This classic game gives you some experience using the e-Reader
Manhole has a simple strategy: Keep the people from falling by using your manhole cover to fill, well, manholes in the street. This simplicity only serves to emphasize the lack of gameplay. The game gets a little more difficult after you save a certain amount of people, but the same formula applies. Without a variation in gameplay, the game eventually becomes tedious work. And that makes the gamer lose interest.
Even with 2002's technological prowess over 1981, Nintendo could've done a lot more with Manhole. As it stands, a direct port of a 21-year-old game just doesn't work in a gaming industry filled with Grand Theft Auto's and Legend of Zelda's. It comes free with the system because Nintendo must've realized that nobody would buy it alone.