Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

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Not to be confused with Super Mario Bros. (Game & Watch).
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
Box NA-GWSMB.png
North American packaging
Developer Nintendo
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Game & Watch
Release date Japan November 13, 2020[1]
USA November 13, 2020[2]
Europe November 13, 2020[3]
Australia November 13, 2020[4]
HK November 13, 2020[5]
South Korea November 13, 2020[6]
ROC November 13, 2020[7]
Genre Platformer
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
PEGI:PEGI 3.svg - Three years and older
CERO:CERO A.svg - All ages
ACB:ACB G.svg - General
GSRR:GSRR P.svg - Six years and older
Mode(s) 1-player
2-player
Media
Game & Watch:
Built-in
Input
Game & Watch:

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is a Game & Watch game that was released on November 13, 2020 as part of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. The system allows the player to play Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and a Mario-themed version of Ball with Mario or Luigi as the main character, and like the original Game & Watch systems, it also features a digital clock, which is displayed through 35 different animations. It is the first Game & Watch handheld since 1991's Mario the Juggler released 29 years prior, and as a reference to the Game & Watch systems' screen types, it is advertised as featuring a "Color Screen" on the packaging. The game was released with limited production, which lasted until March 31, 2021.

Although the game itself does not have any 35th-anniversary missions on the My Nintendo site, the November issue of the monthly newsletter that announced its release included a redeemable code that was required for completing both the standard My Nintendo mission and the Super Mario Bros. 35th Anniversary website-related mission.

Changes[edit]

The only change in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels is the copyright notice, where the copyright notice was changed from "© [publishing year] Nintendo" to "© [publishing year]‒2020 Nintendo".

Digital clock[edit]

The digital clock is displayed in the Super Mario Bros. aesthetic, although some of the animations feature characters from other Mario games. The digits and colon are made of blocks and are occasionally interacted with by the characters, and the seconds are counted by a black dot that moves clockwise around the screen and beeps every second, turning red every five seconds. The "level" in which the clock takes place consists of flat ground with a Warp Pipe on the right side, while the time of day in the level changes according to the clock. The player can toggle between three level themes by pressing the TIME button again: the ground theme from World 1-1, the sky theme with tree-like platforms from World 1-3, and the sky theme with Mushroom Platforms from World 4-3.

The clock's main animation involves an AI-controlled Mario walking from left to right across the screen, reappearing from the left when he walks off-screen to the right, while Goombas periodically drop from the sky on the right side. Mario automatically avoids enemies, though he may inadvertently jump on them or take damage. If Mario is defeated by an enemy, he simply respawns back at the same location. Occasionally, the colon's bottom block may turn into a ? Block containing a coin, Super Mushroom, or Super Star, which Mario tries to collect. When it is a new minute on the clock, Mario stands underneath the digit and hits it, causing it to break or drop off-screen and replacing it with the new digit.

If the player presses the + Control Pad or the A or B buttons, a green Koopa Troopa drops from the sky on the left side, though only while there are less than five enemies on-screen. During the last 20 seconds of the current minute, red Koopa Paratroopas spawn from the colon's top block and fly into the sky instead, which do not affect Mario. If the player tries to set the time, a Lakitu holding a wrench appears, and after setting the time, it drops the wrench in a similar manner to a Spiny Egg. At random points, a second Warp Pipe may appear from underneath Mario on the left and he faces the screen; Mario's sprite when he does this is not present in the original Super Mario Bros.

If the player presses and holds the A button for five seconds, they can listen to the Mario Drawing Song. The song's lyrics are available in English, Japanese, German, French, Italian, Spanish, and Dutch, which are selected from the title screen that appears after pressing/holding the A button. Due to an error which was acknowledged by Nintendo a few days prior to the system's release,[8] selecting the German, French, Italian, and Spanish versions of the song display lyrics in the incorrect language by default, instead displaying the Italian, German, Spanish, and French lyrics respectively. However, it is possible to change the language of the lyrics in the middle of the song by pressing left and right on the + Control Pad.

Timed animations[edit]

The digital clock features special animations that may play out while it is active. Most of them play at random points during a certain hour, while some of them play when the clock displays the same digits. With the exception of the transitions between hours and animations involving a different area, each animation lasts for one minute. A special animation playing is indicated by the second dot flashing and its beeps echoing.

