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Miyamoto's Mole Mania Coming to North American Virtual Console Tomorrow

by Neal Ronaghan - July 25, 2012, 12:46 pm PDT
Total comments: 5 Source: (Nintendo)

The famed Nintendo creator's 1997 puzzle game is the newest addition to 8-Bit Summer.

Mole Mania, a 1997 Game Boy game worked on by Shigeru Miyamoto, is coming to the 3DS Virtual Console tomorrow, according to Nintendo of America.

Mole Mania is part of Nintendo of America's 8-Bit Summer initiative, which began at the beginning of July. It is a puzzle game in which Muddy Mole must save his family from an evil farmer by maneuvering a black ball from screen to screen. It originally came out in Japan in 1996, and is one of Miyamoto's least known games.

Working with Miyamoto was Pax Softnica, a development studio that made Balloon Kid and Wave Race for the Game Boy prior to Mole Mania, and later worked with HAL Laboratory on Pokémon Snap. They also worked on the first two Mother/Earthbound games.

In addition to Mole Mania, Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3 is also coming out tomorrow.


Retro DeckadesJuly 25, 2012

Nice! I recently picked this game up and played through it, and it was quite enjoyable. I just hope that it doesn't get too overshadowed by Wario Land. Though I prefer Wario Land, both games are great.

tendoboy1984July 25, 2012

WARIO LAND?! Finally! We've been waiting for this game for months!

It's sad that Japan always gets their eShop games before anyone else. You'd think with the wonders of digital distribution, that all regions would get the same games at the same time... It works with iOS apps.

roykoopa64July 25, 2012

What a nice surprise! I never expected Mole Mania would have released on the VC.

Fatty The HuttJuly 25, 2012

that's two games I'll be downloading tomorrow!

NinSageJuly 25, 2012

Man, I thought I couldn't keep up with all the VC releases before.  Lately it's just getting overwhelming.

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