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Version: 1.0 | Updated: 08/02/2009

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Game & Watch Collection for Nintendo DS FAQ

by BHodges

Version  1.0
Created  08/02/09

This document Copyright 2009 by Brian Hodges.  It may not be placed on any
web site or otherwise distributed publicly without advance written permission. 

Use of this guide on any other web site or as a part of any public display is 
strictly prohibited, and a violation of copyright.

All trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by their
respective trademark and copyright holders.

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Table of Contents

I.     Introduction
II.    Getting Started
         A.  Game Select
         B.  Memory Clear
III.   Watch/Alarm
IV.    Oil Panic
         A.  Controls
         B.  Gameplay
         C.  Mistakes
         D.  Scoring
         E.  Bonuses
         F.  Strategies
V.     Donkey Kong
         A.  Controls
         B.  Gameplay
         C.  Mistakes
         D.  Scoring
         E.  Bonuses
         F.  Strategies
VI.    Green House
         A.  Controls
         B.  Gameplay
         C.  Mistakes
         D.  Scoring
         E.  Bonuses
         F.  Strategies
VII.   My Best Scores
VIII.  Game Review
IX.    Frequently Asked Questions
X.     Version History
XI.    Contact Information

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I.     Introduction

This is a FAQ for the DS game Game & Watch Collection.  It contains information
on how to play the games, a FAQ, and a mini-review.

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II.    Getting Started

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A.  Game Select

On the Title Screen, your bottom screen will have a list of the three games
as well as an Alarm Set icon.  You can scroll through these with the control
pad, then press A to select (or you can just tap the one you want with the
stylus).

After choosing a game, the top screen will display that game's control scheme
while the bottom screen is your Mode Select screen.  On the Mode Select screen,
you'll see boxes for Game A, Game B, Time, and Back.  The high score for each
mode is also displayed here.  Press left/right to select a game mode, Game A is
for beginners, Game B is a harder version of Game A.  Press the A button to
begin playing.  Pressing the X button brings up the Time Display, while
pressing B takes you back to the Title Screen (you also have the option of
making your selection with the stylus).

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B.  Memory Clear

To clear the game card's memory, hold down the A, B, X, Y, L, and R buttons as
the game starts up.

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III.   Watch/Alarm

Choosing Alarm Set on the Title Screen allows you to set the alarm using the
control pad.  When the alarm sounds, it can be stopped by pressing select or
tapping the Alarm Stop icon with the stylus.

Choosing Time from any of the three games' Mode Select screens will enable
Watch Mode.  A demo of the game will play and the current time will be
displayed.  Press A, B, or Start to return to the Mode Select screen.

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IV.    Oil Panic

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A.  Controls

Control Pad       Move attendant left/right, dump bucket
A Button          Move attendant right, dump bucket
Y Button          Move attendant left, dump bucket
Start             Pauses game

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B.  Gameplay

The object of the game is to catch the leaking oil in your bucket.  Your
bucket can hold up to three drops of oil.  There is an NPC carrying an oil drum
on the  balcony below.  By moving to the windows on the far left/right, you
can dump your bucket into the oil drum by pressing left/right on the control
pad.

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C.  Mistakes

There are three different types of "mistakes" you can make in Oil Panic.  When
you make three mistakes on either screen, your game is over.

Upper Screen Mistakes:

-  Missing a drop of oil.
-  Trying to catch a drop of oil in a full bucket.

Bottom Screen

-  Dumping your bucket onto a customer.

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D.  Scoring

Catching a drop of oil                         1 point
Dumping bucket into oil drum                   1 point per drop
Bonus for dumping full bucket                  2 points

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E.  Bonuses

If you reach 300 or 1300 points, all mistakes will be cleared.  If you reach
300 or 1300 points without making any mistakes, you will enter Fever Mode.  In
Fever Mode, a second NPC with another oil drum will appear.  The two NPCs will
remain stationary outside each window and any points awarded for dumped oil
will be doubled.  Fever Mode will end after thirty seconds.

