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WarioWare
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First Installment WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! (2003)
Latest Installment Game & Wario (2013)
Number of Installments 9
Parent Series Wario
Key Staff Goro Abe, Taku Sugioka, Ko Takeuchi, Naoko Mori, Yoshio Sakamoto

WarioWare (also WarioWare, Inc.), known in Japan as Made in Wario (メイド イン ワリオ Meido in Wario), is a series of comedy-based party games published by Nintendo and featuring Wario. A series within the Wario franchise, it was introduced in 2003 with the release of Mega Microgame$! for the Game Boy Advance. While the first two games were developed by Nintendo R&D 1 (now part of Nintendo SPD), subsequent games have been co-developed by Intelligent Systems.

The games in the series are collections of very short and simple games, called "microgames" or "minigames," presented in quick succession. The plot centers around Wario founding the video game studio WarioWare, Inc. and hiring numerous friends of his to develop the microgames for him. The WarioWare games often make use of the new technological innovations of the console for which they are released.

Overview[edit]

WarioWare is a collection of short, simple games, called "microgames" or "minigames," presented in quick succession. Each of the microgames lasts about three to five seconds and failing to complete it costs the player a life. The games may seem simple; for instance, a microgame may require the player to pop a balloon, pick a nose, zap a spaceship, or make Wario collect coins in a maze styled after those in Pac-Man. The numerous microgames are linked together randomly and steadily increase in speed and difficulty as the player progresses. On each level, players are allowed four losses only. Also frequently appearing are boss games, which are considerably longer and more complex than the other stages; upon completing these, the player can regain a lost life (with a maximum of four). In addition to the microgame stages, WarioWare games also feature unlockable extra modes and "full" minigames.

The plots of these games center on Wario, his company WarioWare, Inc., and his friends in Diamond City who develop microgames for his company. Because of his greed, Wario usually refuses to pay his friends, despite the high success of the games. Most games in the series include short stories in the form of cutscenes dedicated to each of the developers, telling about their adventures or everyday lives. These cutscenes are split into two parts, the first one shown before the developer's respective microgame stage, and the latter part appearing after the player beats the stage.

Development[edit]

Goro Abe, a key figure in WarioWare game development.

The concept of a microgame or minigame was popularized generally during the fifth generation of video game consoles, in various releases for the Nintendo 64. Some early minigames appear in the Nintendo 64DD's Mario Artist: Talent Studio in the style that would give rise to the WarioWare series. The ideas for certain minigames literally originated in Mario Artist: Polygon Studio, where they featured in the so-called "Sound Bomber" mode.

According to Goro Abe of Nintendo R&D1's so-called WarioWare All-Star Team, "In Polygon Studio you could create 3D models and animate them in the game, but there was also a side game included inside. In this game you would have to play short games that came one after another. This is where the idea for WarioWare came from." Teammate Yoshio Sakamoto continued, "To add on that, we got the idea of using Wario and the other characters because we couldn't think of anyone else who would be best for the role. Wario is always doing stupid things and is really idiotic, so we thought him and the rest of the characters would be best for the game."

The original WarioWare was developed by a team of newer Nintendo staff members, some of whom had previously worked on Wario Land 4. Both games shared the same director: R&D1 veteran Hirofumi Matsuoka, who would leave Nintendo following the game's completion. Abe, who programmed and designed the original game, directed all later entries except for Snapped!. Sakamoto, a longtime member and manager on the R&D1 team, was involved in development of all but the first installment, and took on the role of producer starting with Twisted! Wario's "biker" outfit was designed, and the original characters created, by artist Ko Takeuchi.[1]

Since WarioWare launched on Game Boy Advance, every Nintendo system from the sixth generation onwards (except for the Nintendo 3DS) has contributed an entry of its own to the series, with each new installment often making use of the new technological innovations of the console or handheld for which the game is released.

