“Nintendo’s First Portable Console”: Game & Watch
This week on Techy Tuesday, we’ll be taking a look at the console that started Nintendo’s portable series.The one, the only, Game & Watch. Used to own something like this, it wasn’t exact but it did play diddy kong haha. Without further ado, let’s get started!
The Game & Watch is the First Handheld made by Nintendo. Originally called the Tricotronic, the Game & Watch was designed by Gunpei Yokoi after seeing someone play with an LCD calculator 1979. Consisting of both Game A and B buttons along with left and right buttons for direction. The Game & Watch released April 28, 1990. It was produced from 1980 to 1981.
But why make one model when you can make several!
The Game & Watch had a pretty good lineup at the time with over 50+ different games and extensive amount of models. The models consisted of many different colors such as Silver, Gold, Wide Screen, Super Color, Crystal Screen, and much more! It’s crazy to think that this small little device had so many different models, most of them released the same year. Fun Fact: Super Mario Juggler was the last know game to release for the Gameboy and was considered rare due to the few copies that were made.
It’s crazy to see how many models were made for just this one device. Unfortunately, the Game & Watch was discontinued October 14, 1991. However, its legacy is carried on into the Super Smash Bros Series with the playable character: Mr. Game & Watch! The question that now remains is, is he good or evil? the answer? Neither haha! Kind of a neutral character.
And that’s all for Techy Tuesday! Hopefully, you learned something new about Nintendo’s first console. Tune in next week to find out what console we’ll talk about next on Techy Tuesday.
Until Next Time 😀