It has been 35 years since the first Super Mario game, so what better way to celebrate than by revealing a new Game & Watch handheld, right?
Just like Sega did with the Game Gear Micro, Nintendo now wants to release an affordable pre-loaded console that revisits their old handheld. This time, it’s the Game & Watch, Nintendo’s first ever handheld.
It’s due to be released on November 13th with a very limited run, so rest assured these will most likely become collectible once Nintendo‘s stock has ran out.
There’s no information on what the price is but rumours are stating that it will be $50.
Not only does it keep the classic design it also features 3 games, including the original Super Mario Bros in full colour!
In addition there’s Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels, and Ball (Mario Version) which keeps the old school Game & Watch look.
If gaming wasn’t enough on this thing it can also act as a clock, with custom designs, animations and some of your favourite Nintendo characters.
The packaging even pays homage to its older brother, keeping the classic look. If you take a look on the side, you can see a USB-C port, allowing you to use your new cables with this device.
We’re not sure how big the battery life is, but we’re hoping to get at least an hour of gameplay out of this on one charge. It’s small, but let’s hope it packs a punch.
The new liquid colour display also looks very nice, but in all honesty there is nothing revolutionary here, and it’s a simple, collectible product that Nintendo has launched to pay respects to the original Mario.
We’re hoping they have a large production run, but we can imagine this things will sell out in under an hour when the pre-orders go live, which is a shame.
Why Nintendo didn’t launch this with real more Game & Watch games, perhaps a larger library, and then sold it on, we do not know. Perhaps because the original Mario sells?
But we were hoping they would have added a bigger catalogue, perhaps the price tag is small so that won’t be a problem, but anything over $40 is pushing it.
The new Game & Watch is aimed at collectors only in our opinion. Those that want something to put on their shelf, and too look back in in years to come, nobody is actually going to play this for hours on end.
It’s a pick up and play… and then put it in your cupboard to catch dust. This is not one of the best retro handhelds out there, but we’ll absolutely still buy this new Game & Watch.