Mr. Game & Watch

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Mr. Game & Watch

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate artwork
First appearance Super Smash Bros. Melee (2001)
Latest appearance WarioWare: Get It Together! (2021)
“You get one star for every 200 points.”
Mr. Game & Watch, Game & Watch Gallery 4

Mr. Game & Watch is a 2D character meant to serve as the mascot of the Game & Watch Gallery games and the Game & Watch handheld systems. Mr. Game & Watch is not technically a specific character from any of the Game & Watch titles, instead being created as a playable character for Super Smash Bros. Melee to represent the Game & Watch line. His appearance seems to be based on the generic people in Fire and Parachute.


Super Smash Bros. series

Super Smash Bros. fighter
Mr. Game & Watch
Game appearances
Super Smash Bros. Melee (unlockable) Super Smash Bros. Brawl (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (unlockable)
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (unlockable)
Special moves
Standard:  Chef
Side:  Judge
Up:  Fire
Down:  Oil Panic
Final Smash:  Octopus
Battle entrance
Walks onto the battlefield in Game & Watch frames.

Super Smash Bros. Melee

Mario fighting the Mr. Game & Watch team in All-Star mode

Mr. Game & Watch makes his character debut in Super Smash Bros. Melee as the final unlockable character. He can be unlocked by playing 1000 Melee matches, beating Classic or Adventure mode with every other character, or by clearing Target Test with every other character. Afterward, the player must defeat Mr. Game & Watch on Flat Zone to unlock him. In All-Star mode, the Mr. Game and Watch team is always the final enemy stage. Here, the player must beat twenty-five Mr. Game & Watches.

Mr. Game & Watch is unique in that his movements are individual frames like with a Game & Watch game. All of his "voice" clips (including screams, taunts, and other such noises) are also sounds heard during various Game & Watch titles. Mr. Game & Watch is portrayed as one of the lightest characters in the game thanks to his flat appearance, heavier than only Pichu and tied with Jigglypuff, which makes him easier to KO, and his attacks, while powerful, are slow. However, his movement attributes including dash, walk, fall, fast-fall speeds, traction, and gravity are identical to Mario's.

All of Mr. Game & Watch's moves also reference the various Game & Watch units. His standard special is Chef, which tosses food from a frying pan. His down special is Oil Panic, which absorbs projectiles in a bucket that can be dumped onto opponents to deal a combined damage total. His up special is Fire, which springs him into the air with a trampoline. His side special is Judge, which has Mr. Game & Watch swing a hammer, its effects based on the number he holds up. His standard attack is based on Green House, and his dash attack has him wearing the helmet from Helmet. For his strong attacks, Mr. Game & Watch's forward strong attack is the chair from Lion, his down strong move has him flip a manhole cover from Manhole, and his up strong attack is the flag from Flagman. His neutral aerial is the parachute from Parachute, his forward aerial is a package from Mario Bros., his back aerial is a turtle from Turtle Bridge, his up aerial is based on Spitball Sparky, and his down aerial is a key from Donkey Kong Jr.. His side smash is the torch from Fire Attack, his up smash has him wearing the helmet from Octopus, and his down smash is the hammers from Vermin. All four of his throwing animations have him juggling the character like in Ball. His taunt has him ring a bell, based on the alarm feature of Game & Watch units.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl

Mr. Game & Watch returns in Super Smash Bros. Brawl as an unlockable character. He can be unlocked by playing 250 Brawl matches, clearing Target Smash!! with 30 characters on any difficulty, or having him join the party in The Subspace Emissary; with either of the former methods, he must be defeated on Flat Zone 2 to be unlocked. While he has been made heavier, he is still the second lightest character in the game (now only heavier than Jigglypuff and tied with Squirtle).

In terms of his moveset, his neutral aerial has been replaced with the fishbowl from Tropical Fish, as the parachute is now a part of his up special move. His Final Smash is Octopus, which transforms Mr. Game & Watch into the giant octopus from the Game & Watch unit Octopus.

The Subspace Emissary
Mr. Game & Watch in the Subspace Emissary

The Shadow Bugs' trophy information explains that Mr. Game & Watch's body can endlessly produce them. Tabuu took note of the unique qualities of Mr. Game & Watch's body and uses him to create Shadow Bugs, which in turn are used to build up the Subspace Army. Mr. Game & Watch allows this to happen as he does not understand the concepts of good or evil.[1]

When Meta Knight, Snake, and Lucario reach the bridge of the Halberd, they find it being controlled by several copies of Mr. Game & Watch. Snake knocks out all the Mr. Game & Watches out of an open window and into the ship's main deck, where the Shadow Bugs merge into Duon. Following the foe's defeat, the real Mr. Game & Watch's trophy is left behind. Fox attempts to shoot it but Princess Peach revives it and scolds him, but gives Mr. Game & Watch her Parasol to cheer him up.

