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FAQ tricOtronic manuals
by Gawaleus
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F
. How many Game&Watch games with a manual in German are known?
A. I know of 38 games with a manual in German.


F. Which ones are these?
A. I have listed all in following table. Some pictures are missing (Picture wanted) and I did list some, where I believe that they do exist, but I don't know for sure (pictures with a question mark).

 

Silver Series

 

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Jolly Jongleur (Ball AC-01)
Front
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Jolly Jongleur
(Ball AC-01)
Back
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Maulwurfsjagd
(Vermin MT-03)
Front
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Maulwurfsjagd
(Vermin MT-03)
Back
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Hilfe, es brennt!
(Fire RC-04)
Front
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Hilfe, es brennt!
(Fire RC-04)
Back
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Das Hammer-Duell
(Judge IP-05)
Front
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Das Hammer-Duell
(Judge IP-05)
Back


 

 

Gold Series

 

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Achtung Graben!
(Manhole MH-06)
Front
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Achtung Graben!
(Manhole MH-06)
Back
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Vorsicht Werkzeug!
(Helmet CN-07)
Front
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Vorsicht Werkzeug!
(Helmet CN-07)
Back
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Der Löwe ist los!
(Lion LN-08)
Front
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Der Löwe ist los!
(Lion LN-08)
Back



Wide Screen Series


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Sprung in die Hölle
(Parachute PR-21)
Front
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Sprung in die Hölle
(Parachute PR-21)
Back
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Schnapp' den Schatz
(Octopus OC-22)
Front
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Schnapp' den Schatz
(Octopus OC-22)
Back
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Popeye's Bootsausflug
(Popeye PP-23)
Front
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Popeye's Bootsausflug
(Popeye PP-23)
Back
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Die verrückte Küche
(Chef FP-24)
Front
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Die verrückte Küche
(Chef FP-24)
Back
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Mickey Mouse im Hühner-
stall (Mickey Mouse
MC-25) Front
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Mickey Mouse im Hühner-
stall (Mickey Mouse
MC-25) Back
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Rettung im Sprungtuch
(Fire FR-27)
Front
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Rettung im Sprungtuch
(Fire FR-27)
Back
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Die lebende Brücke
(Turtle Bridge TL-28)
Front
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Die lebende Brücke
(Turtle Bridge TL-28)
Back
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Blockhaus in Flammen
(Fire Attack ID-29)
Front
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Blockhaus in Flammen
(Fire Attack ID-29)
Back
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Snoopy spielt Tennis
(Snoopy Tennis SP-30)
Front
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Snoopy spielt Tennis
(Snoopy Tennis SP-30)
Back


 

Multi Screen Series

 

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Öl-Panik
(Oil Panic OP-51)
Front
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Öl-Panik
(Oil Panic OP-51)
Back
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Donkey Kong
(Donkey Kong DK-52)
Front
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Donkey Kong
(Donkey Kong DK-52)
Back
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Mickey&Donald
(Mickey&Donald DM-53)
Front
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Mickey&Donald
(Mickey&Donald DM-53)
Back
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Green House
(Green House GH-54)
Front
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Green House
(Green House GH-54)
Back
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Donkey Kong II
(Donkey Kong II JR-55)
Front
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Donkey Kong II
(Donkey Kong II JR-55)
Back
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Mario Brother's
(Mario Bros. MW-56)
Front
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Mario Brother's
(Mario Bros. MW-56)
Back
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Rain Shower
(Rain Shower LP-57)
Front
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Rain Shower
(Rain Shower LP-57)
Back
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Life Boat
(Life Boat TC-58)
Front
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Life Boat
(Life Boat TC-58)
Back
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Flipper
(Pinball PB-59)
Front
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Flipper
(Pinball PB-59)
Back
?
(Black Jack BJ-60)
Front
Game and Watch
?
(Black Jack BJ-60)
Back
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Squish
(Squish MG-61)
Front
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Squish
(Squish MG-61)
Back
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Bomb Sweeper
Bomb Sweeper BD-62)
Front
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Bomb Sweeper
(Bomb Sweeper BD-62)
Back
Game and Watch
?
(Safe Buster JB-63)
Front
Game and Watch
?
(Safe Buster JB-63)
Back
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Gold Cliff
(Gold Cliff MV-64)
Front
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Gold Cliff
(Gold Cliff MV-64)
Back
Game and Watch
?
(Zelda ZL-65)
Front
Game and Watch
?
(Zelda ZL-65)
Back


