Nintendo Color Screen: Game and Watch Table Top

Nintendo Color Screen

The most spectacular games in the Nintendo Game & Watch series are the Panorama and Table Top games. Combining the excellent LCD based game-play that shines throughout the entire series with full color images, these were innovative as well as fun to play.

Nintendo Color Screen

The Table Top games were shaped like mini arcade cabinets, with joystick and all. In the 80s, owning one of these must have been close to being in handheld nirvana.
Nintendo Color Screen

The original name under which these games were sold in Japan was Color Screen(カラースクリーン), with strangely enough no reference to Game & Watch, although they are clearly part of that family. They were introduced in the rest of the world asGame & Watch Table Top.
Nintendo Color Screen

Four Color Screen titles were produced in total. The first two, introduced in early 1983, were Donkey Kong JR (ドンキーコングJR) and Mario’s Cement Factory (マリオズセメントファクトリー), pictured in this leaflet.

Later that same year, the range was extended with games featuring Popeye and Snoopy.

Even though the Color Screen had a bright (color!) screen, it consumed very little energy. It cleverly used a combination of regular black liquid crystals with sunlight projected through a mirror to create the images. According to this leaflet, it was able to run for three years on two C batteries without ever being switched off. It did not even have an on/off switch.

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Erik V

The before Mario blog showcases the toys and games Nintendo created in the period from the mid 1960s to the early 1980s. Starting with the first board games up to the launch of the Family Computer in 1983. Most items featured on this blog are from my personal collection.

One thought on “Nintendo Color Screen: Game and Watch Table Top

  • A friend of mine used to have one of these, down in Argentina back in the 80s. It was great!

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