Dig Dug [Model NDD-4500]

Nintendo Famicom cart. published 36 years ago by NAMCO

Dig Dug [Model NDD-4500] screenshot

Listed and emulated in MAME !

Dig Dug © 1985 Namco, Limited.

Dig Dug is a platform/action game based on Namco's classic arcade game of the same name released in 1982. The player takes control of a character in a silver suit called Dig Dug (also known as Taizo Hori). The fellow digs tunnels and hunts down two types of alien creatures (Pooka & Fygar) hidden deep underneath the Earth in small underground dwellings. The highlight of Dig Dug is the weaponry used by the main character - no lasers, no bombs but... an air pump. This unlikely tool is used to inflate the poor aliens until they blow up to pieces. The idea sounds really basic at first but things quickly ramp up. The creatures come with their own bags of tricks - they can turn into ghostly and intangible forms and fly through solid dirt and the Fygars can even blow fire. Each screen comes with a handful of creatures to defeat and a time limit encourages the player to hurry up and complete his objective. Another interesting feature of Dig Dug is the way how the music plays as long as the player keeps moving. Dig Dug features countless stages and a two players alternate mode.


Game ID: NDD-4500


Dig Dug was released on June 4, 1985 in Japan at a retail price of 4500 Yen.

The game was never released in its original cartridge format outside Japan. It didn't appear in other regions until decades later when it was released through the Virtual Console service on both the Nintendo Wii and the Nintendo 3DS (see Ports below).


Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] [US] (june.9, 2008) "Dig Dug [Model FEDE]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] [JP] (jul.1, 2008) "Dig Dug [Model FEDJ]"
Nintendo Wii [Virtual Console] [EU] [AU] (aug.29, 2008) "Dig Dug [Model FEDP]"
Nintendo 3DS [Virtual Console] [JP] (oct.3, 2012) "Dig Dug [Model TA9J]"
Nintendo 3DS [Virtual Console] [US] (feb.14, 2013) "Dig Dug [Model TA9E]"
Nintendo 3DS [Virtual Console] [EU] [AU] (apr.18, 2013) "Dig Dug [Model TA9P]"


Game's ROM.
Game's description by Laurent Kermel; http://www.videogameden.com