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Hardware Classics: Game & Watch JR-55 - Donkey Kong II

Game & Watch JR-55 - Donkey Kong II

A multi-screen masterpiece

Before the Nintendo DS, Game Boy Advance and even the Game Boy, portable gaming was all about Nintendo's Game & Watch series. The brainchild of Nintendo engineer Gunpei Yokoi - who apparently came up with the idea after seeing a Japanese businessman playing around with his pocket calculator during his journey to work...

News: Prepare To Be Jealous At This Amazing Nintendo Collection

Prepare To Be Jealous At This Amazing Nintendo Collection

Japanese collector Isao Yamazaki shows off his stunning haul

As we move towards a totally digital age, the attraction of collecting physical gaming media is going to become even more unusual - pretty soon, there will be kids who don't understand the concept of actually buying a physical cartridge. Thankfully, so long as people like Isao Yamazaki...

News: Thirty Years of Nintendo Handhelds Stem from Make-Up Cases

Thirty Years of Nintendo Handhelds Stem from Make-Up Cases

Clamshell design inspired by compacts

The most recent Iwata Asks article is a fascinating insight into the development of the Game & Watch series, showing off unseen design documents and now revealing the origins of the system's iconic style that lives on through Nintendo's current and next-gen handhelds. But where did the folding feature originate? In the gaming world's most natural partner of..

News: These Game & Watch Documents are All Kinds of Amazing

These Game & Watch Documents are All Kinds of Amazing

Black and white and oh so right

Currently enjoying a resurgence due to many rereleases on DSiWare, Nintendo's portable Game & Watch consoles are the subject of the latest Iwata Asks over at Nintendo Japan's site. Most of the development team, minus the late Gunpei Yokoi, dropped by on Mr Iwata to chat about these seminal titles and hardware and brought along some unseen documents detailing..

Feature: Becoming a Nintendo Game & Watch Collector

Becoming a Nintendo Game & Watch Collector

We ask the experts about collecting this vintage format

Given the durable nature of the Game & Watch range, the appealing design of the casing and the desirable Nintendo branding, it’s little surprise that a truly hardcore collecting scene has risen up over the past few years. The reasons for this differ depending on which collector you happen to speak with. “For most of today’s..

Feature: The History of the Nintendo Game & Watch

The History of the Nintendo Game & Watch

We take a look at the LCD range that sparked a portable revolution

When you look back on the history of video games it’s not uncommon to discover amusing anecdotes regarding defining moments in the industry. For example, rumour has it that Namco’s Pac-man was conceived when creator Toru Iwatani glanced at a pizza with one slice missing and...

News: Japanese Club Nintendo Members Get Game & Watch Goodness

Japanese Club Nintendo Members Get Game & Watch Goodness

Retro-themed freebies = WIN

Western Nintendo fans are used to getting rubbish gifts from Club Nintendo while their Japanese cousins take home some seriously amazing kit, but this latest news is especially depressing for anyone outside the Land of the Rising Sun. Nintendo of Japan is offering actual Game & Watch "Ball" units to Platinum members. The units are replicas of the very first..