Before Nintendo Wii’d all over the competition with its consoles, it was busy pioneering handheld gaming with the legendary Game & Watch series. Containing (very) pared down versions of arcade classics, these LCD rectangles were to the Eighties what the DS is to the Noughties, and no self-respecting gamer would dream of hitting the playground without one sandwiched between his conkers.
As you’ve probably guessed, all this reminiscing is merely an appetiser to whet your nostalgic cravings, because some of the greatest Game & Watch titles are back, shoehorned into these fantastic keychain-friendly gizmos. Fully licensed, they even feature the same strangely incongruous watches and alarms. High score!
...or use as a desktop clock
Styled to resemble titchy Game Boys, Nintendo Mini Classics are just as thumb-blisteringly addictive as you (probably don’t) remember. We’re talking minutes of fun! Thing is, those minutes soon turn into hours as you attempt new high scores and search for new cheats.
Yes, you can probably download more advanced games on last season’s mobile phone. And yes, the games are not really up there with the likes of Gears of War. But at under a tenner a pop, who cares.
Better still, thanks to the recent proliferation of handheld gizmos, the human thumb has evolved into the speediest digit in town, so your monochrome characters will be cavorting around faster than you ever thought possible. Run, Mario, Run!
There are currently three classic titles to choose from:
Mario's Cement Factory
Donkey Kong Junior
Super Mario Bros.
Remember these classics?
Super Mario Bros: Inane leaping between side-scrolling platforms or a nailbiting race to rescue a princess? Probably both.
Donkey Kong Jr: An arcade classic in which you help the son of an ape unlock padlocks by jumping between vines. As you do.
Mario’s Cement Factory: This classic platformer sees the iconic tap-twiddler attempting to prevent containers of cement overflowing. Plumber? In a cement factory? Whatever.
We really can’t stress quite how evocative and compelling these primitive arthritis inducers are. You’ll be transported back to the decade style forgot the second you start playing. And if that isn’t a good enough reason to slip on your fingerless gloves and get ordering, we give up. Game over!
Recieved this today and only paid for it yesterday! Super quick postage just for 95p!
I recommend this, the game is great, very addictive and hard to put down! Will be going everywhere with me! lol
Very happy customer thanks Firebox p.s. The sweets were very scrumptious! Becky, Southampton - 20th September 2011
Cant wait till I get mine :) I love super mario!!!!!!!!!!!!!wish I was born in the 70s/80s lol sounds like those decades were pretty cool :p
will submit another review one I get it!!!!! :) Becky, 19. Becky, Southampton - 20th September 2011
I got the Donkey Kong version for my boyfriend as a gift, one problem - how do you turn it off?! The battery died after a day :(. Sam, UK - 3rd June 2011
Firebox says: Hold down the 'game' button down
Well mine arrived today and it was damaged! ONLY JOKING!! I love my new pocket Mario pal thanks Firebox i'm a happy customer who will be shopping again thanks:) PS the sweets were lovely. Connor, Wales - 19th May 2011
Hello. Up above it says there are three to choose from: mario cement factory, Donkey Kong Jr and Super Mario Bros. But when you scroll to the top to purchase, there are only two. Also will there be any more sometime soon. Charlotte, - 21st February 2011
Firebox says: Unfortunately this range is being discontinued, so the ones listed above are the only ones available
I bought this in the hope that I could play it on the train to work, however, when I received it, it worked for 5 minutes and then froze & hasn't started since. Waste of money! Louise Rackley, Gravesend - 17th February 2011
Firebox says: Sounds faulty, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your order number so we can sort this our for you.