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WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Platform: GBA
Rated: ESRB: 15 pxEveryone
Genre: Mini game compilation
Release Date: File:Japan.gif March 21, 2003
File:America.gif May 21, 2003
File:Europe.gif May 23, 2003

WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, known as Made in Wario (メイド イン ワリオ, Meido in Wario) in Japan and WarioWare, Inc.: Minigame Mania in PAL territories, is the first game in the WarioWare series. It stars Wario taking on the task of being a game developer.in hopes of getting a ton of money. Him, as well as other characters, host several minigames that the player must participate in to either complete a given scenario or simply beat their high score.

Gameplay

The game revolves around a collection of more than 200 microgames created in Wario's fictional game company. The so-called microgames are actually simplistic, little challenges that last very few seconds. The only instruction you get to play each one is a single word or phrase that appears right as the microgame shows up and the A button and the + control pad are the only required buttons to complete the games.

Each microgame has three levels of difficulty. A particular microgame is can be made more difficult by ether being more complex, needing to do more than in a previous game, having a shorter range for success or using a handicap against the player.

The Main area of the game is made up of stages hosted by a different "developer". The stage sets a number of microgames for the player to complete, with a “final boss” at the end of the stage (which is just another microgame, but untimed). There are a wide variety of unigue microgames in each stage and the microgames can appear in any order. As an added challenge, microgames must be completed at higher rates of speeds as the stages near completion.

While the characters are called developers, they hardly ever appear develop games like Wario does. Every character (sometimes characters, as there can be two of them) has a story: whether it’s getting to work on time, driving a cab passenger to a destination, or being saved from a spaceship. After completing the given number of microgames and beating the boss, the player is able to find out what happened to the character(s) at the end of their story. The player can then return to the stage with the chance to play games at faster speeds and higher difficulty levels. The only objective now will be to beat your own personal high score.

There is a separate mode of play that gives the player the choice to play any microgame they’ve played before. In the “Grid” area, players can select the specific character and then play the games from that stage. The microgames are set up to be played over and over once selected and each successive win makes the next game either harder or faster. After completing a microgame the recommended number of times, the objective again is to beat your own high score.

Characters

  • Wario: President of WarioWare, Inc. His first set of games is part of the introduction genre, his second set of games involved an ‘anything goes’ genre and, vain man that he is, feature him.
  • Jimmy T.: A not so young disco dancer who wears enormous, brightly-coloured wigs. Regular customer of Club Sugar. His genre of microgames is sports. He also makes two "remix" stages during the course of the game; one featuring a selection of games from himself, Mona, 9-Volt, and Dribble and Spitz, and a second with games from Kat and Ana, Dr. Crygor, Orbulon, and his boss game.
  • Mona: A young woman who works at a gelato shop. Her microgames are in the 'strange' genre, and in her story, she drives her scooter with the help of her pet pig, elephant, and monkey to elude the police.
  • Dribble & Spitz: Bulldog and cat, respectively. Drivers at Diamond Taxi. Their genre of microgames are everything with ninjas or Science Fiction. They also have a few of Wario's games in their lineup.
  • 9-Volt: Grade school student and Nintendo collector. His microgames are based on Nintendo's first works.
  • Dr. Crygor: Mad scientist. Half his face is a cybernetic implant. Wears a cryogenic suit. Genre of microgames: Reality (i.e. featuring photorealistic graphics)
  • Kat & Ana: Kindergarten ninja twins. Genre of microgames: Nature (Kat prefers animals, Ana flowers). They also include a few of Wario's games in their lineup.
  • Orbulon: Superintelligent (Has an I.Q. of 300) short alien who wears black glasses and a cape. He planned to take over the Earth, but his spaceship crashed and he was stranded. Genre of microgames: I.Q. Since his microgames involve more thinking than the others, the time limits are up to five seconds longer than the rest.

