Before the release of the Gameboy in 1989, Nintendo had a range of products called “Game & Watch”. Each system could play one game only (usually with two different difficulty levels, referred to as “Game A” and “Game B”) and could also tell the time (hence the “watch” part of the name). The first one, “Ball”, was released in 1980. Over the decade, a total of 60 different games were released. Innovations in LCD technologies lead to the eventual creation of various different series (i.e. some had colour screens, while others had completely transparent screens). This website contains information and hi-res photos of every game released.

My mum owned a few different Game & Watches growing up in the 1980s. The rise of the internet and eBay in the early 2000s led my parents to eventually collect one example of every game released. In 2010, the complete collection was featured on ABC’s “Good Game Spawn Point” TV program in Australia. Sadly, the screens on many of the games are beginning to fail. This is primarily due to age, with some of the oldest models approaching 40 years old. This website was created to curate comprehensive information and photos about each game. The legacy of these consoles can still be seen today in the widespread adoption of mobile gaming and the Nintendo Switch. The Game & Watch brand still lives on today too. Perhaps the best-known example of this is the “Mr. Game & Watch” character featured in the “Super Smash Bros.” series of games.



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