Nintendo will give a throwback treat to those who grew up in the 80s. Just in time for its 40th anniversary, the video game company revisits the classic Game & Watch. The move will make playing Super Mario Bros. more fun though reminiscent of our childhood.
The Japanese gaming firm unveiled a YouTube video showing the handheld gaming system. It shows the more advanced features of this classic game. The design resembles the original version. However, the difference is the plus-shaped directional pad. It first came out in the 1989 Zelda game. The 2020 version shows a lot of great features that will appeal to the younger generation.
A colorful LCD screen now displays the new version, which gives a great sigh as the original one was only in black and white. The new Game & Watch also has a USB connector to recharge the battery and a digital clock onscreen, allowing players to crack open to reveal more coins and objects.
As any Game & Watch system that came out after 1981, the latest innovation that Nintendo made can be used as an alarm clock with the tap of a button. This time, the clock shows Mario interacting with the clock in 35 separate screen-saver scenes.
When will it be released?
The Game & Watch 2020 will be available on the market for $49 in November, in time for its 40th birthday. The pre-selling information will be released on its official website shortly. Now it will have three built-in games, including the Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros: the Lost Stages, and the classic Ball game.
Nintendo is also celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. classic game with the launch of two official websites for the classic game Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Hidden Stages.
Both websites introduce each title’s respective characters and provide an overview of the things and enemies up-for-grab in each game. Also, both sites still have the original manuals available on downloadable PDF versions.
These sites also offer a preview of the Super Mario Bros’ upcoming revival. Play & Watch gaming console, to be released on 13 November.
History of Game & Watch
For 11 years, the Japanese gaming company developed the system, until 1991, when Game Boy took over. Each computer has only one built-in game. It led to 59 black & white games in a sequence.
Following the popularity of the Game & Watch, the developers released both Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy in 1985 and 1989. It’s not the first time the company has re-introduced a console as the Japanese firm placed the classic NES back on the market in 2016.
The developers included The Ball in the first few games in the original 1980 edition. The new version will have Mario, instead of the alien-looking man, playing the ball game. Meanwhile, Nintendo released Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels as the Super Mario Bros. 2 in Japan. Hopefully, the portable game console, when it first appeared 40 years ago, created a sensation.