Manhole (Game & Watch)

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Developer(s) Nintendo R&D 1
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Platform(s) Game & Watch, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DSi, Nintendo 3DS
Release date Game & Watch:
Japan January 29, 1981
USA January 29, 1981
Nintendo e-Reader:
USA 2002
Nintendo DSi (DSiWare):
Japan August 19, 2009
USA April 5, 2010
Europe April 9, 2010
Australia April 9, 2010
China October 21, 2010
Nintendo 3DS (eShop):
Japan June 6, 2011
USA June 6, 2011
Australia June 6, 2011
Europe July 7, 2011
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Game & Watch:
Game Boy Advance:
Nintendo DSi:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Game & Watch:
Game Boy Advance:
Nintendo DS:
Nintendo 3DS:

Manhole is a game that originally appeared on the Game & Watch, and was ported as a minigame in both Game & Watch Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery 4.

Game appearances[edit]

Game & Watch Gallery ports[edit]

Manhole can be played in either the Classic version, which is exactly the same as the original Game & Watch game, or the Modern version, which uses Mario characters in place of the generic figures.

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. Reaching 300 points without any misses will double the score, but reaching said score with any misses will clear every miss instead.

Modern Version[edit]

The Modern version of Manhole.

Mario, Toad, and Donkey Kong Jr. are the pedestrians in this version, walking at different speeds, while Yoshi is the character the player controls. In this version, four manholes can stay up at once, unlike the original. The manholes 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 in place to keep it from falling. At 200, 500, and 700 points, a Chubby comes out of the ground and throws a Heart at Yoshi, which removes a miss if he catches it.

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

In Flat Zone and Flat Zone 2 (from Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Brawl, respectively), the main character from Manhole appears, where his manhole cover can be used as a platform. Mr. Game & Watch also has a move where he flips a manhole cover in front of him, based on Manhole.

WarioWare series[edit]

In WarioWare: Smooth Moves, there is a microgame similar to Manhole called Bridge Work, which is found in Orbulon's stage.

In WarioWare Gold, a microgame based on Manhole called Game & Watch: Manhole appears as one of 5-Volt's microgames. There is also a full length minigame with the same name.


A card for the Game Boy Advance add-on, the e-Reader, contains a full version of the Manhole game. There were two versions of the card: One came bundled with the e-Reader peripheral device, and the other was distributed during E3 2002, although there's no differences between the two beyond the former being blue-colored and the latter being brown-colored. It was the only Game & Watch game to be released on an e-Reader card in America, although a series was planned at one point. The game was the Classic version.

Flavor text (English): Close the open manholes so no one falls in. If someone falls in, it is considered a "miss." "Miss" three times and the game is over. You can select GAME A(easy) or GAME B(hard) at the beginning of the game.

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U trophy information[edit]

This is the only Game & Watch trophy to not utilize the handheld itself. Instead, it features a sprite from the game.

Name Image Appears In Description
Manhole ManholeTrophyWiiU.png G&W Manhole (01/1981) No scrolling, only one stage, only a few sounds, and the age of 3D was nothing more than a twinkle in someone's eye. Nevertheless, this game was a blast at the time. In the Game & Watch title Manhole, you move a manhole cover back and forth so that the pedestrians can safely cross the road. What a simple yet fun game!


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