Puyo Puyo (SMD)

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Puyo Puyo
Puyo Puyo - SMD - Japan.jpg
Platform: Mega Drive
Year: 1992
Developer: Compile Corporation

Puyo Puyo is a falling block puzzle game released for the Mega Drive. More specifically, it is an extremely faithful port of the arcade game of the same name (which ran on hardware that was very similar to the Mega Drive, aside from enhanced voice capability).

The fundamental gameplay is largely the same as its predecessor for the Famicom Disk System and MSX2: Puyos descend from the top of the screen in pairs, and letting them pile up too high will end the game. Matching four Puyos of the same color will clear (or "pop") them from the board. While this alone will give you points, the biggest scores come from arranging Puyos to form chains: clearing one set of four causes some to fall into position to clear another set, which in turn can cause other Puyos to fall and clear another set...

The biggest change from the older versions, however, is the focus on competitive play. Nearly every mode pits the player against an opponent (be it another person or AI), and every time someone pops Puyos, the other side is besieged by "nuisance" Puyos that must be cleared by popping regular Puyos nearby. This shifts the main attraction of the game away from a one-person score attack to a battle of wits, where each player must strike a balance between setting up chains to hinder their opponent while dealing with their attacks as well. Going hand in hand with this is the single player mode, which pits the player (as Madou Monogatari protagonist Arle Nadja) against several different characters, each of which has something quirky to say before the match.

While this version of the game would never be released outside of Japan in its original form until much later, other regions received a heavily revamped iteration with a Sonic-themed coat of paint: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (GEN).

Screenshots

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The title screen.

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In single player, every stage starts with some banter between opponents.

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Regular gameplay.

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Matching Puyos will drop "nuisance" onto your opponent's board, hindering them.

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If your opponent's board gets too full, you win.

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Two players can also compete with each other.

Music

The music is effectively identical to the original arcade version, though it can be played in stereo instead of being stuck in mono. Over half the soundtrack originates from either the first Puyo Puyo or Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 (the game Puyo Puyo spun off from), leading to a distinct split in musical styles: songs from the former are usually cutesy and light-hearted, in keeping with the spin-off's tone, while songs from the latter are generally more moody and atmospheric (befitting a somewhat more serious RPG). The new music similarly tends to fall into one of these two categories: compare the fairly upbeat "Theme of Puyo Puyo" with the frantic and tense "Final of Puyo Puyo," for example.

Many of these songs would be remixed and reused for future installments.

Recording

All song names come from the game's own sound test and the guidebook All About Puyo Puyo. "Warning of Puyo Puyo" rises in pitch indefinitely, so it has been timed to the melody instead.

# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Baroque of Puyo Puyo Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:58
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02 Cooking of Puyo Puyo Einosuke Nagao, Masaaki Harada, Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:26
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03 Memories of Puyo Puyo Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 4:15
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04 Morning of Puyo Puyo Einosuke Nagao, Masaaki Harada, Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:51
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05 Theme of Puyo Puyo Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 2:35
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06 Theme for Harpy Masanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke NagaoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:27
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07 Brave of Puyo Puyo Toshiaki Sakoda, Masanobu Tsukamoto, AtarashiMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 1:36
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08 Sticker of Puyo Puyo Masanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke NagaoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 2:49
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09 Stage Clear Toshiaki Sakoda, Masanobu Tsukamoto, AtarashiMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:02
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10 Theme for Satan Toshiaki Sakoda, Masanobu Tsukamoto, AtarashiMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 1:46
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11 Final of Puyo Puyo Masanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke NagaoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 2:13
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12 Warning of Puyo Puyo Masanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke NagaoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:13
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13 Victory of Puyo Puyo Masanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke NagaoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:10
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14 Ondo of Puyo Puyo Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 1:38
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15 Sunset of Puyo Puyo Masanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke NagaoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 3:41
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16 Sorrow of Puyo Puyo Einosuke Nagao, Masaaki Harada, Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:11
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17 Toy of Puyo Puyo Einosuke Nagao, Masaaki Harada, Masanobu TsukamotoMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 1:19
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18 Rejection of Puyo Puyo Toshiaki Sakoda, Masanobu Tsukamoto, AtarashiMasanobu Tsukamoto, Einosuke Nagao 0:58
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Credits

(Sources: Credits - 1, 2; Puyo Puyo (FC) credits - 1, 2, 3; Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 (MSX2) credits, Puyo Puyo RaveRevenge credits)

The credits are displayed after the game is beaten.

