|Mario's Cement Factory|
|Release date(s)|| June 16, 1983 (NWS)|
April 28, 1983
|Platform(s)||Game & Watch|
Mario's Cement Factory is a Game & Watch video game released on the New Wide Screen and Tabletop format in 1983 (for both versions). The game starred, as the name suggests, Mario. For the New Wide Screen version, Nintendo produced an estimated 750,000 copies of the game. The amount that they made for the Tabletop version is unknown. The model number for the New Wide Screen version was ML-102, while the Tabletop's was CM-72. The model number for Cement Factory has caused some confusion, though it was revealed later than in a German magazine, an image of the game was shown and the logo read "Concrete Mixer", suggesting that the game was initially going to be called that, and explaining the model number. Within the New Wide Screen's version box was the actual game, LR44 batteries, a caution leaflet, and battery stickers.
In the game, you'll control Mario who'll pull levers to make sure that the cement goes into the mixers. The gameplay is for the same in both versions. A Miniclassics version of the game was released in 1998 which had a keychain connected to it. The game was included as a game in Game Boy Gallery for the Game Boy, and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for the Game Boy Advance. The game was also reissued as a Nintendo Mini Classics title.
In the game, you control a character in a cement factory. You start at the upper left hand corner of the screen. In the middle, platforms are dropping down on the left side and going up on the right side. Meanwhile, buckets of cement are about to go in the mixers, though there are machines blocking the cement so that they can't go all of the way down. As the player, you have to make sure that the machines don't overflow with cement, and use the lever to make the cement drop the machine below. After you pull the other lever, then the cement will go into the mixer. There are four machines, two on each side. If you fall into the middle without a platform there to support you, then you will loose a life. If the machine fills up with too much cement, then you will also loose a life.
Game & Watch Gallery 4 versionEdit
In Game & Watch Gallery 4 for the Game Boy Advance, you will play as Mario. Instead of cement, Mario seems to be making various types of cookies that appeared in the game Yoshi's Cookie. At the bottom of both sides are Yoshi and Toad, who wrap the food, which is in the shape of various items. On Yoshi's side, instead of wrapping the food up, Yoshi will uncontrollably eat the cookie. The Game & Watch Gallery 4 version is a bit more forgiving than the Game & Watch version. If you drop in the middle, you won't exactly die unless you reach the very bottom. It's also a lot easier to control, with more fluid animations and a better understanding of what you're supposed to do.
When the gamer is selecting which game to play in the menu, a short scene will play if the player keeps the selection on Mario's Cement Factory. In it, Yoshi and Toad will be making dough of some sorts and placing it on a conveyor belt. Suddenly, a Boo will come and steal Toad's dough, which will cause him to start crying, and drop it on Yoshi's head, after which Boo will have an excited and satisfied look on his face.