Review: Puyo Puyo Tetris (Nintendo Switch/Playstation 4)

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A Puyo Puyo game, released in the west. Such a strange sentence to type out in the context, due to the Puyo Puyo franchise being one of those notorious cases of a series being stuck in Asian shores with maybe the rare localized title or import title that quickly comes and goes. The last time a major Puyo Puyo game was in American and European territories was the 2004 title Puyo Pop Fever, and since then the series has been quiet. Aside from the occasional table scraps like the port of Puyo Puyo Tsu on the Wii Virtual Console, the version of Puyo Puyo Tsu in SEGA 3D Classics Collection, and the Puyo Puyo 39 minigame in Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX, the series has otherwise been absent.

But that all changed with Puyo Puyo Tetris, a game that has existed since 2014 on multiple systems. Unlike other Puyo Puyo games prior, Puyo Puyo Tetris gained notable attention in western territories for years. It might be a case of a silver lining in an otherwise rough year for SEGA or the controversial practices the Tetris brand has been associated with, or just it being a very fun game, but regardless Puyo Puyo Tetris was requested for localization for quite a while. But now it is 2017 and we finally have the game in western shores, more specifically for the popular Playstation 4 and Nintendo’s recently released Nintendo Switch.

After such a gap between the game’s original launch in 2014 and the 13 years since the last time a major Puyo Puyo title was released in the west, is Puyo Puyo Tetris the comeback that has been long overdue, or was there a reason why western fans were were denied Puyo Puyo for so long?

Puyo Puyo Tetris demo live today

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As previously reported, the PAL eShop accidentally dropped information about a free demo for Puyo Puyo Tetris. But now with the Nintendo Direct today it is officially confirmed that the demo will be live, and will be available for play today on the Nintendo Switch. This demo will provide players a sample of how Puyo Puyo Tetris plays, providing a limited selection of options for both solo and multiplayer. All you need to do is go on the Nintendo Switch eShop and download it, free to play and as much as you want.

Please try out the game for yourself to see if Puyo Puyo Tetris will be up your alley when it drops April 25th (North America) or April 28th (Europe).

Nintendo Switch PAL eShop mentions Puyo Puyo Tetris demo [UPDATE]

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Back in Japan, the Nintendo Switch port of Puyo Puyo Tetris S got a demo that allowed players to play a bit of game for free and as long as they wanted. A common question is if western territories will also get the demo to try out the game for themselves, but now we might finally get an answer. On the PAL eShop it mentions that Puyo Puyo Tetris has a free demo, which at the moment is not available as of this writing. Presumably this will be like the Japanese eShop demo, where players have a limited selection of characters and options to choose from but can play up to 4 players with different controller configurations.

Interestingly, the American eShop makes no mention of having a free demo. Only PAL regions do, implying that either the demos will be PAL only, or more likely the PAL eShop mentioning it having a demo earlier then intended was a fluke. It’s also unknown if the PS4 version of Puyo Puyo Tetris will also have a demo, though considering that version is exclusively physical, that might not be the case. But regardless, stay tune for a likely Puyo Puyo Tetris demo to be officially announced in the meantime.

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New Puyo Puyo Tetris footage shows off gameplay modes

New Puyo Puyo Tetris has been released and uploaded, courtesy of Perfectly Nintendo. This nearly 25 minute video shows off matches between the five multiplayer modes, Versus, Fusion, Swap, Party, and Big Bang.

  • Versus: Players pick either Puyo Puyo or Tetris and try to knock out the other players. Tetris based on Super Rotation System while Puyo Puyo based on Puyo Puyo Tsu rules.
  • Fusion: Players use both Puyo and Tetrimino on a single board, utilizing character specific dropsets. Clearing rows or popping Puyo does not interrupt controls, allowing players to continuously chain and create combos between Puyo and Tetrimino clearing.
  • Swap: Change between Puyo Puyo and Tetris, swapping to the other playstyle after a set time limit. Any Puyo or Tetrimino in the background when swapped will still create chains, potentially creating a combo if utilized at the right time.
  • Party: Players choose Puyo Puyo or Tetris, utilizing power blocks that hamper the opponent or benefit the user. The objective is to score the highest amount of points within a time limit, getting knocked out costing you points.
  • Big Bang: Players pick Puyo Puyo or Tetris, utilizing preset boards in order to power up. Successfully clearing a chain extends the next one, while failing to clear a chain reduces the next one. After the time limit is done, players attack each other, the strongest chain hitting all other opponents and reduce their health. This continues until all other players are knocked out, the last one standing being the winner.

