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  • Acclaimed Flop: Though D.I.Y. received very good reviews and acquired a solid cult following among aspiring game designers, it was a commercial failure: in its native Japan, its sales were the lowest the series saw up to that point by a significant margin and it did even worse in western countriesHow poorly?, becoming a perennial bargain-bin filler. This is usually blamed on it being an Audience-Alienating Premise, as the complexity of the editor and low-quality prebuilt games made it difficult for it to appeal to the series' usual audience.
  • Acting for Two: In WarioWare Gold, almost every character shares a VA with someone else:
    • The English Dub:
    • Also, in Move It!, Kevin Afghani voices Wario and Mario, the latter only for a single line (see The Other Darrin below).
    • The Japanese version:
      • Yuma Kametani voices Jimmy and Dribble.
      • Ruriko Aoki voices Mona and 5-Volt.
      • Kazuya Yamaguchi voices Spitz and Fronk.
      • Makoto Koichi voices 9-Volt and Doris-1.
      • Shinra Hamazoe voices Orbulon and Master Mantis.
      • Maya Enoyoshi voices Kat and Penny.
      • Yui Matsuyama voices Ana and 13-Amp.
      • Mako Muto voices Red and Lulu.
      • Ryota Suzuki voices Young Cricket and Mike.
    • In the Latin American Spanish dub, almost all of the cast does work as multiple characters:
      • Moisés Iván Mora voices pulls double with Spitz and Young Cricket. Side characters include Ben (the news reporter in the opening) and Ninja Steve from Kat & Ana's stage.
      • Analiz Sánchez pulls double with Mona and Red.
      • Cristina Hernández voices main ensemble characters Ashley and 9-Volt. She also voices side characters 13-Amp and Ms. Munchly (the old lady from Kat & Ana's level).
      • Alfonso Obregón Inclán voices 18-Volt, Orbulon and Joe.
      • Circe Luna is both 5-Volt and Penny Crygor. In Get It Together!, she voice side character Leo (from Kat & Ana's stage).
      • Annie Rojas pulls both twins Kat and Ana respectively.
      • Carlos Segundo does Jimmy T., Dribble, and Mr. Sparkles.
      • Beto Castillo voices both Dr. Crygor and Master Mantis.
      • Alan Prieto voices both Mike and Fronk.
    • In the Italian dub:
      • Francesco Rizzi voices Wario and Dribble.
      • Patrizia Scianca voices Mona, 5-Volt, Lulu, Doris-1 and one of the girls in Jimmy's stage.
      • Luca Bottale voices Jimmy T., Spitz, Master Mantis, Orbulon, Joe and Mr. Sparkles.
      • Paolo De Santis voices 18-Volt, Young Cricket, Mike, Ben, Ninja Steve and Danny (the Gigantaburger clerk in Orbulon's stage).
      • Giorgio Bonino voices Dr. Crygor, Fronk and Gahrumble (the helpless monster from Ashley's stage).
      • Cinzia Massironi voices 9-Volt, Penny, Ms. Munchly, the other girl in Jimmy's stage and Ralphie (the raccoon kid from 18-Volt's stage).
      • Deborah Morese voices Kat, Ana, Ashley and 13-Amp.
  • All-Star Cast:
  • Ascended Fanon: In Rhythm Heaven Fever, one of the two player rhythm games had you and another player kick a ball back and fourth between each other as a kung fu boy and girl; however, due to the boy's similarities to Young Cricket, several fans have theorized that the boy might actually be the latter, which his Gold character trailer ended up going along with entirely. After making cameos in said trailer and Get It Together!, the girl was promoted to a main cast member in Move It!, where she's given the name Cicada.
  • B-Team Sequel: Touched! was primarily developed by staff new to the series at first, as the core developers of the original game and its Gamecube port were already busy on Twisted! and would only be moved to assist Touched! after that game's completion. It is notably one of the few games in the series to not be directed by the series usual director Goro Abe (the others being the original and Snapped!).
