Quick, what was the primary transportable gaming system Nintendo made?
If you mentioned “Game Boy”… stable guess, however not fairly. For almost a decade earlier than Nintendo launched that iconic grey beast, it was making the Game & Watch — a group of handheld gadgets, every devoted to taking part in only one or two easy video games and, often, doubling as a clock.
Hammering that nostalgia button in a method that few different firms can, Nintendo introduced this morning that the Game & Watch shall be making a modernized, however restricted version, return.
Released as a part of the celebration across the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., it’s absolutely Mario themed — and, appropriately, referred to as “Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.”
As with the unique Game & Watch lineup, it looks like this one is supposed to be fairly restricted within the variety of totally different titles it may play. On the official product web page, Nintendo mentions “Super Mario Bros.,” “Super Mario Bros. 2: The Lost Levels” (or simply “Super Mario Bros. 2,” because it was identified in Japan) and a Mario-skinned remake of “Ball,” the primary Game & Watch title that shipped again in April of 1980. So three video games in all… however given what we’ve seen occur with earlier gadgets like this, I wouldn’t be shocked if the followers crack it open and have it operating a complete lot greater than that very quickly flat.
Quite a bit has modified in 40(!) years, so Nintendo is sneaking just a few upgrades into this Game & Watch that most likely appear to be givens right now. It has a full-color LCD, for instance, whereas the unique shows had been black and white — and also you’ll be capable of cost it over USB-C, fairly than having to burn by means of a stack of button cell batteries. Nintendo says it ought to final round eight hours per cost.
When you’re not taking part in one of many included video games, this factor turns into a bit of transportable clock (thus the “& Watch” a part of its identify), with 35 totally different Mario-themed scenes in all. If Nintendo does that clock function proper, I can see these items incomes a everlasting spot on lots of people’s desks.
While Nintendo notes that it’ll be a “restricted” run, they haven’t mentioned precisely what number of of those they’ll be making… and whereas pre-order particulars are “coming quickly,” they’re not getting extra particular than that. They do say it’ll ship on November 13th with an MSRP of $50… however past that, should you’re anxious about getting certainly one of these, you’ll need to maintain an eye fixed out for extra particulars.