In addition, for those that are curious about the English voices, you can hear those from Ringo, Tee, Amitie, Arle, and Ess extensively. Puyo Puyo Tetris is due for a western release on April 25th in North America and April 28th in Europe for both the PS4 (physical only) and Nintendo Switch.

 

Puyo Puyo Tetris gets a new trailer and release dates

Puyo Puyo Tetris is going to be released soon on both the Nintendo Switch and Playstation 4, and to help promote SEGA has released a new trailer highlighting several of the game’s modes. This includes the single player Adventure mode, along with the multiplayer modes Swap, Versus, Fusion (aka PuyoTetMix in the Japanese version), Big Bang, and Party mode. In addition, SEGA has confirmed release dates for both USA and Europe. Puyo Puyo Tetris will be released on April 25th in the USA, while in Europe it will be released on April 28th. You can pre-order Puyo Puyo Tetris today on both Playstation 4 and for Nintendo Switch.

For official descriptions for the modes, read on!

SEGA News Bits: Puyo Puyo Tetris Coming West

January 2017 saw the reveal of the Nintendo Switch, and following the live event several announcements were made. One that was of interest to SEGA fans was the reveal that Puyo Puyo Tetris would be coming west to the Switch and the Playstation 4. On this SEGA News Bits, George and Barry are joined by SEGAbits.com writer and resident Puyo Puyo expert FlareHabanero to explain what we can expect from the upcoming game.

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Official English Yakuza and Puyo Puyo accounts for social media live

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Well this is a surprise! SEGA has made a lot of announcements and we’re expecting releases of games like Puyo Puyo Tetris and Yakuza 0. But are you worried that you might get lost in the sudden torrent of announcements? SEGA has got your back, as now there are official social media accounts for Puyo Puyo and Yakuza. Not only are these designed to promote upcoming games like the aforementioned Puyo Puyo Tetris and Yakuza 0, but also the respective franchises in general, possibly for future announcements.

If you want to show your support, please follow these accounts to stay updated with both franchises, and maybe for the occasional fan engagement.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris available to pre-order for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

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Following the announcement that Puyo Puyo Tetris is coming to the Americas and Europe to PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch, we now have pre-order listings to share! Puyo Puyo Tetris can now be pre-ordered for $29.99 on the PlayStation 4 and for $39.99 on the Nintendo Switch. Amazon Prime members get 20% off, making both a very good deal.

It has been noted by SEGA staffers that should Puyo Puyo Tetris sell well, Puyo Puyo Chronicles for Nintendo 3DS could follow.

Puyo Puyo Tetris coming to Nintendo Switch and PS4, game releasing west

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From the Nintendo Switch Presentation, different titles were shown off for the upcoming system, including Super Mario Odyssey, Arms, Splatoon 2, and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. However in the middle of a montage highlighting different titles, Puyo Puyo Tetris was briefly shown as among the titles. Soon enough, SEGA themselves would confirm the game is indeed coming to Switch, titled Puyo Puyo Tetris S. It’s also implied that the game is getting a localization based on it’s presence in the presentation, which would tie to a previous report about Puyo Puyo Tetris trophies appearing in English on PSN.

[UPDATE] It is now officially confirmed Puyo Puyo Tetris is going to be localized for the Playstation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

[UPDATE 2] We have a trailer! Check it out after the break!

The Nintendo Switch itself is launching on March 3rd, 2017 for the retail price of $299.99.

Review: Puyo Puyo Chronicles (3DS)

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25 years has past by for the Puyo Puyo series (27 if counting Madou Monogatari). Originally the series was conceived as a modest puzzle game in the same vain as Dr. Mario or Tetris on the MSX and Famicom Disk System, before making it big with the arcade games Puyo Puyo and Puyo Puyo Tsu. Even after the demise of Compile at the beginning of the new millennium, SEGA would still keep up the legacy of the franchise with the occasional new game and merchandising. Enough so that Puyo Puyo is considered one of SEGA’s “core” franchises in Japan.

