List of Game & Watch games

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This is a list of Game & Watch games released by Nintendo, along with their format and date of release, if known. See lists of video games for related lists. Several of these games were collected and re-released as ports for the Game & Watch Gallery series for Game Boy, Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance. The games also were re-released as stand-alone titles for the Nintendo Mini Classics series in the late 1990s. Digital versions of the games were created as DSiWare which was released for Nintendo DSi in 2009 (2010 internationally) and for Nintendo 3DS in 2011.

Models[edit]

Models in the Game & Watch series
Title Release Series Sales Model no. Image
Ball April 28, 1980 Silver < 250,000 AC-01
Flagman June 5, 1980 Silver < 250,000 FL-02
Vermin July 10, 1980 Silver > 1,000,000 MT-03 Vermin - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Fire July 31, 1980 Silver 250,000 — 1,000,000 RC-04 Fire - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Judge October 4, 1980 Silver < 250,000 IP-05
Manhole January 29, 1981 Gold > 1,000,000 MN-06 Manhole - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Helmet February 21, 1981 Gold > 1,000,000 CN-07 Helmet - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Lion April 29, 1981 Gold < 250,000 LN-08
Parachute June 19, 1981 Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 PR-21 Game and watch parachute.JPG
Octopus July 16, 1981 Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 OC-22 Octopus - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Popeye August 5, 1981 Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 PP-23 GameAndWatch Popeye.jpg
Chef September 8, 1981 Wide Screen > 1,000,000 FP-24 Chef - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Mickey Mouse October 9, 1981 Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 MC-25 Mikey Mouse - Game & Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Egg October 9, 1981 Wide Screen < 250,000 EG-26
Fire December 4, 1981 Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 FR-27 Game & Watch Fire Wide Screen.jpg
Turtle Bridge February 1, 1982 Wide Screen > 1,000,000 TL-28 Turtle Bridge - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Fire Attack March 26, 1982 Wide Screen > 1,000,000 ID-29 Fire Attack - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Snoopy Tennis April 28, 1982 Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 SP-30 Game & Watch WS- Snoopy Tennis.jpg
Oil Panic May 28, 1982 Multi Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 OP-51 Oil Panic - Game&watch - Nintendo.jpg
Donkey Kong June 3, 1982 Multi Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 DK-52 Festival du Jeu Vidéo - 2010-09-11 - Game & Watch Donkey Kong.jpg
Donkey Kong Jr. October 26, 1982 New Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 DJ-101 Donkey Kong Jr. Game&watch.jpg
Mickey & Donald November 12, 1982 Multi Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 DM-53 Mickey & Donald - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Green House December 16, 1982 Multi Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 GH-54
Donkey Kong II March 7, 1983 Multi Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 JR-55

