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Batteries FAQ
by Slash




The Following FAQ is designed to provide collectors with as much information as possible about the Maxell batterys that were provided with the Nintendo Game and Watch games. If you have any further information about the batteries, I'll gladly add them here.

Q.What Batteries did G&W come with?
A. Please view table 1.1


Q. What years were certain Batteries manufactured?
A. Please view table 1.1


Q. What are the dates stamped on the battery packets?
A. It is believed that the date is the manufacture date from Maxell and in no way represent a release of the game. Assumedly Nintendo would have purchased tens of thousands at a time, and used them over a few months, so by the time a game hits the store a battery packet could have been manufactured months ago.


Q. What games did the red on white folded batteries come with?
A. As far as we know Mario Bros, Donkey Kong 2 and Mickey & Donald standard editions, and it's also been seen in PS Donkey Kong, however it it really unknown as collectors tend to swap batterys a lot.


Q. What Batteries did a particular game come with?
A. Please view table 1.2

Q. Did Maxell release these battery packets elsewhere?
A. No, These battery packets were designed for Nintendo, for shipment with Game and Watch only (read email replay below).


Q. Can I get replacment batteries from Maxell?
A. The following is a reply from Maxell in regards to this matter:

Dear Mr.

Thank you for inquiry.

We were surprised to know that the exist of collectors for Nintendo Game Watches and felt a longing for seeing pictures of old battery packages.

We regret to say that we can not meet your requirement because we have already terminated to supply batteries with these packages long time ago. At the same time those packages were specially designed for Nintendo and we were not allowed to supply to any other customers.

Thank you again for information you gave us.
Best regards



Q. How rare are the batteries?
A. Please view Table 1.3


Q. Can I use LR-43 batteries in LR-44 games, and vice versa?
A. LR-43 batteries will fit in most LR-44 game aside from the V's, and may work, in some games due to their size, they may not make good contact with the terminals. They most certainly will not last as long as an LR-44.

L R-44 batteries SHOULD NOT be placed into LR-43 based games, particularly the silver’s and gold’s, as they will most likely damage the game causing the terminals to be bent or the battery cover to break.

 

 

Table 1.1

Batterys and Production Years

BW (Blue on White)
LR-43 1980-1982
POW (Pink on White)
LR-44 1982
BWF (Blue on White Folded)
LR-43 Late 1982-1983
RWF (Red on White Folded)
LR-44 Late 1982-1983
PW (Purple on White)
LR-43 1983-1989
GW (Green on White)
LR-44 1983-1989
WP (White on Purple)
LR-43 1990+
WG (White on Green)
LR-44 1990+
 
CR (CR2025 button)

 

Table 1.2
GAME BATTERIES INFORMATION
Ball

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Flagman

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Vermin

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Fire

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Judge

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Manhole

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Helmet

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Lion

Battery FAQ

Only came with BW

Parachute

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Octopus

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Popeye

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Chef

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
PW Second Edition+,

Mickey Mouse

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Egg

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
PW Second Edition+,

Fire

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Turtle Bridge

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
BWF / PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Fire Attack

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
BWF / PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Snoopy Tennis

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

BW First Edition,
BWF / PW Second Edition+,
Some later ones had WP.

Donkey Kong Jr.

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

First Edition POW,
All others GW, unless produced after 90.

Mario's Cement Factory

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

All GW, unless after 90.

Manhole

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

All GW, unless after 90.

Tropical Fish

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

All GW, unless after 90.

Super Mario Bros.

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

All GW, unless after 90.

Climber

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

All GW, unless after 90.

Balloon Fight

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

All GW, unless after 90.

Mario the Juggler

Battery FAQ

WG Only.

Oil Panic

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

First Edition POW,
Others GW.

Donkey Kong

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

First Edition POW,
Others GW.

Mickey & Donald

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

First Edition POW,
Others GW and RWF.

Greenhouse

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

First Edition POW,
Others GW.
1990 and later WG.

Donkey Kong II

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

First Edition POW,
Others GW.

RWF Japan only?

Pinball

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW, possible WG in later editions

Black Jack

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW, possible WG in later editions

Squish

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW then WG in later editions

Bombsweeper

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW then WG in later editions

Safebuster

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW then WG in later editions

Goldcliff

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW then WG in later editions

Zelda

Battery FAQ

WG Only.

Mario Bros

Battery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQBattery FAQ

POW, then GW, WG
(RWF for Pokka Edition, possibly JP only)

Rain Shower

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW, then WG

Life Boat

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW, then WG

Donkey Kong Jr.
(Table Top)

N/A

Not included

Mario's Cement Factory
(Table Top)

N/A

Not included

Snoopy
(Table Top)

N/A

Not included

Popeye
(Table Top)

N/A

Not included

Snoopy
(Panorama)

Battery FAQ

GW

Popeye
(Panorama)

Battery FAQ

GW

Donkey Kong Jr.
(Panorama)

Battery FAQ

GW

Mario's Bombs Away
(Panorama)

Battery FAQ

GW

Mickey Mouse
(Panorama)

Battery FAQ

GW

Donkey Kong Circus
(Panorama)

Battery FAQ

GW

Spitball Sparky

Battery FAQ

GW

Crab Grab

Battery FAQ

GW

Boxing

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW, then WG

Donkey Kong 3

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW, then WG

Donkey Kong Hockey

Battery FAQBattery FAQ

GW, then WG

Super Mario Bros.

Battery FAQ

CR Only

Climber

Battery FAQ

CR Only

Balloon Fight

Battery FAQ

CR Only

Super Mario Bros
(Special YM-901-S)

 

 

 


Table 1.3

Battery Rarity

Battery FAQ Rare 7/10
Ultra Rare 8/10
Rare 6/10
Rare 6-7/10
Rare 5/10
Mega Rare 9/10
Common 3-4/10
Common 3/10

Rare 7-8/10

 

 


I would like to thank everyone who provided information for the creation of this FAQ. I would be impossible to maintain a list of data sources due to various reasons, but I and I'm sure the G&W community thank you for your input.

- Slash