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Mario's Cement Factory
Mario's Cement Factory screenshots
Game & Watch Table Top version
Developer(s) Nintendo R&D1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Series Mario
Platform(s)
Release date(s)
  • Table Top:
  • April 28, 1983
  • New Wide Screen:
  • 1983
Genre(s) Platform game
Mode(s) Single-player

Mario's Cement Factory[lower-alpha 1] is a portable electronic game developed by Nintendo R&D1 and published by Nintendo in 1983 as part of a series of Game & Watch devices. It stars Mario as he funnels cement in a factory. Critics have called it one of the best Game & Watch games, if primitive by today's standards. It has also been called one of the weirdest Mario games. It has been re-released in various forms.

Mario's Cement Factory (Tabletop) - Game&Watch - Nintendo

The Table Top version

GameplayEdit

The game puts players in the role of Mario, who works at a cement factory where he funnels cement into cement trucks. Mario must navigate two dangerous elevators and avoid falling or being crushed and losing a life. Mario must also continually empty cement into the trucks, or else the cement will overflow and crush one of the workers below, which also costs the player a life. In this game Mario can't jump and there are no enemies. There are two game modes: A and B, with B being more difficult.[2]

DevelopmentEdit

Nintendo game and watch - Marios cement factory

The New Wide Screen version

Mario's Cement Factory was developed by Nintendo R&D1, which at the time was led by Gunpei Yokoi,[3] and published by Nintendo. Like all Game & Watch releases, each unit is a standalone portable device that doubles as a clock and can only play the one game. Mario's creator Shigeru Miyamoto was not the designer.[4] Hirokazu Tanaka composed the game sounds.[1]

Two versions of the game were released. One version is part of the more advanced Game & Watch Table Top series and debuted on April 28, 1983. It has a full color illuminated screen, and approximately 250,000 models were produced.[5] A smaller handheld version was also released in 1983 as part of the New Wide Screen series. It has a monochrome screen with a color overlay, and approximately 750,000 units were produced.[6][7]

The game was released the same year that Nintendo's Famicom system debuted in Japan, and two years after the first Mario title (the arcade game Donkey Kong).[8]

Re-releasesEdit

Stand on back of Nintendo Mini Classic

Side view of a Nintendo Mini Classics unit

The game has been re-released in various forms. Generally, these releases faithfully re-create the New Wide Screen graphics (and none of them re-create the Table Top graphics.) Game Boy Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery 4 include versions with updated graphics.

ReceptionEdit

GamesRadar+ called the game one of the best Game & Watch games, and praised its relative complexity, while saying that Game & Watch games in general are "incredibly primitive" by the standards of today.[18] A writer for Wired called the game an "old favorite".[19] MTV.com called it fun, comparing it to the Game & Watch game Manhole.[20] Complex called it "probably the best" of the Mario Game & Watch games, praising it for being fun and chaotic, and saying it had more replay value than Mario's Bombs Away.[21] YouTuber Rerez called it their favorite Game & Watch game, and called the full color 1983 Table Top version the best existing version.[22]

Cubed3, reviewing the DSi release, was critical, giving it a 5/10 and calling its design primitive by modern standards.[23] IGN recommended the DSi release, though they noted that it was not a strong recommendation due to "picky and precise" movements.[24]

TechRadar, Houston Press, and Nerdist have called the game one of the stranger entries in the Mario series.[25][26][27] The Houston Press said the game was "kind of gruesome" since factory workers can be killed by overflowing cement.[26] GamesRadar+ said the game reflected Mario's working-class roots.[18] Mario's role as a cement factory worker has been mentioned in multiple articles that cover the array of professions Mario has undertaken.[28][4]

The original units have become collector's items[25] and, like many Game & Watch titles, a complete-in-box unit can sell for over US$100.[20] The game was featured in a Gunpei Yokoi exhibit in Harajuku in 2010.[29]

NotesEdit

  1. Japanese: マリオズ・セメント・ファクトリー[1]? </li></ol>

ReferencesEdit

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