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Puyo Puyo
ぷよぷよ
25 Oct 1991







 

MSX2 Disk (25 Oct 1991)
 

Famicom Disk (25 Oct 1991)
 

 

Arcade Flyer [back]
 

Arcade (Oct 1992)


Mega Drive (18 Dec 1992)
 


   
Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine
Outside of Asia, Puyo Puyo was reworked to feature the evil minions of 'Dr. Robotnik' (the Western name of 'Dr. Eggman') the main villain of the Sonic series.
Released worldwide for the Mega Drive, Game Gear and Master System, the game itself remains identical. It's hard to understand why such a cynical cash-in maneuver was green lighted... The new title screen, menus and cut-scenes feel rushed, and they don't really suit the mood. Surely the funds would have been better spent in pushing Compile's perfectly stylish brand and design work through advertising, promotions, tournaments etc.
The end result is that one of the finest puzzle games of all time was spoilt and defaced, while Sonic fans were forced into an irrelevant genre that they may not necessarily enjoy. Nice one Sega USA.
 

 
Puyo Puyo
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MEGA DRIVE
DETAILS
Format Mega Drive
Released 18 Dec 1992
Publisher Sega
Product ID G-4082
Size (cm) 17.8 x 12.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
A brilliant puzzle game, an excellent conversion, and a rock-bottom price. Go for it!
Released as 'Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine' in US & Europe.

Standard MD case, 4Mbit cartridge, 18-page colour manual.

Puyo Puyo
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GAME GEAR
DETAILS
Format Game Gear
Released 19 Mar 1993
Publisher Sega
Product ID G-3324
Size (cm) 11 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
The Game Gear also gets itself a case of Puyo Puyo fever, along with an excellent 2P VS link-up mode.
Also released as 'Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine' in the West.

Standard GG packaging, 2Mbit cartridge, instruction booklet.

Puyo Puyo Mega Drive & Game Gear Kōshiki Guide Book
ぷよぷよ メガドライブ&ゲームギア 公式ガイドブック
WONDER LIFE SPECIAL
DETAILS
Format Guide Book & CD
Released 20 May 1993
Publisher Shogakukan
Product ID ISBN4-09-102434-3
Size (cm) 18.2 x 12.8 x 0.7 (B6)
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
Complementary 'Official Guide Book' from Sega and Compile, dedicated to the MD and GG versions.
Features game tactics, detailed character profiles, a massive tribute to the game and its impact, and a bonus 4-track 'Puyo Puyo Rave Revenge' mini-CD.

80 pages, 64 in colour, 4-track mini-CD in sleeve.

Puyo Puyo
ぷよぷよ
FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Famicom
Released 23 July 1993
Publisher Tokuma Shoten
Product ID TIM-PY
Size (cm) 14 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
Limited cartridge re-issue of the 1991 Famicom Disk Writer version.
The gameplay comes across as a bit rough and unpolished compared to the MD and GG ports, yet it remains a remarkably valuable version that fetches quite a mint in good condition.

Standard FC cardboard packaging, 1Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

All About Puyo Puyo
ALL ABOUT ぷよぷよ

ALL ABOUT SERIES Vol.2
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 10 Nov 1993
Publisher Dempa Shinbunsha
Product ID 18362-12
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.4 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
The second release of the 'All About' series from Studio Bent Stuff covers all of the delicate intricacies of Compile's brilliant puzzle game.
Gameplay overview, a look at every version available (FC, MSX2, AC, MD, PC-9801, GG, SFC, PCE), vs CPU advice, tactics & diagrams for expert play, staff interview, and even 15 pages of sheet music.
The Puyo Puyo bible!

160 pages (112 in colour), Japanese.

Super Puyo Puyo
す~ぱ~ぷよぷよ
SUPER FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Super Famicom
Released 10 Dec 1993
Publisher Banpresto
Product ID SHVC-PQ
Size (cm) 19 x 10.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
By-the-numbers SFC conversion by Banpresto, later picked up by Nintendo and released as 'Kirby's Ghost Trap' in the West.

Standard SFC packaging, 8Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

Puyo Puyo CD
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PC ENGINE SUPER CD-ROM²
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 22 Apr 1994
Publisher NEC Avenue
Product ID NAPR-1038
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The PC Engine gets itself a high class CD-based rendition of Compile's brilliant puzzle game.
One of the best versions available.

CD case, PC Engine Super CD-ROM² disc, colour manual, spine card.

Puyo Puyo
ぷよぷよ
GAME BOY
DETAILS
Format Game Boy
Released 31 July 1994
Publisher Banpresto
Product ID DMG-QQJ
Size (cm) 10 x 9 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.06
PRICE
STATUS
If you ever wondered how a fast, detailed and colour-based puzzle game played on a small monochrome device, then here is your answer: not very well at all.
Still, it's quite a rarity of sorts.

Standard small-size GB packaging, 2Mbit cartridge, booklet.

 



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