Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is my favorite new desk clock

Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. is my favorite new desk clock

There's a reason I bought this thing, and it's not because it plays Super Mario Bros. or the Lost Levels. It's my new sweet time piece.


I have a confession to make. I never intended to buy the recently launched limited-edition Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. player to actually play it. Nor did I buy it to hold as a collector's item. Nope. I bought it as a desk clock.

No, it's true, y'all. Look, it plays Super Mario Bros 1 just fine and even has a traditoinal gray and black Game & Watch Ball game, but seriously, are we lacking for machines that can emulate Super Mario Bros? Nah. Also, I don't see this thing skyrocketing in value. It's really neat and very well designed. I just also don't want to sit on it in its box.

The selling point of this thing to me was the clock. I love video games. I love cool clocks. The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. player is both. It tells the time and plays an ongoing collection of original Super Mario Bros. animations while it goes. I really couldn't ask for a better desk knickknack in that regard.

I think my only complaints about it are in the cord and a feature related to it. See, it's a pretty thick USB-A to USB-C cord with the C end going into the player to charge it. The problem? The cord is thick but also super short. It's only like a foot long, and the thickness of the cord also makes it hard to arrange.

So unplug it right? Well, here's another issue. When the charge cord isn't plugged in, this thing has an auto Sleep Mode even when you put it in Clock Mode. So, if you have it off the charge cable, even in Clock Mode, and let the time play, it will eventually activate Sleep Mode and automatically turn off to conserve power. Bummer!

So I guess ultimately I'll have to be on the look out for a better cable for charging, maybe you should too if you get it. That aside, it does what I want it to do. It's nice looking player and a very fun little piece for keeping me on time as I work.


Plays original Super Mario Bros. & Lost Levels well

There's also a special traditional Game & Watch-style ball game

The clock is great and the animations are fun to glance at while time passes

The form factor is very sleek and compact


Packaged USB-A to USB-C charge cord is short and stiff

Player auto turns off when unplugged, even in Clock Mode

$49.99 might be a bit much for a two-game emulator and clock

From The Chatty
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    November 19, 2020 12:37 PM

    The Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. player is neat, but get a new cord

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      November 19, 2020 12:50 PM

      Thanks for the review, I’m hoping one of these makes it’s way into a Christmas present, I doubt I would buy it for myself.

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        November 19, 2020 12:53 PM

        You think any more NES games will make it to the device, officially or un?

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          November 19, 2020 12:58 PM

          Definitely not officially, you can never rule out unofficially, but who knows how much extra storage there is. It’s gotta be more than 2 NES ROMs and the assets for the clock and Ball game, what’s the smallest mass produced NAND flash memory these days? At least 32MB I would imagine.

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            November 19, 2020 2:48 PM

            Unlike the NES/SNES Classic, the USB slot here isn’t also wired to the onboard storage, it is only hooked to the battery. The only way to insert ROMs is to open up the unit and wire in manually. People have already done it but its way too big a headache and not worth doing.

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              November 19, 2020 2:49 PM

              Figures as much. NERD knew exactly what they were doing with the Classic consoles and even left messages for hackers. This product being more closed off doesn’t surprise me at all.

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              November 19, 2020 2:51 PM

              Plus they didn't include enough storage for any but the smaller games.

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              November 19, 2020 2:53 PM

              I almost bought one after seeing it in videos but I still have my awesome Motorola Droid phone on its stand and this Mario game and watch has no charging stand.


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      November 19, 2020 2:51 PM

      I considered reviewing it as well, but generally agree.

      I mostly see it as a fun collectable, but also a dry run at doing a Gameboy Classic/Mini.

      If they can sell this at $50 and be viable, they can do it with a Gameboy Classic, too.

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      November 19, 2020 3:51 PM

      Don't forget to check out Blake's Review of it as well! I was mostly concerned with the clock/toy side of it, but his is more of an overall breakdown of the game AND watch side of things.

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