Developer(s) Nintendo
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release Date(s) October 4, 1980 (original release)

July 15th, 2009 (remake) 25px-Flag of Japan
March 22nd 2010 (remake) 25px-Flag of USA
March 26th, 2010 (remake) 25px-Flag of Europe
July 7th, 2011 (3DS) 25px-Flag of Europe

Mode(s) Game A
Game B
Judge is a Game and Watch game in the Silver series released on October 4, 1980. Two variants of this game were released- a green version, and a purple version.


Judge focuses around getting to 99 points before your opponent does. Like all Game and Watch titles, there are two games included on the cart. Game A is a single player game against the computer, while B is a two player variant of the game. A timer will appear before each round. When this timer stops, both players hold a random number and if this hammer is higher or equal to your opponent's number, you have to hit them with a hammer. If your number is lower than your opponents, you will need to dodge. A successful hit with the hammer is worth 3 points, while a successful dodge is worth 2 points. If you perform a incorrect action, your opponents gains points instead.


Judge is referenced in Mr. Game & Watch's moveset through his side special, Judge. This move has Mr. Game and Watch hold up a random number and then strike with a hammer. The power of the move is based off the random number that Mr. Game and Watch holds up, with 1 being damaging to Mr. Game and Watch while 9 is one of the more powerful moves in the entire series.

Remakes and Rereleases

Judge was recreated for Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy and for Game & Watch Gallery 3 for Game Boy Color. It was also recreated for a DSiWare game released on July 15th, 2009 in Japan, March 22nd 2010 for the United States, and March 26th, 2010 for Europe. It was later rereleased on Nintendo 3DS on July 7th, 2011 in Europe.

Fanon Appearances

Nintendo & Fantendo Play: Dodgeball!

Judge appears in Nintendo & Fantendo Play: Dodgeball! as a collectible that can be obtained randomly from the Gachaball machine or in Dodgeball Dungeons. It's gameplay is identical to the original game.

Lucky Wars

The Judge character appears as a character in Lucky Wars and when attacking, he attacks with a random strength hammer attack that has nine levels of varying intensity.

Super Smash Bros. Charged

Judge is once again represented in Mr. Game & Watch's moveset in Super Smash Bros. Charged, being his side special.

Judge is also represented as a Trophy and Spirit in the game. It is a Novice-type Spirit that lets the user start with a Dice Block when equipped. The Spirit battle is Dr. Luigi, Mr. Game & Watch, Hero, and Pinkie Pie spamming their RNG-based moves: Dr. Missile, Judge, Command Select, and Birthday Present respectively.

Judge Charged
Feeling lucky? Judge on the Game & Watch was THE game to play to test your luck back in the day! You and another player hold up a random number, and the player with the higher number gets to hit the opponent with a hammer. This game is represented in arguably Mr. Game & Watch's most iconic move, the side special. He holds up a random number, with each having different effects. The 9 is the most powerful, and could very easily turn the tide of battle! On the downside, 1 deals no knockback and actually damages you if you pull it. It's a gamble, really.
Fighter Related
  • Game & Watch: Judge (1980)



  • The green variant for this game had a bug where one player would only earn one point for dodging successfully, while the other player would still gain two for dodging. This issue is not present in the purple version, which seems to have a different build of the game inside it.
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