These are not made by Nintendo. Rather, the series are key chain mini games with many titles from the Game & Watch series licensed by Nintendo. I bought four but one of them, Super Mario, broke soon after unpacking.
These Mini Classics are far less collectible than the real Game & Watch, although they are fun to keep around. Because they were not manufactured by Nintendo (I believe all the Game & Watches were made in Japan), the build quality is wanting.
These collectible little games are pricey on eBay! So many people want them. Here are the four from the 80s that I have got so far (plus the 2011 Club Nintendo G&W Ball reissue, not displayed here). I guess I just need to be patient.
[The black box in the middle is the 3rd-gen Apple TV.]
I received one more Game & Watch game today, this time Mickey & Donald from the Multi Screen series (model no. DM-53, first released in November 1982). The only thing is I now think I overpaid for it on eBay…
The gameplay itself is quite silly, with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck working together to extinguish a fire. But who amongst us doesn’t like to see Mickey once in a while? And when was the last time Nintendo put a Disney character in a first-party game?
The very first game in history to feature the D-pad is now in my collection: Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (model no. DK-52, releases in June 1982). It looks really nice. The gameplay is simple (and easy on the Game A mode), but it’s a real piece of gaming history.
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.