Games[edit]

Title
Cover, original release and system Overview
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!
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Japan March 21, 2003
Game Boy Advance
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, known as Made in Wario in Japan and WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania in Europe, was the first installment in the series, and the first full-fledged game release to focus on a series of brief games presented in a hectic format. Its success led Nintendo to commission a port for the Nintendo GameCube, called WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$!, which was released in 2004 and features multiplayer support.
WarioWare: Twisted!
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Japan October 14, 2004
Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Twisted!, known as Turning Made in Wario in Japan, has its microgames take advantage of the Game Boy Advance's rotation sensor and rumble feature. Its plot centers around Wario and one of his friends inventing a GBA-like handheld system that only reacts when tilted around. It was the first game in the series to organize microgames around the control scheme rather than around specific aesthetic styles. This game was not released in Europe because the gyro sensor was believed to contain mercury.[2]
WarioWare: Touched!
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Japan December 2, 2004
Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Touched!, known as Touching Made in Wario in Japan, was the first game in the series to be developed by Intelligent Systems. Its microgames generally make use of the Nintendo DS's stylus, touch screen controls, and microphone function. The game also features smaller, mostly non-competitive "toys," unlocked after completing a number of microgames, which too require the use of the touch screen for their tasks to be achieved.
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
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Japan December 2, 2006
Wii
WarioWare: Smooth Moves, known in Japan as Dancing Made in Wario, features microgames that rely on the Wii's motion controls. Gameplay requires the player to hold the Wii Remote (referred to in-game as the "Form Baton") in different positions. After the player completes all of the single-player stages, the game unlocks a multiplayer mode, in which only one Wii Remote is used, with up to 12 players sharing and taking turns with it after each microgame is completed.
WarioWare: Snapped!
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Japan December 24, 2008
DSiWare
WarioWare: Snapped!, known as Projection Made in Wario in Japan, uses the Nintendo DSi's camera to control the minigames. Set in a theme park, this is the first time that Wario was featured for a console launch instead of Mario. The player uses a built-in camera to stand-in for a character in-game, with various objectives including mimicking movements to grab objects, opening a mouth, or catching objects with the head.
WarioWare: D.I.Y.
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Japan April 29, 2009
Nintendo DS
WarioWare: D.I.Y., known in Japan as Made in Me, allows players to create their own microgames as well as play some premade microgames with the Super MakerMatic 21, a machine that can also make music records and 4-page black-and-white comics. When Wario is amazed by this invention and its potential to make huge fortunes, he restarts his company, but many of his employees have quit, so he decides to have the player make the games for him.

The minigames made in the DS game can be uploaded to WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase (in Japan, Play Made by Me), a game available through the WiiWare service. D.I.Y. Showcase features downloadable post-release updates and an unlockable versus mode where minigames are played in a shuffled format.

Game & Wario
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Japan March 28, 2013
Wii U
Game & Wario, described as a "spiritual successor" to the WarioWare series,[3] features various games utilizing the Wii U GamePad, including its touch screen, motion controls, and camera. Instead of the typical microgames, this particular entry features a set of sixteen more elaborate minigames (12 single-player titles and 4 multiplayer ones), as well as a capsule machine called the "Cluck-a-Pop" which can be used to unlock additional content. Game & Wario also introduces a new artistic direction, under which most characters are slightly redesigned.

Remakes of individual minigames[edit]

Title
Profile picture, original release and system Description
Bird & Beans
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Japan December 24, 2008
DSiWare
This DSiWare game is a remake of the minigame "Pyoro" that appears in Mega Microgame$! In the game, the bird Pyoro uses his long tongue to eat beans which can destroy parts of the ground, while also trying to avoid getting hit by them. This game also remakes the original minigame's sequel, in which Pyoro spits seeds at the beans instead.
Paper Airplane Chase
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Japan December 24, 2008
DSiWare
Paper Airplane Chase is DSiWare game that is a remake of the minigame Paper Plane from WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!. There are three modes unlike in the original minigame: Endless Mode (similar to the original), Time Attack, and Race Mode. In Endless Mode, the paper plane avoids obstacles and gains points. In Time Attack, the paper plane needs to finish the course as quickly as it can. Finally, in Race Mode, two players attempt to race their paper planes.

Characters[edit]

Major characters[edit]

Name
Artwork Description
Wario
Wario ware cheats art.gif Wario is the CEO of the company. Not content with only the riches he gained over the course of the five previous Wario Land adventures, at the start of the series he views a TV report on video game sales going up, and sees that industry as a potential gold mine for him. So he establishes his gaming enterprise, with the decision to create short microgames as opposed to full-fledged games, for the sole purpose of making a profit for himself. Many of Wario's microgames feature him in some way, often as a player-character or a screen prop.

Wario undergoes various transformations throughout the series, such as "Wario-Man," a mock superhero with the ability to fly; the Tiny Wario transformation, carried over from the earlier Wario Land games, which here also multiplies him; and Captain Wario, where compared to that form's previous appearance in Wario: Master of Disguise, Wario wears a different color scheme and a full pirate outfit as opposed to just a hat.

Jimmy T.
Jimmy T. WarioWare Mega Party Games.png Jimmy T. (the "T." standing for "Thang") is a tall, afro-wearing man who is a disco dancing fanatic to the point that he will sometimes dance involuntarily. He is always seen frequenting various hot night spots within Diamond City, such as Club Sugar. At one point, he even had a girlfriend dump him because of his obsession with dancing, claiming that "the rhythm made [him] do it." As the series progressed, Jimmy was given a family, including his parents (Papa T. and Mama T.) and siblings (his brother James and sister Jamie), who also share his love of dancing; and a doppelganger called Jimmy P., whose color scheme is different from his.

In Mega Microgame$!, Jimmy's microgames were all based around various sports; in Mega Party Games!, his multiplayer minigame "Survival Fever" instead involved his favorite activity, dancing. Later entries in the series until D.I.Y. gave him and the other developers microgames involving a particular style of gameplay and not a specific visual theme. Additionally, Jimmy and his folks often host levels remixing the games from previous stages.

Mona
Mona WarioWare Mega Party Games.png Mona is a high school student who works a number of part-time jobs, which vary from game to game. She is quite adventurous and culturally savvy, and on the negative side, she always seems to be late to wherever she is going. To make up for lost time, Mona often speeds on her scooter and uses the assistance of her animal companions to stop anyone trying to slow her down. Her occupations have included working at a gelato shop, restaurant waitress, pizza delivery girl at the joint called Mona Pizza, bassist, football cheerleader, temple explorer, and photojournalist. She is also revealed to have a crush on Wario, and to like money. A business dog called Joe serves as Mona's boss throughout her various jobs.

Many of Mona's microgames involve bizarre twists on everyday activities such as tooth brushing, sawing, and nose picking; in Mega Microgame$! and D.I.Y., these are labeled as "strange" games.

Dribble and Spitz
Dribble and Spitz WarioWare Mega Party Games.png Dribble and Spitz are two anthropomorphic animal characters ― the former a bulldog, and the latter a yellow cat ― who work as cabbies. They speak with Bronx accents (Kansai in the original Japanese). The cab they drive was constructed at the Crygor lab, and has the ability to go anywhere, even into outer space. Dribble, despite his burly size, gruff appearance, and being a speed demon, is actually quite calm and friendly. Spitz, though smaller than Dribble, is actually his superior, and is more adept at driving than he. The duo's levels generally involve picking up a passenger that seems supernatural and forgetting to collect the customer's fare.

Many of their microgames involve science fiction-based or futuristic themes.

