Nintendo is re-releasing its classic Game & Watch handheld for the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., complete with 35 easter eggs and references for fans
Nintendois celebrating Super Mario Bros.' 35th anniversary this year by re-releasing its classic hand-held console, the Game & Watch.
- The console was originally launched in 1980, and helped propel hand-held videogames gain global popularity.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., Nintendo announced that it will be re-releasing its classic Game & Watch system, which helped launch hand-held
The first Game & Watch was released in Japan in 1980. The device originally had two buttons, a black-and-white LCD screen, and only one game. When owners weren't actively gaming, they could turn the screen to a digital clock mode. The series would go on to sell 43.4 million units, according to Satoru Iwata, the late CEO of Nintendo.
"Ball," one of the Game & Watch's classic titles, had a simple objective: using the Game & Watch's two buttons, a gamer had to help a juggler keep two balls in the air. This time around, Nintendo has replaced the juggler with everyone's favorite Italian plumber: Mario.
The anniversary version of the Game & Watch features a full-color LCD screen, 4 direction control pad, and A/B buttons. To the delight of old-school Nintendo fans, developers have hidden lots of easter eggs and references throughout the game.
The news of the console's re-release follows the relatively new trend of gaming companies selling miniature versions of classic consoles that come pre-loaded with games and ports to hook the devices up to modern TVs. Nintendo sells the NES Classic Edition for $60 and the SNES Classic Edition for $70. Sony launched the $99 PlayStation Classic in December 2018, and SEGA Genesis Mini retails for $80.
Nintendo says the Game & Watch will be released November 13 for the price of $49.99.
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