Just a couple short years after the release of the very first G-Shock came a video game that’s undoubtedly seared into the brain of every ‘80s child, and maybe even their kids these days, the original Super Mario Bros. on the NES. The game holds up just as well today as it did when it was released in November of 1985 (in the US), and G-Shock is honoring the OG 8-bit Mario with the release of the DW5600SMB-4. It’s the same DW5600 you know and love, with the heavily pixelated Mario rendered across the strap, and a familiar shell on the dial. There’s even a hidden “1up” that appears when activating the screen’s light. It hits all the notes a watch like this needs to hit, thanks in large part to the underlying color scheme.
Playing the original Mario on an ‘80s TV threw a unique color palette at players, from the blue of the sky, to the reds and browns of the world space. G-Shock has done a brilliant job of recreating those colors for the base of each section of this watch. The dial plate is sky blue, the case is the same red as Mario’s suspenders, and the strap is a strange mix of brown and green used throughout the levels. The Mario sprite appears as a repeating pattern on the strap, looking almost glitch-like in the process.