Super Mario Bros and Parachute models

Nintendo Mini Classics are a series of small LCD games licensed by Nintendo in 1998. Most games in the series are reissues of Game & Watch titles, but the series does include titles that were not from the original Game & Watch line, like Spider-Man, Carrera and Yu-Gi-Oh!.


Each Mini Classics unit is designed to look like a small Game Boy. Units typically have a D-pad and three buttons. A large action button is also used for setting the alarm, and two smaller buttons typically marked "Game A" and "Game B" but could also serve different functions depending on the game. A keychain is attached to the top left-hand corner but could be removed. Most units also had a stand on the back. Some games, however, do not have a stand, especially the Dual-screen releases such as Oil Panic and Donkey Kong. Similar to the Game and Watch, the Nintendo Mini Classics units have alarm clock features. Each unit is powered by two 11.6x4.2 mm batteries (AG13/Button Cell/LR44/L1154/386/301/186), which are packaged with the Nintendo Mini Classic.


Game & Watch reissues

Original titles


Some of the Mini Classics models, particularly the often-reissued Mario and Donkey Kong titles, have undergone several different color changes since the original 1998 releases, mostly due to multiple companies working with Nintendo to make and distribute the titles. Some titles have also been given new color-tinted LCD displays since then. The companies that help distribute them are also responsible for the programming for their versions of the titles, which is why some might sound and behave differently.



Donkey Kong

Donkey Kong Jr.

Mario's Cement Factory

Super Mario Bros.

The Smurfs

Snoopy Tennis



More than 10 million Nintendo Mini Classics were sold by Stadlbauer.[7]


See also


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