|Super Mario Bros. (Game & Watch)|
|Release date(s)|| CS: June 25, 1986|
NWS: March 8, 1988
|Platform(s)||Game & Watch|
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 Famicom mascot case was given away in August of 1987.
The gameplay is similar to the NES video game of the same name, though dramatically dumbed down, and understandably seeing how it was released on a handheld. In it, Mario goes from left to right, jumping over obstacles in order to save Princess Peach. Despite the name of the game (Bros.), Luigi, Mario's brother, was not playable as he was in the NES variant.
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 Famicom mascot 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.
Most of the games that were released under the Game & Watch name have had some sort of box alteration. Super Mario Bros'. 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 feature more dramatic differences then this. Also note that this refers exclusively to the New Wide Screen version of the game - the Crystal screen edition featured no differences.