Animation When it plays
A Dry Bones from Super Mario Bros. 3 drops from the sky. Hour of 1:00 a.m.
Airborne Bloopers from Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels float up from the bottom. 1:11 a.m. and p.m.
Two Boos from Super Mario World float from left to right above Mario. When he randomly turns to face them, they stop and cover their eyes. As Boos do not originally do this in Super Mario World, the sprite for this action is new. Hour of 2:00 a.m.
Red Cheep Cheeps leap up from the bottom. 2:22 a.m. and p.m.
Stars rain from the sky in the background. Hour of 3:00 a.m.
The colon's bottom block contains a Fire Flower. After Mario hits the block, a Trampoline appears which he uses to collect the Fire Flower. As Fire Mario, Mario occasionally shoots fireballs at enemies. 3:33 a.m. and p.m.
A Hammer Bro appears on the right and throws hammers at Mario. Hour of 4:00 a.m. and p.m.
A red, blue, and green Shy Guy in the style of Super Mario Bros. 2 drop from the sky. 4:44 a.m. and p.m.
A Piranha Plant emerges from the Warp Pipe. Hour of 5:00 a.m. and p.m.
The Brick Blocks forming the digits turn into coins. 5:55 a.m. and p.m.
A Lakitu appears and drops Spiny Eggs on Mario. Hour of 6:00 a.m. and p.m.
Monty Moles from Super Mario World break out from the ground. Hour of 7:00 a.m. and p.m.
Fireworks explode into the sky. Hour of 8:00 a.m. and p.m.
Luigi replaces Mario. Hour of 9:00 a.m. and p.m.
Mario enters the Warp Pipe and arrives at a castle with a fake Bowser. After Mario touches the axe and defeats him, he enters a Warp Pipe in the next room and emerges out of the same Warp Pipe in the main area. The digits are a reference to the original release date of Super Mario Bros., September 13. 9:13 a.m. and p.m.
A red Koopa Paratroopa appears on the right. Hour of 10:00 a.m. and p.m.
Bob-ombs from Super Mario Bros. 3 appear from the left and explode after a period of time. Hour of 11:00 a.m. and p.m.
Two Thwomps from Super Mario Bros. 3 appear between the digits and attempt to crush Mario. They use their expressions from Super Mario Maker 2. 11:11 a.m. and p.m.
Red Shy Guys from Super Mario Bros. 2 spawn instead of Goombas. Hour of 1:00 p.m.
A Bill Blaster replaces the Warp Pipe and fires Bullet Bills towards the left. Hour of 2:00 p.m.
Buzzy Beetles spawn instead of Goombas. Hour of 3:00 p.m.
After the clock strikes midnight, the screen scrolls to the right to show Mario climbing the stairs towards the Goal Pole, of which he reaches the top, replicating the animation seen at the end of non-castle levels. He then meets Princess Peach at the fortress, which both of them enter before the screen returns to the clock. 12:00 a.m.
Yoshi, a Blue Yoshi, and a Yellow Yoshi from Super Mario World appear and change the digits instead of Mario. Mario instead hits the colon's bottom block, with the number of hits corresponding to the number of the new hour, releasing a coin while its sound effect plays each time. If it is 12:59 changing to 1:00, a Red Yoshi appears as well to change the hour's ten digit. New hour
Mario enters the Warp Pipe and arrives at the bonus room from World 1-1. When Mario enters the Warp Pipe at the end, he emerges out of the same Warp Pipe in the main area. Half past (a.m.)
Mario enters the Warp Pipe and arrives at an underwater sub-area with coins. When Mario enters the Warp Pipe at the end, he emerges out of the same Warp Pipe in the main area. Half past (p.m.)
A vine may appear from breaking the minute's one digit, which Mario climbs and arrives at the Coin Heaven from World 2-1. After leaving, he returns to the main area. -

Sleep mode[edit]

If the Game & Watch is left idle for three minutes, it enters sleep mode. Before it does, artwork depicting Mario characters briefly appears on-screen, which changes depending on the device's activity prior to entering sleep mode. There are five different pieces of artwork:

