The Nintendo Super Mario Bros Game & Watch is a $50 handheld game console designed to run just three games. But Nintendo’s latest retro console has proven to be hackable… at least by folks with the necessary skills and hardware.

Launched this fall as an homage to Nintendo handhelds from the 80s, the new Game & Watch ships with three Super Mario Bros games pre-installed. But it didn’t take long for stacksmashing to hack the device and get it to run DOOM and other games.

Over the past few weeks several other hackers have gotten in on the action.

Here are some of the latest things folks have figured out how to do to Nintendo’s Game & Watch.

Now for the bad news – it’s not clear if any of these hacks will be available to casual users anytime soon. Upgrading the storage, for example, requires opening up the Game & Watch, desoldering the flash storage, replacing the module with a larger one, and then using the flash tools to write code to the new storage.

It’s not for the faint of heart.

That said, it’s pretty impressive to see all of the development happening around Nintendo’s newest device which was only supposed to run three games.


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4 replies on “Nintendo Game & Watch hacking scene brings Pokémon, CHIP-8 and more to the $50 handheld”

  1. Really cool to see so much work being dedicated on this thing. But it’s a shame that the device doesn’t have enough buttons to play anything better than NES.

    If anyone is interested in something like this with the ability to play up to PS1, Dreamcast, and N64, the RG351, and the Odroid Go Advance both have the power and the buttons to do it.

    1. A shame it doesn’t have more buttons?! Wtf, it has exactly what it is designed for. NES (2 Mario games, specifically). Why would it have a different button configuration? Get your head checked. Not to mention, it could totally be used to play gameboy games. SMH!

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