9-Volt
9-Volt WarioWare Mega Party Games.png 9-Volt is an elementary school-age Nintendo fanatic, who owns everything ever made by the company. His microgames are all based on Nintendo products, including not only classic hardware and software, but even games and toys that it manufactured before it went into the video game business. In recent entries, he ventured into the 21st century, covering newer products in addition to older ones. So addicted is he to his games that he often stays up to play past bedtime. He also enjoys skateboarding and, to a very trivial extent, baseball.
Orbulon
Orbulon WarioWare Mega Party Games.png Orbulon is an intelligent alien of unknown origin who has difficulty with human language, as evidenced by his frequently replacing common words and terms with more complicated descriptions. He has an IQ of 300, and is 2003 years old. Orbulon first intended to conquer the Earth, but after his spaceship crash-landed onto the planet, he settled into life in Diamond City and ended his mission of conquest.

Orbulon's microgames often last longer and require more thinking than those of other developers. Many involve counting and finding objects on screen.

Dr. Crygor
Dr. Crygor 2 WarioWare Mega Microgames.png Dr. Crygor is a quirky scientist who performs wacky and mostly harmless experiments on his private island laboratory in Diamond City. He is 103 years old, and is a cyborg, having various robotic components, though whether they were given him because of aging or a debilitating experiment is unknown. Crygor not only constructed a cryogenic suit for himself, but has also invented various vehicles, programmed the karaoke robot Mike into "the robot that would solve all [his] cleaning needs," and created a diet machine called the Kelorometer. He has a granddaughter named Penny. In Touched, he accidentally gets caught in his latest invention and is younger and more fit, with red accents to his costume, as well as a full helmet; these changes remain for part of Smooth Moves.

Crygor's microgames have involved nonfictional real-world elements, such as people, animals, or food, in both realistic and non-realistic styles.

Kat and Ana
Kat and Ana WarioWare Mega Party Games.png Kat and Ana are kindergarten-aged ninja twin sisters, easily distinguishable by their differing hair colors (Kat's is pink, Ana's is orange). Kat is more headstrong and dominant, while Ana is timid. Residing in an old-fashioned Japanese-style house in a forest, the two are descended from the Iga ninja clan, and attend Mystical Ninja Elementary as well as Diamond City's own kindergarten. Their names are derived from different portions of the word "Katana," a type of Japanese samurai sword, which is also one of their catchphrases. Kat and Ana adore nature, especially animals and plants, and as such have four pets: Don the Sparrow, Shadow the Dog, Shuriken the Falcon, and Numchuck the Monkey.

Because of their aforementioned love of nature, Kat and Ana feature animals, plants, and animals' environments in many of their microgames. They also showcase games that involve drawing objects or lines.

18-Volt
18-volt.png 18-Volt is 9-Volt's best friend, who is also a fan of video games. He is an elementary school student like 9-Volt is, despite being considerably larger in size than he. His other defining trait is the boom box he always carries; his loud music gets him into trouble on his first day of school, although he soon finds an admirer in 9-Volt.
Ashley
AshleySmooth.png Ashley is a young witch-in-training who owns her own mansion, is very emotionless, and hardly ever shows positive facial expressions if at all. She often takes trips to places where she can train in the magic arts. She has a little demon friend named Red, who acts as her loyal assistant and is a shapeshifter. Ashley is largely uninterested in activities unrelated to improving her witchcraft; such tasks/interests are typically relegated to Red, who is her polar opposite and a lot more outgoing and cheerful than she is. Despite Ashley's penchant for dark spells and her huge ego, she is shy and lonely and secretly wants more friends.

Nearly none of Ashley's microgames reflect her best interest; many of them tend to have bright and cheery motifs or settings.

