Clu Clu Land (NES)

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Take a deep breath and prepare for a puzzle game set in the underwater kingdom of Clu Clu Land.

The greedy Sea Urchins have stolen all of Clu Clu Land’s gold bars and buried them in a series of mazes. As Bubbles, a brave bubble fish, you’ll set out to uncover all of the gold bars in each maze. But you’ll have to be careful: Sea Urchins will relentlessly pursue Bubbles, and there are also dangerous black holes that must be avoided.

Bubbles isn’t defenseless, though, as she has the ability to stun Sea Urchins with sound waves and quickly change direction using posts scattered throughout the stages. Not only that, but the locations of the gold bars in each maze form the outline of another object—once you know the object, you’re well on your way to finding the gold.

With 20 stages to complete and increasingly complex conditions (like having to pass over the gold bars twice to uncover them), you might just want to bring along a friend for help.

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3DS eShop Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Jake Shapiro

Spinning from poles as a fish with human limbs...

Clu Clu Land is one of those unassuming early Nintendo Entertainment System releases that seems to show up all the time these days, from cameos in Super Smash Bros. to minigames in NES Remix, right alongside classics like Mario and Zelda. Even if you...

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Wii U eShop Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Clu Clu Bland

Back in the NES days, Nintendo had a lot of experimental, arcade-like games, many of which never quite made it into the big leagues in order to get sequels and the like. Perhaps one of the most often forgotten of these games is Clu Clu Land. Similarly to...

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Virtual Console Review

USA USA Version

Posted by Damien McFerran

Clu Clu a choo

First, a lesson in linguistics – ‘Kurukuru’ in Japanese means ‘turning around’. Why are we telling you this? Well, it neatly explains Clu Clu Land’s rather unusual title, and also gives some insight into the mechanics of the game. You assume...

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User Comments (26)



Bensei said:

A nice fun game, but imho there are games with more depth available for 500 Points



Ark said:

Does the game have an ending or does the same stuff just repeat or something?



Jazzem said:

I always really liked Clu Clu Land on Animal Crossing, I'd personally give it a high 3/5. Sure it's a bit...odd, but it's quite fun and it's pretty different to anything else you can play.



Tweek said:

The controls aren't frustrating at all. I played this first when i was only 12 years old and i picked up the gameplay in a matter of minutes. This game's actually pretty fun with 2 players, but there are much better NES titles out there and the remake of Clu Clu Land on NES which was Japanese-only was much nicer.




blackknight77 said:

This game has to be better using a classic controller compared to using the Cube controller on Animal Crossing. Yes it is better with 2 players. Clu Clu land D is slightly less frustrating



Kenji510 said:

@Terranigma - you should get this soon hopefully and if you do, we should get MoBoShi wiiware game too... im waiting for that to come out!



Mr_M said:

Virtual Console Reviews was right, my first awareness of Clu Clu Land was that statue of Bubbles in Super Smash Bros. Melee. I like Clu Clu Land. I'm giving it a three out of five as well.



Ricardo91 said:

@Mr. M. Same here. There were dozens of characters I didn't even know existed until I saw them as trophies in Melee.

Two stars? Blasphemy! I love this game on e-reader! Yes, this game can be frustrating at times (especially in later levels where Bubbles bounces around at the speed of a 3-year old that just drank a 6-pack of Red Bull), but it's still good fun. A decent buy, but there are better ways to spend $5. 3/5

btw, how is Clu Clu Land D different from the original? I could never find it in Animal Crossing. Hopefully we'll see it on VC eventually.



Rootbeer said:

Clu Clu Land drives me nuts. Maybe I just suck at it, but I really don't have much fun playing this game. I can see the appeal of it, but it's not on my list of games I like playing. Besides, I wouldn't pay $5 for it even if I did enjoy it considering I have it on Animal Crossing and e-Reader.

@Mr. Cheez - Clu Clu Land D I have on Animal Crossing as well, and it isn't really different at all as far as I can tell. They appear to be pretty much the same game. But, like I said, I suck at Clu Clu Land and don't like it much so I haven't spent all that much time with Clu Clu Land D either. Just use an AC code generator and find out yourself for the best results



blackknight77 said:

If you enjoy old school arcade type games like Pac-man, Dig Dug, and Mr. Do, you may enjoy Clu Clu Land. But overall I would wait for the inevitable release of Ms. Pac-Man. By the way I love the remixed Clu Clu land music in SSMB Brawl



Aardvark_Soup said:

I still really liked this game in Animal Crossing. The controls are a bit tough but you get used to them and discover a pretty challenging game. I would certainly recommend the 2-player mode.



Kurachi said:

when i had that dunnohowmuch in 1, i played this game, and liked it, gave it 4/5, since it was a time i was happy with anything i got
this game gave me lot of fun back then, so i havent got anything bad to say about it, i enjoyed those times
i see its not in europe, guess its not popular enough, maybe i'd buy it if it would be in europe, this game has no story or real challenge if you know it well, but still from good old times



Ferret75 said:

Two stars?

I love this game.
It's fast, the gameplay is original, and its fun to play with a friend.



President_Leever said:

50 points would be a more reasonable sum. Not a bad game, but you could play something similar or better for free on the internet or on your cellphone.

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