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2006/112/11 Electronic games (4), 'Game and Watch', metal / plastic, made by Nintendo, Japan, used by the Henry Family, Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, 1981-1982. Click to enlarge.

Game & Watch electronic games

Made
The Game and Watch series was a successful line of products from Nintendo that generated enough profit for the company to invest heavily in researching and developing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and the Gameboy. This ensured the company's survival and dominance through a competitive period of electronic game industry development, consumption and growth.

These small hand-held games broke new ground in the application of electronics to toys. They have a monochrome LCD (liquid …

Summary

Object No.

2006/112/11

Object Statement

Electronic games (4), 'Game and Watch', metal / plastic, made by Nintendo, Japan, used by the Henry Family, Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, 1981-1982

Physical Description

Four Nintendo Game and Watch electronic games. Each consists of a rectangular console with plastic casing and metallic front and an LCD display screen with permanent graphics incorporated. The LCD characters move through this display. The control buttons are red and there is a battery casing at the back. Decorative transfers. No packaging. The console is designed to be held comfortably in both hands and operated with the game controls under the thumbs.

'Turtle Bridge', model No TL-28, 1982 is white with black front face, clear screen, red buttons. Battery cover missing.
'PopEye', model No TL-PP-33, 1981, is dark green, with gilt coloured front, clear screen, red left/right buttons and PopEye decorative transfer
'Donkey Kong Jr', model No DJ-101, 1982, is dark green, with bright green face, clear screen, red control buttons, and decorative stickers
'Fire' Model No FR-27, 1981, dark blue with a gilt coloured front and clear screen, red left and right buttons.

Marks

Turtle Bridge: impressed on back 'MODEL NO: TL-28/RATING: DC3V-O.OOO2W/BATTERY: LR43 (or SR43) X2/Nintendo Co, Ltd. 1982/PAT. PEND. MADE IN JAPAN'.
PopEye: impressed on back 'MODEL NO: PP-33/RATING: DC3V-O.OOO2W/BATTERY: LR43 (or SR43) X2/Nintendo Co, Ltd. 1981/PAT. PEND. MADE IN JAPAN'.
Donkey Kong Jr:'MODEL NO: DJ-101/RATING: DC3V-O.OOO2W/BATTERY: LR43 (or SR43) X2/Nintendo Co, Ltd. 1982/PAT. PEND. MADE IN JAPAN'.
Fire:'MODEL NO: FR-27/RATING: DC3V-O.OOO2W/BATTERY: LR43 (or SR43) X2/Nintendo Co, Ltd. 1982/PAT. PEND. MADE IN JAPAN'.

Dimensions

Height

68 mm

Width

113 mm

Depth

11 mm

Production

Notes

Made by Nintendo, Japan.

History

Notes

Used by the donor Michael Henry (born 1973), his brother Jason and sister Karen. The Henry family lived at Bankstown. Donor Michael Henry told the acquiring curator 'I was given Donkey Kong Jr for my 9th birthday in 1982. I played it for hours and hours and just loved it. Popeye was Jason's and he didn't like other people playing with it. Fire was Karen's. Turtle Bridge was borrowed from a friend.'

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Henry family, 2006

Acquisition Date

14 August 2006

Cite this Object

Harvard

Game & Watch electronic games 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 17 October 2021, <https://ma.as/362026>

Wikipedia

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