 

New Wide Screen Series

 

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Donkey Kong Junior
(Donkey Kong Jr. DJ-101)
Front
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Donkey Kong Junior
(Donkey Kong Jr. DJ-101)
Back
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Mario's Zement Fabrik
(Mario's Cement Factory
ML-102)
Front
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Mario's Zement Fabrik
(Mario's Cement Factory
ML-102)
Back
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Tropical Fish
(Tropical Fish TF-104)
Front
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Tropical Fish
(Tropical Fish TF-104)
Back
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Balloon Fight
(Balloon Fight BF-107)
Front
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Balloon Fight
(Balloon Fight BF-107)
Back


 

Panorama Screen Series

 

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Snoopy
(Snoopy SM-91)
Front
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Snoopy
(Snoopy SM-91)
Back
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Popeye
(Popeye PG-92)
Front
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Popeye
(Popeye PG-92)
Back
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Donkey Kong Jr.
(Donkey Kong Jr. CJ-93)
Front
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Donkey Kong Jr.
(Donkey Kong Jr. CJ-93)
Back
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Mario's Bombs Away
(Mario's Bombs Away
TB-94) Front
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Mario's Bombs Away
(Mario's Bombs Away
TB-94) Back
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Donkey Kong Jongleur
(Donkey Kong Circus MK-96) Front


 

 

Table Top Series

 

Game and Watch
?
(Donkey Kong Jr. CJ-71)
Front
Game and Watch
?
(Donkey Kong Jr. CJ-71)
Back
Game and Watch
?
(Mario's Cement Factory
CM-72) Front
Game and Watch
?
(Mario's Cement Factory
CM-72) Back
Game and Watch
?
(Snoopy SM-73)
Front
Game and Watch
?
(Snoopy SM-73)
Back
Game and Watch
?
(Popeye PG-74)
Front
Game and Watch
?
(Popeye PG-74)
Back


 

 

Micro vs. System Series

 

Boxing / Punch Out!!
Boxing / Punch Out!!
(BX-301)
Boxing / Punch Out!!
Game and Watch
Donkey Kong 3
(AK-302) Front
Game and Watch
Donkey Kong Hockey
(HK-303)




Super Color Series

 

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Spitball Sparky
(Spitball Sparky BU-201)
Front
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Spitball Sparky
(Spitball Sparky BU-201)
Back
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Crab Grab
(Crab Grab UD-202)
Front
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Crab Grab
(Crab Grab UD-202)
Back


 

Crystal Screen Series

 

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Super Mario Bros.
(Super Mario Bros. YM-801)
Front
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Super Mario Bros.
(Super Mario Bros. YM-801)
Back
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Climber
(Climber DR-802)
Front
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Climber
(Climber DR-802)
Back
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Balloon Fight
(Balloon Fight BF-803)
Front
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Balloon Fight
(Balloon Fight BF-803)
Back


F. I see there are some missing. Does this mean that not all Game&Watch were released with a German manual?
A. Yes, that's correct.


F. Many of the manuals have the name tricOtronic imprinted, but others don't. Why that?
A. First, many Game&Watch where distributed in the German speaking parts of Europe with the name tricOtronic. These games have a tricOtronic box (please see the FAQ about tricOtronic). At a later time, the games were released with a standard box (the same used worldwide). The games still did come with a manual in German, but without the name tricOtronic on them.


