I finally received my first vintage Game & Watch game – in 20 years! I’m sure I had a couple of G&W games a long time ago but it was only a couple months back that I decided to start collecting these slowly. I already have a Club Nintendo re-issue of Game & Watch Ball from 2010. (I have to say I got the re-issue only because I couldn’t pick any other Club reward at the time. But boy am I now glad I chose it!)
I ordered this used Donkey Kong Jr. (New Wide Screen, model DJ-101, released in Oct. 1982) on eBay a couple of weeks ago and the seller sent it from Japan. I would have received it Monday except the USPS screwed up the delivery. Luckily I ran into our regular mailman today and found out how to retrieve the package from the local sort facility. USPS really sucks.
I also had to buy two new SR44-equivalent batteries in order to power up my first vintage Game & Watch game. While the game works well and the LCD shows no issues, I probably should have bought one that’s closer to the new condition. Mine has a lot of wear and scruff from the previous owner(s), to the point of being cosmetically ugly. It arrived quite dirty on the plastic case, too, so I had to use some sanitary wipe to clean it. I’m still quite happy, because this is a game that had the directional buttons arranged in a plus manner but without being an actual D-pad.
Next up, I should be receiving a Game & Watch Donkey Kong soon. I’m very excited about that one because it was the first game, ever, that features the modern D-pad, invented by Gunpei Yokoi, the engineer behind the G&W series and the legendary Game Boy handheld.