Young Cricket

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Young Cricket
Young Cricket artwork for WarioWare: Get It Together!
Artwork from WarioWare: Get It Together!
Species Human
First appearance WarioWare: Smooth Moves (2006)
Latest appearance Tetris 99 (24th Maximus Cup, cameo) (2021)
WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021, Super Mario franchise)
Latest portrayal Robbie Daymond (2018-present)[1]
“This is no time to rest. We must keep going!”
Young Cricket, WarioWare: Get It Together!

Young Cricket is a major character in the WarioWare series, first appearing in WarioWare: Smooth Moves. He is a martial artist and a WarioWare, Inc. employee who likes meat dumplings, and is the devoted apprentice of Master Mantis. When he was first introduced, he appeared to be a rather serious character, shown training in difficult conditions, but it is later shown that he fits in with the rest of Wario's friends. His name is a play on the phrase, "patience, young grasshopper", originating from the 1972 television series Kung Fu.


WarioWare series[edit]

WarioWare: Smooth Moves[edit]

Young Cricket asking Mona for two dumplings

Young Cricket makes his debut in WarioWare: Smooth Moves. While walking down Park Street, Young Cricket's stomach growls and he says that he is hungry. Soon, he smells dumplings being served at a nearby food stand. Cricket starts running on the Park Street Residents' heads to the front of the line. Eventually, he reaches the front of the line and asks for two dumplings, only to find that the people he stepped on are all angry at him. He apologizes and runs on their heads again to get back to Master Mantis, telling him that they should get in line.

WarioWare: D.I.Y.[edit]

In WarioWare: D.I.Y., he runs the Assembly Dojo alongside Mantis. They also appears as a comic stamp.

Game & Wario[edit]

Young Cricket also appears in Game & Wario, where he hosts the Kung Fu minigame. His training routine and love for dumplings are addressed once again, with his game combining both as the player controls Young Cricket through a series of obstacle courses to reach Master Mantis, collecting dumplings along the way to regain energy.

Young Cricket is also depicted on a bowling pin in the Bowling minigame, alongside other major characters from the game.

Like other WarioWare characters, he has an entry for the Miiverse Sketch Masterpiece Collection, videos uploaded by the official Nintendo of Japan YouTube account showcasing drawings made with the Miiverse Sketch mode. The sixth video has "Bee" as its theme and features commentary by Cricket.

WarioWare Gold[edit]

Young Cricket observing the Diamond City Amusement Park map.

In WarioWare Gold, Young Cricket is the host of the fourth stage of the Touch League, with the Sports theme. In his story, he is shown training in Diamond City Amusement Park. Cricket analyzes how dangerous two rides are, and then decides he is ready to prove himself. Mantis leads him to a merry-go-round known as Precious Prancers, where Cricket is ready to start his trial after overreacting about how dangerous the attraction is. After Cricket survives the trial, Lulu, who mistakes him for one of the horses, jumps on his shoulder, and he tells Lulu to get off of him, which shocks her. He then proceeds to the next trial, the "Trial of the Lost Child", as Lulu (still clinging onto him) tells him to "giddyup, horsey."

He is later seen at Club Joe alongside Mantis, Jimmy T, Mona, Kat, Ana, Dr. Crygor, Penny, Mike, and Fronk, where his fighting moves end up attracting a large crowd to the club.

At the end of the game, Cricket is among the group who demands Wario to pay them for the microgames they designed for the Wario Bowl. After Wario trips and lets his money briefcase fall, Cricket uses his newly learned technique, the "Precious Prancing Pounce", to stop Wario from escaping further. All of Wario's friends then decide to split the remaining money equally between them as Cricket holds off Wario from interfering. The player is then rewarded the 10000 coins they were given at the beginning of the game to buy their admission into the Wario Bowl.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

Young Cricket at Feelin' Groovy Fitness

Young Cricket appears in WarioWare: Get It Together! In the game's story mode, he appears in the opening cutscene, eating dumplings alongside Master Mantis. He, along with the rest of the WarioWare, Inc. employees, gets sucked in the game world due to Wario's actions.

Young Cricket is the second character to be unlocked following Wario, as he joins Wario in the first level alongside 18-Volt. After beating Wario's stage, 18-Volt recognizes the game bug that sabotaged Wario's stage, and Cricket hypothesizes that destroying the game bugs will fix the game. Throughout the various pre-stage cutscenes, Cricket is shown pushing 18-Volt due to the latter's inability to move.

