March 2022: Mole Mania (1997)

My friends, it is March! What’s the saying? In like a lion, out like a lamb? As a kid growing up in Buffalo I always thought that was a bunch of hooey. We didn’t get any lambs until at least April, sometimes May! We’re changing all of that this year, though. March is for moles. In like a mole, out like a mole. Be a mole all month long with Josh Nickerson’s choicest of choices, Mole Mania! Here’s what our guy had to say:

“A late-era Game Boy release (1996, two years before the juggernaut known
as Pokemon would hit North America and revive the stagnant handheld
market), Mole Mania is a fun action puzzler that asks the question “What
if Lolo could dig?” It plays very similarly to HAL’s Adventure of Lolo
series, with the player taking the role of Muddy, a mole on a quest to
rescue his family from an evil farmer, having to rely on his wits to
avoid enemies and solve puzzles.

How does Muddy solve these puzzles? By digging, of course! As long as
he’s standing on soft earth, Muddy can dig underground. The screen swaps
to an underground view, which more often than not has its own layout and
hazards. The key to solving each screen is to figure out how best to
maneuver using both the above-ground and underground areas. There are
also gadgets such as weights and huge iron balls to toss at enemies as
well. The game presents it all with a cute visual style and a peppy

Famously one of Shigeru Miyamoto’s least-known creations (famously
un-famous, you could say), one has to wonder if he thought of the idea
while tending the same garden he would dream up with Pikmin a few years
later. It’s too bad it never turned into a series, a DS entry would have
been a no brainer, with Muddy zipping between the two screens… sadly
that never came to be.

A side note: I had no idea how expensive the game had gotten over the
years! Fortunately, it’s available in the 3DS eShop for a mere three
You won’t get the sweet Super Game Boy enhancements, but you can
use the suspend/resume feature for the game’s trickier bits. No matter
which way you play it, you’ll have a good time!”
I once had two copies of Mole Mania, but I gave one to a person who ended up being a jerk. Even worse, I thought I had given them the one with the dead battery (they said they were happy to replace it), but it turned out I gave them the good copy! This gives me the swift kick in the cheeks I need to fix my copy and finally finish the dang game!

Your Kirbys – The Yokoi Kids

We made several posts on Twitter about drawing characters from Kirby’s Dreamland. Here’s what we got!

–Game Breaker Studios @RealGBStudios

kirby_by Brett
“Look into my eyes.” –Brett @brettalanbell


– Jason Hamilton @haiirocyon

kirby_by_katie_haydenDrippy Kirby –Katie Hayden

kirby_by_RickV– Rick V. @itsmerickv



Work doodle – Rick V. @itsmerickv


KING DEDEDE (but drawn under two minutes!)

– Josh Nickerson @joshnickerson83

–Ricky Vigil @supercoolnstuff

Mistakes were made.  –Drink A Beer & Play A Game @ABeerAndAGame

dedede_by_RickVDrawn from memory at work. –Rick V. @itsmerickv

March 2020 – Snoopy’s Magic Show (1990)


You puzzle platformer that has very little to do with the Peanuts(TM) and even less to do with Magic. None the less, it’s pretty fun and partially rage-inducing. It was picked by Josh Nickerson who had this to say about it.

“I’ve picked one that I remember fondly from my childhood, features beloved characters from a timeless comic strip, and is dirt cheap to pick up on the interwebs… Snoopy’s Magic Show. It’s a puzzle game that tasks Snoopy to rescue his bird friends in single screen rooms that contain bouncing balls and other traps. It’s not the most inspired use of the license, but it’s a decent time-waster.”

Josh is totally right! This game is very cheap and a good game to play while you’re waiting for your tea to steep. Did I just show how old I am?