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The English Version of Puyo Puyo Tetris Won’t Have Any Streaming Restrictions

Following the decision from Atlus to put streaming restrictions on Persona 5, a move which is getting a lot of criticism from its fans, the reveal that Puyo Puyo Tetris would also feature streaming restrictions in Japan meant fans were worried for the upcoming English release. Fortunately, localization producer Sam Mullen has put those fears to rest on NeoGAF with the following post:

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Puyo Puyo Tetris is Getting a Worldwide Release on Nintendo Switch and PS4 (UPDATED)

UPDATE: SEGA has now announced a PS4 release as well, and an official launch trailer and press release, which have been added to the article below. The game will be releasing as a physical version only on PS4 for $29.99, while the Nintendo Switch version will be available digitally for $29.99 and physically for $39.99, with a special launch edition that includes two Puyo Puyo- and Tetris-themed keychains (while supplies last).

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During the recent Nintendo Switch event, Puyo Puyo Tetris was briefly shown being played on the Nintendo Switch. With the event over, the official website of Puyo Puyo Tetris has been updated with more information on this new version of the game for Nintendo Switch, titled Puyo Puyo Tetris S in Japan. The game will be released in Japan on March 3, 2017 as a launch game for the Nintendo Switch. The official website also reveals that the game will get a release in the United States, Europe and other countries, where it will simply be called Puyo Puyo Tetris, although the release date for that version is unknown at the moment. Interestingly, a “Worldwide Puzzle League” mode will allow for worldwide multi-player (albeit without cross-platform support).

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Puyo Puyo Tetris English Trophy List Found!

An English trophy list for Puyo Puyo Tetris on the Playstation 4 has been circulating lately. Exophase has the exceedingly long list of trophies for Puyo Puyo Tetris. Should we expect to see this “Frantic Four-Player Puzzle Mashup” in the West? Let us hope so!

Puyo Puyo Tetris is a crossover project between two of the most prominent (and oldest) puzzle game franchises in existence. It was notable not just for the uniqueness of the crossover concept, but also for its release across six platforms – Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, Playstation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo Wii U, and Xbox One. While it didn’t yield particularly large sales on its own in Japan, it did prompt a unique gummi candy promotion for a limited time.

Initially releasing in Japan during February of 2014, it has been quite some time since any sort of word describing the prospects of Puyo Puyo Tetris‘s localization have been noted. To begin with, the game’s potential for localization hasn’t often been publicly discussed, and Puyo Puyo games are for the most part not localized outside of Puyo Puyo Fever or the Puyo Puyo titles released as SEGA 3D Classics for the Nintendo 3DS.

Should this game be localized, one has to wonder what the choice of platforms would be. Certainly, Playstation 4 would already be a lock. Perhaps the 3DS and the Vita are under consideration? And since Valkyria Revolution is uniquely receiving an Xbox One release, maybe the Xbox One version will be brought over as well.

Update: A recent tweet from Sam Mullen possibly alludes to surprise over recent news about the English trophy list for Puyo Puyo Tetris. Assuming that Puyo Puyo Tetris is indeed being localized (which is not completely certain, at the moment, although still possible), this might suggest that localization is being handled outside of SEGA itself.

In any case, the news of a trophy list is cause for optimism!

A Week of High Level Puyo Puyo Competition

At Segalization, unfortunately our opportunities to write about the Puyo Puyo series aren’t in abundance. So we feel happy to see a week of competitive Puyo Puyo events ahead of us, alongside a Niconico broadcast from Sega to celebrate the franchise’s 25th anniversary in Japan. We may not hear much about Puyo Puyo in the West, but Puyo Puyo is indeed a long-standing Sega franchise.

Puyo Puyo, as most any other game series, can be played according to the player’s wishes. But Puyo Puyo in a competitive setting operates under the assumption that certain strategies are more desirable than others. You don’t always want to focus simply on connecting four like-colored Puyos that are on an upper row together, as an example, as you’ll find it harder to inundate your opponent with garbage. It is a setting that converges towards rewarding players that can think quickly and creatively, keep an eye on themselves and their opponents, and react and attack in order to keep oneself at an advantageous position as much as it makes sense. Stakes can often be higher in competitive Puyo Puyo, where the rewards might include money, other prizes, or even pride itself.

