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BALL Nintendo Game & Watch review

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BALL Game & Watch is a handheld game for Nintendo and it's the very first nintendo game watch, released in April 1980. You have to control the juggler arms using the buttons left and right by position the hands under the balls and keep them on the air.

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In the GAME A you will play with 2 balls (1 point for each ball caught) while in the GAME B 3 ball will be on game (10 points for each ball caught).
The ball speed will increase gradually as the score increases and every 100 points (GAME A) and 1000 points (GAME B) the speed returns to slow temporarily.
If you play BALL Nintendo Game & Watch in high-temperature ambients you may experience the ball overlapping when the speed is up.

In this game 2 balls move in the air. To proceed the game, it's necessary to receive the balls by the skillful control of the juggler's hands using both left and right buttons.

- control the juggler hands using the left and right buttons
- each time a ball is received you will score 1 point in GAME A and 10 pints on GAME B
- when the ball falls and cracked the game will over.

Though the speed of the ball increases gradually, it will slow down temporarily every 1000 points. If the speed of the ball becomes faster than a certain degree such as 280 points or more on GAME A or 2800 points on GAME B the balls will overlap with each other under a high ambient temperature. Thus, the balls may appear to be overlapped.

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Date of Release: 28th April 1980
Model Nr: AC-01
Acronym: ACtion
Rating: DC3V 0.0002W
Battery: LR43 (or SR43) x 2
Manufactured: Japan
Sold: Less than 250,000 Worldwide
Nr. of players: 1
Lives: 1
Modes: Game A & Game B
Controls: Left & Right button controlling jugglers arms
Other Buttons: Game A, Game B, Time & ACL


It features a Juggler and you control his arms by moving them right or left. Your object is to position the hands under the balls so that they stay in the air.

Game differences

In Game A you have 2 balls and are awarded 1 point for every catch, and in Game B you have 3 Balls and are awarded 10 points for every catch.


Ball was the first Game and Watch made. There was also a Mego/Time-Out version called Toss-Up that was only launched in the USA.

Highest possible score is 9,999 in Game A and 9,990 in Game B.

Cheats and tricks

Remember that the speed of the ball decreases every 100 points before gradually increasing in speed again.

This might be a good time for a little breather. At high ambient temperature you might experience the balls overlapping when the speed has built up.


1 point for every ball caught in Game A and 10 points for every ball caught in Game B.


Here you only have one chance. If you fail to catch a ball, it cracks and the game ends.

Other notices

If you hold in Game A or Game B key the highest previous score will be displayed. If the unit is left as it is after game is over, time display will appear in about five minutes. A game is not interrupted even if TIME key or other game keys are depressed during game playing. Pressing ACL switch or removing batteries erases high score from memory.

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