to the television; Sneaky Gamer replaces it with a Wii U.


  1. ^ "If 9-Volt pretends to sleep when 5-Volt's not around, you'll drain your Wakey Meter. When the Wakey Meter reaches 0, 9-Volt falls asleep for real, and you lose the game!" - WarioWare Gold instructions for Sneaky Gamer