Gotchawrench

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Gotchawrench
Unnamed "monsters" in VS. Wrecking Crew. The two on the left reappear in the NES version where they receive their name Gotchawrench. The hatchet monster never appeared again and remains unnamed.
Artwork of the three types of Gotchawrench in VS. Wrecking Crew, from the game's instruction card
First appearance VS. Wrecking Crew (1984)
Latest appearance NES Remix Pack (2014)

A Gotchawrench[1][2], or Gotcha Wrench[3], is a living metal wrench found in the Wrecking Crew series. It has huge teeth to attack, and legs to help it walk around.

History[edit]

Wrecking Crew series[edit]

VS. Wrecking Crew[edit]

Sprite of the first type of Gotchawrench in VS. Wrecking Crew Sprite of the second type of Gotchawrench in VS. Wrecking Crew Sprite of the third type of Gotchawrench in VS. Wrecking Crew

Gotchawrenches first appeared in the VS. Wrecking Crew arcade game for the VS. System as nameless enemies, where they were among the only major enemy obstacles. They appear much as they do in the subsequent console game but do not actively hunt Mario. Red ones move slowly while purple ones, introduced in Phase 3, are quick. The two types are found together only in Phases 7 to 10. They will almost always use the nearest ladder they come across. Gotchawrenches will transit between the foreground and background screens through opened doors in their path. A Gotchawrench on the opposite screen appears as a harmless silhouette.

Starting in Phase 11, red ones are replaced by a hatchet-like version that behave the same. This variation is entirely exclusive to VS. Wrecking Crew, as it is not present in any later-released Wrecking Crew titles.

Wrecking Crew[edit]

Purple Gotchawrench
Red Gotchawrench

Gotchawrenches reappear in the NES game Wrecking Crew, starting from Phase 1. They actively chase Mario around the construction site. They come in two colors, purple (Gotchawrench) and red (Gotchawrench Jr.[4], which moves more slowly). They can be permanently trapped with drums.

Wrecking Crew '98[edit]

GotchaWrench98.png

Gotchawrench is the third challenger in Wrecking Crew '98. Gotchawrench is purple and looks the same as he does in the original. He also appears in the port of the NES version.

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

Two red Gotchawrenches must be defeated as the climb down a wall ladder in the WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase microgame Wreck. Crew.

NES Remix[edit]

Gotchawrenches feature in several Wrecking Crew challenges in NES Remix and its compilation NES Remix Pack.

Gallery[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Gotchawrench[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スパナゴン
Supanagon
スパナゴン2[5]
Supanagon 2
A portmanteau of「スパナ」(supana, spanner) and「ドラゴン」(doragon, dragon)

Gotchawrench 2
Italian Attrezzosauro A portmanteau of "attrezzo" (tool) and "dinosauro" (dinosaur)

Gotchawrench Jr.[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese スパナゴン1[5]
Supanagon 1
Gotchawrench 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "You’ll have hours of fun demolishing monsters like Gotchawrench and Eggplant Man, and blowing up a building you built yourself, in this off-the-wall demolition game!" - Wrecking Crew back of the box.
  2. ^ Wrecking Crew NES instruction booklet, pg. 5 & 8.
  3. ^ Wrecking Crew NES instruction booklet, pg. 2.
  4. ^ Wrecking Crew NES instruction booklet, pg. 5.
  5. ^ a b Japanese Wrecking Crew instruction manual