Game&watch-donkey-kong-2.jpg

Mario Bros. March 14, 1983 Multi Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 MW-56 Mario Bros. - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Mario's Cement Factory April 28, 1983 Table Top < 250,000 CM-72 Marios cement factory.gif
Donkey Kong Jr. April 28, 1983 Table Top < 250,000 CJ-71 Donkey Kong jr Tabletop.jpg
Mario's Cement Factory June 16, 1983 New Wide Screen > 1,000,000 ML-102 Mario's Cement Factory (widescreen) - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Snoopy June 5, 1983 Table Top < 250,000 SM-73 Snoopy Game & Watch Tabletop.jpg
Rain Shower August 10, 1981 Multi Screen < 250,000 LP-57 Rain Shower - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Popeye August 17, 1983 Table Top < 250,000 PG-74
Manhole August 24, 1983 New Wide Screen < 250,000 NH-103 Manhole Game & Watch New Wide Screen.jpg
Snoopy August 30, 1983 Panorama < 250,000 SM-91 Snoopy (Panorama) - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Popeye August 30, 1983 Panorama < 250,000 PG-92
Donkey Kong Jr. October 7, 1983 Panorama < 250,000 CJ-93 Donkey Kong Jr. (Panorama) - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Lifeboat October 25, 1983 Multi Screen > 1,000,000 TC-58 Life Boat - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Mario's Bombs Away November 13, 1983 Panorama < 250,000 PB-94 Mario bombs away.gif
Pinball December 5, 1983 Multi Screen < 250,000 PB-59 Pinball - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Spitball Sparky February 7, 1984 Super Color < 250,000 BU-201 Spitball Sparky - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Crab Grab February 21, 1984 Super Color < 250,000 UD-202 GameAndWatch GrabGrab.jpg
Mickey Mouse February 28, 1984 Panorama < 250,000 DC-95 Nintendo Game & Watch Mickey Mouse.jpg
Boxing July 31, 1984 Micro Vs. < 250,000 BX-301 Punch Out - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Donkey Kong 3 August 20, 1984 Micro Vs. < 250,000 AK-302 Game&watch-donkey-kong-3.jpg
Donkey Kong Circus September 6, 1984 Panorama < 250,000 MK-96
Donkey Kong Hockey November 13, 1984 Micro Vs. < 250,000 HK-303 Donkey Kong Hockey - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Black Jack February 15, 1984 Multi Screen < 250,000 BJ-60 Black Jack - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Tropical Fish July 8, 1985 New Wide Screen < 250,000 TF-104 Tropical Fish - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Squish April 17, 1986 Multi Screen < 250,000 MG-61 Squish - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Super Mario Bros. June 25, 1986 Crystal Screen < 250,000 YM-801 Super Mario Bros. (cristalscreen) - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Climber July 4, 1986 Crystal Screen < 250,000 DR-802 Climber - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Balloon Fight November 19, 1986 Crystal Screen < 250,000 BF-803
Bomb Sweeper June 15, 1987 Multi Screen < 250,000 BD-62 Bomb Sweeper - Game&Watch - Nintendo (2).jpg
Super Mario Bros. August 1, 1987 Special 10,000 YM-901-S
Safebuster January 12, 1988 Multi Screen > 1,000,000 JB-63 Safebuster Game & Watch by Nintendo, Model JB-63, Made in Japan, Copyright 1988 (Handheld Electronic Game).jpg
Super Mario Bros. March 8, 1988 New Wide Screen 250,000 — 1,000,000 YM-105 GameAndWatch SuperMarioBros.jpg
Climber March 8, 1988 New Wide Screen < 250,000 DR-106 Game & Watch Climber.jpg
Balloon Fight March 8, 1988 New Wide Screen < 250,000 BF-107 GameAndWatch BalloonFight.jpg
Gold Cliff October 19, 1988 Multi Screen < 250,000 MV-64 Gold Cliff - Game&watch - Nintendo.jpg
Zelda August 26, 1989 Multi Screen < 250,000 ZL-65 Zelda - Game & Watch - Nintendo.jpg
Mario the Juggler October 14, 1991 New Wide Screen < 250,000 MJ-108
Ball (reissue) April 30, 2010 Silver  ? RGW-001 Ball - Game&Watch - Nintendo.jpg

Games[edit]

Ball[edit]

Ball (Club Nintendo reissued version)

Ball, also known as Toss-Up, is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Silver series on April 28, 1980. It was the first Game & Watch game. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

It was rereleased exclusively via Club Nintendo to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Game & Watch, with the Club Nintendo logo on the back. Unlike the original release, this version includes a mute switch.[1] For members of the Japanese Club Nintendo, after an announcement in November 2009, it was shipped in April 2010 to Platinum members.[2][3] For members of the North American Club Nintendo, it was available for 1200 coins from February 2011.[4][5] For members of the European Club Nintendo, it was available for 7500 stars from November 2011.[6][7]

The player tosses three balls in the air. As the balls fall, the player must catch and toss them up again. One point is earned for each successful catch. A dropped ball will display a broken ball and end the game. The object is to continuously catch the balls that fall and throw them back up, as in juggling.

Ball was recreated in Game Boy Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released for Nintendo DSi on July 15, 2009 in Japan,[8] on April 19, 2010 in the United States[9] and April 23, 2010 in Europe;[10] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[10] It also appears as a minigame for the Game Boy Camera, where players can paste images of their own face over that of the juggler.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch's throws reference Ball.

Flagman[edit]

Flagman is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Silver series on June 5, 1980. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The object is to repeat the pattern of numbers on the flags held up by the on-screen character Mr. Game & Watch. A life is lost each time the player pushes the wrong button or hits the correct number too late. The game ends when three lives are lost. Game B requires the character to push the right number as quickly as possible, before time runs out.

Flagman was recreated in Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy and Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color. A version of Flagman becomes available in Wario Land II once the player has achieved 100% completion of the game. It is included in WarioWare: Touched! as a microgame called Flagman Game & Watch. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released for Nintendo DSi on July 15, 2009 in Japan,[8] on April 19, 2010 in the United States[11] and April 23, 2010 in Europe;[12] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[12]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a flag, referencing Flagman.

