The Mini Classics are a series of LCD handheld games initially released in 1998, featuring licensed ports of Game & Watch titles. They were created by German company Stadlbauer, and were distributed and published by numerous other manufacturers. They are smaller than the originals and have keychains, increasing their portability. Additionally, the Mini Classics can also serve as a clock. The games are mostly identical to their original (Game & Watch) versions, although there are some subtle differences in sound effects. Their appearance is that of a small Game Boy Pocket, only missing the , and buttons and the cartridge slot. They also have a stand, but it is missing in the dual-screen Mini Classics such as Donkey Kong.
List of Super Mario Mini Classics and colors
- Donkey Kong (Metallic Green)
- Donkey Kong Junior (Dark Green, Yellow-Green, Yellow, Orange)
- Mario's Cement Factory (Yellow, Grey, Clear Yellow, Dark Blue)
- Super Mario Bros. (White, Blue, Green, Silver)
The Donkey Kong model was discontinued shortly after its release, but the other three continued production well into the 2000s. U.S. distribution of the handhelds seems to have ended around 2013, although they may still be available in other countries. No elements were changed with the later models, aside from sound improvements, color variations, and packaging.
It appears that there was a planned Mini Classics version of Donkey Kong 3 which was canceled. It can only be seen in an old stock image, in which the game is mislabeled as Donkey Kong Junior.
Original Stadlbauer models
|Game & Watch|
|Super Mario and Donkey Kong series games||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) • Mario's Bombs Away (1983, PS) • Mario Bros. (1983, MS) • Mario's Cement Factory (1983, TT/NWS) • Mario the Juggler (1991, NWS) • Super Mario Bros. (1986, CrS | 1987, Sp | 1988, NWS) • Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. (2020, CoS)|
|Compilations||Game & Watch Gallery (1997, GB) • Game & Watch Gallery 2 (1998, GBC) • Game & Watch Gallery 3 (1999, GBC) • Game & Watch Gallery 4 (2002, GBA) • Game & Watch Collection (2006, DS)|
|Game & Watch Gallery series exclusives||Gallery Corner • Message Board • Music Room • Museum|
|Other games featured
in the compilations
|Ball (1980, SS) • Boxing (1984, MVS) • Chef (1981, WS) • Egg (1981, WS) • Fire (1980, SS | 1981, WS) • Fire Attack (1982, WS) • Flagman (1980, SS) • Greenhouse (1982, MS) • Helmet (1981, GS) • Lion (1981, GS) • Manhole (1981, GS | 1983, NWS) • Octopus (1981, WS) • Oil Panic (1982, MS) • Parachute (1981, WS) • Rain Shower (1983, MS) • Turtle Bridge (1982, WS) • Vermin (1980, SS)|
|Characters||Alarm Koopa • Alarm Monkey • Buddy • Driver • Heavy Smoker • Luigi • Mini Donkey Kong • Mr. Game & Watch • Octopus • Stanley|
|SS: Silver series • GS: Gold series • WS: Wide Screen • 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 Switch|
|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 • 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.|