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Mario gets a new Game & Watch for his 35th anniversary

Play the original Super Mario Bros on this classic handheld

An image of Super Mario Bros. being played on the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld Image: Nintendo
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On Thursday, Nintendo published a new Nintendo Direct for Mario’s 35th Anniversary. Nintendo announced the long-rumored Super Mario 3D All-Stars, alongside a few other surprise products. Namely, Mario will get his own Game & Watch system later this year.

On Nov. 13, Nintendo will launch a new piece of Game & Watch hardware — those plastic handheld systems from the 1980s. With Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros., players can play through the original Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros: The Lost Levels, use a Mario-themed clock mode to tell time, or relive one of the original Game & Watch classics: Ball, re-themed around everyone’s favorite Italian plumber.

A photo of the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. box Image: Nintendo

According to Nintendo, the new Game & Watch’s clock feature has “35 little touches to discover” in celebration of the anniversary. The Game & Watch itself won’t be like you remember it either, with a new, modern cross-shaped control pad to make the original Mario games feel a bit snappier. It also has a full-color, liquid crystal display, to make the NES classics look better than the original Game & Watch games.

Nintendo will manufacture and sell a limited number of Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. systems this November for $49.99.

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