The Micro Games

Introduction (Intro)

  • Crazy Cars – Avoid the cars that race towards Wario. Wario needs to jump over most of the cars at the right time
  • Wario Whirled – Stop Wario’s image when it hits the needle.
  • Saving Face – Grab the stick before it falls down, but not too soon for it to bounce off the hand.
  • Diamond Dig – Move Wario as he falls toward a diamond in a hole.
  • Dodge Balls – Drive the car to avoid the rolling balls.
  • Repellion – Shoot the UFO(s) with a minimal amount of shots.
  • Wario Wear – Move Wario back and forth as you try to catch clothes from the top.
  • Hectic Highway – Steer the car as it drives past other vehicles on a highway.
  • The Maze That Pays – Collect all the coins in the passageways.
  • Super Wario Bros. – Use the jumping Wario to stomp the Goomba(s).
  • I Spy – Keep the spotlight on Wario for the duration of the microgame.
  • Mug Shot – Grab the mug before it slides off the counter.
  • BOSS: Sparring Wario – Make Wario punch and kick the punching bag until it breaks off it’s chain.

Jimmy T. (Sports)

  • Log Chop
  • Fruit Shoot - Shoot an arrow at fruit sitting on a statue.
  • Heads Up - Move the catcher so that the incoming ball lands in his mitt.
  • Boing! - Move the trampoline to keep the stick figure bouncing.
  • Spare Me - Line up the bowling ball so that it hits the pin(s).
  • Batter Up - Swing the bat to hit the bowl.
  • Baseline Bash - Hit the tennis ball every time it reaches the tennis player.
  • Butterfly Stroke - Follow the directional commands until the swimmer reaches the wall.
  • Hammer Toss - Throw the object into the designated area.
  • Balancing Act - Move the man on the unicycle back and forth to properly balance the packages.
  • Putt for Dough - Aim and then putt the golf ball into the hole.
  • Ski Jump - Have the Skier jump when it hits the flashing spot.
  • Mountain Mountin' - Jump from cloud to cloud to reach the top of the mountain.
  • Guy Scraper - Adjust the landing of the leaping person.
  • Lift & Shout - Follow the commands to get the weight trainer to lift the barbell.
  • Pro Curling - Sweep in front of the object to move it and stop at the right time to target it in the circle.
  • High Hoops - Shoot the basketball when the player reaches it's maximum jumping height.
  • Hurry Hurdles - Leap over the hurdle(s) on the track.
  • Gifted Goalie - Move the goalie to protect the ball from the goal.
  • Jumpin' Rope - Jump when the rope swings around to the ground.
  • Ring My Bell - Have the figure jump from the trampoline to hit the bell when it reaches maximum potential.
  • Set-N-Spike - Spike the volleyball at the right time.
  • City Surfer - Jump or duck to avoid the obstacles in the skater's way.
  • Snowboard Slalom - Move around the giant snowball and reach the finish line.
  • BOSS: Punch-Out - Knock out the opponent while avoiding punches at the same time. You have three hearts that act as a life gauge, and every punch from the opponent takes off one heart. Some opponents may unleash a catastrophic punch that will automatically end the game if it connects to the person in control.

Dribble & Spitz (Sci-Fi)

  • Alien Ambush - Trap the alien in the cage.
  • Scooter Commuter - Land the scooter appropriately on the terrain.
  • Space Fighter - Shoot down the space ships as they fly past you.
  • Stick & Move - Leap across the roof while avoiding Samurai below.
  • Classic Clash I - Jump over the rock or duck under the fireballs from the villain.
  • Bubble Trouble - Collect the incoming objects before they pass you by.
  • Super Fly - Make sure the superhero avoids the buildings as he flies through the city.
  • Arrow Space - Find the opening in a shower of arrows from the sky.
  • Manic Mechanic - Fit the pieces of the robot on top of each other as they fall down.
  • UFO Assist - Avoid getting shot down by the projectiles
  • Classic Clash II - Push the villain back until the hero is able to throw him down.
  • Mars Ball Destroy - Find Mars, then disintegrate it.
  • Hover for Cover - Propel the spaceship in order to avoid the floating rocks.
  • Scoot or Die - Move the scooter forward and backward so that it's not hit by the bombs.
  • Word Up - Shoot the question mark to spell the word or name.
  • Ninja Pipe Cleaner - Dispatch foes by moving the ninja in front and then through them.
  • Classic Clash III - Input the commands to defeat the villain.
  • Zero to Hero - Turn the civilian into a superhero when the gauge reaches red.
  • Tidal Cave - Move the ship up or down to avoid the waves in the cave.
  • Mars Jars - Run away from the jar so that it doesn't trap you or anyone else.
  • Space Escape - Move the ship and avoid the projectiles from the ground and the ceiling.
  • Ninja Vision - Count the number of ninjas that appear.
  • Slick Wheelie - Make the person on the scooter do a wheelie so as not to hit any rocks.
  • Bam-Fu - Slice the bamboo when the gauge reaches red.
  • BOSS: Galaxy 2003 - In this shooter, you start with a triangle that acts as a spacehip to blast away oncoming objects. Some of these objects leave items that gives the ship upgrades, like shields or shooting upgrades. The game ends with a ball that acts as a boss and forms an attack pattern depending on what color it is.

