Nail Call

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Nail Call
Nail Call
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
WWG Nail Call.png
WarioWare Gold
Appears in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!
WarioWare Gold
Type Strange (Mega Microgame$!)
Mona (Gold)
Command(s) Pound!
Info "Pound the nail down, but don't break it or hit any fingers! Smashing!" (Mega Microgame$!)
"Pound in the nail from directly above! If you make a mistake, straighten it out by hitting the nail from the other side. And hurry up–the guy holding the nail is kind of impatient." (Gold)
Controls A Button/A Button/A Button – Pound
Points to clear 5 (Mega Microgame$!)
8 (Gold)

Nail Call is Mona's boss game in the Strange folder in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, and later returns as her boss game in WarioWare Gold. The name is a pun on the phrase "Mail call."


A nail falls into a board and is held down by a man known as Shop Teacher. A hammer moves back and forth above the nail. The player must press the A Button button when the hammer is directly over the nail to hammer it down. If the player hits the edge of the nail, the head will bend. If this happens again in the same direction, the game will be lost; however, if it happens on the opposite side, the nail will be fixed. If the A Button button is pressed when the hammer is too far to the left or right, it will strike Shop Teacher’s hand, hurting him and causing the player to lose. If the player waits too long, Shop Teacher gets impatient and starts counting down from three. When he reaches zero, the player loses the microgame.

  • 1st level difficulty: It requires six hits to hammer the nail down completely.
  • 2nd level difficulty: It requires eight hits to hammer the nail down completely.
  • 3rd level difficulty: It requires ten hits to hammer the nail down completely, and the nail head starts out bent.

WarioWare Gold[edit]

Additionally, the hammer is higher for each level of difficulty:

  • 1st level difficulty: The hammer is at the middle-top of the touch screen.
  • 2nd level difficulty: The hammer is at the top of the touch screen.
  • 3rd level difficulty: The hammer is at the bottom of the upper screen.


  • Hammer Hog: The player has to hit the nail on the head at an angle 10 times.



  • "Go!"
  • "Start!"


  • "Great!"
  • "Excellent!"
  • "Awesome!"
  • "Yeah!"
  • "Nice!"
  • "Giddy up!"
  • "That's it!"
  • "Sweet!"

When nail bends[edit]

  • "Look out!"
  • "Watch it!"
  • "Whoa!"
  • "Careful!"

Losing by bending the nail[edit]

  • "Too bad!"
  • "All done!"
  • "You lose!"
  • "See ya!"
  • "Try again!"

Taking too long[edit]

  • "Come on!"
  • "Faster!"
  • "Hurry up!"
  • "3"
  • "2"
  • "1"

Losing by taking too long[edit]

  • "Slowpoke!"
  • "Time's up!"

Fixing the nail[edit]

  • "Nice fix!"
  • "Fixed it!"

One hit left[edit]

  • "Last one!"
  • "One more!"


  • "All done!"
  • "Oh, yeah!"
  • "Success!"
  • "Finished!"

Getting hit by the hammer[edit]

  • "Ouch!"
  • "That hurt!"
  • "Bonehead!"


Additional names[edit]

Internal names[edit]

Game File Name Meaning

WarioWare Inc.: Mega Microgame$! LP. NAIL LP. means long play, as boss microgames can last a lot longer than the rest of the microgames.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese クギ

Chinese 钉钉子
Dìng dīngzi

French Le coin du bricoleur
Handyman's Corner
Italian Jack chiodo
Jack nail
Spanish Martillazos
Hammer Hits


  • In the Japanese version of WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, the microgame has a dark red background, while the international versions use a black one instead. Interestingly, the hand and space underneath the nail are black despite the background being different. In WarioWare Gold, all versions use the black background.
  • In WarioWare Gold, the man can be seen in the instructions for the extra game mode Cruise Controls.
  • In WarioWare Gold, Shop Teacher speaks in a text-to-speech voice similar to the one used in Tomodachi Life.