Hello, and welcome to a very special Holiday episode of Friday Night Gamez!
I’m your host, JComx!
Wow! Would you just look at all of these holiday decorations!
It MUST be Christmas!
A present under the Christmas tree!
I wonder what Santa brought me?
Surely it’s a timely gift that’s festive, and also in the spirit of Christmas.
What a surprise! It’s the Game & Watch Gold series from 1982!
That’s really convenient, cuz that’s also today’s episode!
[ Dance of the Sugar Plumb Fairy music plays ]
Happy holidays, everyone!
It’s Christmas, and you know what that means!
That’s right! It’s basically a normal episode, but there will be a Christmas tree right here the whole time!
Today is all about the Game & Watch Gold series!
We’ll be talking about the differences and improvements of the Gold Series, compared to the Silver Series,
as well as looking at the individual games themselves!
Wait a minute…
Silver and gold…
That’s another Christmas reference!
See! This really is a Christmas episode!
You should go watch the Silver Series video first, if you haven’t seen that one.
The year is 1981, and Nintendo is
and the release of their first massive arcade hit,
Which is only a few months away.
In the meantime, Nintendo R&D1 is hard at work on a new set of Game & Watches.
As mentioned last time, the previous year saw the release of five Game & Watches,
known as the Silver Series.
This new set attempted to distinguish themselves from the last ones,
by switching out the silver faceplate, with a cool, new gold one.
Though the overall design stayed mostly the same,
these new models brought some cool new features to the Game & Watch series.
From here on out, every Game & Watch would be equipped with an alarm feature,
which you can set, using the newly added alarm hole.
[ Game & Watch alarm beeping ]
They also added a handy little kickstand on the back,
which makes them easier to display and use like a clock.
And HOLY SHIT!
NOW WE’VE GOT COLOR!
Of course, the Game & Watch LCDs couldn’t produce color themselves,
so Nintendo cleverly circumvented this,
by creating little plastic panels, with scenery printed on them,
which give the illusion of color.
Now that’s pretty clever!
Not only that, but the games finally got a feature, where you could clear your misses, if you got enough points,
specifically 200 or 500 points.
So what about the games?
Well, let’s play them and take a look!
Nintendo comes right out of the gate swinging, with their first gold entry: Manhole.
Released at the top of the year, Manhole is an absolute banger!
It’s one of my all-time favorite Game & Watches.
Such a classic!
You control this strange, sewer-dwelling man, who wields the titular manhole covers,
while little Mr. Game & Watch pedestrians attempt to cross from one side of the road to the other.
Using the four buttons on the sides,
It’s your job to stop them from falling into the raw sewage below.
Three misses and it’s game over.
But as mentioned earlier, if you get 200 or 500 points, you can erase your misses.
As usual, Game A is the classic game,
which ramps up in difficulty over time.
Game B is once again hard mode, and it starts out quicker, and throws more pedestrians at you.
It’s a pretty tough game, and it keeps me engaged and coming back for more.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who thinks so.
While the original Game & Watch: Ball, boasts an impressive legacy,
even Ball’s legacy is rivaled by that of Manhole.
The game was so popular, Nintendo even re-released a whole new version, two years later,
with updated graphics, under the ‘New Wide-Screen’ Series.
It was also the only Game & Watch released for the Game Boy Advance’s e-reader.
Come on! Just look at this guy!
I love him!
He’s so expressive and charming,
and his concern for the welfare of these pedestrians is just so sweet.
But at the same time, he’s also kind of creepy, like…
why are you in the sewers, dude?
Could this be a class critique?
Was this game the primary inspiration for the best picture academy award-winning film, Parasite?
>> GEUN-SE: RESPECT!
>> JCOMX: Yes. Obviously.
And these pedestrians??
Look at ’em go!
Where they goin’?
Where ya gotta be in such a hurry, Mr. Game & Watch?
Daah! It’s so god dang cute!
I love it!
10 out of 10! Play the game for god’s sake!
[ TV static ]
[ Mario Kart 64: Sherbert Land music plays ]
[ TV static ]
Released less than a month later, we have Helmet!