  • Completely Different Title:
    • The original Japanese title of the series was Made in Wario, but in English it's WarioWare. Made in Wario is likely a Gratuitous English play on Made in Country X.
    • In Japanese, most of the sequels have verbs placed before the title, such as Maware ("Turning") or Odoru ("Dancing"). The English names use various sarcastic phrases, such as Twisted! and Smooth Moves, as subtitles.
    • WarioWare D.I.Y. is Made in Ore in Japanese, ore being a first-person pronoun with "rough" masculine connotations.
    • WarioWare Gold is Made in Wario Gorgeous in Japanese.
    • WarioWare: Move It!'s Japanese title is Super Dancing Made in Wario, making Japan the only country where the game is clearly presented as a sequel to Smooth Moves.
  • Content Leak:
    • Thanks to fans datamining the demo for Gold, the names of Lulu, 13-Volt and Wario Deluxe ended up getting prematurely leaked prior to the game's launch.
    • Multiple Hong Kong retaillers broke street date and sold Get It Together well ahead of its September 10 launch, leading to players uploading clips of the complete game in the week preceding its official release.
    • The names and descriptions of all the Wario cups in Get It Together! would end up getting leaked just months after the game's release after fans datamined the game's files, including ones that had yet to occur at the time of the datamining.
  • Creator-Driven Successor: The series as a whole is basically the Sound Bomber mode from Mario Artist: Polygon Studio expanded into full-fledged Wario-branded games. This is especially apparent in the first game, where all of the mode's microgames return in some form, and even the boombox theme of the intro level is a direct reference to Sound Bomber.
  • The Danza: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Annie Rojas voice Ana.
  • Defictionalization: Pyoro, which was the inspiration in story for Wario starting up his own company, was a mini game in every single game in the series, and then ended up published standalone by Nintendo for DSiWare under the name Bird & Beans. Paper Plane (retitled Paper Airplane Chase) is possibly the same way.
  • Descended Creator:
    • The series character designer, Ko Takeuchi, voices Joe in the Japanese version of Gold.
    • Masanobu Matsunaga, the sound director for most of the games, voices Pyoro in Get It Together!
  • Dummied Out:
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Game & Wario was not originally meant to be part of the series, as explained in its promotional Iwata Asks interview. It was first designed as several generic tech demos that would be pre-installed on the Wii U, in a similar vein to the AR games and Face Raiders on the Nintendo 3DS, before it was attempted to be retool them into a new IP featuring expanded versions of said tech demos. Difficulties linking the minigames together in a coherent storyline led to the development team to scrap the original framing device and use the WarioWare characters instead.
  • Fandom Life Cycle: For years it was somewhere between phase 1 and phase 2, which is kind of odd given the popularity of the series. If you ever need proof of this, just try and find a forum/fan site for the WarioWare series, it's much harder than you think... The Mario spinoff games tend to have inactive fandoms compared to the main game and RPG spinoffs. That said, thanks to Gold and Get It Together!, it has since solidified to being in a comfortable phase 2.
  • Follow the Leader: Copying WarioWare has been a thing for minigame compilations, especially for licensed games based on properties that otherwise don't have much material for a video game:
  • God Never Said That: Early translations of Dribble's diary entries from the Japanese Mega Microgame$ site had him mention that he was attending his daughter's wedding with his parents crying, which shocked many fans since it effectively revealed Dribble's family, who had never been brought up. However, as it turns out, this was a mistranslation stemming from his hard-to-translate Kansai regional dialect. The correct translation is that the parents crying at the wedding were the bride's parents, with Dribble commenting on them raising her at the end of the entry, not himself. Officially, Dribble has no known family members.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Twisted never saw a release on the Wii U's Virtual Console, likely due to the difficulty in emulating its motion controls (Twisted used a gyroscope within the cartridge, while the Wii U's GamePad has a built-in gyroscope that isn't inherently compatible with the game). D.I.Y. also never got a digital rerelease, as its wireless sharing functions wouldn't have worked on an emulator.
