Game & Watch
- This article is about the Game & Watch system. For the character of the Game & Watch games with a similar name, see Mr. Game & Watch.
|Game & Watch|
|Discontinued||1991 (initial line)|
The Game & Watch series is a series of handheld games developed by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991. Each Game & Watch had its own game built in, in addition to a clock and an alarm. The units are based on a 4-bit CPU from the Sharp SM5xx family, and they include a small ROM and RAM area and an LCD screen driver circuit. Some of the titles available in Game & Watch format were games as random as Ball, a simple juggling game, to well-known games such as Donkey Kong Jr. The Game & Watch was Nintendo's earliest product to be very successful, with the series selling a combined 43.4 million units worldwide. Commemorative editions of Egg and Green House were given to Nintendo employees for reaching the 10 million and 20 million milestones, respectively. Nintendo also let the Game & Watch games be used as promotional items for businesses that put their own logos on them.
Most Game & Watch titles have two modes: Game A and Game B. Game B is usually a faster, more difficult version of Game A. In the Micro VS. System series of games, such as Donkey Kong 3 and Donkey Kong Hockey, Game B is the two-player mode. A few games such as Super Mario Bros. do not have a Game B.
The Game & Watch games normally become harder as the player progresses, but the gameplay usually slows down every 100 points the player receives. The games usually end when the player receives three misses (generally meaning "lives that are lost"). In most games, misses can be removed if the player reaches a certain number of points; in some games, doing so with no misses starts a period called Chance Time, in which the score increases either temporarily or until a miss is made. The maximum score the player can get in most games is 999 points. Getting a higher score resets the score tally to zero points.
On September 3, 2020, 29 years after the original Game & Watch series' discontinuation and as part of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo announced Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., a full-color screen Game & Watch system featuring ports of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels as well as a Super Mario-themed version of Ball, set for a limited release on November 13, 2020.
Super Mario Game & Watch games
Game & Watch Gallery series
- Main article: Game & Watch Gallery (series)
These games are Game Boy-era ports of the classic Game & Watch titles, most of which are also given "Modern" versions featuring Super Mario characters. The "Classic" versions remove the timekeeping functions from the original games, in order to allow the player to accomplish the compilations' goal of getting the highest score possible. There were plans for a Game & Watch Gallery series of e-Reader cards called Game & Watch-e, but these did not surface due to the abrupt cancellation of the e-Reader overseas due to low sales.
- Game Boy Gallery (Europe and Australia only; not to be confused with the Japanese name for Game & Watch Gallery)
- Game & Watch Gallery (Game Boy Gallery in Japan; Game Boy Gallery 2 in Australia)
- Game & Watch Gallery 2 (Game Boy Gallery 2 in Japan; Game Boy Gallery 3 in Australia)
- Game & Watch Gallery 3 (Game Boy Gallery 3 in Japan; Game Boy Gallery 4 in Australia)
- Game & Watch Gallery 4 (Game Boy Gallery 4 in Japan; Game & Watch Gallery Advance in Europe and Australia)
Games with a Super Mario-themed "Modern" version
In addition to all of the games listed below, the Super Mario Game & Watch games also reappear, with their "Modern" versions featuring updated graphics and gameplay.
Game & Watch Collection
- Main article: Game & Watch Collection
Game & Watch Collection is a Nintendo DS game that was released exclusively on Club Nintendo. It is a compilation of three Game & Watch games, one of which is Donkey Kong. A follow-up titled Game & Watch Collection 2 was also released, though it does not feature any Super Mario titles.
