Dig Dug (NES)

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Get on down with Dig Dug, and wage underground war with your trusty pump!

Vanquish persistent Pookas and fiery Fygars to clear each stage. Defeat enemies by inflating them with air or by dropping rocks on them from above. Earn bonus points by collecting fruit or defeating deep-dwelling foes. This classic game blends old-school arcade action with strategy; try to lure multiple enemies into position and satisfyingly squash them with a single rock!

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Wii U eShop Review

Europe PAL Version

Posted by Dave Frear

A competent but unneeded version of a fun 80's classic

Originally hitting arcades in 1982, this NES conversion of Dig Dug followed a few years later (albeit only in Japan until arriving on the Wii's Virtual Console service in 2008). It's a classic Namco title that sees you digging your way around a single...

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USA USA Version

Posted by Philip J Reed

Slightly soiled

In 1982, Namco released Dig Dug. By that point in time the company had already cemented its place in the gaming history books with enduring classics like Pac-Man and Galaga. Their younger brother Dig Dug never quite reached their heights of popularity,...

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USA USA Version

Posted by Marcel van Duyn

Do we dig it?

Pac-Man wasn't the only popular arcade game Namco made. Aside from Galaga, Mappy, and others, there was also Dig Dug. In Dig Dug, your objective is to dig through the earth's soil and eliminate the monsters lurking within it. You can move through the soil...

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User Comments (48)



koresh1959 said:

Reminds me of those sand-digging sections in Super Mario Bros. 2... I hated them! But this looks fairly interesting.



AchubaNanoia said:

Looks very interesting... I'll wait a review before buying it though, I just got Toki Tori, and that really got me busy (and low on money )



Adamant said:

3 stars? Seriously? This is one of my favorite games of all time. A must download.

" Aside from Galaga, Mappy, and others, there was also Dig Dug."

Was Mappy really that popular? I mean, I love the game, but it's not something you hear about a whole lot.



Drake said:

I would give it higher, but really, there's not much to the game these days. It's the same reason we gave Pac-Man and other similar games 3 stars.

Mappy has a cult following, I'm pretty sure.



Atlantis1982 said:

And was just reading about this being rated in the forums, and POOF like those critters, it just appears today on the VC.



stinssd said:

I used to play this on my Commodore 64. It's a fun game, but 600 points? Hmmm.




What do you mean it was never released here? Im confused. There were a ton of ports to lesser systems, but a full arcade port was also released for Xbox Live about a year ago.



Kevin said:

Now we need mappy. I know its not as big as the other namco classics but I love it.



Adamant said:

@STEADY MOBBIN 22: The Famicom/NES port was never released outside Japan, for some bizarre reason. That's the one we got on the VC.



Alpo said:

This game is so repetitive and boring, it is not worth it to download. The VC needs Star Wars: Shadows of the Empirer, and Turok 2 for download



Csheroe said:

sorry dude but this game's a classic and star wars..really? Turok 2 will never come..But it would be cool if it did.



Jolted85 said:

Played the arcade game a long time ago, it's pretty fun, but I wouldn't give it no more than 3 stars though.



Draygone said:

Funny, I thought we actually got the game on NES. I know we had it on Atari. That's the version I played, anyway. Was one of my favorite games. I kinda like how the Atari version looks better, though. Blue sky. This one has too much black.



BB_Sting said:

I hate it when a game is ported from the arcade to the NES, and then ported again from the NES to the Virtual Console. Mabe Nintendo will come up with some sort of Virtual Arcade so we can play these games as they were originally created, right down to the cigarette burns on the A button, Imao



Drake said:

Yeah, Metroid should get 2 stars instead

Metroid really hasn't aged well if you ask me, every single sequel (Metroid II included) is better. It's really repetitive (Same rooms over and over), most enemies are annoying, you always start the game with almost no health, there's no map (Which is made even worse by the repetitive rooms), it's slow, etc.

Now to run before the Metroid fanboys come after me!



Tweek said:

Meh...this game was...Okay, but for 500 wii points? No. I played this game on an emulator and it held my attention for about 5 minutes.



Terra said:

Even though it technically is an Import, there are so many versions of the game available to western audiences so it seems a bit of a shady move to release this as an import title by Nintendo. I hope it won't happen again unless there isn't the extra charge



poggydude said:

the game is fun but I'd get namco muesem which is probably really cheap right now and includes an amazing number of classics



blackknight77 said:

I paid $9.00 for the GBA Namco arcade. It has Pole position. Ms. Pacman, Galaga and Galaxian. I can't see paying 600 points for this

Good game not a good value



pApEr_y0sh said:

isnt this on namco museum? why would someone pay 6$ for this when you can get it with like 5 other games for the same price



Tweek said:

Well, Dig Dug is fun, but 600 Wii points? Import or not, i think i'll give this one a miss.



BleachFan said:

I already have this game on several other consoles, so it's pointless for me to buy it.



Ricardo91 said:

I have this game on 2 NM collections. There's no way i'm wasting an extra 100 points on this. Awesome game though, but the sequel sucked.

Mappy's pretty good too.

Edit: actually, the sequel was alright. It just got crazy hard by level 25.



Tabbyluigi said:

Okay, but not exactly great. This game is not quite as addictable as Pac-Man or Mario, but it is decent, but this is a bit expensive for it.



LordJamak said:

Fun game. This was only a Japanese NES game? Hmmm I must remember it from arcade and other places. Still very fun though. Are we gonna see NES's Dig Dug II on VC?



Beau_Skunk said:

I recall, the NES version of Mappy was also onley released in Japan. (Another classic Namco arcade game.) Always loved Dig Dug, but it doesn't seem as replayable, or as addictive to me as DK or Pac Man. Though the concept of Dig Dug of digging your own pathways is rather innovative for it's day.
Dig Dug 2 (NES) was pretty addictive, and good so I hope that comes to VC to someday. (Oddly the sequal NES version was released outside of Japan.)



angel_m_rivera_colla said:

bb sting,I am with you,Virtual Arcade! every arcade emulation deserves 5 stars! nes digdug...3 stars. I have about 3 namco museums for different consoles.



slangman said:

Unless the virtual console version can save high scores. I see this as a complete waste of time since you can get this on a Namco collection disc on different formats (this was on gamecube right?)

@Drake i disagree i think the original Metroid is better then Metroid II though the sequels are far Superior.



Kurachi said:

and again have to say it: it was on a xx in 1, i didnt really liked it that much, but i did play it
with this much games from back then, i can actually change my wii into an "old game basis" or something
its weird, this game has never been released outside japan, it says... but i did play it years ago :S
oh well, i did have fun with it



Ricardo91 said:

@Adamant. Good question. Since I have the original Mappy in 3 different forms, I wouldn't care if it didn't appear on the VC. I would, however, LOVE to see Mappy Land and Mappy Kids appear as imports sometime!



The_Ink_Pit_Ox said:

Arcade games are best left in the arcades. However, I heard that there's a 3rd-party controller out there known as the Shaft, which is designed to make it so that arcade games like this, Space Invaders, etc can be played as if they were in arcades.



Bass_X0 said:

Arcade games are best left in the arcades.

I completely disagree. There are many classic arcade games that became classic console games too. Besides, think of how hard it is to find a particular arcade machine now.



KnucklesSonic8 said:

I have this on Namco Museum Remix and I love it.
The thing is, when you consider that I got NMR used for $10 and it contains like 10 classic titles plus like 6 remade titles all the while Dig Dug is on the VC for 600... It doesn't take a genius to see what the better value is.

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