    • Nintendo removing the ability to add Wii points in March of 2018 doomed D.I.Y. Showcase to this fate, leaving piracy as the only option for those who missed out the first time. Even those who bought it legitimately back when they could became unable to redownload it once the Wii Shop Channel shut down entirely the following year.
    • As a result of the discontinuation of Nintendo's Wi-Fi Connection service in 2014, all of the downloadable Microgames in D.I.Y/D.I.Y Showcase are sadly no longer accessible in the game. Fortunately, unofficial services such as the Doujinsoft store have preserved many of the games and can be downloaded to the DS. That said, many of the downloadable microgames are and will likely remain lost to time.
    • The "Miiverse Sketch" mode in Game and Wario is no longer playable due to Miiverse shutting down in November 2017, leaving online videos as the only way to experience it.
    • With the DSi Shop closing on March 31, 2017 and the 3DS eShop closing on March 27, 2023, it is no longer possible to obtain any of the DSiWare titles legitimately, which includes WarioWare Snapped! and the two standalone spin-off titles, Bird and Beans and Paper Airplane Chase.
  • Milestone Celebration: While not billed as an anniversary title per-se, Gold, a compilation of both old and new mircogames, was appropriately released 15 years after the franchise began with Mega Microgames$. This was acknowledged by one of the devs during the call you get when inputting "BAAI" on the in-game phones.
  • Newbie Boom:
    • Touched and Smooth Moves, being launch titles for the DS and Wii respectively, introduced the series to a mainstream audience that had not played the series before. Infact, both games are the highest-selling games with Wario's name in the title since the original Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3.
    • Gold and Get It Together! for the 3DS and Switch respectively, reintroduced the series to people and revitalized the fandom after being dormant for several years prior. Get It Together! in particular would become one of the most successful titles in the franchise in years.
  • No Export for You: Twisted! never reached European shores. The reason for this was never explained, but it certainly wasn't to do with the illegality of mercury tilt switches in the EU — Twisted! uses a piezoelectric gyroscope instead. To add further confusion, Yoshi's Universal Gravitation, a game that uses the same kind of gyroscope, was released in Europe. Fortunately, the GBA is region-free, so anyone in the region who knows English can play the game via importing. And as a result, the Mona Pizza song is unobtainable for European players as well (until Brawl for the song, but it was remixed), because to hear it you need to either play Twisted, or at least have a game cart to use alongside Touched! via the GBA slot in the DS console.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Gold recasts every characters except Wario, who retains Charles Martinet as his voice actor. This is mainly because the game having full voice acting over short sound clips required having professional voice actors (primarily reputable anime dub voices such as Kyle Hebert and Stephanie Sheh) rather than the usual voice work by Nintendo of America's Treehouse members.
    • Almost the entirety of the Latin American Spanish cast from Gold came back in Get It Together!, with the exceptions of Gerardo Alonso (Wario), Alan Prieto (Mike and Fronk), and Leyla Rangel (Lulu) being replaced by Óscar Flores (Wario), Alan Bravo (Mike and Fronk), and Nycolle González (Lulu) in this game.
    • After Charles Martinet stepped away from doing character voices for the franchise, Kevin Afghani took over his roles, beginning to voice Wario starting with WarioWare: Move It!. Oddly enough, this also applies to Mario too, as he redubs Mario's victory quote in 9-Volt's Boss minigame (the Secret Slide from Super Mario 64 DS).
    • In Move it!, Cristina Hernández does not reprise her roles from the previous games for unknown reasons, being replaced by Valentina Souza (Ashley and 13-Amp) with exception with 9-Volt, who is now played by Nycolle González.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends:
    • It's commonly said that Ashley is precisely 8/9/10-years old in Japanese but was changed to a teen internationally. That's not true. Her age is ambiguous in Japanese, though her voice and speech patterns heavily suggests she's meant to be a little girl.
