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Nintendo is releasing a "new" version of their classic Game & Watch handheld for Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary. I remember having one of these as a kid, and this new one looks amazing. Comes installed with Super Mario Bros. and Lost Levels, plus a remake of the original "Ball" game from the original series.

Well, and it's also a clock of course, and a pretty cool looking one. 😛

I wonder if it will be in any way "hackable"... will it be emulated .. an NES SoC? I can't wait to find out once they release and people get a chance to tear into them.

I want one! I am a huge fan of classic handhelds and the more modern "plug and play" style systems. I love my Sega Genesis handheld from AtGames, play it all the time, as well as the Atari Flashback series.

Maybe I can talk my wife into getting me one for Christmas. 🙂

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Yeah I can't wait to order this! On the USA site it says to check back soon, while the UK site is already accepting pre-orders. I still have an Octopus Game & Watch that I had as a kid. Good times!

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I had a Donkey Kong Jr. one, that was sadly lost in a move many years ago (1990's). 😞

I wonder if the US release will be at the same price, looks to be about $60.

Also, when you get one, I expect a video. Because PCB stands for "Playing Classic Bits". Right? 😛

Edit: I just seen GameStop has a price listed at $49.99. Either way, it will be worth it.

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My sister received the Safebuster one back in the 90s, and I was amazed about the quality of the device and the addictive gameplay. I'm buying it just for nostalgia, NES was my first console and Super Mario one just came with it; so many memories...

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Nostalgia is why I want one as well, and like I said above, I want to see if it's hackable. I am as much of a hardware geek as I am a retro gaming nut. :classic_biggrin:

I only ever owned the DK Jr. one. Though I have owned many other classic LCD games, I don't think any of them really stood up to the Game & Watch.

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Nostalgia is why I want one as well, and like I said above, I want to see if it's hackable. I am as much of a hardware geek as I am a retro gaming nut. :classic_biggrin:
I only ever owned the DK Jr. one. Though I have owned many other classic LCD games, I don't think any of them really stood up to the Game & Watch.
For tinkering and experimenting I can't recommend enough an arduboy (https://arduboy.com/), easy because Arduino and with the Gameboy aspect.

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23 minutes ago, sucotronic said:

For tinkering and experimenting I can't recommend enough an arduboy (https://arduboy.com/), easy because Arduino and with the Gameboy aspect.

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Those are really cool for the price! Personally, I enjoy messing around with the Raspberry Pi. I currently have one setup for 80's console emulation (Original B+). I kind of want a model 4, I want to see how far I can push it and I have more experience with them than Arduino . Plus, I really like the cases from: http://retroflag.com/

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My little knockoff NES pirate game player which I mostly used to play Super Mario Brothers 1 went off to the DRC, where I am informed it is still being played with, so I am strongly tempted to order one to pay Nintendo for the joy the pirated ripoff games are providing Congolese kids.

And to collect, of course! ... I've got big paws, and the OG 2DS fits in my hands more comfortably to PLAY the game than a Game and Watch sized device.

{"collect" is a verb that implicitly includes grandchildren playing with it ... I don't go in much for "still in box" type collecting.}

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16 minutes ago, BruceMcF said:

{"collect" is a verb that implicitly includes grandchildren playing with it ... I don't go in much for "still in box" type collecting.}

Games are meant to be played, they shouldn't be left in the box and it's one of the biggest advantages of collecting games over any other item like coins, figurines and precious stones. Collecting games is fun because you can share the fun of your hobby by playing with other people.

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Yeah, I have big paws as well, so I am not so sure how comfortable the G&W will be, but I still want to play with it! 😁

That AtGames Sega Genesis is pretty comfortable, roughly the size of an SNES controller. Never had any of the knockoff handhelds to try, but have looked at many of them. I really need to get a 2DS, I have several DS games I don't play because I don't have the system anymore, and I also much prefer it over the 3DS units.

I also agree, I don't collect to not play it, the playing is all the fun! I'm not a fan of letting things sit in their box. 🙂

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On 9/8/2020 at 6:03 PM, Strider said:

Nintendo is releasing a "new" version of their classic Game & Watch handheld for Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary. I remember having one of these as a kid, and this new one looks amazing. Comes installed with Super Mario Bros. and Lost Levels, plus a remake of the original "Ball" game from the original series.

Well, and it's also a clock of course, and a pretty cool looking one. 😛

I wonder if it will be in any way "hackable"... will it be emulated .. an NES SoC? I can't wait to find out once they release and people get a chance to tear into them.