Vermin[edit]

Vermin

Vermin is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Silver series on July 10, 1980. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

In Vermin, moles pop out of the ground and try to get into the player's garden. The player has to hit the moles with a hammer to keep them out of the garden.

Vermin was recreated in Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy and Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color. In WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!, there is a microgame called "Vermin" in which Wario has to whack a mole with a hammer. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released for Nintendo DSi on July 15, 2009 in Japan,[8] on April 5, 2010 in the United States[13] and April 9, 2010 in Europe;[14] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[14]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents on either side with two hammers, referencing Vermin.

Fire[edit]

Fire (Wide Screen)

Fire is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Silver series on July 31, 1980, and as a part of the Wide Screen series on December 4, 1981. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player controls two firemen who carry a trampoline and must catch people who fall from a burning building and bounce them into a waiting ambulance. The player is awarded 1 point for each person who reaches the ambulance, and loses one of their three lives for each person who hits the ground.

Fire was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy, Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. It was also rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has a move called "Fire", which has two firemen launch him upwards with a trampoline, referencing Fire. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, he then floats down with a parachute, referencing Parachute.[15] In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the stage Flat Zone 2 shifts between several layouts, one based on Fire.[16]

Judge[edit]

Judge is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Silver series on October 4, 1980. It is a single-screen Game & Watch for either 1 or 2 players.

Players control two figures who hold hammers in their hands and hold up numbers. The one with the higher number must attack, and the one with the lower number must flee. An attack may be performed before the number is held up, as a gamble.

Judge was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released on July 15, 2009 in Japan,[8] on March 22, 2010 in the United States[17] and on March 26, 2010 in Europe;[18] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[18]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has a move called "Judge", which has him hit opponents with a hammer that has an additional effect dependent on a random number from 1 to 9 that appears above his head, referencing Judge.[15]

Manhole[edit]

Manhole (New Wide Screen)

Manhole is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Gold series on January 29, 1981, and as a part of the New Wide Screen series on August 24, 1983. It was the first game in the Gold series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player must prevent pedestrians from falling into one of four sewers by temporarily bridging the open gaps with a manhole cover.

The New Wide Screen version of Manhole was recreated in Game Boy Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy, and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. This version of Manhole was one of the cards included with purchase of the Nintendo e-Reader.[19] The New Wide Screen version of Manhole was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released on August 19, 2009 in Japan,[8] on April 5, 2010 in the United States[20] and April 9, 2010 in Europe;[21] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[21]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a manhole cover, referencing Manhole. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the stage Flat Zone 2 shifts between several layouts, one based on Manhole.[16]

Helmet[edit]

Helmet

Helmet is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Gold series on February 21, 1981. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

Tools fall from the sky, but there is a house on the right side of the screen. The player must guide the character towards the house, and dodge the tools until the door opens.

Helmet was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released for Nintendo DSi on July 27, 2009 in Japan,[8] on April 5, 2010 in the United States[22] and April 9, 2010 in Europe;[23] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[23]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a helmet, referencing Helmet.

Lion[edit]

Lion is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Gold series on April 29, 1981. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch with a maroon body and a gold faceplate.

The player is a lion tamer who must prevent the lion from escaping from its cage.

Lion was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a chair, referencing Lion. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the stage Flat Zone 2 shifts between several layouts, one based on Lion.[16]

Parachute[edit]

Parachute

Parachute is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on June 19, 1981. It was the first game in the Wide Screen series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player controls a character in a boat and has to prevent parachutists from landing in shark-infested waters. A life is lost every time the player fails to do this. In Game B, the parachutes can get stuck in trees.

Parachute was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color, Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance, and Game & Watch Collection 2 for the Nintendo DS (a Club Nintendo-exclusive).

