Newly Discovered Nintendo Game & Watch 'Bassmate Computer'

Bassmate-Computer-Game-And-WatchFor years Game & Watch collectors have been pouring over the possibility of one day owning all 60 of the different handheld titles Nintendo produced. As of now though, a 61st Game & Watch has been discovered, one which Nintendo appears to be almost ashamed to admit to manufacturing, the Bassmate Computer.

The Bassmate Computer is a small electronic device released in 1984 which aids fishers by helping them choose the best lure and bait combination for every bass fishing condition.

Bassmate-Computer-Game-And-Watch-Similarities

The handheld's aesthetics bear a striking resemblance to Nintendo Game & Watch handhelds, most notably the Multi Screen models, as this LCD computer also features the two screen layout we've grown accustomed to over the years. Further adding to its similarities, the Bassmate Computer harbours identical buttons to the Game & Watch series, along with its prominent reset and alarm push switches. And if that wasn't enough already, the reverse side of the handheld also sports the familiar serial number usage and details of the device too.

With all of this in mind, a reader of the Before Mario blog recently uncovered this little mystery which has been starring us all in the face for years. Near the back of the Bassmate Computer's manual, the keen-eyed amongst us may happen to notice the following trademark...

Bassmate-Computer-Game-And-Watch-Nintendo

So needless to say, if you're a Nintendo Game & Watch collector, you have yet another troublesome (and potentially expensive) device to track down. They joys of collecting vintage games, huh?

Link: Find Bassmate Computer Game & Watch on eBay

Link: Nintendo's Hidden Game & Watch - Bassmate Computer at Before Mario


Last Updated ( 23 June 2013 )  

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(Link to this comment) adam763 2013-06-23 11:39
Is this a genuine jobby for sure?
The original article wasn't written on April the 1st by any chance?
It does seem a bizaar layout for a genuine Nintendo G&W.
(Link to this comment) KoolioMcB 2013-06-23 11:47
Lol the prequel to Bass hunter 64
(Link to this comment) gunstarhero 2013-06-23 13:42
I love this sort of news, thanks for sharing.

I personally would not include this as a G&W as

1) its not a game
2) the words Nintendo G&W are nowhere to be seen
3) Nintendo made loads of LCD games in the early 90's branded Game Watch and these are not included in list of 60 recognised G&W's despite having much more in common with G&W's than this find

That said, I'd still keep it if I ever came across one ;-)
(Link to this comment) hydr0x 2013-06-23 14:07
I'm sorry but this is not a Game & Watch. Just because it has a similar layout and is made by Nintendo does not make it a G&W. It's not branded as one and has no game.
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