Before the Game Boy, before the NES, there was the Game & Watch. Nintendo’s line of budget laptops marked the start of their gaming legacy, and in honor of Super Mario’s 35th anniversary, they are launching a whole new model. Luckily for our eyes, this new little machine won’t feature old-fashioned LCD graphics, but instead a full-color backlit display on which you can play full versions of the original versions of Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost. Levels. Of course, the little machine will also have a clock and a number of Easter eggs to discover. Check out a trailer for G&W: Super Mario Bros. below.
This new collectible device is inspired by the original Game & Watch systems first released in 1980. The original handheld device included a game and could also be used as a watch to tell the time. The original series sold over 43 million worldwide. Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. has a modern + Control Pad. In addition to playing classic Super Mario Bros. games, Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (released in Japan as Super Mario Bros. 2) and a special version of Ball with a Mario makeover, Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. also works like a clock, with 35 little keys to discover.
Granted, there’s no particularly good reason to buy a new Game & Watch in 2020. It’s pure Nintendo nostalgia game, but damn it, they got me! I have a little stack of these babies in a drawer somewhere from my childhood, and I still love them. Seeing it in color on a G&W screen is going to blow my mind off my poor old man.
Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. launches on November 13 and will cost you $ 50. Nintendo has also announced a number of other games for Mario’s 35th, including Super Mario 3D All-Stars and a new Mario battle royale – get details here.