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mr. Game & Watch has a move which opens a parachute. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Mr. Game & Watch has a move called "Fire", which has two firemen launch him upwards with a trampoline, referencing Fire, then he floats down with a parachute, referencing Parachute.[15]

In March 2010, Takara Tomy released officially licensed Game & Watch-styled keychains based on three different Wide Screen Game & Watch models, one of which was Parachute. It does not actually run the game, instead just displays a demo screen. While the game cannot be played, the speed at which the demo runs can be adjusted. The batteries are recharged with solar panels on the unit.[24]

Octopus[edit]

Octopus

Octopus, known as Mysteries of the Sea and Mysteries of the Deep in the United Kingdom, is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on July 16, 1981. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The object is to recover treasure from a sunken ship without getting caught by an octopus. The player must aim his diver under water by jumping off the side of a boat. Each time the octopus touches the player, one life is lost. A point is awarded for each portion of treasure retrieved from a sunken ship, and three additional points are awarded for evading the octopus a second time and returning to the boat. The game speeds as it progresses, and additional lives are granted at 200 and 500 points. In Game B, the octopus is quicker and there are more hazards.

Octopus was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy, Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance, and Game & Watch Collection 2 for the Nintendo DS (a Club Nintendo-exclusive). It was also rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a diving helmet, referencing Octopus. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Mr. Game & Watch's Final Smash is "Octopus", which has him transform into the octopus and hit opponents with his tentacles, referencing Octopus. In Nintendo Land, the octopus and the diver appear in the Octopus Dance minigame.

In March 2010, Takara Tomy released officially licensed Game & Watch-styled keychains based on three different Wide Screen Game & Watch models, one of which was Chef. It does not actually run the game, instead just displays a demo screen. While the game cannot be played, the speed at which the demo runs can be adjusted. The batteries are recharged with solar panels on the unit.[24]

Popeye[edit]

Popeye (Wide Screen)

Popeye is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on August 5, 1981, as a part of the Table Top series on August 17, 1983, and as a part of the Panorama series on August 30, 1983. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

The player controls the eponymous Popeye, who has to catch objects thrown by Olive Oyl, while at the same time avoiding Bluto's attacks. If Popeye is upright in the center of the boat, he's safe from Bluto's attacks, but he may miss objects thrown by Olive Oyl. The game speeds up as it progresses, and Olive Oyl will start throwing more than one objects at the same time.

Chef[edit]

Chef

Chef is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on September 8, 1981. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player controls a chef who flips various pieces of food, including sausage and fish, into the air with a pan. Failure to keep the food airborne causes a mouse to steal the food off the floor and the player to use up one 'miss'. The game ends with the player's third miss. A cat often pokes the left piece of food, which holds it in place for a small amount of time and makes it harder for the player to guess when the piece will be flippable. The game speeds up as it progresses. In Game A, the player must flip three items of food. In Game B, the player must flip four food items.

Chef was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. Chef is unlockable in Personal Trainer: Cooking for the Nintendo DS after the player has cooked a certain number of meals. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released on July 29, 2009 in Japan,[8] on March 22, 2010 in the United States,[26] and March 26, 2010 in Europe;[27] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[27]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has a move called "Chef", which has him flip food out of pan, referencing Chef.[15] In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the stage Flat Zone 2 shifts between several layouts, one based on Chef.[16]

In March 2010, Takara Tomy released officially licensed Game & Watch-styled keychains based on three different Wide Screen Game & Watch models, one of which was Chef. It does not actually run the game, instead just displays a demo screen. While the game cannot be played, the speed at which the demo runs can be adjusted. The batteries are recharged with solar panels on the unit.[24]

Mickey Mouse[edit]

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on October 9, 1981, and as a part of the Panorama series on February 28, 1984. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player controls Mickey Mouse whose task it is to catch eggs as they roll down four slopes, two on either side of the screen. If an egg is dropped it lands on the floor releasing a chick who walks away off screen. The eggs fall ever more quickly as the total caught closes in on multiples of 100.

In GAME A the misses are reset every 100 caught eggs. In GAME B the number and rate of descent of eggs is increased with misses only being reset at multiples of 500. Missing three eggs between resets will end the game.

Egg[edit]

Egg is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on October 9, 1981. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player character is a fox who waits outside a hen house. The fox must catch the eggs that fall out of the side of the hen house, for one point each. Three lives are given. A life is lost for each egg missed, or half of a life if the egg is missed while a hen appears. The game ends when all three lives are lost.

Egg was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color.

Turtle Bridge[edit]

Turtle Bridge

Turtle Bridge is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on February 1, 1982. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player uses a line of five turtles as stepping stones to transfer baggage from one side of a river to the other. Once a package is tossed to a colleague on the other side, the player can return to the home bank to fetch the next package. The turtles are not motionless but will dive to feed on any fish within reach, and they dive more frequently as the game progresses. The player may need to wait for the colleague on the far bank and cannot return to the home bank while carrying a package. Two to ten points are awarded, depending on how quickly the package is delivered. It takes approximately 1 hour of game play to accrue 1000 points. The score board only has 3 digits, so once "999" is exceeded it rolls over to "000." Lives are lost if the explorer lands on a turtle that dives. A life can be recovered at the score levels 200 and 500. The game ends when all lives are lost.

