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Game Information
Release date: February 21, 1981
Character: Mr. Game & Watch
Range: Gold; DSiWare (re-release)
Get into the house without being hit.

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Helmet, titled Headache in PAL regions, was one of many Game & Watch games released in the series's lifetime. As a part of the Gold range, the game is among the most recognizable Game and Watch games. The game was renamed in PAL regions due to the distributor, CGL, being worried about the sexual connotation of "Helmet" in those regions.


The gameplay of Helmet involves the player guiding Mr. Game & Watch from one side of the screen to the other. On the way, however, multiple tools fall from the top of the screen; should any of these tools hit Mr. Game & Watch on the head, the player loses a life. The goal of the player is to get from the left side of the screen to a house on the right. The house on the right, however, has a door which is not always opened; should it be closed, the player cannot immediately leave the level, and must then avoid tools until the door opens.

Typical gameplay in Helmet.

In Helmet, players are awarded points by clearing stages and by letting more and more tools hit the ground, gaining a bonus for every fives tools.

The Game B option makes the tools fall faster, and the door closes more frequently, and for longer periods of time.

Appearances and references in other games[edit]

  • The compilation Game & Watch Gallery 2 featured Helmet, both in its original and updated versions. This version featured multiple cosmetic changes, with more focus on Mario characters, and it also features an "!" switch that would turn the tools into coins; collecting them gave the player's character bonus points, but also slow them down, similar to Octopus.
  • The stage Flat Zone from Super Smash Bros. Melee generally follows the format of Helmet, with two houses on each side, falling tools, and a red and bronze-gold colour scheme. In the series, Mr. Game and Watch's dash attack makes him don the helmet from the game and headbutt into his opponents. The series icon for Game and Watch also features him wearing it.
  • In WarioWare: Mega Microgame$, among 9-Volt's games is a scaled down version of Helmet; this version is essentially unchanged from the original, though due to WarioWare's higher emphasis on speed, the door never closes.
  • The game has since reappeared on DSiWare, for 200 Nintendo Points when using the Nintendo DSi Shop, or for £1.80 when using the United Kingdom localization of the Nintendo eShop on the Nintendo 3DS system.


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