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F.  Strategies

-  Whenever possible, wait until your bucket is full before dumping it.

-  As you approach every 100 points (100, 200, 300, etc.) the game will speed 
   up, once you reach the mark, gameplay will then slow back down.

-  Use your mistakes, with correct play you can make five mistakes before your
   game ends.  For example, if you have two mistakes on the top screen and only
   one on the bottom, it's better to empty your bucket onto a customer than 
   allow the third mistake on the top screen to end your game!

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V.     Donkey Kong

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A.  Controls

Control Pad        Move rescuer, activate crane
A Button           Jump, make rescuer appear in starting position
Start              Pauses game

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B.  Gameplay

The object of the game is to guide your rescuer safely to the top of the
construction site, activate the crane (by pressing left on the control pad),
then jumping onto the hook (with A, NOT by pressing right), to remove one of
the wires supporting Donkey Kong's platform.  Once you have removed all four
wires, Donkey Kong will tumble to the ground and you win!  Then you get to
do it all over again ...

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C.  Mistakes

There are four different types of "mistakes" you can make.  When you make a
mistake you lose a rescuer, lose all of your rescuers and your game is over.

Mistakes:

-  Being hit by a barrel.
-  Jumping and hitting your head on a girder.
-  Being hit by the moving girder.
-  Jumping for the hook and missing.

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D.  Scoring

Jumping over a barrel      1-2 points
Removing a wire            5-20 points
Dumping Donkey Kong        20 points

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E.  Bonuses

When you reach 300 or 1300 points, you will be given an extra rescuer.  If
you reach 300 or 1300 points without making a single mistake, you'll also enter
Fever Mode.  In Fever Mode, all points awarded are doubled.  Fever Mode will
last until you make a mistake.

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F.  Strategies

-  Watch the moving girders on the second level, make sure you are not under
   one when a barrel is approaching.
-  While on the ladder leading up to the top screen, you are safe from any
   barrels, but you can still be killed by the moving girders.
-  Activate the crane by pressing left while you are standing next to the 
   switch.
-  When the crane is activated, the hook will start at the far left and move
   right, then swing left one more time.
-  Once the crane is activated, Donkey Kong will concentrate on the RIGHT side
   of the screen, you'll need to wait for an opening to jump onto the hook.
-  You can only reach the hook when it is to the far left.  Be sure to JUMP
   using A, if you press right you'll drop to your doom.
-  Be patient!

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VI.    Green House

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A.  Controls

Control Pad      Moves your character
A Button         Use spray can
Start            Pauses game.

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B.  Gameplay

The object of the game is to protect the flowers from the inchworms and
spiders.  You have an unlimited supply of bug spray to ward off the critters,
on puff of spray will kill an inchworm and drive a spider up the web one place.

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C.  Mistakes

Allowing an inchworm or spider to reach a flower is a "mistake".  After three
mistakes, your game is over.

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D.  Scoring

Killing inchworm                          1 point
Killing inchworm one space from flower    2 points
Killing inchworm when closest to flower   3 points
Making a spider retreat one space         1 point
Making a spider retreat completely        3 points

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E.  Bonuses

Your mistake icons will be cleared when you reach each 300 point level (300,
1300, 2300, ...).  If you reach a 300 point level without making any mistakes,
you will enter Fever Mode.  In Fever Mode, all points awarded are doubled.
Fever Mode will last until you make a mistake.

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F.  Strategies

-  In the early going, it's actually better to let the inchworms get close to
   the flowers before killing them so you can earn extra points.

-  When a spider appears, wait for the next inchworm to appear and kill it
   BEFORE heading down the ladder.

-  When attacking a spider, quickly shoot FOUR times to ensure it's taken
   care of.

-  Prioritize.  Take care of all enemies on a screen before moving up/down the
   ladder.  While moving on the ladder be aware of which flower is in the most
   danger so you can head that way first.

-  You have unlimited ammo, so keep pumping that spray can!

