Nintendo’s original Game & Watch brand consisted of a series of handheld electronic games released from 1980 to 1991. They were created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, and each Game & Watch featured a single game to be played on a LCD screen as well as a clock. However, all models produced after 1981 also had an alarm. They were based on a 4-bit CPU from the Sharp SM5xx family, that include a small ROM and RAM area and an LCD screen driver circuit. The series sold a combined of 43.4 million units worldwide before being discontinued. Read more for a video of the modern version that Nintendo will release in limited numbers this holiday season.
Available November 13, priced at $49.99, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros sports a modern control pad, and in addition to playing classic games, like Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and a special version of Ball with a Mario makeover, this device also functions as a clock, complete with 35 little touches to discover. That’s right, there are even some guest appearances from Mario’s friends and foes. Just make sure to be quick to pull the trigger come November 13th, as many of these are bound to make their way onto online reseller sites for a high premium.
- The iconic SEGA Genesis console that defined a generation of gaming returns in a slick, miniaturized unit.
- The SEGA Genesis Mini console is loaded with 42 legendary games and is plug and play ready right out of the box!
- Box contents: Sega Genesis Mini console and 2 wired controllers, 40 games + 2 bonus games, power cable and USB adapter, and HDMI cable.
This new collectable device is inspired by the original Game & Watch systems first released in 1980. The original handheld device included a game, and could also be used as a watch to tell time. The original Game & Watch series sold more than 43 million worldwide,” said Nintendo in a press release.