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  • Acclaimed Flop: Though DIY received very good reviews and acquired a solid cult follwing 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 countries, becoming a perrenial 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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!).
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    • Unlike previous games, which were co-developed by Nintendo and Intelligent Systems (bar Mega Mircogame$, which was developed entirely by the former), Gold is instead developed almost entirely by the latter and TOSE with the only staff from Nintendo being directly involved in it's development being Goro Abe (chief director) and Ko Takeuchi (character designer).
  • Completely Different Title: The original Japanese title of the series was Made in Wario, but outside Japan it's WarioWare.
  • The Danza: In the Latin American Spanish dub, Annie Rojas voice Ana.
  • Defictionalization: Pyoro, which was the inspiration in story for Wario starting up his own company, was a mini game in every single game in the WarioWare series, and then ended up published standalone by Nintendo for DSiWare under the name Bird & Beans. Paper Plane (retitled Paper Airplane Chase) is possibly the same way.
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  • Descended Creator: The series character designer, Ko Takeuchi, voices Joe in the Japanese dub of Gold.
  • Dummied Out: Mega Microgame$ contains a few mircogames that went unused, including ones based on Block Fever, F1 Race and Pong. (The latter also had a VS minigame that also got cut.)
  • Dolled-Up Installment:
    • The original WarioWare was based on the microgames present in the 64DD game Mario Artist: Polygon Studio; some of the microgames in Polygon Studio even received straight ports in WarioWare!
    • 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 scrapping the original framing device and using the WarioWare characters instead.
  • Fandom Life Cycle: 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.
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  • 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: While Dribble's diary entries from the Japanese Mega Mircogame$ site does mention him attending a daughter's wedding, it never stated the married daugther was his specifically or that his parents were crying. Both of which are the result of a mistranslation stemming from his hard to translate speech dialect. With the correct translations being that the parents crying at the wedding were the brides parents with Dribble commenting on them raising her at the end of the entry, not himself. Officially, Dribble has no known family members.
  • I Knew It!: Gold confirms the Fanon that Dr. Crygor is over 100 years old. Before, his age was listed as "unknown".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Twisted never saw a release on the Wii U's Virtual Console, likely due 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 won't be able to redownload it once the Wii Shop Channel shuts down entirely in 2019.
    • 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.
  • Name's the Same: Mr. Sparkle from Gold is not anime Homer Simpson.
  • Newbie Boom:
    • Smooth Moves introduced the series to a mainstream audience with its Widget Series antics and motion-control fun.
    • Gold reintroduced the series to people and revitalized the fandom thanks to its funny story and voice-acting.
  • 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. 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.
  • Pop Culture Urban Legends: It's commonly said that Ashley is precisely 8/9/10-years old in Japan but was changed to a teen internationally. That's not true. Her age is ambiguous in Japan, though her voice and speech patterns heavily suggests she's meant to be a little girl.
  • 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 nearly 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.
  • Refitted for Sequel: Gold's Split screen mode was an mode originally intended for Touched, but was cut out due to the DS' hardware limitations.
  • 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, which presents a bigger problem since Twisted was in Development Hell until June, and 18-Volt had one repeated line), 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.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • In the English dub of WarioWare Gold, almost every character shares a VA with someone else:
      • Cristina Vee voices 5-Volt and 13-Amp.
      • Robbie Daymond voices Young Cricket, Orbulon, and Mike all at once.
      • Stephanie Sheh voices both Mona and Kat.
      • Fryda Wolff voices both Penny and Ana.
      • Kyle Hebert does triple work with Dribble, Dr. Crygor, and Manager Joe (amusingly, 2 of those characters are dogs).
      • Melissa Hutchinson voices both 9-Volt and Doris-1.
    • In Latin-American dub basically almost all cast talking theirself:
      • Moisés Iván Mora voices pulls triple with Spitz, Mike, and Young Cricket. Not mentions with Reporter in opening and Master Ninja in Kat & Ana minigame.
      • Analiz Sánchez pulls double with Mona and Red.
      • Cristina Hernández voices Ashley and 9-Volt. Also voices 13-Amp and Old Lady in Kat & Ana minigame.
      • Alfonso Obregón Inclán voices 18-Volt, Orbulon and Joe.
      • Circe Luna pulls triple with 5-Volt, Kat, and Penny Crigor.
      • Carlos Segundo both Jimmy T. and Dribble. Also voices Instructor in 5-Volt minigame.
      • Beto Castillo both Dr. Crygor and Master Mantis.
    • The Italian dub is also filled with a very small cast voicing multiple characters:
      • Francesco Rizzi voices Wario and Dribble.
      • Luca Bottale voices Jimmy T., Joe, Spitz, Master Mantis and Orbulon.
      • Patrizia Scianca voices Mona, Lulu and 5-Volt.
      • Deborah Morese voices Ashley, 13-Amp, Kat and Ana.
      • Cinzia Massironi voices 9-Volt and Penny.
      • Giorgio Bonino voices Dr. Crygor and Fronk.
      • Paolo De Santis voices Mike, 18-Volt and Young Cricket.
  • 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.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • Many of the voice cast of the Latin American Spanish dub worked in the dub of Naruto:
      • Cristina Hernández (Ashley, 9-Volt, 13-Amp and Old Lady) voiced Tayuya
      • Carlos Segundo (Jimmy T. and Dribble) voiced Ibiki Morino
      • Moises Ivan Mora (Spitz, Mike, and Young Cricket) voiced Kabuto Yakushi
      • Alfonso Obregón Inclán (18-Volt, Orbulon and Joe) voiced Kakashi Hatake
      • Leyla Rangel (Lulu) voiced Sasame and Tenten (albeit only in Shippuden)
      • Alan Prieto (Mike and Fronk) voiced Rokkaku Ryūdōin and Monju
      • Analiz Sanchez (Mona, Red and Doris) voiced Fuuka
      • Circe Luna (5-Volt and Penny Crygor) voiced Onbu
      • Annie Rojas (Ana) voiced Sarada Uchiha in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.
      • From them, Gerardo Alonso (Wario) and Beto Castillo (Dr. Crygor and Master Mantis) are the only ones who haven't worked in anything related with the manga yet.
    • And in a curious cross-country relationship, this is one of the few jobs when Cristina Valenzuela (U.S.) and Cristina Hernández (Mexico) share the same characters (9-Volt and 13-Amp).
  • Throw It In!: Wario was put into the game on a whim, simply because he "was very stupid and was always doing idiotic things."
  • Unintentional Period Piece: The first game features a lot of early 2000s elements such as the flip-phone and old looking computer.
  • Urban Legend of Zelda: 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 Mondegreen resulting from the souvenir's fast forward function not actually speeding up Ashley's verses, but instead skipping large chunks of it.
  • 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.
    • 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.

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