Driver

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Driver
Happy drivers in Mario's Cement Factory.
Two drivers in Mario's Cement Factory (Game & Watch Gallery 4)
Species Human
First appearance Mario Bros. (1983)
Latest appearance Game & Watch Gallery 4 (2002)

Drivers[1][2] are truck-driving workers in the Game & Watch games of Mario Bros. and Mario's Cement Factory. One can be seen in the former and two in the latter.

History[edit]

Mario Bros. (Game & Watch)[edit]

In Mario Bros., Mario and Luigi are working at a bottling plant. After Luigi places six cases of bottles onto the truck, the driver will start the engine and stick his head out to yell for the last two cases. When the truck is filled with eight cases, he drives off.

Mario's Cement Factory[edit]

Table Top version[edit]

In Mario's Cement Factory, Mario's task is to open the hopper lids in the cement to let the cement land inside the trucks, but if Mario is not careful, the cement containers can overload and dump cement on a driver. The driver then falls out of the truck window, injured, causing Mario to get a miss. The drivers appear by sticking out their heads to the external sides of the screen. They are exposed to the risk of being injured by the cement, and if they are injured by the cement, the player gets a miss. A driver from this version serves as an alarm function by ringing a bell with a drumstick.

New Wide Screen version[edit]

In this rerelease of Mario's Cement Factory, the drivers have exactly the same behavior from its first appearance. The only difference is that in this version, they take out their heads to the internal sides of the screen.

Game Boy Gallery[edit]

Drivers as they appear in Game Boy Gallery

The drivers reappear in Cement Factory, which is included in this compilation game. They have similar traits from the Table Top version of Mario's Cement Factory.

Game & Watch Gallery 3[edit]

The driver reappears in the Classic version port of Mario Bros. in Game & Watch Gallery 3. Due to the compact single screen of the Game Boy Color, the driver's sprite appears squished.

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

In Game & Watch Gallery 4, the Classic version port of Mario Bros. is less constrained by the screen of the Game Boy Advance. This allows the driver's sprite more room, but it is still closer to the edge of the screen than the original version.

The drivers reappear in the Classic version of Mario's Cement Factory's port. Here, they have exactly the same behavior from the New Wide Screen version.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese 運転手[3][4]
Untenshu
Driver

References[edit]

  1. ^ Game & Watch Multi Screen Mario Bros. English instruction, page 10
  2. ^ Game & Watch Table Top Mario's Cement Factory English instruction, pg. 1
  3. ^ Game & Watch Multi Screen Mario Bros. Japanese instruction, page 10
  4. ^ Game & Watch Table Top Mario's Cement Factory Japanese instruction, pg. 2