Helmet (Game & Watch)

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Developer Nintendo Research & Development 1
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS
Release date Game & Watch:
Japan February 21, 1981
USA February 21, 1981
Nintendo DSi (DSiWare):
Japan July 29, 2009
USA April 5, 2010
Europe April 9, 2010
China August 12, 2010
Nintendo 3DS (eShop):
Japan June 6, 2011
USA June 6, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011
Europe July 7, 2011
Genre Puzzle
ESRB: - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DSi:
Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Digital download
Game & Watch:
Nintendo DS:
Nintendo 3DS:

Helmet is a Game & Watch game released as part of the Gold series on February 21, 1981. It was released as Headache in Europe, due to vulgar connotations of the word "Helmet" in the region. In this game, the player has to run across from the exit of one building and into the entrance of another while avoiding the various hardware tools that fall from the sky. The game is featured in the Gallery Corner in Game & Watch Gallery. It was later remade for Game & Watch Gallery 2, in which it could be played in either Classic Mode or Modern Mode. The microgame GAME & WARIO in WarioWare: D.I.Y. Showcase is based on Helmet.

The alarm indicator of this game is a man that is located beside the miss counter, and the man swings a bell when the alarm goes off.


Classic version

Construction workers attempt to get from the building on the left to the shed on the right while avoiding falling tools. However, the workers can enter the shed only when its door is open. A worker cannot return to the building on the left after he exits it. The player receives a point for every three tools that hit the ground without hitting a worker. When a worker safely enters the shed, the player earns five points. As the game progresses, the tools will start to fall at a faster speed, making it harder for the workers to escape harm. Getting hit by a tool will result in a miss. At 200 and 500 points, any misses the player has will be removed. When the player gets three misses, they receive a Game Over. In Game B, the tools fall faster and the door to the shed stays closed longer.

Classic Helmet also appears in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! as one of 9-Volt's microgames.

Modern version

In the Modern version, the game has the player control Mario (or Wario if replayed immediately after a game that ends with a score that is fewer than 100 points). There will also be a P Switch that will make coins appear. The coins can be collected for extra points and an increased entrance bonus, but collecting too many coins will make the player's character move more slowly. In addition, if the player collects 50 coins without getting a miss, a Super Star will appear at or above the entrance, rewarding the player with at least 20 points if they get it.

The Modern mode of Helmet also features three different areas (Toad invites the player to a different area after 500 and 1,000 points). The first area is a grassy plain that features a Para Troopa tossing hammers, Spiked Balls, and Podoboos at the player. The next area is a meadow that features a Fly Guy dropping Spiked Balls. Cannons will constantly appear to make any Spiked Balls that fall into them drop faster or get fired off in 45-degree angles. The last area is a castle of sorts with three Podoboos bouncing up and down and two Thwomps. The Thwomps will eventually fly up towards the ceiling (which has spikes hanging from it) if the player is standing on either one for a few seconds. If the player never moves when this happens, they will get squished into the ceiling and penalized with a miss. At 200 and 500 points, the Para Troopa will toss a heart for the player to remove a miss; at 700 points, the Fly Guy will drop a heart.

Unlike in the Classic version, music is featured, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game. When the player goes to a different area, the music changes.


  • +Control Pad (left and right): Move
  • B Button: Move left
  • A Button: Move right


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