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Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 8:33 am
by killbot
Remember a few years ago Nintendo revived the G&W line as a series of keychain games? It appears that in 2014 a German company called Stadlbauer licenced the rights from Nintendo and reissued them, and while I don't recall seeing them at the time they've now appeared in my local Lidl. They have three titles available (Super Mario Bros., Mario's Cement Factory and Donkey Kong Jr.) for £3.99 each - a pretty good price if you consider the original releases will set you back many times that.

The build quality is a bit cheap and not at all up to the standard of first-party Nintendo products but they play well enough and they're easily the cheapest way to play these games. I was just pleased to be able to play SMB again - I had the original G&W CIB and sold it for peanuts years ago, I always wanted to play it again but assumed it would cost me a fortune to get it back.

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 11:53 am
by ncf1
Wow.. wish they'd bring out the entire range, make it collectible at least.. I started with the mini ones when they came out but they were a bit too fiddly for my fingers and so stopped.

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Thu May 12, 2016 5:40 pm
by Antiriad2097
Someone revived the old thread earlier:
http://retrogamer.net/forum/viewtopic.p ... ead#unread

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 5:54 am
by JazzFunk
Gonna be getting my beers there tomorrow. Thanks for the heads up. :)

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Fri May 13, 2016 4:24 pm
by MadManDan79
If I'm in a Lidl I'll keep my eye out for them as well...

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 5:35 pm
by gunbladelad
My nearest Lidl is a fery & train trip away - but now I have an excuse to head on over next week - aside from getting cheap shopping... (Yes, even after a ferry & train journey the bill still works out cheaper than getting the same stuff locally - and I actually live on mainland Scotland...)

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 6:28 pm
by kiwimike
ncf1 wrote:Wow.. wish they'd bring out the entire range, make it collectible at least.. I started with the mini ones when they came out but they were a bit too fiddly for my fingers and so stopped.
You know what I'd LOVE to see, although it'd probably censored off original G&W collectors with big collections. Nintendo re-releasing the entire collection as they were, and release one every month with a little magazine, like those month by month collectable series :)

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Sat May 14, 2016 10:20 pm
by ncf1
kiwimike wrote:
ncf1 wrote:Wow.. wish they'd bring out the entire range, make it collectible at least.. I started with the mini ones when they came out but they were a bit too fiddly for my fingers and so stopped.
You know what I'd LOVE to see, although it'd probably censored off original G&W collectors with big collections. Nintendo re-releasing the entire collection as they were, and release one every month with a little magazine, like those month by month collectable series :)
Brilliant idea, and I for one would collect them! And perhaps as an idea releasing them as dual games, with the option of choosing the "updated" version, or original game.

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 5:52 am
by kiwimike
ncf1 wrote:
kiwimike wrote:
ncf1 wrote:Wow.. wish they'd bring out the entire range, make it collectible at least.. I started with the mini ones when they came out but they were a bit too fiddly for my fingers and so stopped.
You know what I'd LOVE to see, although it'd probably censored off original G&W collectors with big collections. Nintendo re-releasing the entire collection as they were, and release one every month with a little magazine, like those month by month collectable series :)
Brilliant idea, and I for one would collect them! And perhaps as an idea releasing them as dual games, with the option of choosing the "updated" version, or original game.
Yep, should something like that emerge I would subscribe and collect the lot, and unlike most of those things wouldn't give up after a few issues either! :lol: I have a few original G&Ws still, about a dozen or so I think, but only three MIB. But collected back in the day when it was fun to just find them in second hand stores etc...nowadays they do too expensive in online auctions. So the chance to get the set, albeit not in first edition, with magazines on the history, IMO would be bloody awesome

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 10:24 am
by ncf1
I was like you kiwimike, searching around places and finding gold in the form of G&W's people didn't realise were becoming valuable, and you'd find them everywhere. Suddenly though .. all gone, with the advent of Ebay. Nowadays you might find one on a rare occasion in Cash Converters but its sure not going to be in any sort of condition you would want it to be in!

Re: Game and Watch is back... in Lidl of all places.

Posted: Sun May 15, 2016 2:25 pm
by JazzFunk
I saw them today. Looked a little small and a little cheap...like VMUs crossed with a Tamagotchi clone. Hmmmm. Iceland is BANG next door to my Lidl. 4 pint cans of Carlsberg Export got my £4 in the end. Might've been a mistake, I don't know.