Check out this image below for a schedule of competitive Puyo Puyo events, with stream URLs (Niconico or Twitch, depending on the event) accompanying each event. For our Western-based readers, please do keep in mind that events taking place in Japan (S-Rank League, 25th Anniversary Stream) are ahead of you. For example, the first day of S-Rank League is already underway. Segalization does not take credit for the creation of the image below.

Puyo Puyo 25th Anniversary Tournament seriesKudos to competitive Puyo Puyo players around the world who keep their games alive through their dedication to the game’s strategic combat, and the desire to make their opponents lose. All in the name of fun!

Interested in learning more about the fundamentals of high-level Puyo Puyo? This NeoGAF thread not only covers some basic history of the franchise and offers some suggestions on Puyo Puyo titles to buy, but it also gives a good rundown on vocabulary that defines competitive interactions and fleshes them out. With visuals! Don’t be intimidated by the density of the information – read items one step at a time, and don’t be afraid to come back to the reading another time if you don’t understand it immediately.

One place for Puyo Puyo discussion is Puyo Nexus, a forum and fansite for the Puyo Puyo franchise. They cover news on Japanese Puyo Puyo tournaments on and also run tournaments of their own.

You may also consider the r/puyopop subreddit for discussion, fun, and assistance, which also hosts a Discord chatroom of its own.

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Our Thoughts on Puyo Puyo Quest Being Reskinned as Cranky Food Friends

Puyo Puyo Quest is a fairly successful mobile game in Japan. For the West, the game is being reskinned and launched as “Cranky Food Friends,” with a soft launch that started in Canada and certain European countries. If there is any doubt, compare the featured image with the image below.

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Cranky Food FriendsThe similarity in structure of the two games should be immediately apparent. Even if Cranky Food Friends was simply inspired by the concept of Puyo Puyo Quest and didn’t involve the replacing of assets, it would beg the question of why Puyo Puyo Quest itself wasn’t released outside of Japan while Cranky Food Friends is going to see such a release. We each decided to write down our thoughts about this, which you can find below.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris Xbox One and Playstation 4 Release Promotional Movie

It’s been a while since we’ve written about Puyo Puyo Tetris. Last week on December 4th, the Playstation 4 and Xbox One versions of Puyo Puyo Tetris hit retail shelves in Japan; this means that Puyo Puyo Tetris now exists on a total of six platforms!

Leading up to its release, Sega released a two-minute promotional movie explaining some basic concepts of Puyo Puyo Tetris. It’s a crossover of two prominent puzzle gaming franchises, also featuring a colorful story mode and online play options. Beyond that, there are a variety of multiplayer mode options. Puyo Puyo and Tetris both have long histories of competitive play, so these choices will hopefully have something to offer for everyone:

  • VS is a traditional competition between two players, where the players can either compete in Puyo Puyo, Tetris, or both at the same time.
  • Puyo Tet Mix is a mode featuring Puyos and tetriminos in the same grid.
  • Swap is a mode where the game type (Puyo Puyo or Tetris) switches once a countdown on the screen reaches zero. There are two grids, one for Puyo Puyo and the other for Tetris.
  • Party allows up to four players to compete against each other with the addition of power-up items. Items act as either buffers or de-buffers for players.
  • Big Bang is a mode where players have to create as much garbage (deleted Puyos or tetriminos) as possible. Periodically, a countdown timer will reach zero during the course of a game of Big Bang. Whenever it reaches zero, player(s) who do not create as much garbage as any opposing party does will lose more HP than the other player(s). Last player standing wins! The game starts off in fever mode or Lucky Attack depending on whether you choose the Puyo Puyo or Tetris style.

Players can compete globally for rankings in the National Puzzle League mode. The article also notes that replays of your gaming sessions can be saved and shared with other Puyo Puyo Tetris players.

Check out the movie after the break!

