PlatformOVERALL
Nintendo DS8.50
Overall 8.50
Game & Watch Collection is a DS game that was not made available for retail purchase.  You could get it by cashing in the highest amount of credits as a part of the North American Club Nintendo Customer Loyalty program.

It recreates three of the earliest (I think these are actually the first three) "double-screen" LCD games that were a part of Nintendo's 1980's line of hand-held games.  Decades before the launch of the DS, or even the NES, Nintendo's first foray into electronic gaming came in the form of handheld games that made use of alternating LCD "cells" -- much like a common calculator.

At first, these games where single screen games, but ultimately Nintendo released a more expensive, and complicated line of double screen games, whose form factor closely matches the Nintendo DS.  Interestingly, this was the first time Nintendo created the cross-pad, which was closely replicated in size on both the Gamecube and Wii-mote.

As for this DS version of Oil Panic, Donkey Kong and Green House, I can say from personal experience that it matches the original experience precisely, both in sound and control.

green House is as devilish and addictive as ever, Donkey Kong is as derivative and boring as it's arcade inspiration and Oil Panic is an incomprehensible and annoying as it was the first time I played it when I was 5.

As a collectible, this DS game is top shelf.  As a game, Green House is worth the large investment required to acquire the game.  If you can get the original Game & Watch units you will enjoy them even more, but the bother of buying hearing aid batteries for them outweighs the convenience of the DS.

All in all, a great pleasure to own and play.
Posted by aspro Sat, 21 May 2011 03:40:09
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