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Developer Nintendo Research & Development 1
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch, Mini Classics
Release date Game & Watch:
June 19, 1981
Mini Classics:
August 6, 1998
Genre Platformer
ESRB: - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Game & Watch:
Game & Watch:

Parachute is a Game & Watch game released as part of the Wide Screen series on June 19, 1981.[1] It was the first game in the Wide Screen series. The goal of the game is to catch parachutists before they land in shark-infested waters. The game is featured in the Gallery Corner in Game & Watch Gallery. It later appeared in Game & Watch Gallery 2, Game & Watch Gallery 4, and Game & Watch Collection 2, which also includes a game that combines it with Octopus: Parachute x Octopus.

The alarm monkey

The alarm indicator of this game is a monkey that is located under the time/score, and the monkey swings a bell when the alarm goes off.


Classic version[edit]

The Classic version of Parachute from Game & Watch Gallery 2

The player controls a rowboat and has to catch smaller people parachuting out of a helicopter. Every parachutist the player catches is worth a point. As the player progresses in the game, more parachutists will appear, and they will eventually fall faster. If the player does not catch one, a shark lurking below will catch the person, and the player will get a miss. At 200 and 500 points, any misses the player has will be removed. When the player gets three misses, they receive a Game Over. In Game B, some parachutists get stuck in a tree.

Modern version[edit]

The Modern version of Parachute (Game Boy Color)

Parachute was remade with an updated "Modern" version for Game & Watch Gallery 2. In this version, Mario controls the boat, trying to catch Toads, Yoshis, and Donkey Kong Jrs. as they parachute from a flying ship. The parachuting characters open their parachutes at different times: The Toads open them immediately after jumping out of the ship, while the Donkey Kong Jrs. open them at the last minute. The farther from the ship the Yoshis jump, the sooner they open their parachutes. If a parachuting character falls into a cannon, he will be blasted back out. If a parachuting character falls into the water, a Cheep Cheep will attempt to eat him; eventually, a Fishin' Lakitu will reel the fallen parachutist out of the water and place that character on dry land. However, if a parachuting character falls on the Cheep Cheep, it will bounce him on its head until it moves. Every 100 points, three Yoshi Eggs come out of the flying ship: one that contains a Boo Buddy (which will shoot Bob-ombs from the cannon), one that contains a Super Star (for five bonus points), and one that contains nothing. If Mario catches a Bob-omb, it will blow a hole in the boat's hull, forcing him into the water and giving the player a miss. The number of shots goes up based on how many points the player has (100 = one shot, 200 = two shots, 300 = three shots, etc.). If the player has any misses at 200, 500, or 700 points, three Magic Balls will come out of the flying ship, one containing a heart to remove a miss. Unlike in the Classic version, music is featured, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game.


Game & Watch Gallery 2[edit]

  • +Control Pad (left and right): Move
  • B Button: Move left
  • A Button: Move right

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

  • +Control Pad (left and right): Move
  • B Button: Move left
  • A Button: Move right


Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker[edit]

Name Image Game Effect
Parachute Game & Watch [Arm] - Attack +8

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

No. Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
697 Parachute Game & Watch Series Support (1) Advanced Air Defense ↑ Sheldon's Place N/A N/A N/A N/A

Other appearances[edit]

In Super Smash Bros. Melee, Mr. Game & Watch releases a parachute as one of his attacks. He does not retain this move in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, but he does use a Parachute to float down after using his Fire attack. The helicopter from this game also appears in the WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$! microgame Air Supplies.