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Game & Watch Gallery

System: Gameboy
Release Year: 1997
Publisher: Nintendo
Developer: Nintendo
Players: 1


Welcome welcome welcome! Come one, come all, to Zany Toadmon's emplorium of classic games. And have I got a deal for you. Tired of all those polygons cluttering your screens? Do you old school gamers miss the point-gaining simplicity of classic, early 80's games? Do you younger generation gamers want to know what you missed out on? Well look no further. Because for one day only, at the low, low price of two NASHW bucks, I have for you not one, not two, but four classic Game & Watch titles on one Gameboy cartridge! But wait, there's more. Not only will you get these classics of classic handhelds on one cart, but you'll also get all five games in new modern versions, featuring the Koopa-terrorizing plumber, Mario! But hurry, these offers won't last long.

The Game & Watch phenomenon swept the world during the early and mid eighties, beginning with a handheld port of the arcade classic, Donkey Kong. Game & Watch skyrocketed to popularity, and tons of games were released in succession. They continued to be popular until around the release of the NES, and production slowed down. By the time the NES popularity was ending, Game & Watches had all but disappeared. The final game in the series, Mario the Juggler, was released in 1991. Game & Watch continues to be popular with collectors. In 1997, Nintendo released their first compilation Game & Watch title, Game & Watch Gallery, on the Game Boy, and the title was a huge success.


Game & Watch Gallery contained four Game & Watch games: Manhole, Fire, Octopus, and Oil Panic. Each game is playable in a classic version and a modern version, which featured the cast of the Mario games. There are also easy and hard modes for both versions, as well as a very hard mode on the modern version. The modern versions of each game were slightly more complicated than their classic counterparts. In Manhole, for instance, you control a character who has to move between four holes, and keep people from falling into the sewers. In the modern version, that character is replaced by Yoshi, who must protect Toads, DKjr's, and Marios from falling through the wholes, each of whom move at different speeds. Similar changes were made to the other three games. The modern versions also include music. The graphics on the classic games are true to their original counterparts. The modern versions, however, contain more scenery.

This is great compilation game. I recommend this to anyone who likes the classic Game & Watch series, or who enjoys addictive, challenging games.