Mr. Game & Watch

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Mr. Game & Watch
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Mr. Game & Watch's artwork in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U.
Full Name Mr. Game & Watch
Species Unknown
First Appearance Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
Latest Appearance Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (2014)

Mr. Game & Watch is a 2-D character and mascot of the Game & Watch Gallery games and the Game & Watch handheld systems. Despite this, however, none of the original Game & Watch games feature Mr. Game & Watch, instead featuring a variety of other usually nameless characters. Mr. Game & Watch himself is a compilation of all of these characters, first designed to function as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee. His appearance seems to be based on the generic people in Fire and Parachute.

History[edit]

Game & Watch[edit]

Although Mr. Game & Watch does not appear in any of the original Game & Watch systems, his moveset in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl is almost entirely based on games within the series.

Wario Land 4[edit]

The Item Shopkeeper sprites in Wario Land 4.

In Wario Land 4, a character that is very similar to Mr. Game & Watch appears as the Item Shopkeeper. She is an alternate form of the Black Cat's (which is additionally Princess Shokora in her feline form) and serves as the shopkeeper of the Item Shop. She also appears as pictures on the walls of the level Hall of Hieroglyphs. A notable difference between Mr. Game & Watch and the Item Shopkeeper is that the shopkeeper has eyes.

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

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Mr. Game & Watch, along with Mario, hosts the Gift Mode in the Gallery Corner. This is his only speaking role.

Donkey Kong Country Returns[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch's cameo in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

In Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS remake, Mr. Game & Watch makes a cameo appearance in the background of Foggy Fumes. He is seen hammering a pipe.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

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Super Smash Bros. Character
Mr. Game & Watch
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Game Appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (unlockable) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Special Moves
Standard:  Chef
Side:  Judge
Up:  Fire
Down:  Oil Panic
Final Smash:  Octopus
Battle Entrance
Walks in Game & Watch Quartams.

Super Smash Bros. Melee[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Mr. Game & Watch (SSBM)
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Mr. Game and Watch's artwork in Melee.
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The Mr. Game & Watch team, in All-Star mode.


Mr. Game & Watch also appears in Super Smash Bros. Melee with the rest of the Mario cast. Here, he is the final unlockable, as the player has to get all of the other twenty-four characters first. After beating Classic or Adventure mode with every other character, the player will be challenged by Mr. Game & Watch in Flat Zone. He is unlocked when he is defeated in the match. In All-Star mode, the Mr. Game and Watch team is always the final enemy stage. Here, the player must beat twenty-five Mr. Game & Watches.

Mr. Game & Watch's movement in the game is rather unusual, as he moves in G&W Quartams. All of his "voice" clips (including screams, taunts, and other such noises) are actually the sounds heard when playing the various Game & Watch titles. Mr. Game & Watch is portrayed as one of the lightest fighters in the Super Smash Bros. series, thanks to his flat appearance.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

Main article: SmashWiki:Mr. Game & Watch (SSBB)

Mr. Game & Watch returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, as an unlockable character. His Final Smash makes him transform into a giant octopus that extends its tentacles. After the octopus appears, anyone who gets hit by the tentacles will take damage. This octopus is from the Game & Watch Octopus, which is also a mini-game in WarioWare: Smooth Moves.

The Subspace Emissary[edit]
Mr. Game & Watch, in the Subspace Emissary.

In the Subspace Emissary from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mr. Game & Watch clones made from Shadow Bugs are in direct command of the Halberd. In addition, according to the Shadow Bugs' trophy information, his body produces Shadow Bugs — a substance that is used to form members of the Subspace Army, which can be endlessly extracted from him. He doesn't revolt against the Subspace Army at first, as he is unaware of the concept of good and evil. After Meta Knight gets back the Halberd, he takes control. Snake knocks out all the Mr. Game & Watches out of an open window and into the Halberd's bridge, where they melt into Shadow Bugs that merge into Duon, except for the real one. Following the foe's defeat, a Mr. Game & Watch's trophy is left behind. Fox McCloud attempts to shoot it but Princess Peach revives it and gives Mr. Game & Watch her Parasol. Mr. Game & Watch fiddles with it, then walks around with it in Game & Watch quartams, making Peach giggle. He then joins the party helping the rest throughout the game.