As mentioned above, several songs originate from the original Puyo Puyo. The Famicom Disk System and Famicom versions credit three people with its music (Einosuke Nagao, Masaaki Harada, and Masanobu Tsukamoto), while the MSX2 version additionally credits Toshiaki Sakoda. Since the songs' melodies are identical across all versions, it can be inferred that Sakoda did not compose any music for the game, only arranging the others' work.

That said, Sakoda was one of three people credited for Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 (MSX2), the source of many other songs in this soundtrack. The other two are Tsukamoto and "Atarashi." The real name of the latter person is currently unknown - it could possibly be Yoshihiko Atarashi, but his only credit in a game (Dragon's Eye Plus: Shanghai III (SMD)) was with another company.

Finally, the credits for the mini-album Puyo Puyo RaveRevenge explicitly state that all four of its songs - arrangements of "Baroque of Puyo Puyo," "Memories of Puyo Puyo," "Theme of Puyo Puyo," and "Ondo of Puyo Puyo" - were originally composed by "MATS" (Masanobu Tsukamoto).

Albums

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Format

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Releases

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Puyo Puyo - SMD - Japan.jpg
Title: ぷよぷよ (Puyo Puyo)
Platform: Mega Drive
Released: 1992-12-18
Publisher: Compile Corporation, Sega Enterprises, Ltd.

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Puyo Puyo
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Puyo Puyo 2 (Tsuu) Platform - ARC.png • Platform - SMD.png • Platform - GG.png • Platform - PC98.png • Platform - SAT.png • Platform - SFC.png • Platform - SFC.png • Platform - PCCD.png • Platform - PS1.png • Platform - W32.png • Platform - GB.png • Platform - WS.png • Platform - NGPC.png • Platform - PS2.png
Puyo Puyo Sun Platform - ARC.png • Platform - SAT.png • Platform - N64.png • Platform - PS1.png • Platform - W32.png • Platform - GBC.png • Platform - GEN.png
Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon Platform - SAT.png • Platform - PS1.png
Puyo Puyo~n Platform - DC.png • Platform - N64.png • Platform - PS1.png • Platform - GBC.png
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars Platform - GBC.png
Puyo Puyo DA! Featuring Ellena System Platform - DC.png • Platform - ARC.png
Puyo Puyo Box Platform - PS1.png
Type de Puyo Puyo Platform - W32.png
Puyo Pop Platform - GBA.png • Platform - NGAG.png
Puyo Pop Fever Platform - ARC.png • Platform - PS2.png • Platform - DC.png • Platform - GC.png • Platform - XBOX.png • Platform - MAC.png • Platform - GBA.png • Platform - W32.png • Platform - PPC.png • Platform - PALM.png • Platform - NDS.png • Platform - PSP.png
Kidou Gekidan Haro Ichiza: Haro no Puyo Puyo Platform - GBA.png
Puyo Puyo Fever 2 Platform - PS2.png • Platform - PSP.png • Platform - NDS.png
Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary Platform - NDS.png • Platform - PS2.png • Platform - PSP.png • Platform - WII.png
Puyo Puyo 7 Platform - NDS.png • Platform - PSP.png • Platform - WII.png
Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary Platform - NDS.png • Platform - WII.png • Platform - PSP.png • Platform - 3DS.png
Puyo Puyo Tetris Platform - PS3.png • Platform - 3DS.png • Platform - WIIU.png • Platform - PSV.png • Platform - PS4.png • Platform - XONE.png • Platform - SW.png • Platform - W64.png
Puyo Puyo Chronicle Platform - 3DS.png
Puyo Puyo Champions Platform - SW.png • Platform - PS4.png • Platform - XONE.png • Platform - W64.png
Puyo Puyo Tetris 2 Platform - SW.png • Platform - PS4.png • Platform - XONE.png • Platform - PS5.png • Platform - W64.png