Mona (Strange)

  • Paper Plane - Fly the plane around the obstacles as it sails downward.
  • Dry Eye - Stop the moving bottle and lubricate the eye.
  • Parking Prowess - Drive the car into the parking space without hit the sides or any of the other cars.
  • Butterfingers - Catch the bread once it pops out of the toaster.
  • Gold Digger - Stop the finger that's moving back and forth and make sure it ends up in a nostril.
  • Terminal Velocity - Pull the brakes on the train at the right time to let in the waiting passengers.
  • Chicken Pinch - Catch the chicken-like creature between the two sticks.
  • Boombox - Detonate the box when the light passes through it.
  • Sloppy Salon - Cut off all the hair before time runs out.
  • Page Panic - Shoot the bookmark into the assigned page number as the pages flip in the book.
  • Noodle-Rama - Twist the pasta until all of it is on the utensil and off the plate.
  • Right in the Eye - Carefully move the sewing thread unto the eye of the needle.
  • I Came, I Saw - Move the saw back and forth until the log is completely chopped.
  • Douse the House - Spray water from the hose and put out the fire.
  • Soleman - Avoid being crushed by the shoe!
  • Nighttime Allergies - Sniff the mucus completely into the nose.
  • Air Supplies - Drop the package on the passing flat-bed truck.
  • Toast the Ghosts - Shine a light on the ghosts.
  • Tilt-n-Tumble - Adjust the obstacle course back and forth until the ball rolls into the pit.
  • Pompeii Back - Don't get hit by the bouncing rock shot from the volcano.
  • Crash Test, Dummy! - Deploy the airbag at the appropriate time to protect the dummy.
  • Sunny-Side Up - Crack the egg and have it fall into the moving pan.
  • Fries with That? - Aim and shoot ketchup at the flying fast food.
  • The Brush Off - Brush the teeth until they are completely white.
  • BOSS: Nail Call - Pound the nail until it completely into the ground. The hammer moves left and right so precision is key. Mistakes can bend the nail, break the nail, or injure fingers (the latter two outcomes will end the game).

9-Volt (Nintendo)

  • Balloon Fight - Navigate the balloon rider around the obstacles.
  • Duck Hunt - Shoot the ducks that get in your cross hairs.
  • Game Boy - Slide the cartridge into the game boy when it is right above the slot.
  • Donkey Kong - Make Mario jump over any barrels coming his way.
  • F-Zero - Race past the vehicles without hitting any of them.
  • Family Basic - Type the letter or number shown to you onto the keyboard on the screen.
  • Super Mario Bros. - Stomp the Goomba.
  • Ultra Hand - Grab the right colored ball.
  • Chiritorie - Vacuum up the mess using the rotating machine.
  • Laser Outlaw - Shoot the target on the inanimate figure.
  • Hogan's Alley - Shoot all the bad guys that show up in the gallery.
  • MP: Fly Swatter - Swat the flies once the get into position.
  • Ice Climber - Grab the claws of the bird passing overhead.
  • The Legend of Zelda - Enter the cave while avoiding the fiends.
  • Sheriff - Shoot the required amount of bad guys moving about.
  • Dr. Mario - Connect the capsule to the virus.
  • Racing 112 - Move the car to avoid the other racers.
  • Mario Clash - Toss the shell and hit the baddie.
  • Helmet - Get from one side to the other with out being hit by the falling objects.
  • Urban Champion - Punch the opponent until he lands in the sewer.
  • Stack-Up - Touch the disk(s) attached to the pole.
  • Metroid - Shoot Mother Brain until it is completely destroyed.
  • Wild Gunman - Draw your weapon before the person in front of you draws his.
  • LazerBlazer - Blast away the missiles moving across the screen.
  • BOSS: Ultra Machine - Knock the balls away with the bat. The balls are launched at varying speeds throughout this game.