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Sega and Atlus’s Tokyo Game Show 2014 Lineup Announced

We now have confirmation about Sega and Atlus’s lineup at Tokyo Game Show 2014, and which titles will be playable. This article will cover games that are not under the banner of Segalization’s localization requests and will simply present the entirety of Sega and Atlus’s offerings.

Please be aware that Sega and Atlus will also be holding stage events and broadcast streams throughout the weekend of Tokyo Game Show, which you can find near the end of the article! Italicized games are titles that currently have localizations planned for them, for reader convenience, but keep in mind that localization status is still a tentative thing. Here is a list of what can be expected:

Playable from Sega:

  • Phantasy Star Nova (Vita)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (PS4, One)
  • Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (Vita, PS3)
  • Hero Bank 2 (3DS)
  • Sonic Toon: Rise of Lyric (Wii U, known as Sonic Boom in the West instead of Sonic Toon)
  • Sonic Toon: Shattered Crystal (3DS, known as Sonic Boom in the West instead of Sonic Toon)

Promotional Trailers from Sega:

  • Phantasy Star Online 2 (PC, Vita)
  • Phantasy Star Nova (Vita)
  • Yakuza Zero (PS3, PS4)
  • Shining Resonance (PS3)
  • Puyo Puyo Tetris (PS3, Wii U, 3DS, Vita, PS4, One)
  • Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax (Vita, PS3)
  • Hero Bank 2 (3DS)
  • Sonic Toon: Rise of Lyric (Wii U, known as Sonic Boom in the West instead of Sonic Toon)
  • Sonic Toon: Shattered Crystal (3DS, known as Sonic Boom in the West instead of Sonic Toon)
  • The World End Eclipse (PC, Vita, iOS, Android)

Promotional Trailers from Atlus:

  • Etrian Odyssey II Untold: The Knight of Fafnir

Stage Events from Sega and Atlus, scheduled according to Japan Standard Time:

  • Phantasy Star Nova presentation (9/18, 12pm)
  • Yakuza Zero presentation (9/18, 1pm)
  • Hatsune Miku Project new title presentation (9/18, 3pm) (update: this was Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Deluxe, an expansion of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2)
  • Phantasy Star Online 2 presentation (9/19, 3:30pm)
  • Phantasy Star Nova live demo playthrough (9/20, 2pm, different from recently released Battle Demo)
  • Atlus presentation (9/20, 2:30pm)
  • Shining Resonance live gameplay presentation (9/21, 3pm)

To speak for myself, the lineup that Sega is presenting is especially strong this year. A sizable portion of their prominent active franchises in Japan are being represented with Phantasy Star, Yakuza, Shining, and Hatsune Miku. We are also seeing a push for Sonic Boom in Japan too. Besides the representation for major IP’s, newer franchises such as Hero Bank and The World End Eclipse are being promoted. In addition, Puyo Puyo Tetris and Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax should have broad appeal: the former for its accessibility and crossover novelty and the latter for being a crossover fighter featuring popular characters. The real wildcard here is Atlus and their presentation on the 20th. Hopefully they will have more to offer regarding Persona 5 and Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem! I am also excited to finally see what Shining Resonance looks like in action.

Kudos to this Gematsu article and this NeoGAF thread, and additional thanks to the topic creator of the NeoGAF thread for translated descriptions and scheduling of stage events. Kudos also to the PSUBlog for the entry linked in the description on the Phantasy Star Nova live demo presentation.

Update, 9/18/2014: Edited to reflect that there is very likely no additional Hatsune Miku game announcement besides Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai Deluxe.

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Puyo Puyo Tetris Coming to PS4 and XBOX One in Japan

Looking for a puzzle game to play on your next-gen consoles?  SEGA will be bringing Puyo Puyo Tetris to PS4 and XBOX One in Japan on December 4th, according to GamesTalk and pointed out by a NeoGAF forum member.   This version will come with every DLC released thus far, for a ¥5,918 price tag.  Any additional features have not been mentioned yet.

There are currently no plans to localize any version of Puyo Puyo Tetris.  Ubisoft currently has Tetris Ultimate in development for these two platforms; it is unclear if this is an exclusive deal which may or may not interfere with bringing the game overseas.