Nintendo is leaning hard into nostalgia this year, and its latest retro gadget takes it all the way back to 1980.
The Japanese gaming company announced it would re-release Game + Watch, the handheld sensation that put Nintendo on the map 40 years ago, CNN reported.
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First introduced in 1980 and produced until 1991, Game + Watch was a series of handheld games — 59 in all — that Nintendo sold before the Game Boy took over the world. Unlike the Game Boy, the black-and-white Game + Watch games could only play a single game each.
The new Game + Watch, made to look like the original with all its ’80s styling, is decidedly more modern — it has a color LCD screen and a rechargeable battery with a USB-C connector. It will play three games: “Super Mario Bros.,” “Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels” and “Ball (the Mario version).”
Like every Game + Watch device that came out after 1981, the new one can also become an alarm clock with the tap of a button. This time, the clock features 35 different screen-saver scenes of Mario interacting with the clock.
Although Game + Watch wasn’t Nintendo’s first video game attempt, it was its first successful one, paving the way for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985 and the Game Boy in 1989.
The Game + Watch isn’t as celebrated