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Puyo Puyo Tsuu
Publisher: Compile,
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
SNK,
Bandai WonderSwan
Bandai
Developer:
System(s): Sega System C-2, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Sega Saturn, Neo Geo Pocket Color, WonderSwan, Virtual Console, Android
Sound driver:
Sega Saturn
SCSP (1 track)
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Puzzle, Action (JP box says both; Sega of Japan archive says just Puzzle))






























Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
JP
1999-07-22 ¥3,800 NEOP00410
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
US
1999-09-30 $? NEOP00411
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
EU
1999-11-26 £24.99[1]  ?
Bandai WonderSwan
JP
1999-03-11[2] ¥3,600 SWJ-BAN004
Arcade (System C)
JP
¥? ?


















Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 T-66013



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥3,800 T-66037



Sega Saturn
JP
¥4,800 T-6601G
Sega Saturn
JP
(Satakore)
¥2,800 T-6604G



Wii Virtual Console
JP
600[4] pts ?[[Category:JP Virtual Console games]]
Wii Virtual Console
US
900[6] pts ?[[Category:US Virtual Console games]]
Wii Virtual Console
EU
900[7] pts ?[[Category:EU Virtual Console games]]
Wii Virtual Console
JP
(Arcade)
800[3] pts ?[[Category:JP Virtual Console games]]



Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
JP
¥381 (400)[9] ?



Google Android OS
JP
¥?
Google Android OS
JP
(PuyoSega)
¥?

Puyo Puyo Tsuu (ぷよぷよ通) or Puyo Puyo 2 is a puzzle game developed by Compile in 1994, initially released for Sega's System C-2 arcade board before being ported to other consoles (such as the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, and Sega Saturn). It is the sequel to the Sega/Compile version of Puyo Puyo, whose path the entire series has followed to date.

The standalone game was exclusively released in Japan until 2000, when Sega ported it to the Neo Geo Pocket Color under the name Puyo Pop in the US/Europe (unrelated to the GBA Puyo Pop Minna de Puyo Puyo) — making it the first Puyo Puyo game to be released outside Japan unaltered (and establishing the Puyo Puyo/Puyo Pop naming discretion still used today). It was also included as the Classic mode of Puyo Pop Fever and later rereleased on the Virtual Console's Import section (albeit untranslated).

Sega also produced a port to Bandai's WonderSwan handheld.

The Mega Drive version was the first MD game to use the new Saturn-style box layout in the JP region.

Gameplay

While the 1992 release of Puyo Puyo is credited for introducing competitive play, the improvements made in Puyo Puyo Tsuu made it a gold standard for tournaments, and the basis for all Puyo Puyo releases going forward. Unlike its predecessors, no non-competitive single player modes exist in Tsuu (i.e. "practice" or "endless") - the player is always pitted against a human or AI opponent (an exception being the later Sega Saturn version, which brings these modes back).

Puyo Puyo Tsuu introduces a concept known as "sousai" (相殺), commonly translated as "offsetting" or "countering" as a form of defense against incoming ojama puyo. If, while ojama puyo are queued to land in your play area, you are able to pop puyo, the resulting ojama created in your turn will cancel out the ojama your queue. For example, if five ojama are queued and your pop creates four, you will only receive one ojama puyo. Furthermore, if in this situation you create six ojama puyo, your opponent will receive one instead.

While the sousai rule can be disabled, it typically leads to shorter games, as skilled players can both send ojama puyo to their opponent, and avoid receiving any ojama puyo themselves. Subsequently, this style of gameplay leans towards a need for large chains obtained within the shortest possible time. The scoring has also been revised so that the big points are only available to those who can create these large chains.

As with all Puyo Puyo titles, five different colours of puyo exist, however unlike its predecessors, Puyo Puyo Tsuu rarely uses all five colours at once. Instead it is more common for four colours to be used, which in turn leads to a greater chance of producing chains (Puyo Puyo Sun would later reduce this to three colours for earlier stages). As fewer colours in play usually leads to more popping, players are less likely to lose based on puyo placements alone.

With "Rule Henka" enabled, two new types of ojama puyo come into play. "Kata puyo" (固ぷよ), resembling ice blocks, are twice as strong as ojama (but are popped in the same way) and "tokuten puyo" (得点ぷよ) increase the player's score if popped. The "Rensa Shibari" option also allows players to dictate how many chains are needed to generate ojama puyo.

