Manhole (Game & Watch)

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Manhole
Manhole.jpg
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 (Gold)
USA January 29, 1981 (Gold)
USA August 24, 1983 (New Wide Screen)
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
Rating(s)
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player
Media
Game & Watch:
Built-in
Game Boy Advance:
e-Card
Nintendo DSi:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Nintendo 3DS:
Media DL icon.svg Digital download
Input
Game & Watch:
Game Boy Advance:
Nintendo DS:
Nintendo 3DS:
The New Wide Screen re-release of Manhole

Manhole is a Game & Watch game that was released as a part of the Gold series on January 29, 1981, and was rereleased as a part of the New Wide Screen series on August 24, 1983. It was the first game in the Gold series. The New Wide Screen version was ported as a minigame in both Game & Watch Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery 4. Manhole is one of Game & Watch Gallery's Gallery Corner games.

Alarm woman '81
Gold version
Alarm woman '83
New Wide Screen version
The alarm indicators of Manhole

The alarm indicator of the Gold version is a woman that is located beside the time/score, and the woman swings a bell when the alarm goes off. In the New Wide Screen version, there is also a woman as the alarm indicator, located beside the miss counter, and the woman also swings a bell when the alarm goes off.

Gameplay[edit]

Classic version[edit]

The Classic version of Manhole from Game & Watch Gallery
Manhole as it appears in Game & Watch Gallery 4

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 will 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 will be worth double until the player does get a miss. If the player has any misses at said score, every miss will be cleared instead. When the player gets three misses, they receive a Game Over.

Modern version[edit]

The Modern version of Manhole

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 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 at Yoshi, which removes a miss if he catches it. This version also features music, with the tempo changing depending on the speed of the game.

Controls[edit]

  • +Control Pad: Move
  • A Button: Diagonal

Appearances in other games[edit]

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.

Manhole-e[edit]

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 are 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.

DSiWare[edit]

The DSiWare version of Manhole
Manhole's DSiWare icon

The game was re-released for Nintendo DSi's DSiWare. It was released on August 18, 2009, in Japan; April 5, 2010, in the USA; and April 9, 2010, in Europe and Australia. It was later released in Nintendo 3DS's Nintendo eShop.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl sticker information[edit]

Name Image Artwork from Effect in The Subspace Emissary
Manhole Manhole Sticker.png Game & Watch [Arm, Leg] - Attack +5

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

This is the only Game & Watch trophy not to 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!

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Chinese 人孔[1]
Rénkǒng
Manhole


Media[edit]

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External links[edit]

Manhole's page on other NIWA wikis:
  1. ^ From the iQue DSiWare release