GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.

This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


After I lost the battle for the Playstation 5, I received an item that will heal my heartbreak: the "Game & Watch Super Mario Bros", which was released on November 13. There were a lot of stores that closed their doors as soon as it started to be pre-ordered, but luckily, I was able to pre-order it just in time and it arrived safely today.

Game & Watch is the gold standard for handheld game consoles, first released in 1980. When I was in the fifth grade, my parents bought me "FIRE," the fourth game in the series. The monochrome LCD screen had a predetermined pattern to be displayed in advance, and it was very primitive, but I remember that I was totally hooked on it because I could carry the game around with me and play it at my friend's house easily. There were video games, but this was before the NES was even released. I was experiencing a time of change.

Well, I guess it doesn't really matter what my memories are, so let's open the box as soon as possible.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
The box is wrapped in a plastic cover and the game screen is painted on it

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
When the cover is removed, a "BALL" is revealed.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
I like the play of opening the box to reveal Mario in BALL.

The device has a mode selection button on the side of the screen, so it's closer to the widescreen model released in 1981 than to the original model. It looks like a mixture of an NES controller and a Game & Watch.

The only bundle is a USB cable for charging. There is no instruction manual. The Game & Watches at that time used button batteries, so this is a rechargeable model that is easier to handle.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
The only thing included in the box is a USB cable. And it's short.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
It feels a bit heavy on the left side. The buttons are easy to press, even in adult hands.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
Power (or rather screen on/off) button on the right side and a USB-C port for charging

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
There's a speaker on the left side.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
There are four screws on the back, and some people are going to take it apart.

When I turn on the screen, I see an illustration of Mario doing a ball, and when I press the TIME button, it changes to the clock screen, and this illustration never comes up again, is there any way to make it appear?

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
The first time I pressed the power button, the screen displayed. I'm glad I took a photo.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
Press the TIME button to display the clock. The screen size is 2.36 inches and has a full-color LCD.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
To set the time, press the PAUSE/SET button.

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The time is automatically set online these days, so it's kind of new.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
When you press the TIME button, you can switch the way the time is displayed. It's fun to watch for a while. The background color seems to change depending on the time of day.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
If left unattended, it switches to sleep mode. Mario is also sleeping. When powered by the USB, this picture seems to appear all the time.

There are three games you can play with it: Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros. 2, and Ball, in which the characters are turned into Mario. Press the GAME button to select from the screen.

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Press the GAME button to go to the game selection screen.

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The screen of Super Mario Bros.

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
The screen of Super Mario Bros. 2

GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
GAME&WATCH SUPER MARIO Bros.
Even the shadow of the liquid crystal is expressed by drawing.

So, although I haven't gotten into the game at all yet, I've given you an overview of Game & Watch Super Mario Bros.

Incidentally, the history of the Game & Watch series is available on the official website. It's pretty short, and doesn't include my beloved FIRE or Manhole, which I played a lot.

Also on the official blog, there are tips on how to do hidden modes such as Limitless Mario and HARD mode on the Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. We hope you enjoy it.

This product is a limited time offer and will be produced until March 31, 2021. Buy it early before you say, "I should have gotten it.


This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.