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Virtual Console Mondays: March 3 and March 10, 2008

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu

by Evan Burchfield - March 17, 2008, 1:24 am EDT

Puyo Puyo 2: Tsuu is an inexplicable import title for the Virtual Console, seeing as there are already two identical versions of Puyo Puyo available in the forms of Kirby's Avalanche and Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine. This version does have some added features, but it is also completely in Japanese, making it a hard sell even to fans. For those not in the know, the game has you combining colored blobs in groups of four in any shape possible. Garbage is formed and sent to your opponent by combining more blobs or chaining combos together.

The only real feature added here is the ability to block the garbage being sent over to you by quickly creating garbage of your own. It adds a neat dynamic that has you watching your opponent's field as well as your own. There's also a level editor, but like the rest of the game's menus, it is completely in Japanese text with no symbols to guide you. There is an attempt at a translation in the Operation Manual, but that's a bit of a joke.

I don't know why this game was brought to our shores. New features aside, Puyo Puyo has never been too popular with the western world, and this updated version, laden with foreign text, doesn't change the experience other than adding the possible surprise and suspense of choosing the wrong menu option. I very begrudgingly recommend this game for fans of Puyo Puyo, but only if you understand the nitty gritty differences between this title and the previous Puyo Puyo titles already on VC.

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