Cool: Doom is playable on Nintendo Game & Watch
You have to be a very handy gamer and a bit of an IT expert to get it done, but YouTuber Stacksmashing actually has a working Game & Watch with a game you would not expect: Doom. He got creative and chose to make Doomguy tiny enough to fit right into your pocket.
Originally the Game & Watch was created to run three games: Super Mario Bros-games to be exact. Now that Doom is successfully ported, it seems Game & Watch has got so much more to offer. It is not an easy thing to do though. Stacksmashing had to disable the sound and let go of the textures, just to get the game to run.
When you watch the video below, you can see the game running a bit slower than you might be used to. That is because while Game & Watch can do it, it does struggle a bit to have it running in the optimal way. Stacksmashing had to offload the firmware by putting code into the microcontroller, via the eternal storage.
The original version of Doom had to be changed. The texture had to be simplified and there was no room for sound on the 1.1 MB that Game & Watch offers as usable storage. Though that might take a little bit away from the experience of the retro shooter, it sure is incredible that this is made possible on a tiny and fairly powerless device as the Game & Watch.
It’s not like Doom never happened on Nintendo.
It’s not like Doom never happened on Nintendo. The first time people could slay Doom demons on Nintendo was on the Super Nintendo, as that system had a lot more power than its predecessor. If you wish to try it to, get Doom running on a Game & Watch, you can find the explanation with the full source code on Github.
Doom has proven to run on the craziest machines. Someone ran it on an ATM machine and on a refrigerator.