Release: January 29, 1981
Sales: >1, 000, 000
Model Number: MN-06
Manhole is a Game & Watch game released as a part of the Gold series on January 29, 1981, and as a part of the New Wide Screen series on August 24, 1983. It was the first game in the Gold series. It is a single-screen single-player Game & Watch.
The player must prevent pedestrians from falling into one of four sewers by temporarily bridging the open gaps with a manhole cover.
The New Wide Screen version of Manhole was recreated in Game Boy Gallery and Game & Watch Gallery for Game Boy, and Game & Watch Gallery 4 for Game Boy Advance. This version of Manhole was one of the cards included with purchase of the Nintendo e-Reader. The New Wide Screen version of Manhole was recreated as a DSiWare game that was released on August 19, 2009 in Japan, on April 5, 2010 in the United States and April 9, 2010 in Europe; and for Nintendo 3DS on July 7, 2011 in Europe.
In the Super Smash Bros. series, Mr. Game & Watch has an attack which has him hit opponents with a manhole cover, referencing Manhole. In Super Smash Bros. Melee, the stage Flat Zone is based on a number of Game & Watch games, including Manhole. In Super Smash Bros. Brawl and Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, the stage Flat Zone 2 shifts between several layouts, one of which is based on Manhole. In Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the stage Flat Zone X shifts between several layouts, one of which is based on Manhole.