The Super Mario Bros. is above all a collector’s item – Destructoid

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I wouldn’t mind seeing one for every birthday

Nintendo is going strong on Mario’s 35th birthday. We have already obtained Super Mario Bros. 35, Mario 3D All-Stars, and Mario Kart Live, but there is more to come.

Nintendo just released the Game & Watch Super Mario Bros. handheld last weekend, and we put it to the test a bit. $ 50 is a lot to spend for two NES Mario titles, a classic Game and watch mini-game and a clock: but collectors will probably like it.

The presentation is quite elegant, as evidenced by the case it comes in. If you take a look at the gallery below, you can see the translucent case, which adds a cute touch. Mario-themed festivities in the mix. The box itself could be displayed (including its hilarious ‘soft cartoon violence’ text alongside the ESRB rating.

This thing is small, measuring 67mm high, 112mm long and 12mm deep. It is also light, with a score of 0.15 pounds. It sports a classic NES-style d-pad and an “A / B” button layout, as well as buttons for swapping games (“playing”), triggering the clock setting (“time”) and accessing the clock. main menu (“pause / set”). The screen is an LCD.

As a pack-in, you’ll get a 12 ” AC-type USB cable for charging, and that’s about it (the AC adapter, as is customary with many modern electronic devices, is sold separately). It sports a lithium-ion battery that lasts around eight hours (more than enough to play retro games) and it takes around three and a half hours to charge.

One of the coolest things about the handheld is the clock, as it has the potential to feature 35 different animations, including guests like Shyguys who aren’t in the games included. A second hand which is a tiny pixel that spins around the screen is cute too. Unfortunately, when trying to use it as a permanent clock, I found that the unit automatically goes to sleep after a period of non-use. Great for most people, not great for me in this case.

We talked at length about the two elements included Mario front games (Mario 1, lost levels), but suffice to say that the original is an absolute classic and Lost levels certainly has its place in Mario the story. I found myself going through the entire original Mario once again as if nothing had happened. There is also a very basic mini-game “ball” with Mario’s guest; intended to pay homage to the original Game and watch series. You may remember that Nintendo reissued “ball” already in 2010 with their Club Nintendo exclusive pocket computer.

The options are limited, with concessions for sound and light levels, as well as the ability to reset each game. The unit supports resuming where you left off in each game (when you trade) despite l ‘absence of a formal “state of safeguard” system. If you want, you can switch between the three. A handful of little secrets and tips are the icing on the cake.

Love the design, love the form factor and how new it is: I just wish there were more games included. Having attended many conventions and seen many active participants in the modding and preservation circuit of the game, I know that it would be very easy for anyone to create their own version. As it stands, I only feel comfortable recommending this one to collectors.

But considering that there are millions of us out there, I think it will be just fine. Now give me a Zelda anniversary unit with Zelda 1 + 2 (and more!). Or one Metroid a. Or… you get the picture. These hugely optional new additions are a fun way to celebrate the past, as long as you’re willing to pay Nintendo Tax.

[These impressions are based on a retail build of the hardware provided by the manufacturer.]

Chris Carter

Director of Reviews, Co-EIC – Chris has been a avid fan of Destructoid since 2008. He finally decided to take the next step, create an account and start blogging in January 2009. Now he’s on staff!



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