You may remember that earlier this year was the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda. While there wasn’t much pomp to celebrate that fact (even after Mario died), Nintendo tangently revealed that a new edition of Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda would be launched later in the year.
Now that time has finally come. This great little device has three classic Zelda games – The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link and The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening – a classic Game & Watch game, and the ability to act as a clock (or clock) and a timer with themed Zelda elements running across the screen.
You may find it a little silly to buy this device just because of the price of the Switch game, especially when you can already play all three of these Zelda games on your Switch via your Nintendo Switch Online membership. However, when it comes to Nintendo history, this little device is the perfect way to remember both Zelda and Nintendo’s small beginnings. After all, the original Game & Watch devices made Nintendo a famous name in the 80’s thanks to the lies of the Swedish businessman. You could say if it weren’t for Game & Watch, we wouldn’t have Switch or Zelda.
The original Game & Watch devices made Nintendo a famous name in the 80s.
Unlike the original game and watch, this one has a full color LCD panel, an internal rechargeable battery and a USB-C charging cable. The colors are very vivid and look great live. The first time I launched it, I was greeted by the famous Zelda tune “Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun” and an illustration for the original Zelda game. Fortunately, you can also change the brightness of the screen and turn down the volume completely if you don’t want to hear the sounds of the game. To access Zelda titles, simply press the play button and choose from menu options. I was happy to find that the device remembers exactly where I was when I exited the game so I can jump freely between any games or modes without losing space.
Since he offers a watch, I put it on my desk where I can watch Link run around defeating enemies as time goes on. I can even jump in and fight for it if I want while I’m still in watch mode. There is also a timer with themes from Zelda II where the numbers are made up of Triforce pieces and you can change the background at several different locations from the game. You can then watch Link fight the villains as time counts down. It’s pretty cool.
This device is really small and thin, which makes it so easy to put it in a pocket or purse. However, I recommend that you get some kind of purse or screen protector bag when you’re out and about. The included USB-C on the USB cable is quite short, but of good length if you decide to charge the Game & Watch using the Nintendo Switch.
Is it worth buying a Zelda Game & Watch?
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The Game & Watch: The Legend of Zelda is more of a collectible item for dedicated Nintendo fans or those who collect everything that is Zelda. It offers three fun Zelda games and the classic Game & Watch game with Link’s face slung over it. If you are interested in the history of Nintendo at all or you are a big fan of Zelda, then this will be a great collector’s item. Otherwise, you might just want to stick to the classic Zelda games offered on the Switch.
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Play & Watch: The Legend of Zelda
Four classic games
Take this great collectible with you wherever you go and have access to The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, along with a modified version of the classic Game & Watch game.
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