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The Munchables was a 3D Platform Game developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment for the Wii. The game combined elements from two of Namco's other series, Pac-Man and Katamari Damacy.

Star Ving is a planet with several islands that are all connected together by rainbows. The primary inhabitants of Star Ving are the Munchables. Led by the mysterious Great Elder, the Munchables are a race of gluttonous creatures who spend their days chowing down from an endless supply of food created by magical artifacts called Legendary Orbs. But one day, a fleet of UFOs appear from a hole in space and steal the Legendary Orbs, destroying the rainbows connecting the islands and cutting off the Munchables' food supply. Then the UFOs deploy an army of creatures called "Tabemon Monsters" all over the islands to wreck havoc on Star Ving. It's up to the Great Elder and the game's protagonists, two Munchables named Chomper and Munchy, to traverse the islands of Star Ving, retrieve the Legendary Orbs, and defeat the Tabemon Monsters. And unfortunately for the monsters, they bear a rather uncanny resemblance to the various foods the Munchables love to sink their teeth into...

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  • A God Am I: The Great Elder seems to think he is, if his running around with a cardboard cutout of a halo and a cloud strapped onto him is any indication. He even goes by Kami-sama ("god" in Japanese) in the original version of the game.
    • Although it's probably just a ploy to fool the Munchables, and it apparently worked, since they made him their leader...
  • Achilles' Heel: The Legendary Orb on most of the bosses.
  • Aliens Speaking English
  • Ambiguous Situation: It's never outright confirmed if the Tabemon Monsters are either Anthropomorphic Food or aliens that coincidentally look like food. There's also the question of why the Great Elder, who's a Tabemon Monster himself, has no problem with the Munchables cannibalizing his own race.
  • Asteroids Monster: Any enemy that's bigger than you.
  • Background Boss: Both Great Grapey and Big Choco.
  • Barrier Change Boss: King Pumpkin.
  • Big Bad: Don Onion.
  • Big Boo's Haunt: Ghost Mansion.
  • Big Eater: The protagonists, Chomper and Munchy.
    • The planet Star Ving essentially has this as its hat. The Munchables are explicitly described as doing nothing but eating and growing their whole lives, to the point that hunger is literally their only drive in life.
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  • Convection Shmonvection: Level Two of Mount Brim.
  • Convenient Weakness Placement: Mostly Big Fishy, for the giant shells.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: Some crates contain nothing, while some contain power-ups.
  • Endgame+: Defeating spoiler: King Pumpkin unlocks a new character, a robotic Munchable called "Robo," and Mirror Mode.
  • Every Bullet Is a Tracer: Enemy attacks.
  • Exposition Break: Completing an island after meeting Don Onion will cause the Great Elder to expound his relationship with him; they used to be good friends, raising happy Tabemon monsters together, but the Great Elder discovered that Don Onion was stitching Tabemon monsters together in an attempt to create powerful creatures to rule to universe with. The Great Elder left the planet in disgust and never looked back.
  • Excuse Plot: An armada of space pirates who look like or are Anthropomorphic Food invade a planet inhabited by ravenous gluttons and steal their food source. Go eat them, recover the orbs, and save the planet.
  • Flying on a Cloud: The Great Elder gets around via flying cloud... but it's actually just a cardboard cutout of a cloud affixed to his chest.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Munchables appear to be crapping out acorns. And then there are the contrarily named Legendary Orbs, which are shaped more like... something else entirely.
  • Green Hill Zone: Star Ving Island.
  • Cute Bruiser: Munchy.
  • Hailfire Peaks: Mount Brim.
  • He Was Right There All Along: All of the bosses.
  • Tube Travel: Sort of. Going into holes in the sea floor of Gulp Sea, Level Two, will make you pop out of another hole.
  • Under the Sea: Level Two of Gulp Sea

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