Nintendo Game and Watch: Cult reborn as keyholders (video)


Game & Watch is the name of a series of (now) simple LCD handheld games Nintendo produced between 1980 and 1991. The small devices still enjoy cult status among hardcore retro gamers (just look at these prices on Ebay), which means it’s not that big a surprise that toymaker Takara decided to come up with three new keyholders that are designed exactly like Game & Watch units.


Specifically, the keyholders resemble the Octopus, Parachute, and Chef Game & Watches (all of these games were first released in 1981). What sounds good so far has a downside: You won’t be able to play the games, but at least you’ll see sprites moving in pre-determined patterns on the screen (the keyholders are solar-powered).


So if you’re a hardcore Game & Watch collector (and we know you are out there), you should look out for the Takara keyholders sometime in March. They will be sold only in Japan (for $12 each), which is why I suggest to contact import/export specialists such as Japan Trend Shop, Geek Stuff 4 U or Rinkya.

Here’s a short video:

Via Gigazine [JP]