Mr. Game & Watch is the only major character to not have a snapshot.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U as an unlockable character. His appearance has been altered a bit, which includes having a smaller nose, and more rounded hands. His moveset appears unchanged, however, though there are minor differences in his looks when performing certain moves. Much like in Melee and Brawl, Mr. Game & Watch is very lightweight, making him quite easy to send flying.

His inclusion in the game was briefly hinted at in Pac-Man's reveal trailer, where at the end of the video, the screen compares the debut years between him, Pac-Man, Mario and Donkey Kong. His debut year is technically incorrect, because Mr. Game & Watch did not receive an official name or debut appearance until Melee, and his Brawl trophy description considers his debut to be 2002's Game & Watch Gallery. Despite being hinted at in the trailer, he wasn't officially confirmed in the game until its release.

WarioWare series[edit]

The icon of Mr. Game & Watch in WarioWare: Touched!

Mr. Game & Watch makes cameos on the menus of WarioWare: Twisted! and in the 'Games' icon in the character selection screen in WarioWare: Touched! Several audiences in The Invent-Off stage cutscenes from WarioWare: Smooth Moves resemble Mr. Game & Watch people. Finally, he also appears in the microgames that are based on the Game & Watch games.

Special Moves[edit]

Chef[edit]

Chef, in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Main article: SmashWiki:Chef

Chef is a move that Mr. Game & Watch uses in the game Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is simply done by pressing the B button. He will pull out a Frying Pan and sling it up, flinging bacon into the air. However, in Brawl, it can also toss ham and fish. The move usually does around 2-9 damage. The move is a long-distance, and the bacon can also get flung really high up. However, it doesn't go as far as other long-range moves. Nevertheless, the move is a perfect move for long-distance fighting. It is named after the Game & Watch game, Chef, which had been used earlier in Game & Watch Gallery 2.

If another player does manage to get past the flying food items, they will get hit by Mr. Game & Watch's frying pan. This does more damage, and will cause the opponent to fly away while burning.

Judge[edit]

Judge, from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl respectively.
Main article: SmashWiki:Judge

Judge (known as Judgment in Super Smash Bros. Melee) is a move that Mr. Game & Watch uses in the Super Smash Bros. series. It is his side special move. Mr. Game & Watch will hold up a flag with a number on it, and pulls out a Hammer. The Flag will show a number on the instant the attack is used and, depending on the number, the effect of the move will vary. After the number is shown, Mr. Game & Watch will hit the opponent (or sometimes himself), causing a different effect to the foe. When a person is about to attack the player, they should use Judge right when they attack them.

Judge is based on the Game & Watch game Judge, and Mr. Game & Watch's actions when performing Judge are similar to those done by the protagonists of Judge. This game was also put into Game & Watch Gallery 3, before Super Smash Bros. Melee was released.

Effects[edit]

With some very minor differences, in both games the attacks remain roughly the same.

  • 1 - An attack that causes only 2% damage which doesn't even cause the opponent to flinch. Mr. Game & Watch also does 12% damage to himself.
  • 2 - A weak attack at 4% damage.
  • 3 - A 6% damage attack which pierces defenses and causes the opponent to fly towards Mr. Game & Watch.
  • 4 - An 8% damage slash which launches the opponent diagonally.
  • 5 - An attack that deals electric damage three times, dealing 4% damage each time.
  • 6 - A 12% flame attack (which can be disastrous if near any explosives.)
  • 7 - Creates an apple and causes 14% damage.
  • 8 - A freezing attack which deals 9% damage.
  • 9 - An electric attack, comparable to a hit from the Home-Run Bat, which causes 32% damage.

Fire[edit]

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Main article: SmashWiki:Fire

Fire is an attack that is used by Mr. Game & Watch in Super Smash Bros. Melee. It is executed by pressing Up on the Control Stick, and then pressing the B Button. A fire crew will appear out of nowhere, and appear underneath him. They will bounce him back up onto the field with a trampoline. It acts as his third jump, and can also be used to damage opponents, by jumping into an enemy. It is a very useful third jump, as Mr. Game & Watch jumps very high up into the air. Unlike in the next game, Mr. Game & Watch doesn't open a parachute at the end of the attack, becomes helpless. The attack is named after the Game & Watch game called Fire, which was previously included in Game & Watch Gallery 3.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Mr. Game & Watch gains a parachute to slow his descent on the way down, similarly to Peach Parasol. In Melee, the parachute was originally his standard air attack, but it doesn't slow his descent in any way. Canceling his parachute causes Mr. Game & Watch to not use his up-special again until he touches the ground (although this attack no longer leaves Mr. Game & Watch helpless). To compromise its new role in Brawl, he gains a new standard air attack based on the Game & Watch game called Tropical Fish, which was previously included in Game & Watch Gallery 4.