    • When using the Turntable Souvenir in Touched, Ashley's song on fast forward supposedly states "I have granted kids to Hell". In reality, this is just a mishearing resulting from the souvenir's fast forward function not actually speeding up Ashley's verses, but instead skipping large chunks of it (the end result typically being "Eye- I c- Grand- This- Kitt- Soo- Pantal-.")
  • Popularity Redo: The series was based on the Sound Bomber mode of Mario Artist: Polygon Studio, a game for the short-lived, Japan-only N64DD. As such, the first game featured redone versions of all the microgames in Sound Bomber.
  • Promoted Fanboy:
    • In Gold, dialing the code "BAAI" in one of the phones in the Toy room will lead to a message where an unspecified developer talks about how he used to play the original WarioWare as a child and is very happy to have worked on the game.
    • Kyle Hebert played Wario in There Will Be Brawl. In Gold, he's part of the cast of a real Wario game, acting opposite Charles Martinet, the real voice for Wario.
  • Referenced by...: Lulu makes a cameo in one of the tie-in comics for The Casagrandes as a sight gag, which doubles as Actor Allusion since she and Carlino share the same voice actress.
  • Refitted for Sequel:
    • Gold's split screen challenge mode was originally intended for Touched!, but was cut out due to the DS' hardware limitations.
    • Mega Microgame$ has several Dummied Out microgame remixes of the Rice Beach theme from Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3, implying that a microgame based on that game was planned but cut. Smooth Moves would get a microgame based on the game, with its own remix of the Rice Beach theme.
  • Sequel First: Twisted! was released after Touched! in North America (which is even weirder because Twisted was supposed to be 18-Volt's intended debut in the series, except the game was held over until June, and 18-Volt had one repeated line in Touched!), and not at all in Europe.
  • Sequel Gap: Between Game & Wario (2013) and WarioWare Gold (2018), a five year gap. The longest one between games so far.
  • Star-Making Role: In the Latin American Spanish dub of Gold, the game was this for Wario's voice actor Gerardo Alonso.
  • Studio Hop: Somewhat. The series was originally co-developed by Nintendo SPD1 (formerly Nintendo R&D1) and Intelligent Systems. Beginning with Gold however, Intelligent Systems would become the primary development team for the franchise, with Goro Abe and Ko Takeuchi being the only Nintendo staff to remain on the staff. This is largely due to Nintendo SPD having merged with the rest of Nintendo's in-house teams to form Nintendo EPD in 2015.
  • Throw It In!: Wario was put into the game on a whim, simply because he "was very stupid and was always doing idiotic things."
  • Voiced Differently in the Dub:
    • Ashley generally has a deeper and more monotone voice in the English dub compared to the Japanese version, where she sounds like a young child.
    • Whereas Dr. Crygor’s voice in the Japanese version of Gold is rather deep sounding like his voice in previous games, Kyle Hebert gives him a much higher pitched voice by comparison.
    • Fryda Wolff gives Penny bit of a Tomboyish Voice in the English dub, which she lacks in the Japanese version.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • As mentioned above, Game & Wario was not originally meant to be a WarioWare game. (See Dolled-Up Installment above for more info.)
    • According to an old interview, Smooth Moves was originally planned to have cooperative microgames that had one player use the Wiimote and the other player use the Nunchuck. The reason why this ended up being cut remains unknown. The idea of cooperative microgames would be revisited in Get It Together!.
    • Touched! was originally planned to have Multiplayer games, but due to deadlines, they couldn't do anything more with the idea.
    • Gold's split screen mode was originally planned as far back as Touched!, but it ended up getting scrapped then due to the mode being too taxing on the Nintendo DS' hardware.
    • A test video found in the internal game data features an early in-progress version of Penny's cutscene with some minor but still noteworthy differences from the final game, two of which being that it was originally set in Dr. Crygor's laboratory (as opposed to Penny gaining her own lab in the final game) and that Penny originally retained her brown eyes at one point before they were switched to Innocent Blue Eyes in the final game.
  • Working Title: Touched! was originally titled WarioWare, Inc. DS when it was first shown off at E3 2004.

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