Clu Clu Land

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Clu CLu Land
Developer Nintendo R&D1
Publisher Nintendo
System Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy Advance, e-Reader, Arcade, Virtual Console, 3DS Virtual Console, Wii U Virtual Console
Release Date NES
JP November 22, 1984
US October 18, 1985
EU February 15, 1987
JP April 28, 1992 (FDS)
JP 1984
US 1984
US April 21, 2003
Game Boy Advance
JP May 21, 2004
Wii Virtual Console
US September 1, 2008
EU March 6, 2009
AU March 6, 2009
JP March 10, 2009
3DS Virtual Console
JP June 12, 2013
US March 27, 2014
EU May 8, 2014
Wii U Virtual Console
JP November 20, 2013
US/EU October 17, 2013
Rating ESRB: E

Clu Clu Land is a puzzle game for the NES. The name "Clu Clu Land" is derived from the Japanese "Kuru Kuru" which means "around and around".



A type of sea urchin named the Unira has stolen all the treasure in Clu Clu Land. Bubbles must retrieve the treasure.


The player must move around the board, trying to uncover all of the gold ingots. When they go over one, they become visible. In later levels, the player has to go over them twice for the ingots to appear and going over them once they appear will rebury them. The player can usually guess where the ingots are because they form a pattern. When all of the ingots are recovered, the player move on to the next level.

To control Bubbles, the player must press left or right to have Bubbles grab a pole to turn himself. The player can also use a sound wave to stun their enemies, which allows the player to defeat them.


Bubbles appears as a trophy in Super Smash Bros. Melee as well as being a playable character in DK: King of Swing (which has a similar gameplay style to Clu Clu Land). Also, one of 9-Volt's games in WarioWare: Smooth Moves is based on Clu Clu Land. Clu Clu Land is also one of the games featured in NES Remix, which gives players unique challenges set in excerpts of classic NES games and sometimes mixes different elements of the games.


Nintendo released a revised version of the game on the Famicom Disk System called Clu Clu Land Disk Version (Kuru Kuru Rando Disuku-ban). The revised version has new puzzles, a new enemy (Boss Unira), and an easy and hard mode.

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