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Mole Mania (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . From the creator of Mario, Zelda, Yoshi Donkey Kong and Star Fox comes ... Mole Mania? This is yet another example of the 3DS Virtual Console shining a light on a game that otherwise might have been lost forever. Mole Mania isn't as endearing as past Miyamoto products, but there's a lot to like about this action/puzzler. Rating: 78%
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What Is It? From the creator of Mario, Zelda, Yoshi Donkey Kong and Star Fox comes ... Mole Mania? Try not to sound too disappointed by this 1997 Game Boy release. Although it was released in all three markets, Mole Mania remains one of Shigeru Miyamoto's least known games. Now, fifteen years later, you finally have a chance to discover one of Miyamoto's most interesting titles and wonder openly why it's taken this long for anybody to notice Mole Mania.

You play Muddy Mole who sets off on an adventure to rescue his kidnapped mole wife and mole kids. To do this you will need to navigate Muddy through a maze and to the exit, where a new challenge awaits. Muddy has a few tricks up his sleeves, including the ability to burrow down into the earth. This allows our hero to reach blocked off areas and avoid enemies. You will also need to push and pull objects in order to solve puzzles and find the way out. Fans of The Adventures of Lolo will feel at home with this inspired Game Boy release.

Does It Still Hold Up? With simple gameplay and only so many possible moves, it's easy to underestimate Mole Mania. However, Miyamoto once again delivers a lengthy adventure full of likeable characters and memorable moments. Muddy's world isn't as interesting as the Mushroom Kingdom or Hyrule, but that doesn't get in the way of some clever puzzles. Muddy is easy to control on the 3DS and the graphics look good, which lead me to conclude that Mole Mania does indeed hold up.

Is It Worth The Money? This is yet another example of the 3DS Virtual Console shining a light on a game that otherwise might have been lost forever. Mole Mania isn't as endearing as past Miyamoto products, but there's a lot to like about this action/puzzler. Think about it this way: How many times has Shigeru Miyamoto let you down? With his strong track record and the game's low, low price point, Mole Mania is worth taking a chance on.
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