11 posts tagged game and watch
Raised by Nintendo handhelds. This is what we’re about. Credit to illustrator/comic maker Afonso Ferreira for capturing the portable gamer’s life growing up (and Mario’s increasing annoyance as the years go by).
On June 22, Japan’s 3DS eShop will get two new Virtual Console games: the crummy Game Boy version of Double Dragon (which Europe got this week and we’ll likely receive tomorrow), and Game & Watch Gallery, which has remade Game Boy versions of Fire, Manhole, Octopus, and Oil Panic, along with more “authentic” style recreations.
Technically, three of these games are already available on 3DS: Oil Panic is on the Club Nintendo-only Game & Watch Collection, Octopus is on Game & Watch Collection 2, and Manhole is available as a DSiWare download. But none of them are the Game Boy version — or the Game Boy version of the Game & Watch version. I love seeing different versions of the same game on Virtual Console.
See also: More eShop news
Mario Bros. Game & Watch, Pokka edition. This edition of the multi-screen game was produced in a series of 500 for a promotion with the Pokka beverage company — making it one of the rarest Game & Watches, despite the fact that it’s pretty much identical to a normal G&W.
The eBay auction for this is currently at just $53, which is low for even a non-promotional Game & Watch! That bid will likely go up a lot. And now, looking at it, I’m getting the feeling that I should order the Club Nintendo Game & Watch in anticipation of future collectibility. And then my memories of boxes of unopened mid-’90s Star Wars toys tell me not to worry about it.
See also: More Game & Watch posts
Disk-kun Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch. This special edition Game & Watch, inside a case shaped like the Famicom Disk System mascot, was given away to high scorers in a Famicom Grand Prix F-1 Race contest.
Since the contest has long since ended, and you’d have no shot against whatever dudes have been playing Famicom Grand Prix since 1987, there’s no way to get one of these for yourself. Unless someone were to put one on eBay, like has been done right here.
Unfortunately, there’s something of a high score contest going there, too. The current bid is at $1225.
See also: More eBay stuff
When most people discuss the innovative qualities of Nintendo’s Game & Watch line of LCD handhelds, they typically bring up its popularization of the directional pad or its dual display setup from the Multi Screen series.
Another feature gamers should thank the Game & Watch for is its clamshell design, allowing owners to halve the size of their portable while protecting the system’s screens and buttons. Also introduced with the Multi Screen series, Nintendo later brought back the folding handheld design with the GBA SP and, of course, the Nintendo DS.
Nintendo’s president and CEO Satoru Iwata recently talked with some of the designers behind the Game & Watch and its software, Makoto Kano and Takehiro Izushi, about how the team came up with the idea of a folding console:
Satoru Iwata: … in 1982, there was no such thing as a notebook computer, or any electronic device that folded up, was there?*
Takehiro Izushi: The folding idea was a natural one, though, since it was important to make something that could be played anywhere.
Kano: I wanted to research on things that folded up, so I went shopping for compacts.
Game & Watch designs and notes. These pages appeared in a new roundtable sessionNintendo’s CEO and president Satoru Iwata held with some of the talent that worked on the Game & Watch releases (minus the handheld line’s inventor Gunpei Yokoi, R.I.P.).
Speaking of the Game Boy’s father, you should follow @gunpeiyokoifan on Twitter. The
guy gal who runs it is a total Yokoi nut but in an adorable way. When she’s not talking about the Famicom dreams she seems to have every night, she’s defending the Virtual Boy and Yokoi’s honor from internet people portraying them in a negative light.
Buy (so you can play Game & Watch DSiWare games!): Nintendo DSi XL (Burgundy and Bronze), Standard Nintendo DSi (White, Pink, Black and Blue)
See also: Game & Watch eraser
Game & Watch eraser, a must-have item for any Game & Watch collection. The buttons feel a bit rubbery, though.
See also: Donkey Kong II demo for DS
Halloween costume advice: If you plan to dress up as Mr. Game & Watch this year, make sure you craft a mask or headpiece to wear. Don’t walk around in blackface.
The more you know!
With today’s DSiWare surprises and announcement that The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks will hit December 7th, Nintendo posted its consoles’ fall/winter release schedules. The list of upcoming games is too long to even skim here, so I’ll let you read the full tally yourself and instead talk about what wasn’t included in the roster.
Five first-party games I hoped to see on Nintendo’s late 2009 and early 2010 slate but were unaccounted for:
- Sin and Punishment 2 - Ships in Japan on October 26th, but last I heard, this won’t reach the U.S. until the first quarter of 2010
- Picross 3D - Originally scheduled for the third quarter of 2009, but now absent from the fall/winter schedule
- WarioWare D.I.Y. - Announced for North America at E3 (which doesn’t guarantee release — e.g. Jam With The Band) without a set date
- Another Code: R - Released in Japan and Europe but not in the States or Australia (sounds like another Disaster situation)
- Game & Watch DSiWare games - It’s strange that Nintendo announced its Electroplankton minigames but not these, though it’s likely the company will throw these onto the service without any warning
Were there any missing DS or Wii games that you wanted to see on the list?
Game & Watch Chef trailer for DSiWare.
Many of you have crusaded for a portable Virtual Console, a digital download platform for Nintendo’s classic handhelds — well, here it is. The company will release nine Game & Watch titles in Japan over the next month for 200 Points each. Trademarks filed by Nintendo of Europe indicate these will eventually show up in other territories, too.
Here’s the release schedule and some trailer links:
- July 15: Ball, Flagman, Vermin and Judge
- July 29: Helmet and Chef
- August: Donkey Kong Jr., Mario’s Cement Factory, and Manhole
To give you an idea of how primitive these LCD games were, here’s a short clip of the DSiWare port of the first ever Game & Watch title, Ball (you might remember this as Game & Watch: Toss Up in Warioware: Touched!):
“Donkey Kong II, my all time favorite Game & Watch, is here for the Nintendo DS. It’s not finished, you can’t die, and it is probably loaded with bugs. But I loved this game so much that I just had to have it for my DS.”