In Game A, the middle turtle of the five has no fish swimming in reach and never dives unless the explorer waits too long on its back, at which point fish appear and the turtle dives. In Game B, all turtles will dive from the outset, while the colleague appears less frequently.

Turtle Bridge was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a turtle, referencing Turtle Bridge.

Fire Attack[edit]

Fire Attack

Fire Attack is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on March 26, 1982. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The main character uses a tomahawk-type weapon to protect a fort from burning. The top row of enemies are Indian chiefs who throw firesticks, and the bottom row of enemies are traditional Game & Watch characters who try to set fire to the fort with a match. Two points are earned for each fire blocked. Three misses are allowed, which occur each time the fort catches fire. All misses are erased at 200 points, and again at 500.

Fire Attack was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a firestick, referencing Fire Attack.

Snoopy Tennis[edit]

Snoopy Tennis

Snoopy Tennis is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on April 28, 1982.

Charlie Brown throws and hits a ball toward Snoopy, who must hit the ball back. Lucy sometimes will hit the ball to Snoopy.

It was rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

Oil Panic[edit]

Oil Panic

Oil Panic is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on May 28, 1982. It was the first game in the Multi Screen series. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with a white case. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

The player controls a station helper who uses a bucket to catch drops of oil from a leaking pipe and empties the bucket into an oil drum. Missing a drop from the pipe or missing the oil drum causes the player to lose a life. The player has four lives, rather than the usual three.

Oil Panic was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy and Game & Watch Collection for the Nintendo DS (a Club Nintendo-exclusive). Oil Panic is also one of the microgames featured in the collection presented by 9 Volt in WarioWare: Touched!. In Europe, it was also rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has a move called "Oil Panic", which has him collect energy-based attacks in an oil bucket to throw at opponents as oil later, referencing Oil Panic.[15] In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the stage Flat Zone 2 shifts between several layouts, one based on Oil Panic.[16]

Donkey Kong[edit]

Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on June 3, 1982. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with an orange body. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen. This game was also the first Game & Watch to feature a directional pad.

Donkey Kong was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color and Game & Watch Collection for the Nintendo DS (a Club Nintendo-exclusive). It was also rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

Donkey Kong Jr.[edit]

Donkey Kong Jr. (Wide Screen)
Main article: Donkey Kong Jr.

Donkey Kong Jr. is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the New Wide Screen series on October 26, 1982, as a part of the Table Top series on April 28, 1983, as a part of the Panorama series on October 7, 1983. It was the first game in the New Wide Screen series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

Donkey Kong Jr. was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released for Nintendo DSi on August 19, 2009 in Japan,[8] on April 19, 2010 in the United States[28] and April 23, 2010 in Europe;[29] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[29] It was also rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a key, referencing Donkey Kong Jr..

Mickey & Donald[edit]

Mickey & Donald

Mickey & Donald is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on November 12, 1982. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

The goal is put out the fire in a three-story apartment building as quickly as possible. Donald operates the hose, while Mickey runs the pump. Bulges in the hose give more water for Donald to use, but require Mickey to leave the pump to stop leaks.

Green House[edit]

Green House

Green House is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on December 16, 1982. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

The object is to protect the flowers at each corner of the screen from enemies using a can of bug spray. Worms attack the top flowers while spiders approach the bottom flowers. The game ends when three flowers have been eaten.

Green House was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color and Game & Watch Collection for the Nintendo DS (a Club Nintendo-exclusive).

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a can of bug spray, referencing Green House.

Donkey Kong II[edit]

Donkey Kong II

Donkey Kong II is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on March 7, 1983. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with a brown body. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

Donkey Kong II was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color.

Mario Bros.[edit]

Mario Bros.

Mario Bros. is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on March 14, 1983. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with a maroon body. It opens like a Japanese book (to the right), with a left and right screen.

Mario Bros. was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a package, referencing Mario Bros..

