Now four decades later, there is a new version called Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. It is a little bit different from the models that shipped so long ago. For one, it now has a color display. There is also a slightly different button arrangement, styled in the vein of an NES controller with a D-Pad on the left and A+B buttons on the right, and a USB-C port to charge in the internal battery.
The resurrected model is not a single-game system, either. It comes with three pre-loaded games this time around, including Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2 (otherwise known as The Lost Levels), and a remade version of Ball with a Super Mario Bros. makeover.
"When you’re not saving Princess Peach, check out the included digital clock. As time passes, 35 different animations may play…including some guest appearances from Mario’s friends and foes!," Nintendo says.
There is no official way to add more games to the handheld, but someone on Twitter has already hacked the system to get around its encryption.
"So, eventually managed to bypass the Game & Watch ROM encryption 1 day before the official release. Will try to rlease a video on it in the next few days with details on how that works!," stacksmashing tweeted.
According to the hacker, the system loads a Super Mario Bros. NES ROM into the devices RAM. So this could potentially pave the way for loading more games into the system, though it remains to be seen how involved that process might be.