Lunar Pool

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Lunar Pool
NES box cover
Publisher(s)Ponyca (Japan)
FCI (North America)
Composer(s)Masatomo Miyamoto
Platform(s)PC-8800 series, NES, MSX, Virtual Console
  • JP: June 1985
  • JP: December 5, 1985
  • NA: October 1987
  • EU: 1991
Virtual Console
  • JP: December 11, 2007
  • NA: October 22, 2007
  • EU: August 10, 2007
Genre(s)Cue sports
Mode(s)Single-player, multiplayer

Lunar Pool (known as Lunar Ball (ルナーボール, Runā Bōru) in Japan) is a video game that combines pool (pocket billiards) with aspects of miniature golf, created and developed by Compile for the Nintendo Entertainment System and MSX, in which each stage is a differently shaped pool table. The object is to knock each ball into a pocket using a cue ball. There are sixty levels to choose from, and the friction of the table is adjustable (thus the lunar reference in the title, along with Moon-related background imagery within the game).

The Japanese Lunar Ball appeared on Famicom clone systems and pirated multi-game cartridges, such as the Power Player Super Joy III. It was released for the Wii on the North American Virtual Console on October 22, 2007.


Lunar Pool is played in boards of different shapes, wherein the player has to shoot the cue ball to knock other colored balls into the pockets. If the player fails to pocket at least one colored ball in three consecutive turns, then the player will lose one life. Also, if the player pockets his own cue ball, he loses a life.

The final stage in Lunar Pool

If a player pockets all the colored balls in a level consecutively without failure, the player will get a "Perfect!" remark, and bonus points will be added to the player's score.


Lunar Pool can either be played alone, against another player, or against the computer. If the game is played against another player or the computer, players take turns shooting the cue ball. If one player fails to knock at least one of the colored balls into a pocket, or pockets their own cue ball, then it will be the opponent's turn.

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