Mario's Cement Factory
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Table top games had proved hugely successful from the late 1970s to the early 1980s, until largely replaced by the arrival of the home micros and consoles. They had become increasingly sophisticated, and now are worth quite a lot of money, especially boxed. This Mario game came as a Game & Watch LCD title, and this much larger table top version.
The player controls Mario, as he travels on elevators and must funnel cement through the factory, while preventing the flow from crushing his fellow workers. It was developed by Nintendo R&D1, led by Gunpei Yukoi, and can be found on several modern compilation packs for later Nintendo consoles.
The unit itself runs on two C type batteries, and has no provision for mains power, to save on battery life, and in common with other games such as the Tomytronic series, there is a panel on top, which allows light in to illuminate the screen, so the battery just powers the game. This of course means the game cannot be played in low light or the dark.
This exhibit has a reference ID of CH64036. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.