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Nintendo launches new novelty gaming system for 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros

Nintendo announced that in celebration of the 35th anniversary of Super Mario Bros, the company launched a new novelty gaming system called the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros.

The console is a reboot of the original Game & Watch system that was released in 1980 — the company’s very first handheld gaming console.

The set-up of the cole is very simple with the new version including the classic design with an updated LCD screen. The gadget can also function as a clock.

This time around it rolled out gold and red model which can run several Super Mario titles with colour.

The clock in an extremely compact form-factor which measures just over 10cm wide and around 7cm high, and offers a simple four-key D-pad alongside five soft-touch buttons.

Two of these are used for in-game controls, while the other three allow for switching between the device’s Game and Watch modes, as well as pausing the game and setting the clock.

Mode features

In Watch mode, a Super-Mario themed digital clock is displayed which features 35 animations of the plumbing protagonist running around different locations in the Mushroom Kingdom.

Switching to Game mode, users can choose to play the original NES version of Super Mario Bros, or its sequel Super Mario Bros: Lost Levels.

To power the system, it packs a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides 8 hours of playtime. This can be charged through its USB-C port in around 3.5 hours.

Pricing and availability

The console goes on sale from 13 November from the Nintendo Distributor South Africa online store. for R1,299.

This limited edition system will continue to be shipped to retailers through approximately 31 March 2021, Nintendo stated.


Written by: Gabriella Steyn.

Guzzle Media