First introduced in 1980 and produced until 1991, Game & Watch was a series of games at hand – 59 in all – that Nintendo sold before Game Boy came into the world. Unlike Game Boy, black-and-white games and watch games can play only one game.
Like every game and watch device that came out after 1981, the new one can become an alarm clock with the tap of a button. This time, the watch features 35 different screen-saver scenes of Mario interacting with the clock.
Although Game and Watch was not Nintendo’s first video game effort, it was the first successful attempt to lead the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and the Game Boy in 1989.
Game & Watch is not celebrated as some of Nintendo’s other game systems, but it was the first system to feature a shaped directional pad, first found on the 1982 “Donkey Kong” Game and Watch. Its success provided some legitimacy to control gaming, a niche that video game makers were unsure of in the 1970s.
Nintendo has dipped the Game and Watch nostalgia bucket by releasing a version over the past decade and adding Mr. Game and Watch – the anonymous character who first appeared in the game and the Watch game – to their “Super Smash Bros.” sport.
Now it’s Game and Watch’s turn into the spotlight. The 40th anniversary edition of Game & Watch will go on sale on November 13 for a limited time.