Now that it’s the 25th anniversary of the Puyo Puyo series, naturally a new game would be released to compliment this milestone. However the new game in the series, Puyo Puyo Chronicles, takes a slightly different approach from the norm while at the same time trying to keep things familiar for long time fans. Is it a worthy milestone celebration chronicling the series strengths, or a sign that this chronicle should end?

Puyo Puyo Tetris to release in Korea on February 9th, 2017

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The PS4 version of Puyo Puyo Tetris has been announced for a release in Korea on February 9th, 2017.

As previously reported, SEGA of Taiwan announced that they were going to localize select games in Traditional Chinese by establishing SEGA GAMES CS. One of the titles announced was a blurred out image teased to be Puyo Puyo Tetris with a TBA 2017 release. However, the interesting part is that this Korean release is not related to the implied Taiwan release in Traditional Chinese. This suggests that Puyo Puyo Tetris is being released in two different Asian markets outside of Japan, about three years after the game’s initial release in the case of the Korean version.

It’s unknown if there will any modifications, outside of the obvious language change.

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EGG Project announces new Madou Monogatari collection

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Madou Monogatari yu~ Kyoku Taizen-SUN SFC & DS  has been recently announced for windows, a collection of DiscStation titles and the Super Famicom game Madou Monogatari: Hanamaru Dai Youchienji, along with a soundtrack and the original manuals for the different games. This is the third collection of Madou Monogatari and DiscStation collections by EGG Project and D4, after Madou Monogatari yu~ Kyoku Taizen 123 & ARS and Madou Monogatari yu~ Kyoku Taizen-Tsu MD & DS (Previously reported here).

Puyo Puyo Chronicles demo live in Japan [UPDATE]

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Puyo Puyo Chronicles has recently received a demo on November 22nd, 2016 in Japan, which can be downloaded on the Japanese eShop. This demo is a limited 5 use demo that acts as a quick gateway into the game’s RPG mode, providing the player with a few battles along with amusing banter from the characters. However, the demo doesn’t contain any multiplayer whatsoever, so it’s not possible to play any of the 17 returning multiplayer modes or the new Battle Skill mode. If that disappoints you, the full version of Puyo Puyo Chronicles will be released on December 8th, 2016 in Japan, roughly a 2 week gap as of this writing.

Credit to @Amey0619 for the photo of the demo, with a full image from this tweet.

Famitsu reveals more Puyo Puyo Chronicles information

 

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Information regarding to Puyo Puyo Chronicles, regarding to several characters appearing and two new locations in the game’s RPG mode. The game reveals that , Feli, Witch, Risukuma, and Lemres will return, along with the previously revealed Yu & Rei, Rulue, and Raffine on the official Puyo Puyo Chronicles website last week. In addition, it goes into detail about a volcanic town called “Reddi” and a desert town named “Yellome”, along with the respective surround area. No new information has been revealed in terms of gameplay, but it does show the revealed characters like Raffine and Rulue in screenshots for the first time.

Puyo Puyo Chronicles is slated for a December 8th, 2016 release as part of the Puyo Puyo franchise’s 25th Anniversary.

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Click below to see the Famitsu scans.

Release date and pricing for new Puyo Puyo CharaGumin announced

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SEGA has announced new information regarding to the third wave of Puyo Puyo CharaGumin figurines, succeeding after the first wave (Arle Nadja, Amitie, Andou Ringo, Carbuncle) and second wave (Draco Centaur, Sig, Satan, Onion Pixy). As previously reported, these figures are based on the recurring characters Witch, Suketoudara (with a bonus blue Puyo), Schezo Wegey, and Raffine. However, final colored models, pricing, and release dates have been revealed for these figures.

Witch will be priced at ¥‎5,200 ($50), Schezo at ¥‎5,500 ($53), Raffine at ¥4,300 ($41), and Suketoudara w/ blue Puyo at ¥2,500 ($24). However extra may be spent on crafting materials due to these figures requiring construction, and doesn’t account for any possible taxes or shipping fees. All four figures will be shown on November 19th 2016 at the Volks HobbyFest, and become available for purchase on the official VOLKS CharaGumin website.

[Source: SEGA Japan]