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Not just any old Wide Screen ...

Not just any old Wide Screen ...


... But New Wide Screen (the Nintendo of the early-'80s evidently lacked a little panache when it came to naming its products). From 1982 to 1991 the New Wide Screen games constituted the fifth Game & Watch series in all.

There's some compelling boxart in this series (well, we think so) -- the Super Mario Bros. example is obviously wonderful, but our favorite is the art for Donkey Kong Jr. The sight of a mischievous DK Jr. about to release his enraged father as a whip-wielding Mario looks on never fails to make us smile. The tables have turned, Mario!

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DONKEY KONG JR.
Released: 26th October 1982
Series: New Wide Screen
Units produced: ~1,200,000

MARIO'S CEMENT FACTORY
Released: 16th November 1983
Series: New Wide Screen
Units produced: ~750,000

MANHOLE
Released: 24th August 1983
Series: New Wide Screen
Units produced: ~250,000

TROPICAL FISH
Released: July 1985
Series: New Wide Screen
Units produced: ~250,000

SUPER MARIO BROS.
Released: March 1988
Series: New Wide Screen
Units produced: ~1,000,000

CLIMBER
Released: March 1988
Series: New Wide Screen
Units produced: ~250,000

BALLOON FIGHT
Released: March 1988
Series: New Wide Screen
Units produced: ~250,000

Michael Panayiotakis

23/06/08

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