Nintendo Game & Watch - Fire

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The Game & Watch series of handheld consoles from Nintendo was first released in April 1980 with the release of Game & Watch: Ball. The last console in the original run was released in 1991. Special anniversary re-releases in 2020 and 2021 were later released. The Game & Watch console was designed by Gunpei Yokoi who had the idea for a miniature handheld console after watching a bored train passenger playing with a calculator's buttons to pass the time. The consoles also include a clock which display on the LCD screen, providing the watch part of Game & Watch. The original Donkey Kong version of the Game & Watch, released on 3rd June 1982, was the first console/controller to feature Nintendo's cross-shaped d-pad.

This example in our collection is the Fire model from the Widescreen series, which was released on 4th December 1981. The aim of the game is to bounce people jumping out of a burning building into the ambulance at the right of the screen.

Manufacturer: Nintendo
Date: 4th December 1981

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH70371. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.

Nintendo Game & Watch - Fire

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