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Pirates title screen.
Pirates title screen.

Pirates is a minigame hosted by Captain Wario in Game & Wario. It is a single player game that is played with the GamePad horizontally.


Wario decides to go outside of his house on his motorcycle. He eventually sees a pirate costume and decides to become a pirate himself.


Pirate is a rhythm game. The game consists of Captain Wario giving commands to pirates on his ship and other ships to attack the player. These commands vary between him saying "Center!", "Over!", "Left!" or "Right!". The player must move the GamePad in these directions as if they are using a shield to block the attacks. Occasionally, Captain Wario might shout out "Token!" when revisiting a stage that had been completed with a Perfect rank. Blocking the shot rewards a Cluck-A-Pop coin.

After the chosen song itself has concluded, a dance sequence follows prior to the conclusion of the overall stage. The player must mimic the moves shown on screen by a humanoid Captain Wario to build up power to charge up an energy ball. Once enough energy has been built up, the player must press the ZL Button and ZR Button buttons simultaneously with the rhythm to shoot the energy ball at Captain Wario and his crew. If the player manages to achieve an "A" rating in all four categories, they will score a "Perfect" which rewards a Cluck-A-Pop coin.

This game is what became of the Wii U demo, Shield Pose.


  • Sparkly Ocean: The first stage. It is quite simple, and also features the game's tutorial.
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ギラギラ オーシャン
Giragira Ōshan
Sparkling Ocean

  • Chilly Sea: The second stage. This stage plays in 6/8 time, rather than 4/4 like the other stages.
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ハイハイ フローズン
Haihai Furōzun
Cheerful Frozen

  • Lively Village: The third stage. Introduces vertical arrow shoots, requiring the player to first turn the GamePad vertically to block them.
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ブリブリ ビレッジ
Buriburi Birejji
Tense Village

  • Bubbly Volcano: The fourth stage. Signals are now longer than before, so the player has to wait a bit longer to aim the GamePad at the TV. The dance segment has players making various faces.
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ポワポワ ボルケーノ
Powapowa Borukēno
Gentle Volcano

  • Twinkly Planet: The fifth and final stage. Features all of the mechanics mentioned from before. The final part of the dance segment allows players to do what they want.
Language Name Meaning
Japanese ピカピカ プラネット
Pikapika Puranetto
Twinkly Planet


"Ahoy! Captain Wario's the name. Block arrows-move yer booty! My rhythm-based action battle game will get ye shakin' yer timbers!"

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Spanish (NOE) Pirates


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