In the U.K. they had to change the name from Helmet to Headache,
because apparently, in the U.K., helmet is a euphemism for…
(whispering loudly) FOR A PENI-
So, in Helmet you control a man wearing a condom on his head, as tools rain down from the sky.
You need to run from the apartments on the left side of the screen, to the shed on the right.
Each time you enter the door to the shed, you get five points,
and you also get one point for every three tools that reach the bottom of the screen, without you getting hit.
The tricky part is that, apparently
some asshole keeps shutting the fucking shed door,
and you have to wait, and dodge the tools until they open the DOOR AGAIN!
Somebody, PLEASE call OSHA!
Once again, it’s three hits, and you get a permanent concussion.
However, if you reach 200 or 500 points,
you make a miraculous recovery!
Game B is the harder version of Game A, once again,
but instead of the tools falling at a constant rate,
the speed increases, and the door is open less frequently, and more sporadically.
Lastly, we’ve got Lion.
Released about two months after Helmet, Lion marks the final, and least successful, game in the gold trilogy.
In Lion, we naturally continue the cycle of abuse, which started with Vermin,
as you control two lion tamers wielding chairs, trying to keep these lions inside this cage.
These poor lions just want to get out of this prison.
They’re meant to roam free in the savanna,
NOT BE LOCKED BEHIND BARS!
AND DON’T GIVE ME ANY OF THAT REVISIONIST HISTORY BULLSHIT,
THAT THESE LION TAMERS ARE PROTECTING THE PEOPLE FROM THESE LIONS!
DOWN WITH COLONIALISM!
THEY’RE INNOCULATING THE MASSE-
[ TV static ]
[ VCR start up sounds ]
>> NARRATOR: It’s Christmas!
And you know what that means!
Another highly anticipated AAA game!
From their mind-boggling controller scheme!
To their sharp, hyper-realistic 4K visuals!
FUCK THAT SHIT!
GO BACK TO THE QUINTESSENTIAL GAMING EXPERIENCE,
WITH GAME & WATCH: GOLD!
IT’S NOW IN
Perfect for the holiday season.
Limited time only, restrictions may apply,
not available in silver, blue, gray, Kansas, green, or after Midnight on the winter solstice,
social security card required upon completion,
Nintendo not liable for any violence that may befall you, as a result of your purchase.
[ TV static ]
>> JCOMX: Whatever.
At least you’re using chairs and not whips or something.
The lion sprites are adorable.
They have a little roar sound effect when they come out.
[ Game & Watch beeping noises ]
Such a scary mow!
You have to block their escape, by moving to the same level as them.
Sometimes they give you one of these:
[ Game & Watch beeping sounds ]
You sneaky little tyke! You’re not gonna fake me out that easily!
Game A and Game B are basically the same,
except that Game B increases the human cruelty level, by adding yet another lion to the cage,
and it’s a bit faster.
Lion is more slow paced than Manhole or Helmet,
but it’s still a pretty decent time-waster.
My least favorite of the three games, but it’s worth a try.
And that’ll do it for the holly-jolly Gold Series!
This is one of the shorter Game & Watch series, with only three games,
but what they lack in quantity, they make up for in quality.
The new additions the Gold Series brought became staples of the Game & Watch,
and show a clear progression in both game and hardware designs, by R&D1.
They’ve left the territory of simplistic adaptations of other popular games,
and moved on to more interesting and original ideas.
Before I go, I want to give a shoutout to one of my new subscribers,
He’s been super cool,
and leaving such nice comments on my videos,
and I just wanted to show my appreciation…
I’M NOT CRYING!
Thanks, Pacster Retro! You’re awesome!
Happy holidays, everyone!
Thanks for joining me in this look back at the Game & Watch Gold Series.
Next time, we’re taking a look at one of the biggest Game & Watch sets,
with the Wide-Screen Series,
which includes a whopping 10 games!
Get ready, cuz it’s gonna be a wild ride!
And make sure you subscribe, so you can tune in for more Friday Night Gamez!
[ Carol of the Bells music plays ]