Game & Watch Gallery review

  • Updated versions of each original
  • Super addictive
  • Basically eight games in one
  • Games just continue until you lose
  • Older versions aren't quite as fun
  • Wishing others G&W games were included

Price: $2.99
Size: 36 Blocks
First Released: 1997

Well before the Game Boy even existed, Nintendo’s LCD Game & Watch handhelds were considered the top choice for portable gaming – and the built in alarm clocks were handy too. But with only one game included per handheld unit, it was tough to bring your full game collection on the go. When the line was replaced by its higher powered cousin, bundling a handful of the best Game & Watch games onto one Game Boy cartridge was a great way to enjoy the classics long after the original units kicked the bucket. The activities in Game & Watch Gallery are still amazingly fun even after all these years.

Part of the reason the collection holds up so well is Nintendo included an updated version of each game with overhauled Game Boy era graphics featuring popular characters like Mario, Peach, Luigi, and other fan favorites in re-mastered variations. These fun reboots appear alongside the original games, and they definitely beef up the longevity of the package. Though there are two versions of each game, they’re different enough to make it feel like eight separate games, and when you figure there are two difficulty settings for each version, that’s a lot of content for a few bucks.

In Fire, Mario and Luigi team up to save bouncing rescuees that leap out of a burning castle. Moving left and right to make sure you’re underneath each character as they fall turns into a crazy juggling act. Manhole stars Yoshi, who must keep four bridges above and below him from collapsing as other characters parade back and forth. Octopus has Mario pimped out in scuba gear trying to wrench treasure from the mitts of a ticked-off cephalopod. Then there’s the more elaborate Oil Panic, where you have Mario working to capture falling oil and feed it to Yoshi before it spills everywhere. The originals are more simplistic, featuring the stickfigure-like Mr. Game & Watch, but they’re all great examples of how simple games can be seriously addictive. This is an awesome collection that still has some serious time-killing potential.

Jul 26, 2011

More Info

Available Platforms: 3DS, Game Boy
Genre: Other Games/Compilations
Franchise: Mario


  • LOZ4EVAH - July 27, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    First comment! Whooo. Loved the Game Boy ones.
  • SausageLozenge - July 27, 2011 2:24 a.m.

    I have all of the Game and Watch Collections for the DS that were released only on the Nintendo Club. They are pretty awesome. Love to try these updated versions.
  • zonic505 - July 27, 2011 3:21 a.m.

    I played this so much during my childhood. I was so good at Manhole, I got 1,000 points & unlocked Hard Mode. I cannot wait for G&WG 2 & 3 to be added as well.
  • normalguy417 - July 27, 2011 4:13 a.m.

    This was the first gameboy game I ever owned. I still think anything over 1.99 is too much for some of these original gameboy games, but I guess nintendo is getting closer?
  • BigWillis - July 27, 2011 1:39 p.m.

    I had this on Gameboy. I think it was this one anyway, it might have been volume 2 or something, I can't really remember. Anyway, £2.99 is a bit steep for the gameplay, especially when it's just an ancient ROM with the bare minimum of improvement (save states).
  • Gotxxrock - July 27, 2011 2:09 p.m.

    First gameboy game I ever had along with Warioland, Donkey Kong, and Tetris. I remember spending hours as a seven year old playing this game. At the pace that Nintendo's going, I may have all my classics back again. This is why I bought the Nintendo 3DS

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