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Latest revision as of 01:52, 10 November 2019

Game and Watch.png
Game & Watch
Designer Nintendo R&D1
Manufacturer Nintendo
CPU discrete circuitry
Graphics liquid crystal display
Memory N/A
Media discrete circuitry
Released 1980-1991
Added to Museum various, see below

The Game & Watch series of games were the first handheld video game systems released by Nintendo. Each device contains a single game that is played on a simple liquid crystal display screen.

Development

Gunpei Yokoi got the idea for simple handheld games using a liquid crystal display after watching a man on a bullet train push buttons on an LCD calculator. The result was the Game & Watch series, which became a hit in Japan and North America, leading to games being released over the course of eleven years.

Models

The Game & Watch games were released in a few variations:

Silver: The original five Game & Watch games were released in 1980. They had a silver case and a standard, single, LCD screen.

Gold: The games that were released with the standard, single, LCD screen in 1981 had a gold case to differentiate them from the original games.

Wide Screen: After the first two iterations, games began being produced with a single, wide screen LCD.

Multi Screen: More complex games were designed using a multi-screen system, consisting of a clamshell design, with gameplay that takes place simultaneously on two LCD screens.

New Wide Screen: The wide-screen releases that followed were branded as "New Wide Screen", to differentiate them from the original wide screen games.

Table Top: Four table top Game & Watch games were released in 1983 that resembled miniature arcade machines.

Panorama: The panorama games were handheld devices that used a color LCD and contained a mirror which allowed the screen to be visible in bright light.

Super Color: In 1984, the "Super Color" line was released. These games had different colored LCD panels to represent the characters on the screen.

Micro Vs.: Three Micro Vs. games were released in 1984. These games had two tiny controllers attached to the unit to allow for two-player gaming.

Crystal Screen: The "Crystal Screen" series was released in 1986. They had a translucent shell, which allowed viewing through the play area.

Game & Watch games

Title Release Notes
Ball 1980 Released in a standard screen format with a silver case in 1980.
Remade as part of the Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy in 1995.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color in 1998.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Re-released as a platinum reward for Club Nintendo members in Japan in 2010.
Flagman 1980 Released in a standard screen format with a silver case in 1980.
Remade as part of the Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy in 1995.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Vermin 1980 Released in a standard screen format with a silver case in 1980.
Remade as part of the Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy in 1995.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color in 1998.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Fire 1980 Released in a standard screen format with a silver case in 1980.
Released in a widescreen format in 1981.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy in 1997.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1999.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Judge 1980 Released in a standard screen format with a silver case in 1980.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Manhole 1981 Released in a standard screen format with a gold case in 1981.
Released in a widescreen format in 1983.
Remade as part of the Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy in 1995.
Remade for Game Boy Advance e-Reader in 2001.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Helmet 1981 Released in a standard screen format with a gold case in 1981.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color in 1998.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Lion 1981 Released in a standard screen format with a gold case in 1981.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Parachute 1981 Released in a wide-screen format in 1981.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Collection 2 for Nintendo DS in 2008.
Octopus 1981 Released in a wide-screen format in 1981.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy in 1997.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1999.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Collection 2 for Nintendo DS in 2008.
Popeye 1981 Released in a wide-screen format in 1981.
Released in a tabletop format in 1983.
Released in a panorama format in 1983.
Chef 1981 Released in a wide-screen format in 1981.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Mickey Mouse 1981 Released in a wide-screen format in 1981.
Also released without the Disney license as Egg.
Egg 1981 Release of Mickey Mouse without the Disney license.
Released in a wide-screen format in 1981.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Turtle Bridge 1982 Released in a wide-screen format in 1982.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Fire Attack 1982 Released in a wide-screen format in 1982.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Snoopy Tennis 1982 Released in a wide-screen format in 1982.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Oil Panic 1982 Released in a multi-screen format in 1982.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy in 1997.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Collection for Nintendo DS in 2006.
Donkey Kong 1982 Released in a multi-screen format in 1982.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Collection for Nintendo DS in 2006.
Donkey Kong Jr. 1982 Released in a multi-screen format in 1982.
Released in a wide-screen format in 1982.
Released in a table-top format in 1983.
Released in a panorama format in 1983.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Mickey & Donald 1982 Released in a multi-screen format in 1982.
Green House 1982 Released in a multi-screen format in 1982.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Collection for Nintendo DS in 2006.
Donkey Kong II 1983 Released in a multi-screen format in 1983.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Mario Bros. 1983 Released in a multi-screen format in 1983.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Mario's Cement Factory 1983 Released in a tabletop format in 1983.
Released in a wide-screen format in 1983.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Remade as part of the Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy in 1995.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Digital remake for DSiWare for the Nintendo DSi released in 2009.
Snoopy 1983 Released in a tabletop format in 1983.
Released in a panorama format in 1983.
Rain Shower 1983 Released in a multi-screen format in 1983.
Lifeboat 1983 Released in a multi-screen format in 1983.
Mario's Bombs Away 1983 Released in a panorama format in 1983.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Pinball 1983 Released in a multi-screen format in 1983.
Spitball Sparky 1984 Released in a "super color" format in 1984.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color in 1999.
Crab Grab 1984 Released in a "super color" format in 1984.
Boxing 1984 Released in a "micro vs." format, with two micro controllers, in 1984.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Donkey Kong 3 1984 Released in a "micro vs." format, with two micro controllers, in 1984.
Remade as part of the Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance in 2002.
Mickey Mouse 1984 Released in a panorama format in 1984.
Also released without the Disney license as Donkey Kong Circus
Donkey Kong Circus 1984 Release of Mickey Mouse without the Disney license.
Released in a panorama format in 1984.
Donkey Kong Hockey 1984 Released in a "micro vs." format, with two micro controllers, in 1984.
Black Jack 1985 Released in a multi-screen format in 1985.
Tropical Fish 1985 Released in a wide-screen format in 1985.
Squish 1986 Released in a multi-screen format in 1986.
Super Mario Bros. 1986 Released as a crystal screen version in 1986.
A special yellow edition, in a case shaped like the Famicom mascot Diskun, was awarded to winners of the F-1 Grand Prix contest in Japan in 1987.
Released in a widescreen format in 1988.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Climber 1986 Released as a crystal screen version in 1986.
Released in wide-screen format in 1988.
Balloon Fight 1986 Released as a crystal screen version in 1986.
Released in wide-screen format in 1988.
Bomb Sweeper 1987 Released as a multi-screen version in 1987.
Safebuster 1988 Released as a multi-screen version in 1988.
Gold Cliff 1988 Released as a multi-screen version in 1988.
Zelda 1989 Released as a multi-screen version in 1989.
Released as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics miniature LCD game line in 1998.
Mario the Juggler 1991 Remake of Ball with a Mario theme.
Released in wide-screen format in 1991.