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nib0

There's been positive reception and buzz around both the Mario and Zelda versions of the Game & Watch, with the devices dropping at the holidays and making great stocking stuffers.

With the release and success of Metroid Dread, Nintendo has put a spotlight on 2D Metroid to an extent that has surprised and pleased many fans.

2022 will be the 35th anniversary of the original Metroid's release in North America. Metroid is not as much of a juggernaut as Mario and Zelda but is certainly iconic and deserving of a Game & Watch.

If a Metroid Game & Watch were announced, it would contain at the very least Metroid (NES), Metroid 2 (Game Boy), and a reworked Game & Watch game. The inclusion of Super Metroid is probably wishful thinking.

Given all the attention on Metroid with the series' revival and Metroid Prime 4 on the way, I'd say there's at least a 50-50 chance of a Metroid Game & Watch coming out next year. What do you think?

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CactusMan

@nib0 I don´t think it´ll happen, Metroid isn´t realy that popular compared to Mario and Zelda. Then there are only 2 Metroid games that would run decent on that hardware.
Only one that I could see happening is a Kirby Game & Watch.

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@CactusMan I could see them do a Donkey Kong one as a limited release through their website. Kinda like Game And Watch Ball.

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Silly_G

I can definitely see a Kirby one happening. Donkey Kong with the NES and GB games would be pretty neat too.

But what I really want is something similar (unlikely to be “Game and Watch” branded though), but for Pokémon with all of the Gen I and II games on it. Even better if it comes with an NFC reader (and an amiibo card or figurine) that can be used to transfer Pokémon from the games over to a future Pokémon game on Switch (or directly to Pokémon HOME).

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Eel

A metroid one could work if they combined it with kid Icarus. Being somewhat sister series with similar gameplay with releases that mirror each other.

Donkey Kong would work nicely too, that series has plenty of games.

Pokémon is a bit more wishful thinking, but imagine if they made a red one and a blue one. Make each one come with their respective first Gen game, plus pinball, puzzle league and/or TCG. Add trading via USB C or Bluetooth and it’ll be the hottest toy.

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Balta666

No... (I would like it though)

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While I'd definitely be in the market for a Metroid Game & Watch - Metroid II: Return of Samus is ironically what roped me into the series (Thanks Club Nintendo) - I don't find it very likely. While Metroid is certainly in the spotlight thanks to Dread, I still feel that the series doesn't have the same imprint as Mario and Zelda. I'd love to eat my words though.

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Pokémon is a bit more wishful thinking, but imagine if they made a red one and a blue one. Make each one come with their respective first Gen game, plus pinball, puzzle league and/or TCG. Add trading via USB C or Bluetooth and it’ll be the hottest toy.

Darn it, now I want this. XD

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Don

The Game & Watch releases in my opinion is a step backwards. I mean we already were able to play Super Mario Bros, Lost Levels, Zelda 1, 2 and Link’s Awakening on 3DS via virtual console (Ok maybe Link’s Awakening release is alright since this is the first time the original black and white version got a re-release. Instead of offering Gamecube titles on current system, we keep getting the same games that we are paying for over and over that had numerous re-releases (The NES Mario and Zelda games had at least 5 re-releases on GBA, Wii, Wii U, 3DS and classic edition console not counting the Switch and G&W release). As for whether we will get a G&W of Metroid, probably not since this year is the series’ 35th anniversary but maybe Kirby for 2022. But seriously Nintendo, give us Gamecube games already!

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Don wrote:

The Game & Watch releases in my opinion is a step backwards. I mean we already were able to play Super Mario Bros, Lost Levels, Zelda 1, 2 and Link’s Awakening on 3DS via virtual console (Ok maybe Link’s Awakening release is alright since this is the first time the original black and white version got a re-release. Instead of offering Gamecube titles on current system, we keep getting the same games that we are paying for over and over that had numerous re-releases (The NES Mario and Zelda games had at least 5 re-releases on GBA, Wii, Wii U, 3DS and classic edition console not counting the Switch and G&W release). As for whether we will get a G&W of Metroid, probably not since this year is the series’ 35th anniversary but maybe Kirby for 2022. But seriously Nintendo, give us Gamecube games already!

The Game & Watches are commemorative products. They are made for retro collectors to be put on display and are not the most viable way to play these games. But I agree that Nintendo should make its back catalogue more readily available on the Switch.

Nintendo has tied its Game & Watch releases to legacy properties celebrating anniversaries. 2022 will be Kirby’s 30th anniversary, so its certainly possible that it could get a Game & Watch as well. 2021 is technically the 35th anniversary of Metroid, although according to Nintendo of America’s promotional material, the series began in 1987 with its North American release and thus 2022 could be an opportunity to mark the series in some way. The same is true for Kid Icarus, but I doubt Nintendo would give it the Game & Watch treatment.

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