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April 19, 2011

Pap the Disney Gamer's Highlights: Disney's Game and Watch Games

Developed by: Nintendo

System: Game and Watch

Just like with The Sorcerer's Apprentice Atari game, whenever I do research for future Gamer Tuesday articles I tend to find some really obscure, nearly forgotten Disney games that are treasures of Disney memorabilia. So imagine my surprise when I learned that there were Mickey Mouse Game and Watch units made.

What is Game and Watch you ask? Well, I am glad you asked! Game and Watch is a series of handheld games created by Nintendo (known for systems like the Wii and the recently released 3DS, as well as franchises as the Super Mario series and more) and released throughout the 80s. It was one of Nintendo's first forays into the video game market after years of being a toy and card game manufacturer, and it was a really successful lineup of games.

The Game and Watch series consisted on handheld games that contained a single game. These were meant to be simple diversions rather than elaborate gameplay sessions, but they got the job done as they were really popular back in the day. So much so that Nintendo keeps honoring the legacy of the handhelds through various mediums, including re-releasing the Game and Watch games as Game Boy titles, releasing special Game and Watch editions for collectors and even creating a character called Mr. Game and Watch for the Super Smash Bros. series of games.

The Mickey Mouse Game and Watch game was developed by Nintendo and released on October 1, 1981. The game had Mickey juggling eggs, a game idea originally seen in the G&W unit Ball. If a player misses an egg, it will fall and the game will end. If you choose Game B, the game will play much faster.

The physical unit was colored gold and red, it had the picture of Mickey Mouse on it along with the Nintendo and Game and Watch logos and underneath the screen it said "Walt Disney Productions."

Mickey Mouse G&W was a really successful system, selling 1,200,000 units at the time of release.

There was a second Disney Game and Watch unit released called Mickey and Donald, released in November of 1982, and it was also developed by Nintendo. This time, the unit featured two screens (similar to the design of the modern Nintendo DS handheld). You played as both Mickey and Donald as they try to put out the fire in a building.

Once again, it is amazing what you find when you do a little research. It goes to show you that Disney's presence knows no limit, and you may find Disney's magic where you least expect it, making it a fascinating piece of history for everyone to enjoy.



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