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LCD Gaming is Resurrected in Retro Pocket on DSiWare

Posted by Damien McFerran

New downloadable title channels the spirit of Nintendo's Game & Watch range

Nintendo's Game & Watch series was the precursor to the Game Boy and introduced many fledgling players to the concept of portable entertainment. The simplistic yet addictive LCD games captivated a generation, and they're due for a comeback courtesy of UFO Interactive's Retro Pocket.

A DSiWare-based collection of tributes to old Game & Watch titles, Retro Pocket is due out in North America on the 20th of September. It will cost 500 DSi Points, or $4.99 if you're downloading via the 3DS eShop.

The games include:

  • Kung Fu Hero
  • Watch Your Head
  • Egg Drop
  • Fireman
  • Postman
  • Fuel Drop
  • Whale Escape
  • Candy Factory

Eagle-eyed retro players will spot a few connections to old Game & Watch games there, which bodes well for the overall quality of the package. We'll be giving it the full review treatment when it launches later this month, but in the meantime, check out the trailer below.

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User Comments (22)

Omega

#3

Omega said:

I'm glad that I don't have to play these anymore. But it's interesting that people are always pleased with the display of outdated technology.

Morpheel

#4

Morpheel said:

I hope this one is good.

I wonder why every single character is the same blonde dude.

MeloMan

#12

MeloMan said:

So they're keeping the programming from Johnny Kung Fu's LCD portions since the game as a whole was bad? Might actually be a smart move... but then again, it is UFO...

warvad

#14

warvad said:

Wow this looks awesome! I've always loved G&W games, and it's so cool to see games that restrict themselves to earlier technical specs.

...Having the patience to play G&W games today is an entirely different story, though...

TrueWiiMaster

#15

TrueWiiMaster said:

Is there any reason to get this over Game and Watch Gallery 1 and/or 2, which are already available for $3 and $4 respectively, and feature the true Game and Watch games rather than "a few connections to old Game & Watch games"?

Henmii

#17

Henmii said:

I don't know if it's something for me, but the music at the start was lovely!

SirSmugleaf

#19

SirSmugleaf said:

I was fairly excited........ Then I saw UFO Interactive in the text.
That means that it'll likely suck...
...But it does look impressive!
Well, I was impressed by the first trailer of Johnny Kung Fu, and you all know how that game turned out...

Donjwolf

#21

Donjwolf said:

Pretty cool, but then I already have the DSIware G&W games so I should just continue to play those.

spamineggs

#22

spamineggs said:

ok, I'm interested. I loved my LCD games in the past (still have a few) and this just collects them in one handy spot. also, i hope the "shadow" images of the LCD display aren't as defined as in this video, it was kinda confusing in the Kung-Fu Hero game...

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