Manhole (Game & Watch)

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Classic version of Manhole from Game & Watch Gallery Gwg mhole.png
The Classic (left) and Modern (right) versions of Manhole in Game & Watch Gallery

Manhole is a Game & Watch game that was originally released as part of the Gold series on January 29, 1981, and was reissued as part of the New Wide Screen series on August 24, 1983; the latter type had been ported as a minigame in Game & Watch Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery 4. Manhole is one of Game & Watch Gallery's Gallery Corner games.

The WarioWare series has referenced Manhole a few times. In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, there is a microgame similar to Manhole called Bridge Work, which appears in Orbulon's stage. In WarioWare Gold, a microgame based on Manhole called Game & Watch: Manhole appears as one of 5-Volt's microgames, and there is also a full length minigame with the same name.


Classic version[edit]

The main character has to stop pedestrians from falling into holes that lead to the sewers below. To do this, he uses a manhole cover, which fills in the holes long enough for the people to pass. The player earns a point for every pedestrian who travels across a manhole cover. As the game progresses, the pedestrians move faster. More of them appear in Game B. If a pedestrian falls into the water, the player gets a miss. If the player reaches 300 points without any misses, the points are worth double until the player does get a miss. If the player has any misses at said score, every miss is cleared instead. When the player gets three misses, they receive a Game Over.

Modern version[edit]

Manhole was remade with an updated "Modern" version for Game & Watch Gallery. Toad, Donkey Kong Jr., and Mario are the pedestrians in this version, walking at different speeds, while Yoshi is the character the player controls. In this version, four manhole covers can stay up at once, unlike in the original. The manhole covers can drop from characters stepping on them, causing the next pedestrian to fall if Yoshi does not act quickly. Yoshi can also hold a manhole cover in place to keep it from falling. He holds up the upper manhole covers with his head and the lower ones with his tongue. At 200, 500, and 700 points, a Chubby comes out of the ground and throws a heart for Yoshi to catch to remove a miss. This version also features music, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game.


Game & Watch Gallery[edit]

  • +Control Pad: Move
  • A Button: Diagonal

Game & Watch Gallery 4[edit]

  • +Control Pad: Move
  • A Button and B Button: Diagonal


Classic version[edit]

Modern version[edit]

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