Game & Watch
Game & Watch (Japanese: ゲーム&ウオッチ Gēmu & Uotchi; called Tricotronic in West Germany and Austria) is a line of handheld electronic games produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991.
Created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, each Game & Watch features a single game to be played on an LCD screen in addition to a clock, an alarm, or both. This console inspired Nintendo to make the Game Boy. It was the earliest Nintendo product to garner major success.
Why It Rocks
- It is the first portable console ever made by Nintendo.
- Many fun and simple games, among them, many platforms.
- A few Mario games were made.
- The NES controllers were based on the controls of the Game & Watch.
- The iconic cross D-pad began life on the Donkey Kong Game & Watch from 1982.
- The Game & Watch multi-screen version became the model on which the Nintendo DS was based.
- It was very cheap at its time, but now it is ultra expensive and rare. Only a few collectors among the world possess one of this.
- Many NES games, such as Zelda, Donkey Kong and Castlevania has ports to this console.
- Mr. Game and Watch made it to the Super Smash Bros. series.
- They fared way better than the Tiger Electronics handhelds.
- It has a long battery life, mainly due to the built-in clock.