Mr. Game and Watch
SSB Mr. Game & Watch
Artwork from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U
Series Game & Watch series
First game Ball (1980)
Created by Gunpei Yokoi
Quotes • Gallery

Mr. Game & Watch (Mr.ゲーム&ウォッチ, Misutā Gēmu ando Wotchi) is a Nintendo video game character. He is the signature character of the handheld Game and Watch games.

He's been featured in a large number of titles, and has appeared as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Mr. Game & Watch first appeared in the Game & Watch video game Ball, a title in which the player must simultaneously juggle three balls at once. The character has also starred in the Game & Watch Gallery video game series where he appeared in the "classic" versions of the games (while Mario characters replaced him in the remade versions).

Mr. Game & Watch can refer to multiple different characters. In the various video games that he's appeared in, there are often times multiple different characters that all look the same and are referred to as Mr. Game & Watch. Even in the Subspace Emissary mode in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, several Mr Game & Watches appear. It should be noted that not all Game & Watch games star Mr. Game & Watch. Some of them feature popular Nintendo characters such as Mario and Link, while others feature characters that, while sometimes unnamed, are distinct enough from Mr. Game & Watch to be their own character.

Typically all Mr. Game & Watches have the same look. They're a silhouette of a man with a large nose, a thin body and big hands and feet. Their appearance has been closely retained in most of the titles, though minor alterations have been implemented. In Fire Attack, for example, the characters in the game are dressed up like cowboys and Indians. In some of the later Game & Watch titles, artwork was provided for the character that gave him a more human look. Many Game & Watch instruction manuals, including the one for Ball, refer to the character as a puppet.


Game & Watch games

MG&W Ball Ball In Ball, Mr. Game & Watch's first video game, the character must juggle three balls. The balls gradually gain speed. The game's instruction manual describes the character as a "doll".
MG&W Flagman Flagman Mr. Game & Watch took on a distinct look in Flagman, dressing up like a pirate.
MG&W Vermin Vermin Mr. Game & Watch wields two hammers in Vermin that he uses against pesky moles. He has hair and no nose in this game.
MG&W Fire Fire Fire is the first game in which multiple Mr. Game & Watches appear. The player controls two firemen whose goal is to save the characters from the burning building.
MG&W Judge Judge Two Mr. Game & Watches appear in Judge, the final Silver Game & Watch game.
MG&W Manhole Manhole In Manhole, Mr. Game & Watch has to cover up manholes to prevent pedestrians from falling into them.
MG&W Helmet Helmet In Helmet, Mr. Game & Watch obviously wears a helmet with no eyes.
MG&W Lion Lion There are two Mr. Game & Watches here; they both must keep a lion inside its cage.
MG&W Parachute Parachute While the Mr. Game & Watch in the boat has eyes, the ones with parachutes don't.
MG&W Octopus Octopus In this game, Mr. Game & Watch wears a old-fashioned helmet.
MG&W Chef Chef In Chef, Mr. Game & Watch wears a chef garment.
MG&W TB Turtle Bridge
MG&W FA Fire Attack Mr. Game & Watch must keep his house from burning down.
MG&W OP Oil Panic Here, Mr. Game & Watch wears a gas station uniform.
MG&W Greenhouse Greenhouse The box-art of Greenhouse gave Mr. Game & Watch a more human like appearance while still retaining some of his more prominent physical features such as his large nose. Future titles would continue this trend.
MG&W Rainshower Rain Shower
MG&W Lifeboat Life Boat

Super Smash Bros. series

Mr. Game & Watch has appeared as a playable character in both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl. His moves are as follows:


Subspace Emissary

False G&W

False Game & Watches in the Subspace Emissary.

In the Subspace Emissary in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, it is revealed that Mr. Game and Watch's body produce Shadow Bugs. When Tabuu found out about this he used the Shadow Bugs to make many clones of Mr. Game and Watch, whom he put in control of the Battleship Halberd, as well as the other members of the Subspace Army.

Mr. Game and Watch is unaware of the concept of good and evil, and don't revolt against him. When Meta Knight regains control of the battleship, Snake knocks all the Mr. Game and Watches down to the bridge where they melt into Shadow Bugs and then form into Duon. Once he is defeated by the group of heroes a Mr. Game and Watch trophy is left behind. Fox grabs his blaster to destroy it, but Peach stops him and instead brings it back to life. She then gives Mr. Game and Watch her parasol to make him feel better and he happily joins the team.

Trophy descriptions

The following are Mr. Game & Watch's trophy descriptions:

Super Smash Bros. Melee (Classic)

"First appearing in 1980, the Game & Watch series is the father of all portable liquid crystal games. The main character is simple and monochrome but has a timeless individuality. There are 39 different games in the series and they've sold over 43 million units worldwide. Pictured at left is the particularly popular Fire model."

Super Smash Bros. Melee (Adventure)

"A resident of a totally flat world, Mr. Game & Watch's frame-by-frame movement is distinctive. His image is known far and wide and respected by gamers everywhere. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, he hurls sausages with his Chef technique. The random strength of his Judgment is determined by the number displayed; food appears on lucky 7."
Mr. Game and Watch FS

The Final Smash Trophy in Brawl.

Super Smash Bros. Melee (All-Star)

"A man of great stature in the world of Nintendo characters, Mr. Game & Watch is a comparatively light fellow and doesn't feature many powerful attacks. When he's in danger of falling, Fire calls out a rescue brigade to send him skyward once more. He can also catch missile weapons with Oil Panic; once he's caught three, he can dump the bucket on his foes."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

"A man of great stature in the world of Nintendo characters, Mr. Game & Watch is a comparatively light fellow and doesn't feature many powerful attacks. When he's in danger of falling, Fire calls out a rescue brigade to send him skyward once more. He can also catch missile weapons with Oil Panic; once he's caught three, he can dump the bucket on his foes."

Super Smash Bros. Brawl (Octopus)

"Mr. Game & Watch's Final Smash. He turns into the huge cephalopod that made its debut in the Game & Watch game Octopus. Of course, you can damage enemies by running into them, but you can do more damage by pressing the attack button to extend four arms and launch foes. In the original Octopus game, you had to avoid the octopus while salvaging treasure from the sea."

Donkey Kong Country Returns

Mr. Game & Watch makes an appearance in the background of a factory level in this game. He is seen with the Judge motif in 7-1 Foggy Fumes.

Rhythm Heaven Fever

Mr. Game and Watch makes a cameo appearence in a Rhythm Heaven Fever minigame titled Working Dough, which is a reference to Mario's Cement Factory in itself.

Nintendo 3DS Sound

Two Mr. Game and Watches make an appearance on one of the Nintendo 3DS Sound's visualizations while listening to music. You can take control by moving the circle pad. What you do after that is move one of the Mr. Game & Watch around so he can dribble (a) ball(s) that get tossed at him by the Mr. Game & Watch. You score a point each time a ball hits Mr. Game & Watch's head and the game is over after all the balls hit the ground. This was the first time two Mr. Game & Watches are in Stereoscopic 3D and had shadows.

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