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Nintendo revamps Game & Watch line for Super Mario Bros. 35th anniversary

Get ready for a blast from the past, because Nintendo is bringing back its handheld Game & Watch device.

Nintendo is releasing a revamped version of its original Game & Watch handheld in honor of the 35th anniversary of the Super Mario Bros. franchise. 

The device will be a modern version of the systems first released in 1980 that included a game, but also could be used as a watch. The original Game & Watch series sold more than 43 million worldwide, according to Nintendo. 

The modern system will feature classic games like Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels and an updated version of Game & Watch: Ball. 

According to Nintendo, the Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld will be released Nov. 13 with "limited production." It was announced during a surprise Nintendo Direct showcase on Thursday. 

The company also said it would be re-releasing a collection of three Super Mario games to mark the franchise's 35th anniversary. Super Mario 3D All-Stars will include Super Mario 64, Super Mario Sunshine and Super Mario Galaxy all in one package for the Nintendo Switch. Nintendo added that the game launches Sept. 18 and "will be available until approximately March 31, 2021."

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Additionally, Nintendo revealed it's launching a new version of Mario Kart called Mario Kart Live: Home Circuitwhich brings the popular racing series into the real world. Players will be able to control a real-life Kart and transform their home into the Mario Kart course. 

Thursday's announcement also included details about a new online game called Super Mario Bros. 35, which lets 35 players battle it out in the world of the original Super Mario Bros. game. 

Credit: AP
A Super Mario figure is displayed at a showroom in Tokyo, Tuesday, July 30, 2019.