Mr. Game & Watch appears alongside the other characters to confront Tabuu at the Entrance to Subspace, but along with the others is reverted back into a Trophy by his Off Waves. He is later revived by Luigi, Ness, and King Dedede to fight Tabuu at the center of The Great Maze.

Mr. Game & Watch is the only major character to not have a snapshot.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS / Wii U

Mr. Game & Watch reappears in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U as an unlockable character. In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, he can be unlocked by playing 90 Smash matches or by clearing Classic mode 10 times, and must be defeated on Flat Zone 2. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, he can be unlocked by either playing 80 Smash matches or by clearing Classic mode on Intensity 2.0 or higher with five characters, and must then be defeated on Flat Zone X.

His inclusion in the game was briefly hinted at in Pac-Man's reveal trailer, where at the end of the video, the screen compares the debut years between him, Pac-Man, Mario and Donkey Kong. His debut year is technically incorrect, because Mr. Game & Watch did not exist as a character until Super Smash Bros. Melee, and his Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy description considers his debut to be 2002's Game & Watch Gallery. Despite being hinted at in the trailer, he wasn't officially confirmed to be in the game until its release, and was not officially revealed until afterward.

Mr. Game & Watch's appearance has been altered a bit, which includes having a smaller nose, and more rounded hands, as well as being smaller in size. While his moveset is unchanged from Super Smash Bros. Brawl, there are minor differences in his looks when performing certain moves. He is also given a new down taunt in which he sits down and sighs, based on Mario Bros.

In terms of customizations, Mr. Game & Watch is the only fighter who can be equipped with the Torch, Watch Battery, and Microchip equipment.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Mr. Game & Watch makes a reappearance as an unlockable playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. In this installment, every time he uses a move, his appearance changes to reflect the graphics from the respective game from which the move originates. Additionally, when Mr. Game & Watch throws an opponent, they turn into their stock icon in his juggling animation from Ball. His Final Smash has also been altered somewhat; after Mr. Game & Watch turns into Octopus, he grabs opponents and takes them off of the screen, rather than attacking them with arms.

Prior to the game's release, controversy arose surrounding a move animation used by Mr. Game & Watch, which featured a stereotypical depiction of a Native American that was based off the 1982 Game & Watch title, Fire Attack.[2] Nintendo has released a software update post-launch that replaces the animation with one that is similar to that of Game & Watch Gallery 4.

Classic Mode route
A Long Legacy
Round Opponent(s) Rule Stage Song
1 Kirby (gray costume) Dream Land GB Kirby Retro Medley
2 Pac-Man Pac-Land PAC-MAN
3 Duck Hunt Duck Hunt Famicom Medley
4 Mario, Luigi Free-for-All Mario Bros. Ground Theme - Super Mario Bros.
5 Donkey Kong (red costume) Team Battle
(Ally: Mario)
75 m 25m Theme
6 Mr. Game & Watch ×6 Horde Battle Flat Zone X Flat Zone
Final Master Hand, Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher) Final Destination Master Hand
Master Hand / Crazy Hand (intensity 7.0 or higher)

Game & Watch Gallery 4

In Game & Watch Gallery 4, Mr. Game & Watch, along with Mario, hosts the Gift Mode in the Gallery Corner. This is his only speaking role.

WarioWare series

Mr. Game & Watch makes cameos on the menus of WarioWare: Twisted! and in the 'Games' icon in the character selection screen in WarioWare: Touched! The members of the Diamond Academy Audience from WarioWare: Smooth Moves resemble Mr. Game & Watch. He also appears in the microgames that are based on the Game & Watch games.

Mr. Game & Watch-like people appear in WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! in the multiplayer game Survival Fever, where they cheer for the players. They say "1, 2, 3!" when a microgame is about to start and cheer more if the player(s) beat the microgame, but if they fail, they will boo them and some will leave.

In WarioWare Gold, multiple Mr. Game & Watch-like figures appear on the large-screen television in the League Arena microgame modes when the player wins or loses a microgame.