Also new to Tsuu is the "quick turn" (クイックターン) feature. If a falling pair of puyo is obstructed on both sides, rotating will cause the pair to flip, with the top puyo becoming the bottom and vice versa. Also, while previous Puyo Puyo ganes only show a preview of the next piece, Tsuu shows two upcoming pieces, theoretically allowing the player to plan further ahead.

Finally "zen keshi" (全消し) or "full erase" bonuses are awarded if the player manages to pop all the puyo in their play area. This in turn causes a significant amount of ojama (or tokuten) puyo to be sent to the opposing player after the next pop.

While the single player campaign is similar to 1992's Puyo Puyo, it is now less linear, with multiple stages of progession accessed only when the player has achived enough "rest points". Opponents are to some degree randomised, and given that each opponent uses different tactics, this means it is less likely two playthroughs will be the same. Furthermore some opponents only appear if the player deliberately scores too few rest points, or manages to level up without using any continues.

A unique technical feature to the Mega Drive version is a "voice" option. While sampled speech cannot be turned off during normal play, the player can opt for lower quality samples that do not interrupt the music.

Production credits

Mega Drive version

© Compile 1994


WonderSwan version

TODO confirm against ending (this is ripped from ROM)


Magazine articles

Main article: Puyo Puyo Tsuu/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Puyo Puyo Tsuu/Promotional material.

Photo gallery

Physical scans

Mega Drive version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
78 №1994-12, p22[11]
86 №, p83[12]
63 №312, p38
Sega Mega Drive
76
Based on
3 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
PuyoPuyo2 MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
PuyoPuyoTsuu MD JP CartTop.jpg
PuyoPuyo2 MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Puyopuyotsuu md jp manual.pdf
Manual

Game Gear version

Game Gear, JP
PuyoPuyoTsuu GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngPuyoPuyoTsuu GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

Saturn version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
92 №50, p114
83 №170, p44[13]
68 №359, p33
70 №1995-11, p193[14]
77 №, p12Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[15]
Sega Saturn
78
Based on
5 reviews

Saturn, JP
PuyoPuyo2 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgPuyoPuyo2 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
Cover
PuyoPuyoTsuuSaturnJPSpine.jpg
Spinecard
PuyoPuyoTsuu Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Disc
Saturn, JP (Satakore)
PuyoPuyoTsuu Saturn JP Box Back Satakore.jpgPuyoPuyo2 Saturn JP Box Front Satakore.jpg
Cover
PuyoPuyoTsuu Saturn JP Disc Satakore.jpg
Disc
PuyoPuyoTsuu SS jp manual Satakore.pdf
Manual

Neo Geo Pocket Color version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
60 №18, p100[16]
90 №98, p134[17]
60 №220, p99[1]
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
70
Based on
3 reviews

Neo Geo Pocket Color, US
PuyoPuyoTsuu NGPC US Box Front.jpg
Cover
Neo Geo Pocket Color, EU
PuyoPuyoTsuu NGPC EU Box.jpg
Cover
PuyoPop NGPC EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Neo Geo Pocket Color, JP
PuyoPuyoTsuu NGPC JP Box.jpg
Cover
PuyoPuyoTsuu NGPC JP Cart.jpg
Cart

WonderSwan version

WonderSwan, JP
Puyo Puyo Tsu Wonderswan JP Top.jpg
PuyoPuyoTsuu WS JP Box Back.jpgPuyo Puyo Tsu Wonderswan JP Spine.jpgPuyoPuyoTsuu WS JP Box Front.jpgPuyo Puyo Tsu Wonderswan JP Spine2.jpg
Puyo Puyo Tsu Wonderswan JP Bottom.jpg
Cover
PuyoPuyoTsuu WS JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Puyo Puyo Tsu Wonderswan JP Manual.pdf
Manual