Mike
MikeGameWario.png Mike is a karaoke robot made by Dr. Crygor, named for the pair of microphones attached to the stand on his head (and the primary method of control in his initial set of microgames). Despite being a robot built for karaoke, the slightly mad doctor programs him to be a cleaning robot. Eventually, his programming goes haywire when he blows on a pile of dust. His karaoke programming overrides his systems, compelling him to host a party on a faraway planet and hold a karaoke tournament. Mike is critical of his creator's singing talent, dismissing his voice as ninety-nine percent awful.
Young Cricket
WarioWare - Smooth Moves - Young Cricket.svg Young Cricket is a serious martial artist who trains through tough conditions, traveling all over with his sensei, Master Mantis.
Penny
Penny Crygor.png Penny Crygor is the granddaughter of Dr. Crygor, who admires him and wants to grow up to become a great scientist herself. Penny also has a hidden desire to become a famous singer. She sees her grandfather as an excellent scientist, despite also recognizing his eccentric nature.
Pyoro
Pyoro-'n-Fruit.png Pyoro is a bird character who appears in almost every game in the series. His name and design are a parody of a mascot used by a Japanese brand of chocolate. Pyoro has his own minigames which can be unlocked by playing every microgame at least once. Pyoro is red and uses his stretchy tongue to dispose of fruits and fend off evil insects that try to destroy his flowers, home, etc., except in Pyoro 2 in the first entry, where he is yellow and spits seeds at the fruits. A fictional video game starring him, when reported about on TV, is Wario's inspiration to found WarioWare, Inc.
Fronks
GameWario Fronk.png The Fronks are a strange, yellow, blocky species of creatures that appear constantly throughout the series, in both microgames and cutscenes. 9-Volt apparently even keeps one of them as a pet, calling it "Shag." These creatures come in several rarely-seen alternate forms in addition to their standard design, sometimes being red or blue or having different faces from normal.

Minor characters[edit]

Name
Profile picture Description
5-Volt
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5-Volt, known as "5-Watt" in Japan, is 9-Volt's mother, who appears occasionally within the series. In Twisted!, she (being shown only from behind and from the knees down) shouts at 9-Volt to go to bed after he wastes the whole day playing with 18-Volt; then she reappears in silhouette form in the doorway of her son's room, catching him furtively playing with his Game Boy Advance SP under the bedspread. In Touched!, she cameos in silhouette form in the Game Over screen of 9-Volt and 18-Volt's stage. She next reappears in Game & Wario, this time given her name and full appearance.
Vanessa
Vanessa.PNG Vanessa is a pop singer and the rival of Mona in Touched! At the beginning of Mona's story, Vanessa watches the music charts on TV, confident that she will still be on top, but is enraged when she learns that Mona's band has overtaken her. When she hears that Mona will be performing at a venue called the "Hawt House," she sets out to stop her with help from "The Dinosaurs." As Mona and her band are driving to their show, Vanessa and the Dinosaurs surround Mona in their flying hawk-like plane, where they capture Art, one of Mona's band mates. After Joe (the manager of Mona Pizza) and Mona's animal friends all fail to save him, Art's sidekick Deco comes in and takes the ship down, freeing him. Later, when Mona leaves in the middle of her show upon realizing she has to work, Vanessa barges onto the stage impersonating her, which angers the audience.
Bridget the Baker
Luna2.png Bridget the Baker is the owner of the "Sweet Spot Bakery," which Wario visits in Touched! After the dentist Dr. Payne tells Wario to stay away from sweets (since he had gotten a cavity from eating too many of them), he leaves the dental clinic and picks up the scent from the bakery. Ignoring the dentist's words, Wario stops at the bakery and asks Bridget to give him ten pies. After a few bites, Wario gets another cavity and returns in pain to the dental clinic. Bridget also appears in-game as a singer with the stage name "Luna."
Sal Out
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Sal Out is a popular singer who performs various songs within the series, including a song for a commercial advertising Mona Pizza. Her real name and backstory are unknown.

Trivia[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Ko Takeuchi at Gpara.com (Japanese) (dead link)
  2. ^ WarioWare: Twisted! review at GameSpot
  3. ^ "E3 2012: Game & Wario Announced". Computer & Video Games. June 6, 2012.