Release: June 19, 1981
Sales: 250, 000-1, 000, 000
Model Number: PR-21
Parachute is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Wide Screen series on June 19, 1981. It was the first game in the Wide Screen series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.
The player controls a character in a boat and has to prevent parachutists from landing in shark-infested waters. A life is lost every time the player fails to do this. In Game B, the parachutes can get stuck in trees.
Parachute was recreated in Game & Watch Gallery 2 for Game Boy Color, Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance, and Game & Watch Collection 2 for the Nintendo DS (a Club Nintendo-exclusive).
In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mr. Game & Watch has a move which opens a parachute, referencing Parachute. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mr. Game & Watch has a move called “Fire”, which has two firemen launch him upwards with a trampoline, referencing Fire. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, after performing “Fire” in the same way as in Super Smash Bros. Melee, he then floats down with a parachute, referencing Parachute.
In March 2010, Takara Tomy released officially licensed Game & Watch-styled keychains based on three different Wide Screen Game & Watch models, one of which was Parachute. It does not actually run the game, instead just displaying a demo screen. While the game cannot be played, the speed at which the demo runs can be adjusted. The batteries are recharged with solar panels on the unit.