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On This Day in Nintendo History: Game & Watch; Ball; Snoopy Tennis; Donkey Kong Junior; Mario’s Cement Factory and more

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On this day (April 28) in Nintendo history…

  • The Game & Watch series was released from 1980 in Japan. This series of handheld electronic games, developed by Nintendo R&D1, was produced by Nintendo from 1980 to 1991. Created by game designer Gunpei Yokoi, each Game & Watch features a single game to be played on an LCD screen in addition to a clock, an alarm, or both. It was the earliest Nintendo video game product to gain major success. The units are based on a 4-bit CPU from the Sharp SM5xx family, that include a small ROM and RAM area and an LCD screen driver circuit, although prior to the emulation in MAME there was a misconception in that every unit used a custom ASIC instead of a proper microcontroller. The series sold a combined of 43.4 million units worldwide. The Game & Watch made handheld video games vastly popular. Many toy companies followed in the footsteps of Game & Watch, such as Tiger Electronics and their Star Wars themed games. Nintendo's Game & Watch units were eventually superseded by the original Game Boy.

  • Ball was released in 1980 for the Game & Watch Silver in Japan. In this action game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, move the doll's hands left and right to catch the balls as they come back down. As you get more points, the balls get faster.

  • Snoopy Tennis was released in 1982 for the Game & Watch Wide Screen in Japan. In this action game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, Charlie Brown and Snoopy are playing tennis. Charlie is hitting the balls and Snoopy has to climb onto the branches of the tree and swing his racket to return them. You score 2 points for every ball returned from Charlie Brown and 3 points for every ball returned from Lucy. If you miss then the ball breaks some bottles. Three misses and the game ends.

  • Donkey Kong Junior was released in 1983 for the Game & Watch Table Top in Japan. In this action game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, Mario has captured Donkey Kong, and it's up to his son, Donkey Kong Junior, to carry the key from the start to DK's lock, dodging fierce birds along the way. Junior can climb the vines up and down the platforms to reach higher ground. He can use Umbrellas to rise up and balloons to drift downwards to reach DK's lock. Open all four locks to free DK and receive a bonus score.

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  • Mario's Cement Factory was released in 1983 for the Game & Watch Table Top in Japan. In this action game, developed by Nintendo R&D1, cement is being fed into hoppers from chutes at the top of the screen. Mario has to move up and down on the moving platforms to pull the levers on the hoppers, passing the cement to the waiting trucks below. Each hopper can only hold three loads of cement before spilling over onto the truck drivers. Keep moving and don't let any of the hoppers overflow.

  • VS. Clu Clu Land was released in 1992 for the Family Computer Disk System in Japan. This puzzle game, developed by Nintendo, is a port of the arcade version. The game includes a number of new features, including a choice of Beginner and Expert modes, new images to uncover, and the arrival of the Boss Unira when you defeat many of the smaller Unira. This was also available in Animal Crossing, where it was given the name Clu Clu Land D in the U.S. and Europe.

  • The Tower SP was released in 2005 for the Game Boy Advance in Japan. In this construction and management simulation remake of the PC's SimTower, developed by Vivarium, the player is tasked to construct a tower for their company boss, Yama. Perhaps due to the limitations of the Game Boy Advance's system, the "Tower" status (the highest available tower rating) is obtained with a population of 2000 people; a goal which is quite hard considering the height limit for the building is 50 floors (35 floors for the commercial tower).

  • The first wave of Kirby amiibo was released in 2016 in Japan and included Kirby; King Dedede; Meta Knight and Waddle Dee.

What are you favourite memories of these games? How do you think they hold up today? Hash it out in the comments.

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