Mario's Cement Factory[edit]

Mario's Cement Factory (Wide Screen)

Mario's Cement Factory is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Table Top series on April 28, 1983 and as a part of the New Wide Screen series on June 16, 1983. It was the first game in the Table Top series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

Mario's Cement Factory was recreated in Game Boy Gallery for Game Boy and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. It was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released for Nintendo DSi on August 19, 2009 in Japan,[8] on March 22, 2010 in the United States,[30] and March 26, 2010 in Europe;[31] and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.[31] It was also rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

Snoopy[edit]

Snoopy (Table Top)

Snoopy is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Table Top series on June 5, 1983, and as a part of the Panorama series on August 30, 1983. It was the first game in the Panorama series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

Rain Shower[edit]

Rain Shower

Rain Shower is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on August 10, 1981. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a book, with a left and right screen.

The player moves clothing away from falling raindrops by pulling on a clothes line. In Game B, a bird may swoop down and move the clothing.

Rain Shower was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Lifeboat[edit]

Lifeboat

Lifeboat is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on October 25, 1983. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with a light orange case. It opens like a book, with a left and right screen.

A burning oceanliner is displayed, and the player pulls a raft through shark-infested waters to catch the people who fall from the ship. The rafts can hold up to 4 people, and can be emptied no matter how many people are in them. A point is awarded for each rescue. The alarm on is indicated by a bucket of water on the cliffside, and when it goes off, a man uses the bucket to attempt to douse the fire.

Game A mode controls two rafts, one on each side of the screen, which move together when the left and right buttons are pressed. In Game B there is only one raft, which can move from one side of the screen to the other.

Lifeboat was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Mario's Bombs Away[edit]

Mario's Bombs Away

Mario's Bombs Away is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Panorama series on November 13, 1983. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch. It features an unlit color LCD screen that faces downward in order to expose the translucent rear to an external light source, such as daylight. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

The player character is a military-clad Mario who delivers bombs from left to right, and must keep them away from flaming oil spills and enemy torches. Action is viewed in a mirror that reflects the screen.

Mario's Bombs Away was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Pinball[edit]

Pinball

Pinball is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on December 5, 1983. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

The player controls two flippers on the bottom screen and two on the top screen. Other pinball objects include bumpers, outlanes, rollover lanes, kickbacks and plungers.

Spitball Sparky[edit]

Spitball Sparky

Spitball Sparky is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Super Color series on February 7, 1984. It was the first game in the Super Color series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch. Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game music.[25]

Spitball Sparky works similarly to Breakout, where a ball moves across the screen and is propelled by the player, blowing it upwards as long it is directly above the player in the purple space. If all blocks are eliminated fast enough, a bonus bar at the top would add 5 points per segment, the most being 20 points. Along the top row are red blocks, which require two hits to destroy. If the player eliminates all but the red blocks, and then hits each red block once to make them flash, it awards more bonus points.

Spitball Sparky was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color.

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him blow opponents upwards, referencing Spitball Sparky.

Crab Grab[edit]

Crab Grab

Crab Grab is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Super Color series on February 21, 1984. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

Crabs emerge from four differently colored columns along the bottom of the screen, and settle at the top. The objective is to avoid being in front of the crab, and to push the crabs from the bottom to prevent them from mounting on the screen. Points are earned by pushing and eliminating crabs. The game ends when the player has been bitten three times. Player movement is in all four directions (Up, Down, Left, Right). The A & B games had similar objectives, but with slightly different speeds.

Boxing[edit]

Punch-Out!!

Boxing, known as Punch-Out!! in the United States, is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Micro Vs. series on July 31, 1984. It was the first game in the Micro Vs. series. It is a single-screen two-player Game & Watch.

It is similar to Urban Champion, although it was released shortly before the NES title.

Boxing was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Donkey Kong 3[edit]

Donkey Kong 3
Main article: Donkey Kong 3

Donkey Kong 3 is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Micro Vs. series on August 20, 1984.

Donkey Kong 3 was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Donkey Kong Circus[edit]

Donkey Kong Circus is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Panorama series on September 6, 1984. It is a single-screen two-player Game & Watch with a lilac body.

Donkey Kong Hockey[edit]

Donkey Kong Hockey

Donkey Kong Hockey is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Micro Vs. series on November 13, 1984. It is a single-screen two-player Game & Watch.

