Game & Watch Gallery 3
System(s): Game Boy (Color)
U.S. Release Date: December 12th, 1999
Current street price: $29.99
Save: Battery Back-up
Size: 5 mini-games (modern/classic and easy/hard) and 5 hidden classic games
ESRB Rating: E
In a Nutshell
Play updated and classic versions of 5 classig Game & Watch games.
Not much of a story here. Each mini-game has a small story, i.e. "The brothers have to make cakes without dropping them" or "DK Jr. has to save his dad from Mario", etc.
You know the deal by now (I hope). Five more classic mini-games with very simple play mechanics and tight control. All of them involve performing sometask over and over and overto get more points. Ifyou mess up you get a strike, three strikes and game over. The games are:
Egg: In classic, catch eggs laid by chickens that roll down. In modern, Yoshi catches rolling cookies with his tongue.
Greenhouse: Stop bugs or goombas from getting to the plants using bug spray.
Turtle Bridge: Jump across a lake on the backs of turtles or goonies, but watch out when they duck down.
Mario. Bros.: Move Mario and Luigi up and down to pass cakes back and forth on a conveyer belt.
Donkey Kong Jr.: Jump and climb and avoid enemies to save the big DK from Mario's clutches
Getting multiples of 200 points in a game gets you stars, which open up hidden mini-games and exhibits in the gallery.
What's the Big Deal?
The Mario factor:
OK, so the third installment in the series is pretty much more of the same. What this game does better than the old games is incorporate Mari ocharacters into the modern versions. I mean, bouncing Toads and Yoshis from a fire and avoiding hammer bros. hammers was OK, but it didn't seem to go with any existing games closely. In G&WG3, this is all different. Egg has Yoshi eating cookies (Straight out of Yoshi's Cookie), Greenhouse again has Yoshi, now spitting seeds at flying goomba's (like in Yoshi's Island). Mario. Bros. fits in appropriate cameos for Bowser (evil sabateur) and Wario (truck driver), and DK Jr. has levels very reminiscent of the arcade game (with Mario enemies thrown in for good measure). Having unknown characters in the modern gameswould greatly affect the game's quailty, in my opinion. Mario's addition is done very well.
Notes of Interest
Goombas and Donkey Kong Jr. in their first game together.
First Gallery with Mario in a classic game.
Yoshi gets sick from eating black cookies.
Wario's first Game & Watch appearance
-Foreman in Mario Bros.
The game never ends! Getting higher scores opens up more exhibits in the gallery and more hidden games. That's it. Nothing too special.
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