Turtle Bridge

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This article is about the Game & Watch game. For the WarioWare: D.I.Y. microgame, see T. Bridge.
Turtle Bridge
Turtle Bridge
Developer Nintendo Research & Development 1
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch
Release date February 1, 1982
Genre Platformer
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
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Turtle Bridge is a Game & Watch game that was released as part of the Wide Screen series on February 1, 1982. It is featured in the Gallery Corner in Game & Watch Gallery. It is also available in both Classic and Modern versions in Game & Watch Gallery 3.

The alarm crab

The alarm indicator of this game is a crab that is located near the Game B indicator, and the crab swings a bell when the alarm goes off.


Classic version[edit]

The Classic version of Turtle Bridge

A tourist receives items and must cross a bridge of five turtles to deliver the items to another tourist on the other side of a lake. Each time the player delivers an item, they earn three points. On the way back to the home bank to grab the next item, the player earns from two to twelve extra points depending on how fast they return. However, the turtles at times go down into the lake to eat fish, and if the player jumps onto or stays on a descending turtle, that player falls into the lake and loses a life. Also, the player might need to wait for the tourist on the far bank to appear and cannot return to the home bank while carrying an item. As time passes, more fish appear. If the player reaches 200 or 500 points without any misses, then no fish appear for the turtles for 20 to 40 seconds. If the player has any misses at either score, every miss is cleared instead. The player receives a Game Over when they lose three lives.

In Game A, most fish appear to the left and right of the center turtle, and it does not descend to eat fish unless the player stays on it for more than two minutes. In Game B, however, fish appear more frequently for the center turtle, and they move faster as the game progresses.

Modern version[edit]

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Mario giving Toad a Mushroom before Toad crosses the Goonies in the Modern version of Turtle Bridge
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Coins section
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Toad delivering a Mushroom to Princess Peach across a bridge of Goonies
Artwork of the game Turtle Bridge depicting Toad balancing on a Goonie from Game & Watch Gallery 3

In the Modern version, the game stars Toad as the main character, who must deliver various items from Mario to Princess Peach. Unlike the original, this game does not take place in a lake but instead in the sky, as Toad is delivering the items from Mario's side of a castle to Peach's side of the castle, and rather than turtles, Toad crosses a bridge of flying Goonies to accomplish his task. Sometimes the Goonies drop down to pop balloons that are floating up to the sky. If Toad jumps onto or stays on a Goonie that is descending to pop a balloon, he falls and loses a life. In this version, Toad receives five points for returning to the left side of the castle. Many elements from the Mario franchise were also added, such as coins that remain suspended in the air and reward Toad with extra points if he collects them. As long as Toad delivers an item without losing a life, Mario gives him a different item worth a few more points over time. Toad receives six points for delivering a Mushroom, eight points for a Yoshi Egg, 10 points for a present, 12 points for a melon, and 15 points for a Super Star. Additionally, between the second and third Goonies is a platform above which are three Cloud Blocks, which disappear if Toad stays on them for too long. The platform changes over time. At 300 points, the platform turns into a three-second Count-Lift, which falls after the timer reaches zero. At 600 points, the platform turns into two Donut Blocks, which fall shortly after Toad lands on them. Toad also loses a life if he jumps onto or stays on a descending platform. At 200, 500, and 700 points, a Lakitu appears and drops a heart for Toad to remove a miss. Unlike in the Classic version, music is featured, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game.


Classic version[edit]

  • +Control Pad (left and right): Move
  • B Button: Move left
  • A Button: Move right

Modern version[edit]

  • +Control Pad: Move
  • B Button: Move left
  • A Button: Move right


Modern version[edit]


In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch's back aerial attack involves him using a turtle to hit his opponents, referencing Turtle Bridge.

External links[edit]

Turtle Bridge information on In The Attic, a website dedicated to classic videogames