Orbulon (IQ)

  • Praise or Haze II - Choose from a list words when given the instruction to either "Praise" or "Haze".
  • Code Buster - Follow the directions carefully as it bluntly tells you which buttons to push and how many times to do so.
  • Noodle Cup - Figure out which pipe to pour the hot water into in order to cook the noodles.
  • Petri Panic - Use the magnifying glass to find the specimins. An arrow will help you as you get closer.
  • Maze Daze - Get the ballerina to the exit that is nested in the labrynth.
  • What's the Toadal? - Count the number of Frogs leaping across the lily pad.
  • Find My Behind - Choose the right person that identical to the subject, despite the fact that the choices are turned around.
  • Cavity Calamity - Find a safe spot before the descending ceiling crushes the odd-looking figure.
  • Sphinx Hijinks - Choose the right piece to fit into the pyramid.
  • Gear Head Fred - Move the gears left or right, depending on how many gears are attached to each other, in order to save the person hanging on.
  • Getcha Groove On - After given directions, make the dancer move in the exact fashion.
  • Odd Man Out - Between four cards, choose the one that is different.
  • The Great Cover-Cup - Find the object that hidden in a cup as it is rearranged among other cups.
  • Four Leaf Hover - Land the butterfly on the four-leaf clover amidst the three-leaf clovers.
  • Tip the Scale - Pick the scale that has the heavier amount of turtles.
  • The Real McCoy - After looking at a Game Boy Advanace, choose the right one among choices that are similar but not identical.
  • Identity Crisis - Pick the right choice after it briefly flashes across the screen.
  • Electric Groove Fish - Take the spark from the electrical creature, through the wires, and to the city.
  • Strength in Numbers - Choose which of the two lifeform there is more of onscreen.
  • Button Masher - Crush the buttons that have come to life onscreen by pressing the actual button they represent.
  • Catterwall - Select the correct cat in the dark alleyway that matches the given target.
  • Focus-Pocus - Choose the option that most resembles the vague clue.
  • Matchboxes - Match the shape(s) to the ones mixed in with similar shapes.
  • Garage Rock - Pick the musicians in the order that they played.
  • BOSS: Dungeon Dilemma - This games sets you up against an enemy, and in order to defeat it you must pick the right words appropriate to the requested action. Finally, you must pick "success" as the cursor switches between "success" and "failure" in order to finish the fight.

Dr. Crygor (Reality)

  • Banana Munch - Eat the entire banana (sans peel) by repeatedly pressing the A button.
  • Mirror Mirror - Point the mirror so that the laser hits the target. More difficult variation require you to hit the mirror with the laser first.
  • Wrong Way Highway - Move the car out of the way of incoming traffic.
  • Bad Man Bash - Push the direction pad towards any of the assailants that are trying to attack the ninja-looking guy.
  • Berry Berry Good - Drop the fruit on the piece of food sliding by.
  • Cat Nap - Hit the A button right when it looks like the cat is asleep.
  • Make My Clay - Build up the clay into a being before the rock crushes it.
  • Rough Puff - Blow up the puffer fish before it get bitten by the blue fish.
  • Hard Core - Eat the apple to it's core by repeatedly pressing the A button.
  • Cymbalism - Smash the notes with cymbals as float by.
  • Mashin' Martians - Whack the number of aliens requested onscreen.
  • Body Block - Move the human figure back and forth to keep the ball from dropping off the screen.
  • Funky Fountain - Spray the inanimate flower with the fountain that moves left and right.
  • Assembly Line - Lay the rest of the car precisely on the wheels.
  • What's Your Beef? - Slice the beef with the knife.
  • Spoon Spectacular - Bend the spoon by pushing up and down repeatedly.
  • Whoop-De-Doodle - Make the crayon draw until it reaches the star on the paper.
  • Raging Rhino - Sidestep the rhino right as it charges towards the matador.
  • Veg Out - Connect the given vegetable by stopping the sliding panel that has an assortment of vegetable halves.
  • Quickie Quiz - Follow the directions when choosing between the objects displayed.
  • Cheeky Monkey - Catch the fruit as the monkey tosses them out of the tree.
  • Pod Pinch - Pinch the pods at the right time so that the seeds fly out.
  • Shake! - Stop the dog's paw(s) so that it grabs the human hand.
  • Kettle Mettle - Turn of the fire off by stopping the moving square in the target area.
  • BOSS: Alien Laser Hero - There is a laser coming out of an eye inside of a giant head floating in space. Use the laser to blow up the all the objects onscreen before they completely fall downwards and destroy earth.