Oil Panic[edit]

Oil Panic, while being charged up, and when it's released.
Main article: SmashWiki:Oil Panic

Oil Panic is a move used by Mr. Game & Watch in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. It is done by pressing +Control Pad down+B Button. Mr. Game & Watch will then pull out a bucket, which he can use to suck in any energy projectiles (like Pikachu's Thunder Jolt, or Fox's Blaster). After absorbing three blows, all Mr. Game & Watch has to do now is wait for the right timing, and then press +Control Pad down+B Button. This will launch a bucket load of oil at the opponent. The damage varies depending on the projectiles the player absorbed. It can do about 3% of damage, to 200% in Melee and 60% in Brawl, to an instant KO. Because of this, and how the attack works, it is very difficult to master, but is incredibly powerful once done correctly.

This move is named after a Game & Watch game called Oil Panic, which is available in Game & Watch Gallery.

Octopus[edit]

Octopus
Main article: SmashWiki:Octopus

Octopus is Mr. Game & Watch's Final Smash featured in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. When Game & Watch breaks open the Smash Ball, he will transform into the Octopus from the Game & Watch game of the same name. The Octopus will float above the stage, with the option to attack by extending its tentacles, or ram opponents with its body. When extending its tentacles, the body won't do as much damage. Because it hovers directly above the stage, it will fall and KO Mr. Game & Watch if it leaves the side of the stage. It can do a mid-air jump, and in Rumble Falls, it can jump off of platforms, but other than the mid-air jump, it has no recovery move.

This move is named after a Game & Watch game called Octopus, which is available in Game & Watch Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery 4.

Other Attacks[edit]

Greenhouse[edit]

Greenhouse is Mr. Game & Watch's Standard Attack move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, based on Stanley's Bug-Spray Gun from Greenhouse. Unlike in Greenhouse, however, the attack sprays clouds horizontally, which can build up damage and trap opponents inside by rapidly pressing the Attack Button.

Lion[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch holds out a chair as his side A strong attack, based on the lion tamers in Lion.

Fire Attack[edit]

Fire Attack is Mr. Game & Watch's Side Smash move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, from the Game & Watch of the same name. Mr. Game & Watch will attack opponents by using a torch, like the Indians in Fire Attack.

Manhole[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch flips a manhole cover from Manhole beneath him while using his down A attack.

Vermin[edit]

Vermin is Mr. Game & Watch's Down Smash move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, from Vermin. Mr. Game & Watch attacks from both sides using twin hammers.

Flagman[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch waves the 1 flag from Flagman above him in an arc, as his Up A attack.

Octopus[edit]

Not to be confused with Mr. Game & Watch's Final Smash, his Up Smash involves him headbutting a target above him while wearing the diver's helmet from Octopus.

Parachute[edit]

Parachute is the name of Mr. Game & Watch's Standard Aerial move in Super Smash Bros. Melee. The move is slow in execution, but it does have good range, and packs a decent amount of power too.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, this move was replaced by Tropical Fish. Parachute was instead used after the player uses Fire, which is used for recovery and does 6% damage to opponents.

Tropical Fish[edit]

Tropical Fish is the name of Mr. Game & Watch's Standard Aerial move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Its name is based on the Game & Watch game Tropical Fish. It replaces the move Parachute from Super Smash Bros. Melee.

Mario Bros.[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch's Forward Aerial swings a package from Mario Bros. in front of him.

Spitball Sparky[edit]

While using his Up Aerial move, Mr. Game & Watch shoots a puff of air and loses his arms, referencing Spitball Sparky. The move can blow distant targets away, much like Spitball Sparky can do with his ball. Deals 2 hits; the second hit is stronger than the first hit, however it is very difficult to land due to the wind effect of the first hitbox and it has a knockback growth.

Turtle Bridge[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch swings a turtle from Turtle Bridge behind him as his Back Aerial move, which can score multiple hits.

Donkey Kong Jr.[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch rushes down with a key, in the same manner as Donkey Kong Jr. in the Game & Watch of the same name.

Ball[edit]

All four of Mr. Game & Watch's throws are based on the marionette from Ball, which could juggle two or three balls at a time.

