Fire (Game & Watch)

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Not to be confused with Fire Attack.
Fire
Game watch fire widescreen.jpg
The Wide Screen re-release of Fire
Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch
Release date July 31, 1980 (Silver)
December 4, 1981 (Wide Screen)
Genre Platformer
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Media
Game & Watch:
Built-in
Input
Game & Watch:
The Silver series version of Fire

Fire is a Game & Watch game found in the Silver and Wide Screen Game & Watch series, released on July 31, 1980, and December 4, 1981, respectively. Remakes of it are found in Game & Watch Gallery, Game & Watch Gallery 3, and Game & Watch Gallery 4. This game has also been released as Fireman Fireman. It is also the basis of Mr. Game & Watch's up special move in the Super Smash Bros. series.

Gameplay[edit]

Classic version[edit]

The Classic version of Fire from Game & Watch Gallery
The Classic version of Fire from Game & Watch Gallery 4

People jump out of a burning building and fall down to get rescued. The player, controlling two men carrying a stretcher, must bounce the people off of the stretcher to get them to the ambulance on the other side of the screen. If the two men catch a person, the player earns a point; people who have been caught bounce and must be caught again. People fall at different speeds depending on where they are. As time passes, more people will jump from the burning building, and they will eventually fall faster. If the two men miss one of the falling people, the person gets injured and runs away, and the player receives a miss. If the player reaches a certain number of points in the game, one or two misses are removed, and the people will freeze to make it easy to get them before they continue falling. On hard mode, there are two ways to escape from the burning building, so it makes the game harder. The player receives a Game Over when they have three misses.

Modern version[edit]

The Modern version of Fire from Game & Watch Gallery
The Modern version of Fire from Game & Watch Gallery 4 (daytime)
The Modern version of Fire from Game & Watch Gallery 4 (sunset)
The Modern version of Fire from Game & Watch Gallery 4 (nighttime)

Mario and Luigi attempt to catch Toads, Yoshis, and Donkey Kong Jrs. after they jump out the window of Princess Peach's burning castle. The catch is that different characters fall at different speeds. Yoshi Eggs also appear and contain either a Bob-omb or a Moon (Super Stars in the first game); the eggs will break open if they are caught or hit the ground. If a Bob-omb reaches the vehicle, everyone, including the Mario Bros., runs away as the vehicle explodes, and the player gets a miss. If the Mario Bros. catch a Moon, the player receives five points. In the Game & Watch Gallery 4 version, the time of day changes every 200 points collected. At 200, 500, and 700 points, Peach will appear and blow a kiss in the form of a Heart, which removes a miss if Mario catches it. Music is also featured, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game.

If the player selects this game in Game & Watch Gallery 4 yet does not start playing it, a humorous sequence plays where Mario and Luigi catch a Toad sent flying to the left and a Yoshi sent flying to the right, only to narrowly stop when discovering their next "rescue" was in fact a Bob-omb, which detonates inches from them, and are then forced to flee as a dozen Bob-ombs are raining from the sky.

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

Name 3DS Image Wii U Image Appears In NTSC-U Description PAL Description
Fire FireTrophy3DS.png FireTrophyWiiU.png G&W Fire (07/1980) Many fans of modern handheld games will fondly remember the classic Game & Watch games they played years ago, like the intense challenge of Fire. Save people from a burning building using a trampoline, bouncing them to the waiting ambulance and safety. The Game & Watch series was a revolutionary experience in gaming when it first his shelves in 1980 with titles such as Fire. As people jump from the windows of a burning building, firemen run around underneath with a trampoline, bouncing them into the waiting ambulance.

Blue indicates the trophy or description is exclusive to the Wii U version.

Trivia[edit]

Fire as it appears in Game & Watch Gallery 3
  • The port shown in Game & Watch Gallery 3 is reversed, which, according to the game, is due to an apparent mistake on the original Game & Watch systems. However, none of these reversed copies have yet been found by collectors.
  • In the original versions, angels were used as miss marks. In the Game & Watch Gallery series, bandages replaced the angels.

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