Starting from the Gold version of Manhole, the Game & Watch titles started to have an alarm function, which was accessible only by gently pressing the ALARM switch with a sharp-pointed instrument. Alarm time can be set by pressing the left buttons (hour set) and the right buttons (minute set). Games with two buttons in the same side use only the top button for time setting. These are Game & Watch alarm indicators in the Super Mario Game & Watch games:
|Image||Name||Game||Action at alarm time||Location|
|Mini Donkey Kong||Donkey Kong||Jump and swing bell||Below the difficulty indicators|
|Alarm cat||Green House||Be stung by a bee||Beside the ladder|
|Alarm bell||Donkey Kong II||Be stricken by Mario||Beside leftmost lock|
|Alarm bell||Mario Bros.||Ring||Under time/score|
|Musical notes||Donkey Kong Jr. (Panorama Screen & Table Top series)||Be whistled by Mario||Below miss counter|
|Alarm driver||Mario's Cement Factory (Table Top)||Ring bell||Beside upward lift section|
|Alarm Monkey||Mario's Bombs Away||Swing bell||Below time score|
|Alarm bell||Donkey Kong Circus||Swing||Below time/score|
|Alarm bell||Donkey Kong Jr. (New Wide Sceen)||Be stricken by Mario||Under Donkey Kong|
|Alarm bell||Mario's Cement Factory (New Wide Screen)||Swing||Beside upward lift section|
|Alarm Koopa||Super Mario Bros.||Nod head and spew fire||Upper left corner|
|Alarm Koopa Troopa||Mario the Juggler||Swing bell||Beside the pipe|
|Alarm bell||Donkey Kong 3||Flash||Beside Player 1's miss and spray value counters|
|Alarm referee||Donkey Kong Hockey||Ring bell||Beside Player 1's score|
Appearances in the Super Mario franchise
WarioWare: Smooth Moves
In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, a Donkey Kong double-screen Game & Watch is a key part of 9-Volt & 18-Volt's story. 9-Volt shows it to 18-Volt, causing them to tug-of-war it until it breaks, breaking their friendship as well. 18-Volt then tries to buy a replacement, bumping into 9-Volt, who had the same intention, giving them the chance to reconcile.
Wario: Master of Disguise
Super Paper Mario
In Super Paper Mario, the player can access two post-game level areas, the Flipside Pit of 100 Trials and the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials. Both dungeons are modeled after the Game & Watch's screen, with black walls, floors, and doors, and faded silhouettes of said objects in places they currently are not occupying. Additionally, in the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials specifically, stronger variants of the game's enemies appear with no visual distinctions from their normal counterparts, except they are pitch black, similar to characters that appear on Game & Watch screens.
Trophy information from Super Smash Bros. Melee
Donkey Kong (Multi Screen)
Donkey Kong 3 (Micro VS. System)
Donkey Kong II (Multi Screen)
Donkey Kong Circus (Panorama Screen)
Donkey Kong Hockey (Micro VS. System)
Donkey Kong Jr. (New Wide Screen)
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (Color Screen)
Green House (Multi Screen)
Mario Bros. (Multi Screen)
Mario the Juggler (New Wide Screen)
Mario's Bombs Away (Panorama Screen)
Mario's Cement Factory (New Wide Screen)
Super Mario Bros. (Crystal Screen)
Names in other languages
Gēmu Ando Uotchi
|Game & Watch|
|Game & Watch games|
|Super Mario franchise||Donkey Kong (1982, MS) • Mario Bros. (1983, MS) • Mario's Cement Factory (1983, TT/NWS) • Mario's Bombs Away (1983, PS) • Donkey Kong Hockey (1984, MVS) • Super Mario Bros. (1986, CrS | 1987, Sp | 1988, NWS) • Mario the Juggler (1991, NWS) • Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (2020, CoS)|
|Donkey Kong franchise||Donkey Kong (1982, MS) • Donkey Kong Jr. (1982, NWS | 1983, TT & PS) • Donkey Kong II (1983, MS) • Donkey Kong 3 (1984, MVS) • Donkey Kong Circus (1984, PS) • Donkey Kong Hockey (1984, MVS)|
|Miscellaneous||Green House (1982, MS)|
|MS: Multi Screen • TT: Table Top • PS: Panorama Screen • NWS: New Wide Screen • MVS: Micro VS. System • CrS: Crystal Screen • Sp: Special • CoS: Color Screen|
|Video game consoles and add-ons|
|Nintendo home consoles||Nintendo Entertainment System/Family Computer (Family BASIC, Family Computer Disk System) • Super Nintendo Entertainment System/Super Famicom (Satellaview, Super Game Boy) • Nintendo 64 (Nintendo 64DD) • Nintendo GameCube (Game Boy Player) • Wii (Virtual Console, WiiWare) • Wii U (Virtual Console)|
|Nintendo handhelds||Game & Watch • Game Boy • Virtual Boy • Game Boy Color • Game Boy Advance • Nintendo DS (Nintendo DSi, DSiWare) • Nintendo 3DS (Virtual Console)|
|Other||MS-DOS • VS. System • Nintendo PlayChoice-10 • Nelsonic Game Watch • Super Mario Bros. Watch • Gamewatch Boy • Philips CD-i • Mini Classics • Nintendo Switch • Triforce • Visteon Dockable Entertainment System • Classics • LodgeNet|
|See here for a complete list of arcade titles and games ported to Atari 2600, Commodore, ColecoVision, Intellivision, etc.|