  • If the device sleeps while on Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the artwork depicts a Piranha Plant, Hammer Bro, Buzzy Beetle, green Koopa Troopa, and Spiny sleeping.
  • If the device sleeps while on Ball, the artwork depicts Mario attempting to juggle four balls while Luigi and a Goomba watch in the background.
  • If the device sleeps while on the digital clock from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., the artwork depicts Mario and Luigi eating lunch.
  • If the device sleeps while on the digital clock from 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., the artwork depicts Bowser sleeping and snoring loudly while a green Koopa Troopa covers its ears.
  • If the device sleeps while on the digital clock at any other time, the artwork depicts Mario sleeping on a field.

All artwork of Mario and Luigi depict them in the same color scheme as their in-game sprites.

Technical specifications[edit]

  • Package contents: Game & Watch system + 30cm USB cable type C-A
  • Size: Height 67mm, length 11mm, depth 12.5mm
  • Weight: .15 lbs
  • Internal battery: Lithium ion
  • Play time: Approximately 8 hours
  • Charging time: Approximately 3.5 hours
  • Screen: 2.36-inch LCD

Buttons[edit]

In terms of character movement in Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, the controls are the same as in the original NES versions.

  • + Control Pad - Select option
    • Left/right - Move arms left and right (Ball); select NORMAL/HARD mode (Super Mario Bros. title screen after clearing the game)[9]
  • GAME - Select game
  • TIME - Switch to digital clock
  • PAUSE/SET - Pause/unpause the game and open/close the menu to view battery life, adjust volume/brightness, and set the time
  • A Button - Confirm selected option; move arms right (Ball)
    • Holding this down on the Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels title screen grants the player infinite lives (except for World 9).[9]
    • Holding this down on the Ball title screen changes the character to Luigi.[9]
  • B Button - Close menu; move arms left (Ball); select world (Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels title screen);[9] select Worlds A to D (Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels title screen after clearing the game eight times)[9]

Gallery[edit]

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Artwork[edit]

Screenshots[edit]

Ball[edit]

Digital clock animations[edit]

System[edit]

Miscellaneous[edit]

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ゲーム&ウオッチ スーパーマリオブラザーズ[1]
Gēmu ando Uocchi Sūpā Mario Burazāzu
Game & Watch Super Mario Bros.
Chinese (Simplified) Game & Watch: 超级马力欧兄弟[10]
Game & Watch: Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu Xiōngdì
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
Chinese (Traditional) Game & Watch: 超級瑪利歐兄弟[11]
Game & Watch: Chāojí Mǎlì'ōu Xiōngdì
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.
Hebrew קונסולת Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros
Konsulat Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros
Game & Watch Console: Super Mario Bros

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Nintendo 公式チャンネル (September 3, 2020). ゲーム&ウオッチ スーパーマリオブラザーズ [スーパーマリオブラザーズ35周年 Direct]. YouTube. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  2. ^ Nintendo (September 3, 2020). Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. - Announcement Trailer. YouTube. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  3. ^ @NintendoEurope (September 3, 2020). "Time for a blast from the past! Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. arrives in stores on 13/11." Twitter. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  4. ^ NintendoAU (September 3, 2020). Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. - coming November 13th! YouTube. Retrieved September 3, 2020.
  5. ^ (September 4, 2020). 超級瑪利歐兄弟 35週年! Nintendo HK. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  6. ^ (September 4, 2020). 슈퍼 마리오브라더스 35주년! Nintendo Korea. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  7. ^ (September 4, 2020). 超級瑪利歐兄弟 35週年! Nintendo Taiwan. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  8. ^ Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. – Error in Lyrics Selection for the “Mario Drawing Song”. Nintendo Support. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e (November 13, 2020). 『ゲーム&ウオッチ スーパーマリオブラザーズ』は本日発売。知っているとより楽しめる、”あそびのヒント”をご紹介。 Nintendo. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  10. ^ 1980年登场的《Game & Watch》复活!与迎接35周年的《超级马力欧兄弟》合作! Nintendo. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  11. ^ 1980年登場的《Game & Watch》復活!與迎接35週年的《超級瑪利歐兄弟》合作! Nintendo. Retrieved September 4, 2020.