Kat & Ana (Nature)

  • Hare Scare - Pound the rabbits that pop out of the corresponding holes of the onscreen Game Boy Advance.
  • Munch a Bunch - Make the creature eat all the objects in the spiral.
  • Lickety-Split - Have the lizard lick the hearts when they get into position.
  • Flower Shower - Water the flower(s) to make them grow.
  • Go Fer the Tater - Dig through the ground to reach the potato. Hitting rocks will end the game.
  • Picture Perfect - Snap the picture at the right time to capture the animal or object within the frame.
  • Leafy Greens - Get the snail over the pit in time to eat the leaf.
  • Crane Game - Grab the swimming fish in the crane's beak.
  • Veggie Might - Pick the vegetable(s) once you any sprouts.
  • Mouse Trap - Catch the mouse in the clear bowl.
  • Coconut Catapult - Have the bird drop the rock on one end of the catapult to send the animal on the other end flying towards the coconut.
  • Bug Bite - Send the mosquito to bite the baby without it choking on the moving fumes.
  • Disc O'Dog - Make the dog catch the Frisbee.
  • Fruit Fall - Catch the fruit and not the diamond(s) as they all fall down.
  • Penguin Shuffle - The baby penguin must march with the bigger penguins without bumping into any of them.
  • Two Birds, Big Rocks - Have the bird charge through the wood in the wall to get to the other side.
  • Hoppin' Mad - Aim the frog and swim towards the object.
  • Worm Squirm - Identify the worm and make it go into the puddle of water.
  • Kitty Cover - Cover the kitten with the umbrella and make sure it doesn't get drenched by the rainwater.
  • The Claw - Grab the toy when the crane arrives above it.
  • Spunky Monkey - Get the monkey to leap towards the banana bunch.
  • Crack Down - Make the bird with the egg leap when the hammer strikes down or risk having the egg topple over and crack.
  • Raaaarrrrggghh - Chase the tiny people away until they are all off the screen.
  • Blow Hole Bridge - Run across the whales and get to the island, all the while avoiding the sprays of water.
  • BOSS: The Frog Flap - Get the leaping frog to jump from cloud to cloud in order to reach the hot tub. The clouds disappear once the frog leaps off it and higher difficulty levels include platforms that slow down or speed up gameplay once touched.

Wario (Anything Goes)

