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The Slice Is Right

A pizza rivalry produces one catchy song for WarioWare.

By Derrick Sanskrit • August 29, 2013

Game music has the power to earworm its way into your heart long after you put the controller down. Each week in Game That Tune, we highlight a great tune from a great game (or a great tune from a just-okay game).

This weekend, U.S. citizens celebrate Labor Day, a national holiday that, in its modern form, exists for seemingly no reason except to serve as the unofficial end of our observance of summer. (Yes, the calendar says that summer goes on for another month, but we also start observing the season at Memorial Day, nearly a whole month before the summer solstice.) Kids are gearing up to head back to school, and office dress codes are losing their relaxed policies. Pool parties and barbecues make way for potlucks and tailgates. But we still have this one last weekend, so let’s make it a good one! Let’s have a pizza party! I’ll call everyone’s favorite video game pizza chain: Mona Pizza!

This catchy jingle played in the background of Mona’s stage in the Game Boy Advance micro-game collection WarioWare Twisted!, but players who popped both Twisted! and WarioWare Touched! into their Nintendo DS at the same time were greeted with the sweet music video above. (Early models of the DS were backward-compatible with Game Boy Advance games, making this odd configuration possible.) It’s a simple, unflinchingly cheery ditty, with enthusiastic 16-bit drums and bass that imbue a spirit of freewheeling fun absent in most midi-based chip music. Mona’s sparkling pop description of pizza delivery is undercut in its second verse by her boss, Joe, who somehow manages to be an even worse portrayal of Italian stereotypes than Super Mario himself. The third verse is yet more odd; it belongs to Pizza Dinosaur. With their slick supervillain-minion delivery outfits and flagrant disregard for rhythmic flow, Mona’s mega-corporate rivals interrupt and flatly boast in a matter that can only be described as just like The Misfits during the theme to Jem and the Holograms. Pizza Dinosaur may be right about one thing, though: The pizza chains are everywhere, so we’ve got to give in. As we relinquish our summer freedom and return to work and school and responsibility and itineraries, the convenience of corporate chains can outweigh the ideals of supporting a local small business. Summer’s not quite over yet, though, so we’ve still got plenty of time for Mona Pizza.

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21 Responses to “The Slice Is Right”

  1. GhaleonQ says:

    For real, this series’ music is SO underrated.  Even the 3-second hooks are catchy.

    Also, can someone explain why they didn’t put this team on the New Super Mario games?  Imagine that song as your standard Above Ground theme, as your Castle theme, as your Athletic theme, as your Underground theme, and so on.  At the very least, it’s better than what we received.

    As Derrick wrote, they use nostalgia well, so they’re thematically perfect for the New games.

    • Uncle Roundy says:

      I love this remix of the underground theme, which was going to be used in Wario Land: Shake It! but was ultimately left out, apparently because it didn’t fit the tone they were going for. Evidently they didn’t want their game to have a tone that was COMPLETELY FUCKING BADASS

      • GhaleonQ says:

        Wario brings the funk!  I don’t understand!  I thought Good-Feel has consistently excellent taste in music, but this has thrown me for a loop.

      • PhilWal0 says:

        Oh goodness, that opening. Like Mario’s being played by Gay Tony from the GTA4 expansion.

      • Wajmer says:

         I just registered on awesome Disqus just so I could say thanks for turning me on to this track. This tune is amazing

    • TheMostPopularCommenter says:

      Wario’s pals are so much more fun than the Mushroom Kingdom crew at this point. The storytelling in the first Warioware game is so economical just because the designs are that strong.

      • JamesJournal says:

        I would kill for a more story driven Wario game set in Diamond City where you got to interact with Mona, Captain Syrup, Jimmy etc. 

        That sounds like so much more fun than saving Peach from Bowser for the thousandth time.

    • Girard says:

      It’s extra sad that they don’t have this team (dev team, not just music) work on the Mario Land games anymore, as a lot of their weirdness came from the RND1 guys who went on to be the Wario Land, then Wario Ware, guys. It would be great to have them back making weird portable Marios that feel kind of fucked-up.

      • GhaleonQ says:

        No kidding: those card games they made, the Friend Collection series, and Kiki Trick are weird, but we never got them and the latter 2 are super-casual.  Assuming those are the same guys, their weirdness can be channeled into smartly structured, not-too-bizarre games that fuel my interest in video games as a form.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

       It’s got fantastic music and people who disagree are dumb.

  2. Y E S ! I’ve already mentioned my love of the WarioWare games, especially Touched, and this is a great example of what’s so fun about them! It’s so silly and chipper and charming and, most importantly, funny. Still, the best song of the series is and will always be Ashley’s theme, though that’s more Halloween appropriate.

  3. His_Space_Holiness says:

    Labor Day serves no purpose? Here speaks a man who never took a bullet from the Pinkertons for striking for an extra three cents an hour from the local coal magnate. Or, say, got his collective bargaining power stripped away by the governor in the last two years because they make easy scapegoats for deficits.

    Basically what I’m saying is that Gameological writers should unionize, set up a shantytown outside Old Man Teti’s mansion, and rededicate this feature exclusively to Woody Guthrie ballads.

    • Unexpected Dave says:

      If it wasn’t for Labor Day, we’d still have 12-year-olds toiling away in our underground blog mines!

  4. Unexpected Dave says:

    Pizza seems to be the one food where the major chains are actually losing market share to local independent pizzerias. There’s too much personal and regional variation in what pizza should be.

  5. Cloks says:

    I have nothing to add except that the header image for this article is excellent, as always.

  6. Matt Koester says:

    Love Mona Pizza.

    As for my favorite Wario Ware music moment, excluding the studio’s excellent, Wario Ware-esque Rhythm Heaven games, is probably the final boss from Wario Ware Smooth Moves. It was noted recently that Game & Wario manages to capture the possibilites of the Wii U gamepad in ways that other, more reserved games can only wish to, and the same is shown here. The motions used in Smooth Moves aren’t nescesary and can easily be faked, but it’s much, much more fun to treat the device like it works a bit better than it does, and by limiting our exposure, Smooth Moves, in the same way that Wii Bowling and Just Dance does, gives us the feeling that our entire body is involved directly in the game.

  7. JamesJournal says:

    Mona could use a steady job. But then again she could be Peach.

    • DrFlimFlam says:

      I bet the princess’ voicemail is just, “Yeah, I’m at Bowsers. Against my will. Again. One of them stole me.” If she can’t answer the phone, she’s been kidnapped.

  8. DrFlimFlam says:

    I choose to observe meteorological seasons in my own head because they make a lot more sense. A fall of Sep-Oct-Nov is an actual fall, because December is winter.

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