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Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. ($50)

ho doesn’t love the iconic game hero Mario? A fun gift for gamers and nongamers alike, Nintendo’s micro “console” is a modern update of the hugely popular Game & Watch series that dates back to 1980. The self-contained system celebrates the enduring charm and antics of Mario—who turned 35 this year—with a color screen (the original was black-and-white) and Nintendo’s classic four-way + Control Pad, which replaces the original player’s Left and Right buttons. You get two versions of —the original 1986 game plus (released in Japan as and an updated Mario-centric version of , the game featured on the original Game & Watch that tasks players with keeping two balls in the air (hey, we’re talking 1980 here…). Adding to the fun, players are encouraged to keep an eye out for 35 “little touches,” including guest appearances from Mario friends and foes in addition to his regular sidekick, Luigi. Measuring 4.4

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