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Mole Mania Game Boy Prototype

Mole Mania - Game BoyMole Mania, known in Japan as Mogurānya, is a 1996 video game developed by Nintendo EAD and Pax Softnica, and published by Nintendo for the original Game Boy. It is also one of the least known works of Shigeru Miyamoto.

Players play as a mole named Muddy Mole, whose wife and children have been kidnapped by the farmer, Jinbe. Muddy must find and rescue his wife and seven children by navigating his way through the seven worlds of Jinbe Land; avoiding enemies, solving puzzles, stealing cabbages, and defeating the boss of each world. Freeing his loved ones one by one before coming face to face with Jinbe himself.

Jinbe, a cabbage farmer and ruler of Jinbe Land, serves main antagonist to Muddy. He is depicted with a Mario-esc appearance and stature, wearing overalls and a shirt. In contrast to Mario, his face is obscured by a full beard and he is seen to be wearing a brimmed gardener's hat.

Jinbe Land is home to a wide variety of enemies sent by Jinbe to intercept Muddy before rescuing his family. These enemies include Yoshi-esque dinosaurs as well as two unnamed "plumber sons" that Muddy must defeat later in the game. It is unknown if the Mole Mania game is based in the same universe as Marioland but it has often been speculated that Jinbe and Mario are related in some way.

Mole Mania - Game Boy - Front

Proto - Front

Mole Mania - Game Boy - PCB

Proto - PCB

Mole Mania - Game Boy - Back

Proto - Back