First introduced in 1980 and produced until 1991, Game & Watch was a series of mobile games – 59 in total – that Nintendo sold before the Game Boy took over the world. Unlike Game Boy, Black and White Game & Watch games can only play one game.
Like every Game & Watch device released after 1981, the new device can also activate an alarm with the press of a button. This time, the clock has 35 different screensaver scenes of Mario interacting with the watch.
Although Game & Watch was not Nintendo’s first attempt at video games, it was its first successful attempt, paving the way for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and the Game Boy in 1989.
The Game & Watch was not celebrated like some other Nintendo game system, but it was the first system to feature a directional pad + figure, which was first found in the 1982. “Donkey Kong” game and watch. Its success also gave some legitimacy to mobile games, which were A place video game manufacturers weren’t sure of in the 1970s.
Nintendo has been immersed in the Game & Watch lineup before by launching the last decade’s release and Mr. Game & Watch – the anonymous character who appeared in many early Game & Watch games – in Super Smash Bros. Toys.
Now it’s Game & Watch’s turn in the spotlight. The Game & Watch 40th Anniversary Edition will go on sale on November 13 for a limited time.