The Game & Watch (G&W) series was a line of about 59 electronic handheld games by Nintendo. They were created from 1981 to 1991 by Gunpei Yokoi and run on LR44 cell batteries. They all consist of a single LCD game, and also had a clock/alarm. Most titles had a 'GAME A' and a 'GAME B' button. Game B is usually a faster, more difficult version of game A. The game Squish is a notable exception; here game B is very different from game A. Climber is an example of a game that doesn't have a 'GAME B' option.
A total of 60 different games were created. 59 of them were released to the public. The Special game Super Mario Bros. was given out only as a prize to the winners in the Famicon F1 Race tournament. Only 11,790 were made.11 different style games were created. Each game is classified in a certain series. Silver, Gold, Widescreen, New Widescreen, Multi-screen, Tabletop, Panorama, Supercolor, Micro vs. System, Crystal Screen, and Special.
Nintendo hired other companies to distribute these games. Each company recreated the box, and placed there company logo on the game and the box. There were a total of 7 different companies. CGL who distributed in the UK, Ji21 in France, Videopoche in France, Futuretronics in Australia, Tric-o-tronic who in Germany, Pocketsize in Canada, and Mego who distributed in the USA.
Nintendo made different models, and some had two screens (the Multiscreen Series). This design was later reused in the Nintendo DS series.
1980: Ball, Flagman, Vermin, Fire, Judge
1981: Manhole, Helmet, Chef, Egg, Fire
1981: Lion, Mickey Mouse, Parachute, Octopus, Popeye
1982: Donkey Kong, Donkey Kong Jr., Fire Attack, Greenhouse, Mickey & Donald, Oil Panic, Snoopy Tennis, Turtle Bridge
1983: Donkey Kong II, Donkey Kong Jr. - Tabletop, Donkey Kong Jr. - Panorama, Lifeboat, Manhole, Mario Bros., Mario's Bombs Away - Panorama, Mario's Cement Factory, Mario's Cement Factory - Tabletop, Pinball, Popeye - Tabletop, Popeye - Panorama, Rain Shower, Snoopy - Tabletop, Snoopy - Panorama
1984: Boxing, CrabGrab, Donkey Kong Circus - Panorama, Donkey Kong 3, Donkey Kong Hockey, Mickey Mouse - Panorama, Spitball Sparky
1985: Black Jack, Tropical Fish
1986: Balloon Fight - Crystal, Climber - Crystal, Squish, Super Mario Bros. - Crystal
1987: Bomb Sweeper, Super Mario Bros. - Special Series
1988: Balloon Fight, Climber, Gold Cliff, Punch-Out, Safebuster, Super Mario Bros.
1991: Mario the Juggler
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