I want one! I am a huge fan of classic handhelds and the more modern "plug and play" style systems. I love my Sega Genesis handheld from AtGames, play it all the time, as well as the Atari Flashback series.

Maybe I can talk my wife into getting me one for Christmas. 🙂

Just pre ordered one - looking forward to it! 🙂

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seems a little silly to me. somehow i don't remember this at all im assuming it was before the gameboy? i really really wanted a gameboy but we couldn't afford one and my parents wren't going to spend money on something like that.  

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1 hour ago, markboston36 said:

seems a little silly to me. somehow i don't remember this at all im assuming it was before the gameboy? i really really wanted a gameboy but we couldn't afford one and my parents wren't going to spend money on something like that.  

Game And Watch was way before the Game Boy, even before the FamiCom/NES, the first "video games" Nintendo sold directly to consumers. They were like an early version of the Tiger Games, but acting as an LCD clock when you weren't playing the game.

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Yeah, the one I owned (Donkey Kong Jr.) came out in 1982, I think. They were out well before that, but I loved DK back then, and got one for Christmas. They even had dual-screen versions, I guess you could say they were the early 80's version of a Nintendo DS, just LCD ... and one game. Though I never owned any of the others. lol

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wow ive never heard of this. im assuming it wasn't a color display? interesting nintendo had the tech to miniaturize this stuff back then. why did they stop making them? i could see this being as big as the gameboy if nintendo had stuck with it. 

as a child of the 80s im seriously shocked i had never heard of this my parents wouldn't have bought me one but i would of borrowed begged and stole to get one. finally did get a gameboy color later on but never played it due to the crappy display. 

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There were dozens if not hundreds of these Game N Watch games on the market...  I owned two or three of them and my friends had several others that I played (some were simplistic to the extreme, such as Octopus, where you just had to move left and right) some were more advanced such as Donkey Kong that was a dual-screen game)

@markboston36 color display? hehehe, no, it was LCD technology dude 🙂   The cement trucks and factory structure are static decals painted on the plastic screen.  Look at the image below, it shows all possible LCD segments activated (the black segments):

Game & Watch Wide Screen: Mario's Cement Factory (1983 ...

Later there were some tabletop or "micro arcade cabinet" variants of these type of games that could display some color.  I have no idea how they work though,  I suspect simply a more advanced form of LCD with different colored lights.

Tabletop - Mario's cement factory - pugo.org

 

 

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Tiger wrapped up the market for these LCD segment games, producing them very cheaply, and Nintendo was ruling the console world. The time had come for a handheld with interchangeable ROMs, bringing a proper gaming experience. They knew they could make a fortune from licensing Game Boy games from third party publishers, just like they did with the FamiCom/NES.

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Oh yeah, I owned a lot of those Tiger Electronics LCD games over the years, as well as some from other companies. Many of the games and units from those "other" compaines never really seemed to have the quality of the Game & Watch, at least in my opinion. "Cheap" is the key word.

What amazes me, looking back, is how far we have come. Granted, I am not nearly as excited about most new tech as I was back then, where "generational" advancements were so much more prominent than they feel today. I just slapped a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ into a Retroflag MegaPi case, setup RetroPie, and it can play/run everything I ever owned in the 80's and well into the 90's. That to me is more amazing than the next new launch from any of the big players today. Seeing what you can get out of hardware like the Raspberry Pi or old school hardware.

 

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I'm from ex-USSR country. And while our country were behind the iron curtain, we had many country scale official clones of foreign products. There were nobody to sue us for this. Iron curtain did its job. )

Clones of Nintendo Game & Watch were extremely popular! Nearly every kid had one. Or at least had friends who have one.

Here is the most popular unit, it uses USSR famous cartoon characters instead of original ones:
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And here is another famous redesign example, in which cook was changed from original angry design to more of a friendly one:image.png.a51c91fa6719bea2b9e0a2b78a3b857b.png

Oh, and I remeber I loved the racing game like mad:
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Just remebered another thing. We had a legend that if you score 1 million points in game, it will show you a cartoon. Obviously it's impossible. But some kids didn't understand that and truly believed it. And they smashed game buttons like mad for hours and hours. Oh, what a times it was...

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On 11/10/2020 at 1:05 AM, Cyber said:

*snip*

Now that's cool!

I love seeing different versions of popular devices, consoles, and computers from around the world. No matter if they are legal clones or not, especially "retro" tech, it's neat to see.

Thanks for sharing! Never even knew these existed. 😛

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