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Game Gear
 ?
CRC32 3AB2393B
MD5 7C080A453DA2D80ADD04A3C3D9F264D1
SHA-1 04EA9FF57FAEECCD1BBB17490D22313AE94C86D6
512kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Saturn
CRC32
MD5
SHA-1
608,262,480 1995-09-30 CD-ROM (JP) T-6601G, T-6604G V1.200
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
 ?
CRC32 3090B2FD
MD5 7FF625DC216783B034B011351C98255F
SHA-1 27C3250FB17F291832FA7189A35478D017A0EF5E
1MB v1.05
SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color
 ?
CRC32 5C649D1E
MD5 D40DC57B9CC3A30A2400F8CFD8724578
SHA-1 8971D3D64E47950CF01648D7B341D4B01A2C4EB0
1MB v1.06
Bandai WonderSwan
 ?
CRC32 5A41A7BA
MD5 E5394D336231C99E9C93F1F41E80A401
SHA-1 D72C1221C2CE3E281A0EE288A3D079AA8E1B714B
1MB

External links

References

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Puyo Puyo games (and spin-offs) for Sega systems/developed by Sega
Puyo Puyo (1992) | Tsu (1994) | Sun (1996) | Yon (1999) | Fever (2003) | Fever 2 (2005) | 7 (2009) | Puyo Puyo! (15th Anniversary — 2006) | Puyo Puyo!! (20th Anniversary — 2011) | Puyo Puyo Tetris (2014) | Puyo Puyo Chronicle (25th Anniversary — 2016)
Sega Game Gear
Nazo Puyo (1993) | Nazo Puyo 2 (1993) | Arle no Roux (1994)
Sega Saturn
Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon (1997)
Sony PlayStation
Waku Puyo Dungeon Ketteiban (1999) | Puyo Puyo Box (2000)
Nintendo 64
Puyo Puyo~n Party (1999)
Nintendo Game Boy
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars (1999) | Pocket Puyo Puyo Sun (1999) | Arle no Bouken: Mahou no Jewel (2000) | Pocket Puyo Puyo~n (2000)
Arcade
Puyo Puyo Da! (1999) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest Arcade (2013)
Nintendo Game Boy Advance
Minna de Puyo Puyo/Puyo Pop (2001) | Kidou Gekidan Haro Ichiza: Haro no Puyo Puyo (2005)
Sony PlayStation 2
Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 12: Puyo Puyo Tsuu Perfect Set (2004)
Google Android OS
iOS
Puyo Puyo Fever Touch (2010) | Puyo Puyo Fever Touch Lite (2011) | Puyo Puyo Solitaire (2011) | Puyo Puyo Narabe (2012) | Puyo Puyo Fever: Minna de Nazo Puyo (2013) | Minna de Taisen! Puyo Puyo Fever (2013) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest (2013) | Puyo Puyo Fever Rhythm (2014) | Puyo Puyo Lock App (2014) | Puyo Puyo!! Live Kabegami (201x) | "Puyo Puyo" Manga (201x) | Puyo Puyo!! Touch (2015)
Export: Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993) | Puyo Pop (N-Gage) (2003) | Columns Deluxe (2008)
Puyo Puyo related media
Music
Puyo Puyo! Original Sound Track (2007) | Puyo Puyo Fever 1 & 2 Sound Track (2007) | Puyo Puyo no Uta (2009) | Puyo Puyo 7 Original Soundtrack (2009) | Puyo Puyo!! Anniversary Sound Collection (2011) | Puyo Puyo!! Original Soundtrack (2012) | Puyo Puyo Vocal Tracks (2013) | Puyo Puyo Vocal Tracks Vol. 2 (2013) | Puyo Puyo Vocal Tracks Vol. 3 (2015) | Puyo Puyo Chronicle 25-shuunen Anniversary CD (2016)
Audiobook
Drama CD Puyo Puyo (2012) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 2 (2012) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 3 (2013) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 4 (2013) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 5 (2014) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 6 (2016) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 7 (2016) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 8 (2016)
Book
Puyo Puyo Fever 4-koma Kings (2004) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest Character Zukan (2014) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest Arcade Kou Ryaku Guide Book (2014) | Puyo Puyo Amitie to Fushigina Tamago (2014) | Puyo Puyo Minna no Yume, Kanaeru Yo!? (2014) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest Official Fan Book (2014) | Puyo Puyo Shigu no Himitsu (2015) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest Character Zukan Vol. 2 (2015) | Puyo Puyo Satan no Space Yuenchi (2016) | Puyo Puyo 25-shuunen Anniversary Book (2016) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest Character Zukan Vol. 3 (2016) | Puyo Puyo Chronicle Kan Peki Kouryaku Guide (2016)