Donkey Kong Country Returns / Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D

Mr. Game & Watch's cameo in Donkey Kong Country Returns.

In Donkey Kong Country Returns and its Nintendo 3DS remake, Mr. Game & Watch makes a cameo appearance in the background of Foggy Fumes. He is seen hammering a pipe.

Super Mario Maker

In Super Mario Maker, there is an unlockable costume for Costume Mario that looks like Mr. Game & Watch. It is unlocked by scanning a Mr. Game & Watch amiibo or unlocked randomly by clearing 100 Mario Challenge on Expert setting. Pressing +Control Pad up will make Mr. Game & Watch take out his bell. He also takes out a parachute from Parachute after jumping.

Super Mario Odyssey

In Super Mario Odyssey, a silhouette of Mr. Game & Watch wearing a hat appears on minigame icons.



  • This monochrome, two-dimensional hero represents the handheld Game & Watch series, first released in 1980. More recently, Mr. Game & Watch can be found using his retro fighting moves to battle foes in the Super Smash Bros. series of games.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Super Smash Blog bio

  • When using his side special, Judge, this fighter pulls out a hammer and the numbers 1-9 are displayed. If you pull off a 9 attack, it will really knock the opponent back. His Final Smash turns him into an octopus that can pull opponents off the stage!

List of appearances

Title Description Year of release System/format
Super Smash Bros. Melee Unlockable playable fighter 2001 Nintendo GameCube
Game & Watch Gallery 4 Cameo appearance in Gift Mode of Gallery Corner 2002 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Party Game$! Cameo in multiplayer 2003 Nintendo GameCube
WarioWare: Twisted! Cameo in Menus 2004 Game Boy Advance
WarioWare: Touched! Cameo in Menus 2004 / 2005 Nintendo DS
WarioWare: Smooth Moves Cameo in the Penny stage 2006 Wii
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Unlockable playable fighter 2008 Wii
Donkey Kong Country Returns Cameo 2010 Wii
Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Unlockable playable fighter 2014 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Unlockable playable fighter 2014 Wii U
Yoshi's Woolly World Cameo as amiibo Yoshi design 2015 Wii U
Super Mario Maker Unlockable costume 2015 Wii U
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World Cameo as amiibo Yoshi design 2017 Nintendo 3DS
Super Mario Odyssey Cameo as minigames icons 2017 Nintendo Switch
WarioWare Gold Cameo in Wario's stages 2018 Nintendo 3DS
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Unlockable playable fighter 2018 Nintendo Switch

Names in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Japanese Mr.ゲーム&ウォッチ
Misutā Gēmu ando Wotchi
Mr. Game & Watch
Korean Mr. 게임&워치
Miseuteo Geim Aen Wochi
Mr. Game & Watch
Russian Мистер Game & Watch
Г-н Game & Watch (Super Smash Bros. Ultimate)
Mister Game & Watch
Gospodin Game & Watch


The misspelled name on the website.
  • In Super Smash Bros. Melee's Classic Mode, Mr. Game & Watch can only appear as an enemy in the multi-character fight for stage 8, though he can appear as an ally in Team and Giant battles.
  • Although he generally has a 2D appearance, Mr. Game & Watch's model is actually a 3D model flattened to give the impression that he is a 2D character.
  • Mr. Game & Watch is the only character in Super Smash Bros. Melee whose All-Star trophy is not affected by the background lighting, which is shown with most trophies.
    • Moreover, Mr. Game & Watch is the only character in Super Smash Bros. Melee whose All-Star trophy does not display him in an alternate coloration.
  • When turned into metal by a Metal Box, Mr. Game & Watch will still make beeping sound effects as usual. This is likely because they are not considered to be voice effects. He also appears more 3D when metal.
    • In Super Smash Bros. Brawl, however, Mr. Game & Watch will make clanking noises while moving in metal form.
    • While Mr. Game & Watch keeps his silver outline in his metal form in Super Smash Bros. Melee, his outline becomes black in his metal form in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.
  • On his fighter page on the mobile version of the official English Super Smash Bros. Ultimate website, Mr. Game & Watch's name was originally misspelled "Mr. Game & Watach". This mistake has since been corrected.
The shop owner


  1. ^ Mysteries of the Subspace Emissary - Smash Bros. DOJO!!. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Is Being Criticized For “Racist Mr. Game & Watch”. My Nintendo News (November 6, 2018). Retrieved November 7, 2018.