Black Jack[edit]

Black Jack

Black Jack is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on February 15, 1984. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with a maroon body. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

Game A is a blackjack game. The dealer's hand is on the upper screen and the player's hand is on the bottom screen. Four buttons are available: double down, bet ×10/hit, bet ×1/stand and enter. The player starts with a $500 bankroll and can bet up to $100 each hand. Pair splitting is not allowed, and bets must be locked before shuffling is done, contrary to real-world blackjack rules.

In Game B, the player starts with $500 as five numbers cycle in a random pattern on the bottom screen. Pressing the enter button causes the numbers to stop one at a time. There is a $50 reward if all five stop on the same number, or a deduction of $25 if not.

Tropical Fish[edit]

Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the New Wide Screen series on July 8, 1985. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The player uses a fishbowl to catch fish that jump out of a tank and must move them into a tank on the other side. The game ends when three fish are missed.

Tropical Fish was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a fish bowl, referencing Tropical Fish.

Squish[edit]

Squish

Squish is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on April 17, 1986. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

It is similar to Devil World.

Super Mario Bros.[edit]

Super Mario Bros. (Wide Screen)
Main article: Super Mario Bros.

Super Mario Bros. is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Crystal Screen series on June 25, 1986, and as a part of the New Wide Screen series on March 8, 1988. It was the first game in the Crystal Screen series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

It was also made available as a prize for winners of the Famicons F-1 Grand Prix tournament on August 1, 1987.[32] It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch with a yellow case. It came in a plastic box modeled after Disk-kun, the character Nintendo used to advertise the Famicom Disk System. This edition is the rarest of all Game & Watch models, as only 10,000 units of this version were produced and it was never available for retail sale.[33]

It was rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

Climber[edit]

Climber (Wide Screen)

Climber is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Crystal Screen series on July 4, 1986, and as a part of the New Wide Screen series on March 8, 1988. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

It is similar to Ice Climber.

A boy known as the Climber sets out for the Block Mountain where the Blockmen live to train as a warrior. Lord Meiji, who he meets on the way, grants him a pair of boots which enable him to jump very high, armor that can break ceilings, and a head band which will help him find a sword that can defeat Dragalo the Dragon. The climber pursues his quest with the assistance of the mysterious bird Hentori. The objective of the game is to control Climber by jumping through a tower of platforms and landing on them, and by avoiding monsters and blockmen. The goal is to either grab Hentori or slash Dragalo while achieving the highest score possible.

Climber was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Balloon Fight[edit]

Balloon Fight (Wide Screen)
Main article: Balloon Fight

Balloon Fight is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Crystal Screen series on November 19, 1986, and as a part of the New Wide Screen series on March 8, 1988. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

Bomb Sweeper[edit]

Bomb Sweeper

Bomb Sweeper is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on June 15, 1987. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

The player character is John Solver, who must navigate a maze to defuse bombs set by "Jack". When playing on "Game A" mode, the maze begins to move from left to right after a certain number of bombs are defused, and the player must find an exit back to the surface. The top screen is merely cosmetic, and shows the boss who sends the player character into the underground maze. Unlike in most Game & Watch games, lost lives are not reset when a player reaches 300 points.

Bomb Sweeper was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Safebuster[edit]

Safebuster

Safebuster is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on January 12, 1988. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

A security guard on the bottom screen uses a tube to catch bombs thrown by a bandit on the top screen. The tube is able to hold three bombs, which can be dumped down a chute at either side of the bottom screen for 1 point each. A life is lost for each bomb missed. The game ends when three lives are lost.

Safebuster was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance.

Gold Cliff[edit]

Gold Cliff

Gold Cliff is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on October 19, 1988. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch with a light blue case and colorful printed metal plate on the cover. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

The player controls an Indiana Jones-type archaeologist character who is on a mission to acquire treasure. Stone platforms appear and disappear in a pattern, and the player must jump across them to reach a key at the top of the screen and gain entry to the temple. Action speeds as the game continues. It was one of only two Game & Watch games that included a "continue" feature, which allowed a player to continue the game, with a loss of points, from the last place where they were killed.

Zelda[edit]

Zelda

Zelda is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Multi Screen series on August 26, 1989. It is a dual-screen single-player Game & Watch. It opens like a compact, with an upper and lower screen.

Zelda was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. It was also rereleased as part of the Nintendo Mini Classics.

Mario the Juggler[edit]

Mario the Juggler is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the New Wide Screen series on October 14, 1991. It was the last Game & Watch game to be released. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.

The gameplay is similar to that of the first Game & Watch released, Ball.

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