Super Mario Bros. for the Game & Watch was a game that was released on the Crystal Screen and New Wide Screen unit. While the exact date of its release is unknown, it can be confirmed that it was released sometime in June of 1986 and March of 1988. A special edition of the game, which came with a winner certificate, a license card, and battery cover stickers, and a copy of the game in a Diskun-shaped case was given away in August of 1987.


The gameplay is similar to the NES video game of the same name, though it is simpler due to being released on a more limited platform. In this game, Mario goes from left to right, jumping across platforms and over obstacles in order to save Princess Peach.

Most of the levels in this game are auto-scrolling, a first for the Mario series. After the first loop of 8 levels, enemies start to appear, them being Bullet Bills and Lakitus that drop hammers.

Due to the limitations of the LCD technology, Luigi, Mario's brother, was not playable as he was in the NES variant.

Special edition

The special edition version of the game that was mentioned above was given away to winners of a competition Nintendo held in 1987. There were four categories and the first 1500 participants of each category won the game while 1000 others of each category randomly won the game, meaning a total of 10,000 copies were given away. The game came in a nice looking Diskun case, and the actual unit was yellow. It also came with a License card that featured either an A, a B or a C depending on how well the person performed in the contest.

Edition Differences

Most of the games that were released under the Game & Watch name have had some sort of box alteration. Super Mario Bros'. the only difference in edition was a placement of a barcode. This is noted on the site as some collectors intend to find both editions of each Game & Watch video game - some features more dramatic differences than this. Also, note that this refers exclusively to the New Wide Screen version of the game - the Crystal screen edition featured no differences.

Other information

  • A mini classic model of the game was also released in 1998. The game resembled a Game Boy and featured a key chain.
  • A cheat in the game will allow the player to start on level 3-1. To do this, just simply hold the JUMP button and press the GAME button.
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