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VII.   My Best Scores

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|             | Game A | Game B |
|-------------|--------|--------|   
|Oil Panic    |   0744 |   0659 |
|-------------|--------|--------|
|Donkey Kong  |   2400 |   0729 |
|-------------|--------|--------|
|Green House  |   1054 |   0732 |
|_______________________________|

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VIII.  Game Review

Game & Watch Collection is a DS game that is available only as a reward to Club
Nintendo members.  It is a compilation of three classic Game & Watch games: Oil
Panic, Donkey Kong, and Green House.  Each game is a faithful port of the 
original, even the watch/alarm features are included!  The game comes with a 
manual and standard DS case, this was a pleasant surprise, I was expecting a
cardboard sleeve like the Metroid Prime demo.

Oil Panic is the simplest of the three games.  The object here is to catch the
dripping oil in a bucket, then empty the bucket into a barrel that is being
carried by an NPC.  This is my least favorite of the three.

Donkey Kong is based on the arcade game.  The game has only one stage, it's
sort of like a cross between the girder and rivet stages.  The object is to
avoid the barrels as you make your way to the top, then activate a crane so
you can swing over to the wires supporting Donkey Kong's platform.  Once you've
removed all three wires, he'll come crashing down and you win.  Then you start
all over again.

Green House seems to be based on the obscure Donkey Kong 3.  The object is to
keep worms and spiders away from your flowers using a can of bug spray.  This
game is my favorite, the action is fast paced and it's a challenge to keep an
eye on both screens at once!

All three games are fun, but get old pretty quickly.  The fact that the card
saves your high scores does add a bit to the replay value, but not much.  Still
I do feel that the game was worth the 800 coins, so I'm satisfied!

Pros

+  It's free!
+  Gives gamers a chance to play three classic games.
+  Game saves your high scores.
+  I think the song on the title screen is catchy.
+  Makes a good collector's item.

Cons

-  The games are VERY simple, most gamers will get bored quickly.
-  Only includes three games.
-  The watch/alarm feature is kind of redundant, since the DS already has one.

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IX.    Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Game & Watch Collection?

Game & Watch Collection is a compilation of three classic Game & Watch games
for the Nintendo DS.  The three games included are Oil Panic, Donkey Kong, and
Green House.

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What is a Game & Watch?

Game & Watch was the line of portable LCD games produced by Nintendo from 1980
to 1991.  Each Game & Watch contained a single game as well as a watch/alarm
feature.

Check out Wikipedia for more information:  
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_%26_watch

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How do I get Game & Watch Collection?

"Officially" the only way to get this game is by being a member of Club
Nintendo and earning 800 coins.

Of course you can also find copies online at places like Amazon and eBay for
around $30.

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What is Club Nintendo and how do I earn coins?

Club Nintendo is the successor to My Nintendo.  If you have a My Nintendo
account, you can just log in and upgrade it to a Club Nintendo account.

You earn coins by registering 1st party Nintendo products in the Earn Coins
section of Club Nintendo.  You will need the PIN included in the game inserts
(usually on the back of a Nintendo Power advertisement) and will be asked to
take a brief survey.  Wii games typically earn you 50 coins and DS games 30 
coins, however, not all games are eligible.

For more information go to https://club.nintendo.com.

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Do I earn 30 coins for ordering this?

No.  Game & Watch Collection does NOT come with a registration PIN.

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Is it worth 800 coins?

In my opinion, yes.  While it may not seem like much considering you have to
buy $800 worth of Nintendo products, you were going to buy those games anyway,
so the free gift is a nice bonus.  

At the time of this writing, Game & Watch Collection is the ONLY video game 
you can spend your coins on (in North America).  Undoubtedly more games will be
available in the future, but as of right now I do feel that Game & Watch 
Collection is the best use of your Club Nintendo coins.  Besides, if you don't 
like it you can always just put it on eBay.

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X.     Version History

1.0   08/02/09   Completed FAQ.

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XI.    Contact Information

You can contact me at Bhodges080@aol.com

I would appreciate hearing what you thought of this guide and any thoughts
you have for improving it.  Be sure to let me know if I have missed anything.

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