Here we go… the last entry of the Game & Watch Gallery series. Released on the Game Boy Advance in 2002, the Game & Watch Gallery 4 boasted 6 games, though there were plenty of bonus games that could be unlocked. Still, let’s just focus on the main six for the purposes of this article.
The six featured games are Fire, Boxing, Rain Shower, Mario’s Cement Factory, Donkey Kong Jr., and Donkey Kong 3. Wait… Fire? Donkey Kong Jr.? Haven’t we already seen those? Well, I’m sure they’ve made some changes…
No. No, they did not. Besides a major graphical overhaul, new music, and somewhat improved controls, these are basically the same games as before. It boggles the mind why they would use these two again… it’s not like they didn’t have plenty of other games to choose from.
So, there’s really no point in discussing these two further… on to the rest of the games.
Next up is Boxing. At first glance, the game seems complex… the up and down buttons control your fist placement… up high for face punches, down low for body blows. This also determines your defense. For example, if your fists are low and the opponent goes for a body blow, you block it. Also, pressing away from the opponent dodges. I found myself using that more often than the up/down buttons. Also, the A and B buttons punch.
Just keep dodging, blocking, and punching until your opponent falls. That’s really all there is to it.
Also, you’ll notice that unlike the first three games, the classic modes replicate the LCD look of the actual Game & Watch. It’s a nice touch.
In the remake, you play as Luigi and face off against a series of three opponents. First up is Wiggler. Compared to the original, the enemies are a bit harder to read… but still, they’re easy if you keep dodging. You can adjust your punch height when dodging too, so you can prepare to counterattack.
Second is Boo, and third is Waluigi. I didn’t really notice much difference between fighting the three of them, though Waluigi seems to be a muay thai expert.
Once you beat Waluigi, it starts over.
Yay. Gotta admit, not the best game… still, it’s serviceable.
Next is Rain Shower. You move between four clotheslines, moving the shirts to avoid raindrops. That’s really all there is to it.
In the remake, you play as Mario and need to keep Toad and DK Jr. away from water balloons dropped by Bowser. Occasionally, moons will fall, and if Toad or Jr. grabs it, a meter at the bottom will fill up. Not quite sure what it does. Also, not sure if those swing-looking things on the ropes serve any purpose… the balloons just pass through them.
Just for shits and giggles, I tried hard mode and JESUS CHRIST LOOK AT WARIO
So, you have more characters to defend, and Bowser throws the water balloons MUCH more frequently. And as per usual, Luigi continues to give no shits.
Up next is Mario’s Cement Factory and goddamn is it frustrating. I don’t really know how to explain it… you run around another terrible factory, trying to empty cement from the tanks into the trucks below. The conveyor belt up top periodically dumps some cement into the tanks, and by “periodically” I mean FUCKING NEVER. You just wait around while nothing happens, wondering if you’re doing something wrong.
You get around by using these elevators, and I swear that they’re out to kill you. Don’t think you can drop down onto an elevator below. If you don’t step DIRECTLY onto one, you die.
The remake is similar, but a lot better. Here, it’s a cookie factory instead of a cement factory, but the basic idea is the same. And the elevators are a LOT more lenient, making the stage easier to navigate. This time you can safely drop onto a lower elevator… however, if you fall on the floor, you still die.
Up next is Donkey Kong 3 and jesus christ what is happening
Basically, you and DK shoot pesticide at bees, trying to knock them towards each other. So it’s kind of like the board game Crossfire, if Crossfire sucked. You need to keep refilling your sprayer too, so yay.
The remake isn’t a whole lot better. Instead of bees, it’s Boos and fireballs, and instead of pesticide, you shoot bubbles. Sound fun?
That’s really all there is to say about Game & Watch Gallery 4. It pains me to say it, but it kinda sucks. Besides the fact that two of the games were already on previous entries in the series, the new games aren’t really all that great either. Still, it’s saved somewhat by great visuals and music.
And that’s it for the Game & Watch series. There were two further compilations made for the Nintendo DS, but they only consisted of the classic games, and were exclusive to Club Nintendo members. Still, you can buy some of the games in the DSi store, and of course…
Mr. Game & Watch himself is now a fighter in the Super Smash Bros. series.
Undeniably, the Game & Watch is a classic and important part of gaming history. Still, perhaps it’s for the best that the Gallery series is taking a break. All in all, I had fun. But now it’s time to move on to other topics!