Young Cricket appears in the intro of Jimmy T's stage where he does an aerobics performance with him, Mantis, Lulu, and Joe.

After beating Anything Goes, Young Cricket goes back to the real world alongside most of the other WarioWare, Inc. employees and chases after Wario after it is revealed their predicament was caused by his poor programming. When they soon remember other people were left behind in the game world, Cricket suggests that everyone return to the game world to rescue their friends, which they do immediately.

As a playable character, Young Cricket is controlled with the Left Stick moving him left and right. Pressing A Button makes him jump, and the height of his jump can be increased by holding A Button. He excels in microgames where action at lower areas is prioritized (e.g. Roll Cake and A Moving Experience, the 2 microgames that deems him a good fit). However, there are very few microgames that involve action near the ground, and most microgames involve action at higher areas. Due to this, he is inadequate in most microgames (e.g. Gondola Lift, the only microgame deeming him a bad fit). Young Cricket has the most amount of microgames deeming him an average fit (154), along with 32 above-average fits and 23 below-average fits.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Young Cricket appears as a Sticker that raises a player's attack by three.

In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Young Cricket can be seen on the sketchpad in one of the randomly generated layouts for the Gamer stage.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Young Cricket appears as a spirit.[2]

Rhythm Heaven series[edit]

Rhythm Heaven Fever[edit]

Young Cricket and his sparring partner

Young Cricket appears in Rhythm Heaven Fever in a Two-Player Endless Game called Kung Fu Ball. Here, he is seen punching and kicking a ball back and forth, paired with an unnamed girl who is dressed similarly to him. Though unidentified in the game itself, a promotional video for WarioWare Gold establishes that the character is Young Cricket.[3]

Rhythm Heaven Megamix[edit]

The duo's appearance in Wario... Where?

Young Cricket makes an appearance in the Wario... Where? version of the Munchy Monk minigame in Rhythm Heaven Megamix, where he is seen riding a cloud in the background.

Tetris 99[edit]

From September 17 to September 21, Tetris 99 ran the 24th Maximus Cup which featured a WarioWare: Get It Together! theme, where Young Cricket is represented by the "J" tetromino.

General information[edit]


Young Cricket is heavily devoted to martial arts, training in difficult environments. In WarioWare Gold, his serious personality remains, but for comedic effect, as he even goes as far as to "train" at the Diamond City Amusement Park, and also appears to have a tendency to overexaggerate.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

WarioWare series[edit]

Game & Wario character card[edit]

-Master Mantis's apprentice
-Student of We-Yu-Ken
-Recently mastered We-Ken
-Loves dumplings

WarioWare Gold character cards[edit]

  • Rank CThis young man is devoted to training under Mantis. He desires mastery. And craves meat dumplings.
  • Rank BCricket is often seen at a Chinese restaurant in Diamond City. He spends a lot on food there.
  • Rank ACricket obeys his master so fully that when Mantis says training must happen at a fancy café, he hops to it.

WarioWare: Get It Together![edit]

European website bio[edit]
  • "The dumpling-loving kung fu student uses his skills to dash across the screen and jump super-high."
Character description[edit]
  • "This devoted student of the martial arts diligently trains under Master Mantis. He likes meat dumplings. A lot."

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Image Artwork from Effect
Sticker of Young Cricket from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. WarioWare: Smooth Moves [Arm, Leg] - Attack +3

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effects How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Young Cricket Artwork of Young Cricket for WarioWare Gold. WarioWare Series Support (1) Novice Aura Attack ↑ Spirit Board Lucario Rule: Item Tidal Wave (Dumplings)
  • The enemy's dash attacks have increased power
  • Certain items will appear in large numbers after a little while
Suzaku Castle Chun Li-Stage Type A


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Young Cricket.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヤングクリケット
Yangu Kuriketto
Young Cricket
Chinese (Simplified) 少年库利凯特
Shàonián Kùlìkǎitè
Teenager Cricket

Chinese (Traditional) 少年庫利凱特
Shàonián Kùlìkǎitè
Teenager Cricket

Korean 영 크리켓
Yeong Keuriket
Young Cricket
Russian Юный Крикет[4]
Ученик Сверчок (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Yunyy Kriket
Uchenik Sverchok
Young Cricket