Helmet[edit]

As his Running Attack, Mr. Game & Watch sports the helmet from Helmet.

Business Bell[edit]

Mr. Game & Watch uses a bell whenever he taunts. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, two of his taunts involved the bell. The bell was also used to pummel an opponent that Mr. Game & Watch has grabbed, as well as attack while climbing up a ledge.

Images[edit]

Profiles and Statistics[edit]

Trophies[edit]

Melee[edit]

Name Image Game / Moves Description
Mr. Game & Watch (Classic)
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Game & Watch
1980
First appearing in 1980, the Game & Watch series is the father of all portable liquid crystal games. The main character is simple and monochrome but has a timeless individuality. There are 39 different games in the series and they've sold over 43 million units worldwide. Pictured at left is the particularly popular Fire model.
Mr. Game & Watch (Adventure)
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B: Chef
Smash B: Judgment
A resident of a totally flat world, Mr. Game & Watch's frame-by-frame movement is distinctive. His image is known far and wide and respected by gamers everywhere. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, he hurls sausages with his Chef technique. The random strength of his Judgment is determined by the number displayed; food appears on lucky 7.
Mr. Game & Watch (All-Star)
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Up & B: Fire
Down & B: Oil Panic
A man of great stature in the world of Nintendo characters, Mr. Game & Watch is a comparatively light fellow and doesn't feature many powerful attacks. When he's in danger of falling, Fire calls out a rescue brigade to send him skyward once more. He can also catch missile weapons with Oil Panic; once he's caught three, he can dump the bucket on his foes.

Brawl[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Mr. Game & Watch BrawlTrophy069.png GB Game & Watch Gallery The monochrome hero of the Game & Watch series, a fellow who oozes personality. First appearing in 1980, the series were the original portable game systems. The first games in the series were quite simple, but as time passed, technology evolved. The multiscreen series featured game play on dual screens. As the name states, the games also kept time.
Octopus BrawlTrophy070.png Wii Super Smash Bros. Brawl Mr. Game & Watch's Final Smash. He turns into the huge cephalopod that made its debut in the Game & Watch game Octopus. Of course, you can damage enemies by running into them, but you can do more damage by pressing the attack button to extend four arms and launch foes. In the original Octopus game, you had to avoid the octopus while salvaging treasure from the sea.

Solid Snake Codec Conversation[edit]

  • Snake: Otacon, there's a guy walking around in here...and he's only got two dimensions!
  • Otacon: That's Mr. Game & Watch. He comes from a world where everything is flat. Game & Watch was a series of portable games released by Nintendo in 1980. They were powered by large-scale integrated circuits and only had mono-chrome LCD displays, so characters kinda looked like the numbers on a calculator. The guy you're looking at now, Mr. Game & Watch, was a character who appeared in these games.
  • Snake: This is making my head hurt.
  • Otacon: Well, um... He's... I mean... Look, just start fighting him, and I'm sure everything will make sense.
  • Snake: ...

Appearances[edit]

Title Description Release Date System/Format
Super Smash Bros. Melee Unlockable Playable Character 2001 Gamecube
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Cameo appearance in Gift Mode of Gallery Corner 2002 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo in Menus 2004 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Touched! Cameo in Menus 2004 / 2005 Nintendo DS
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Unlockable Playable Character 2008 Wii
Donkey Kong Country Returns Cameo 2010 Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable Playable Character 2014 Nintendo 3DS

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Mr.ゲーム&ウォッチ
Misutā Gēmu ando Wotchi
Mr. Game & Watch
Korean 미스터 게임 앤 워치
Miseuteo Geim aen Wochi

Trivia[edit]

  • Mr. Game & Watch is the only character in Super Smash Bros. Melee whose All-Star trophy does not display him in an alternate coloration. Additionally, that trophy isn't affected by the background lighting, which is shown with most trophies.
  • When turned into metal by a Metal Box, Mr. Game & Watch will still make beeping noises when attacking, moving around, or taking damage. This is likely because he has no voice effects. He also appears more 3-D when metal.
    • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, however, Mr. Game & Watch will make clanking noises while moving in metal form.
    • While Mr. Game & Watch keeps his silver outline in his Metal form in Super Smash Bros. Melee, his outline becomes black in Metal form in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • Mr. Game & Watch is the only character is Super Smash Bros. Brawl who doesn't have a snapshot in the Subspace Emissary.