9 - Volt ~ Game & Wario

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Ah, it's the wonderful time again, the time for a new Nintendo console to launch and bring all sorts of games that we've been waiting for new entries to. Of particular interest to me, is the upcoming game, Game & Wario from Sakamoto's team and Intelligent Systems. When I was younger, I thought that WarioWare was stupid, and I had no interest in playing it, but later or my sister showed me Smooth Moves, and since then Wario has owned my heart. I've gone back and have played all of the WarioWare games except for Twisted, Snapped, and Mega Party Games, and I have loved ever single one of them.

Now once again, the Wii U brings a new WarioWare but not WarioWare game to me. Game & Wario, a game that removes the microgames from the package, and instead focuses on one larger minigame hosted by a member or Wario's company. We've seen Wario hosting Arrow, Jimmy T. hosting Ski, Mona hosting shutter, and Penny Crygor hosting Thief. There are also some other games shown in various videos featuring other characters, and other characters shown without games. Dr. Crygor is shown hosting a game based on a line drawing demo from E3 2011, while Kat & Ana, and Ashley are shown without any known games. The Shield Pose game from E3 2011 has also resurfaced, this time featuring Wario as the pirate captain, no character has been shown as the host yet, perhaps Wario-Man will make a reappearance?

So which of the original WarioWare cast haven't been shown yet? All that remains are Dribble & Spitz, Orbulon, and 9-Volt. Now I'm positive that Orbulon will host some kind of crazy game that I can't even imagine right now, but I'm a bit hesitant on wondering if Dribble & Spitz will get their own game. They're classic characters, but they never really seemed to get popular like the others. I'm sure that they will appear in some capacity, but maybe not as game hosts this time around.

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Now about 9-Volt, I believe he has appeared in every WarioWare game except for Snapped, so I think he's a shoe in for a game this time around as well. The question though, is what type of game will he host? 9-Volt (and his creepy friend 18-Volt) are all about Nintendo nostalgia, and they must continue that tradition into Game & Wario. Hell, the name of the game itself is a throwback to the Game & Watch handheld line, so I have no doubt that this game will be bursting at the seems for retro Nintendo love. I have thought about it a little bit, and I've come up with two possible scenarios for 9-Volt (most likely no where near the final product).

The first idea is rather simple, and fairly lackluster in itself. This game would be all about the microgames. In this mode, 9-Volt and 18-Volt would have a series of Nintendo themed microgames that are designed to use the Gamepad in a variety of ways, sort of like a mix of Touched and Smooth Moves. I like the microgames from the series history, but perhaps this idea is way to straight forward for the game, perhaps it needs something a little more "Nintendo".

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Now here is my second idea, and it's maybe a little radical. This is where my second idea comes in. A fully 3D remake of the original Famicom Wars. This would play a lot like the Advance War games on the DS played, with a sprite based map on the gamepad, but a fully 3D world on the TV like in recent console Fire Emblem games. Now, imagine playing this game with 2 gamepads supported. 9-Volt as the CO for Orange Star, and 18-Volt as the CO for Blue Moon. In single player, I would add another Nintendo twist and have Nintendo characters appear as the enemy COs for all the maps. Why not? The original game had Samus appear as a character in Donut Island. So who would be those CO's, I suppose it doesn't matter, as long as there are 17. But here are my picks in map order.

Waluigi, Samus, King Dedede, Captain Falcon, Luigi, Falco, Tingle, Melia, Nell, Zelda, Shulk, Fox McCloud, Adam Malkovich, Link, Bowser, Marth, and Mario. With regards to the armies, I would make two distinct armies, and distinguish them by using emblems in the same way that Mario Kart does.

Well, that's my thoughts on 9-Volt's game for Game & Wario. While I would love this, I have faith that what ever game they make, it'll end up being really fun in the end.

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