Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch hacked to run classic games

Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch hacked to run classic games The Legend of Zelda hackers modify

The Super Mario Bros. Game & Watch was released on Nov. 13, and users have spent time discovering all of its secrets. Of course, with any product comes an opportunity for hackers to experiment with their shiny new device. One such hacker by the name of stacksmashing managed to get the classic FPS title Doom up and running shortly after the console’s release. Now with the help of coder Konrad Beckmann, the duo has managed to get some retro classics playable on the device. These include the likes of Pokémon, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros. 3, and Contra.

The process of getting this to work is slightly complicated. It will require opening up the device to add custom ROM files but also requires the assistance of external hardware. Stacksmashing has expressed interest in publishing a guide on how to unlock the Game and Watch for such hacks.

Knowing the internet, this won’t be the last time we see these kind of projects for the Game & Watch. Hackers are always finding new ways to to experiment with hardware like this, so expect to see more in the future. What are your thoughts on all this? Personally, I’d like to see more NES games running on the system.


Jaimie Ditchfield
Freelance Writer. Work seen on GGRecon, Zelda Universe, and BackToTheGaming. Studied Games Journalism and PR for three years, and is relentless at spreading his love for The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask.