Game & Watch

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The Game & Watch series is a series of self-contained handheld games that are the precursor to the Game Boy.


There are no "Game & Watch ROMs"; each Game & Watch game is a self-contained unit that is custom-built to each game. However, there are different ways to play the games in a virtual matter.

  • Nintendo officially released virtual reproductions in the games and compiled them in the Game & Watch Gallery (and, later, Game & Watch Collection) series of games. These games had both "classic" and "modern" variations of these games. While these collections have a loss of "authenticity" (especially in the collections that are running on earlier hardware), these collections are Game Boy, Game Boy Color, Game Boy Advance, and DS games for which emulators are widespread. (A few games are from the difficult-to-pirate DSiWare series, though every game in the DSiWare series appears in another collection.) However, some of the games in the collection (notably Zelda) may need to be unlocked before play.
  • The Handhled Remakes Archive hosts some reproductions of games.
  • Pica Pic (by Hipopotam) is an online collection of Game & Watch games under an authentic presentation. While there seems to be no way to play these games offline, there are a few games that are exclusive to the website, one example being Nu, pogodi!
  • Madrigal wrote some simulations that give an offline, authentic presentation of the Game & Watch games, the collection of these games growing through time. Of particular note is that these simulations are available to play through RetroArch through the gw-libretro core. There are also some simulations that are not of the Game & Watch series.


Game Collection DSiWare Remakes Pica Pic GW-Libretro
Baloon Fight
Bomb Sweeper
Crab Grab
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong 3
Donkey Kong Circus
Donkey Kong II
Donkey Kong Jr.
Fire Attack
Green House
Life Boat
Mario Bros.
Mario the Juggler
Mario's Bombs Away
Mario's Cement Factory
Mickey & Donald
Mickey Mouse
Oil Panic
Rain Shower
Snoopy Tennis
Spitball Sparky
Super Mario Bros.
Tropical Fish
Turtle Bridge

The following games are currently not emulated in any way:

  • Blackjack
  • Donkey Kong Hockey
  • Pinball
  • Squish

Games in Pica Pic that are not part of the Game & Watch Series

  • Aerogun Field
  • Autoslalom
  • Barrier
  • Bartman
  • Castle Adventure
  • Caveman
  • Coffee House
  • Fishing Boy
  • G-Man
  • Merry Cook
  • Ncha! Bycha
  • Nu, pogodi!
  • Penguin Land
  • Plane & Tank
  • Pirate 777
  • Search Light
  • Space Bridge
  • Sub Attack
  • The Terminator
  • Thief in Garden

Simulations that are not part of the Game & Watch Series

  • Armor Battle
  • Banana
  • Baseball
  • Bomb Fight
  • Caccia al Ladra/Heatcliff
  • Cessate il Fuoco/Heatcliff
  • Chick Woggy (2 versions)
  • Condor
  • Crazy Chewy
  • Defendo
  • Donkey Angler
  • Donkey Kong (Coleco version)
  • Donkey Kong Junior (Coleco version)
  • Dungeons & Dragons Computer Fantasy Game
  • Engine Room
  • Escape
  • Explorers of Space
  • Fowling
  • Frog Boaster
  • Galaxy II
  • Grab Man
  • Hippo Teeth (2 versions)
  • Hot Line (2 versions)
  • Las Vegas
  • Monkey
  • Monkey Jump
  • Motor Cross
  • Pac Man
  • Pancake
  • Penguin Land
  • Pirate
  • Roller Coaster
  • Safari
  • Sleep Walker
  • Sub Chase
  • Tennis Menace
  • Tom & Jerry Popper
  • Towering Rescue
  • Tron
  • Wild Man Jump


List from Wikipedia of Game & Watch ports and remakes