Helmet (Game & Watch)

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Developer(s) Nintendo EAD
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS
Release date Game & Watch:
Japan February 21, 1981
USA February 21, 1981
Nintendo DSi (DSiWare):
Japan July 29, 2009
USA April 5, 2010
Europe April 9, 2010
China August 12, 2010
Nintendo 3DS (eShop):
Japan June 6, 2011
USA June 6, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011
Europe July 7, 2011
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DSi:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DS:
Nintendo 3DS:

Helmet is one of the various games from the Game & Watch series. It was released as Headache in Europe, due to vulgar connotations of the word "Helmet" in the region. In this game, the player has to run across from the exit of one building and into the entrance of another while avoiding the various hardware tools that fall from the sky. Getting hit on the head by the rain of tools will issue the player a miss. The player scores by crossing the screen and waiting for five tools to drop. The microgame GAME & WARIO in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase is based on Helmet.

Game & Watch Gallery 2[edit]

The Modern Mode of Helmet.

This game was remade for Game & Watch Gallery 2. In Modern Mode, the game has the player control Mario (or Wario if replayed immediately after a game that ends with a score that's less than 100 points). There will also be a P-Switch that will make coins appear. The coins can be collected for extra points and an increased entrance bonus, but collecting too many coins will make the player's character move more slowly. In addition, a Super Star will occasionally appear at or above the entrance, rewarding the player with a lot of points if they get it.

The Modern Mode of Helmet also features three different areas (Toad invites the player to a different area after 500 and 1,000 points). The first area is a forest that features a Koopa Paratroopa tossing hammers, Spiked Balls, and Lava Bubbles at the player. The next area is a meadow that features a Fly Guy dropping Spiked Balls. Cannons will constantly appear to make any Spiked Balls that fall into them drop faster or get fired off in 45-degree angles. The last area is a castle of sorts with three Lava Bubbles bouncing up and down and two Thwomps. The Thowmps will eventually fly up towards the ceiling (which has spikes hanging from it) if the player is standing on either one for a few seconds. If the player never moves when this happens, that player will get squished into the ceiling and penalized with a miss. At 200 and 500 points, the Koopa Paratroopa will toss a Heart, which removes a miss; at 700 points, the Fly Guy will drop a Heart.


In Classic, a man will attempt to get from one house to another while avoiding falling tools. However, the man can only enter the house at the right when its door is open. As the game progresses, the tools will start to fall at a faster speed, making it harder for the man to escape harm. Getting hit by a tool will result in a miss. When the player gets three misses, they receive a Game Over.

Classic Helmet also appears in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! as one of 9-Volt's microgames.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy information[edit]

Name Image Appears In Description
Helmet HelmetTrophyWiiU.png G&W Helmet (02/1981) Better than a regular ol' watch is Game & Watch. One of the classic titles is Helmet. Move from left to right, avoiding the falling tools. If you get hit, you'll fall down and lose your helmet. What kind of helmet falls off after only one hit?! Good thing this game is so fun you'll overlook that.


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