F. How many of these manuals do exist?
A. I know of 16, but possibly there are more.

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Life Boat
(Life Boat TC-58)
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Flipper
(Pinball PB-59)
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Squish
(Squish MG-61)
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Bomb Sweeper
(Bomb Sweeper BD-62)
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Gold Cliff
(Gold Cliff MV-64)
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Tropical Fish
(Tropical Fish TF-104)
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Snoopy
(Snoopy SM-91)
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Popeye
(Popeye PG-92)
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Donkey Kong Jr.
(Donkey Kong Jr. CJ-93)
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Mario's Bombs Away
(Mario's Bombs Away
TB-94
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Spitball Sparky
(Spitball Sparky BU-201)
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Crab Grab
(Crab Grab UD-202)
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Balloon Fight
(Balloon Fight BF-107)
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Super Mario Bros.
(Super Mario Bros. YM-801)
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Climber
(Climber DR-802)
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Balloon Fight
(Balloon Fight BF-803)



F. Who did distribute the games in Europe?
A. Mostly it was the company Bienengräber from Hamburg. But there were other distributors as well, for example SISO and YENO (please see the FAQ about tricOtronic).


F. I have seen different manuals for the same game. Why?
A. One explanation is that there were different distributors for Game&Watch. But I don't know why the distributor Bienengräber itself did produce different manuals for the same game. Most differences are just small. But let's have a look at these manuals first:


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Rettung im Sprungtuch
(Fire FR-27)
Front
Version 1
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Rettung im Sprungtuch
(Fire FR-27)
Front
Version 2
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Rettung im Sprungtuch
(Fire FR-27)
Back
Version 1
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Rettung im Sprungtuch
(Fire FR-27)
Back
Version 2
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Snoopy spielt Tennis
(Snoopy Tennis SP-30)
Front
Version 1
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Snoopy spielt Tennis
(Snoopy Tennis SP-30)
Front
Version 2
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Snoopy spielt Tennis
(Snoopy Tennis SP-30)
Back
Version 1
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Snoopy spielt Tennis
(Snoopy Tennis SP-30)
Back
Version 2
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Donkey Kong
(Donkey Kong DK-52)
Front
Version 1
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Donkey Kong
(Donkey Kong DK-52)
Front
Version 2
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Donkey Kong
(Donkey Kong DK-52)
Back
Version 1
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Donkey Kong
(Donkey Kong DK-52)
Back
Version 2
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Mario Brother's
(Mario Bros. MW-56)
Front
Version 1
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Mario Brother's
(Mario Bros. MW-56)
Front
Version 2
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Mario Brother's
(Mario Bros. MW-56)
Back
Version 1
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Mario Brother's
(Mario Bros. MW-56)
Back
Version 2


 

Interesting fact is, that some manuals do have the logo of Bienengräber, others don't.
Another difference is the item number. On some manuals it's smaller and moved to the left.


F. Is there anything special about the item numbers?
A. Yes. The last two or three digits show the model number of the game! And some distributors did change the item numbers. For Snoopy Tennis (SP-30), Bienengräber did use the item number 645 0030. When SISO did distribute the same game at a later time, they changed it into 607 000 0030.
Or the game Rettung im Sprungtuch (Fire FR-27): 645 0027 turned into 607 000 027. Bienengräber did import the games Fire FR-27. In case of the item number 645 0027, Bienengräber was the distributor as well. It's not clear who was the distributor for item number 607 000 027, because I can't find anything in the manual. But I guess it was SISO, because the item number has the same scheme like other item numbers from SISO.



I hope I could answer some of your questions. Many will remain unanswered for sure, but maybe we'll find out more about tricOtronic ;-)

Note: I have researched the information in this FAQ as good as possible. But I can't promise that they are fully correct or completely. If you find something which is not correct, or if you have additional information, I would appreciate if you would drop me a line, thank you very much!

Many thanks to the G&W.ch members Undead and Cord for providing some of the pictures here.