  • Wario Bros. - Have Wario touch the coin in a Mario Bros. style game. Mario is included in harder versions of this game.
  • Hot Dog Hog - Wario must eat the entire hot dog before time runs out.
  • Shingle Smasher - Break the tile when the gauge reaches red.
  • Produce Pandemonium - Avoid the falling vegetables as Wario drives on the road.
  • Laser Vision - Make Wario blast the eye drop medicine hovering above his face.
  • Wario Windsock - Raise the windsock by turning the handle.
  • High Treeson - Shake the tree until all the fruit (or tree ornaments) fall off.
  • Rock Paper Scissors - Beat Mario in Rock-Paper-Scissors.
  • Wario Pinball - Use the flippers to keep the ball the pooped out of Wario's nose in play.
  • Mix & Match - Place parts together until what you've made resemble Wario.
  • Down & Outie - Pull the shirt down and hide Wario's bellybutton, but not so much that the shirt rips.
  • Thumb Wrestling - Make your move when the opponent's thumb goes down.
  • Float Your Boat - Drop Wario on the float before he flies off screen.
  • Vermin - Position Wario so that he is able to knock out the mole(s).
  • Apple Shrapnel - Crush the apple(s) in your grip.
  • Unexcite Bike - Avoid the holes and the other motorcyclists that are in Wario's way.
  • Hasty Pastry - Don't let Wario get picked off the dessert by the roving hand.
  • Wario Facial - Place the right hat, set of eyes, and nose on Wario if required.
  • Grow Wario Grow - Hit the block and get Wario to the mushroom before it touches Mario.
  • Loot Scoot - Blast the Wall so that Wario isn't smashed by the other wall trailing him.
  • Airpain - Blow the incoming planes out of the sky.
  • Wario Kendo - Grab the sword before it smacks Wario in the face.
  • Bug Birdie - Make Wario the cockroach push the golf ball into the hole.
  • Sinking Feeling - Get Wario to grab the umbrella before it's too late.
  • BOSS: Wario's Adventure - The final boss of the game is divided into many sectuons and has many elements from past microgames and boss levels. First Wario has to traverse an obstacle course on a skate board, not unlike City Surfer. Next Wario has to avoid falling objects from the sky while the skate board. After that Wario has to traverse an obstacle course again while avoiding falling objects at the same time. When that is over, Wario must grab onto a jet pack floating in the air. Wario will slide left and right while he has the jet pack on and he must launch himself into any object before him or else the object will explode and end the game. Whem the object's are destroyed he must grab every green fuel case so that he has enough speed to blast through the oncoming red bar. At this point Wario will get to a treasure chest, but before he opens it he must defeat with boomerang. When the foe is defeated Wario will get the treasure, but will now be chased by a boulder like object and he has to run faster and faster to avoid getting crushed. Wario will eventually be able to slide under a wall and leave the boulder behind. After all of that, the boss battle will finally be complete.

Extra Games

There are few games outside of the character-centered microgames that you can play once certain requirements are met. These requirements usually just mean to beat a certain number of microgames from a particular character's set of games. These extra games are divided between one player and two player modes. One player mode allows you play a game until you get a game over. The games in this mode is always based on one of the timed microgames. Two player mode can be played with only one game and one Nintendo DS, the players use the Top L and R buttons to compete with each other.

One Player Mode

Jump Forever: Get Wario to jump for as long as he can. The rope swings at different speeds to add some challenge to this game. This game is based off of Jimmy's "Jumpin' Rope" microgame.

Skatingboard: Let 9-Volt stay on the skateboard as long as he can by jumping over and ducking under the obstacle when it arrives. This game is based off of Jimmy's "City Surfer" microgame.

Paper Plane: Manuever the paper plane down the bottomless pit in an endless tower. This game is based off of Mona's similarly titled "Paper Plane" microgame.

Dr. Wario: Play Dr. Mario, but with Wario in Mario's place. This game is based off of 9-Volt's "Dr. Mario" microgame.

Fly Swatter: Swat as many flies and other creatures as possible in each level. There are a hundred creatures for every level, though many of them fight back and there are a greater quantity of the fighters in advanced levels. While this game is based off of 9-Volt's "Mario Paint: Fly Swatter" microgame, it has much more to do with the original Fly Swatter from the actual Mario Paint game for the SNES.

Two Player Mode

Chiritorie: Use the spinning vacuums to suck up all the trash before your competitor gets to it. The first to reach 100 points wins. Jimmy is featured in this game, if a vacuum hits him when he appears, the vacuum will lose points and will spit back out trash it had sucked in. this microgame is based off of 9-Volt's similarly titled "Chiritorie" microgame.

Chicken Race: Pull the feet back and then release to send the two opponents on wheels (one of them is 9-Volt, the other is an oddly shaped figure that appears commonly throughout WarioWare) racing on the ground. The propulsion has to be enough for the character to make significant distance, but not too much that they ride off the cliff.

Dong Dong: Push the button at the right time to activate the platform and knock the block onto your opponent's head. Mona and Dribble are featured as opposing characters.

Hurdle: Dr. Crygor and Orbulon race againts each other over hurdles and through mud to get to the finish line.

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