Puyo Puyo Sun
|Puyo Puyo Sun|
Title Screen (PC version)
|Platforms||Arcade, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, PC|
|Players||1-2 players, 1-16 players (Tournament Mode)|
Game Boy Color
Puyo Puyo Sun (ぷよぷよ さん, Puyo Puyo SUN) is the third installment of the Puyo Puyo games series, and the sequel to Puyo Puyo Tsu, made in 1996 by Compile. After the highly acclaimed success of its predecessor, Compile took a slightly more retro approach, so players had a more original feel to the game over that of Tsu.
The name of Puyo Puyo Sun comes from a Japanese pun on san, the Japanese word for the number three. It also indicates a new Puyo type (Sun Puyo) brought into the game and the story of the game involves the sun.
Puyo Puyo Sun became an instant hit for the PS1 and Sega Saturn mostly because it had included a Mission Puyo mode, as did the PC version. The PC version also had net gameplay features, the first in the games series (the only other so far is Puyo Puyo Fever), using a Direct TCP/IP exchange to play. The original arcade version of Puyo Puyo Sun was an almost exact copy of the Sega Saturn version, as for the fact it appeared in the Sega STV hardware; one major difference being the added voices to the Saturn version. The Game Boy Color version could be used in the N64 Transfer Pak together with Puyo Puyo~n Party 64 to unlock extra artwork within the game. This feature remained in the Nintendo DS version of Puyo Puyo Fever, as you can unlock additional artwork when you plugged the GBA version of the game into the GBA slot of the DS.
Though the Nintendo 64 version was the least favorite among the series, it proved to be highly successful, despite the AI not being at its best. Since it was on cartridge, it also lacked some of the extra bonuses the CD based versions included.
Masamitsu Niitani was Satan's voice actor in this game. Unfortunately, he never did any other character apart from Satan, and only for SUN as well.
Though the language is naturally different, the Korean versions of Puyo Puyo Sun used similar voice actors, those of whom are not credited (but can be assumed to be the same), with some of the original Japanese voice casts kept for each character (such as "Ariado" from Schezo remained). It can also be assumed that this was the same for the other released versions of Puyo Puyo in Korea, though naturally, the games are rare to find.
Satan reads a magazine and feels the desire for a tanned skin to get a lot of female attention. So Satan decides to use his magic to make the sun much larger and create a tropical paradise. Arle and Carbuncle find the sun too hot and see the castle from which Satan's heatwave is emanating. Schezo also travels to Satan's castle to take back the night. Draco however, loves the hot weather and sets out to the hill to sunbathe in a bikini.
Single Puyo Puyo
The game features three story modes. All of which have their own character.
Easy Mode - Draco Centauros
To get yourself adjusted to the new rules, Draco has volunteered to turn from Arle's rival to a playable character. Although she was a strong character in Puyo Puyo Tsu, her AI has now been changed to one of the weakest. As Draco, you have to fight against three enemies: Skeleton-T, Harpy and Choppun. Skeleton-T has always been the beating bag in the games series, and is considered the weakest character in the game, whereas Harpy still uses her strategy to get anywhere. Choppun is a new character addition, and, although he's male, dresses up in Arle's clothes, and wears a bag over his head. There has been some banter and dispute about this, but it's probably because he's too afraid to show his real face.
Normal Mode - Arle Nadja
In this 13-stage mode, you play as the original protagonist, Arle Nadja. Arle as a COM AI is rather strong. As Arle, you have to fight Draco Centauros, Incubus, Suketoudara, Kikimora, Nohoho, Kodomo Dragon, Witch, Honey Bee, Zoh Daimaoh, Lagnus the Brave, Rulue, Schezo, and Satan. Incubus, who was brought back from the CD versions of Puyo Puyo Tsu, continued to try and seduce Arle with his charm. As for Kikimora, she's a maid that has an insane habit of cleaning things. Kodomo Dragon tries to catch Arle and claim her to be a rare jungle creature. Honey Bee tries to poke Arle with her giant syringe, and Lagnus the Brave is seen poking a Green Puyo when Arle comes across, turns into an adult, threatens to slice Arle with his sword, until his trousers fall down and Arle goes bright red!
During the interval with Satan, Arle sets him alight with a Fire spell just before the battle begins.
Hard Mode - Schezo Wegey
In this 8-stage mode, you play as Schezo Wegey. As a COM, Schezo is almost equal to Arle's strength. As Schezo, you have to fight the latter 8 stages along Arle's quest, starting with Kodomo Dragon and ending with Satan. Along the way, Schezo gets snagged in a net by Kidomo Dragon, and Honey Bee's giant syringe gets slotted into the back of his head(however, Schezo doesn't seem to notice it)! Lagnus tries to attack Schezo, but Schezo steps out of the way, causing Lagnus to trip, and shrinking back to his kid form. Instead of facing himself at Stage 7, he faces Arle instead.
During the interval with Satan, he places his sword in the beam keeping the Sun close to the Earth, thus heating his sword, and then carefully places it on Satan's head, causing his hair to ignite. Satan runs around the screen in agony for a brief while until the flames die out, leaving a bald patch on his head.
If the player beats all 8 opponents without continuation in this mode, they will face Carbuncle as a secret character fight.
Multiplayer Puyo Puyo
In this version of Puyo Puyo, three versions of multiplayer are available. The first is a simple 1P vs 2P mode. The second is a tournament mode where up to 16 human or computer players can battle in standard tournament bracket format with a series of two-player games. The third is a multiplayer version of Nazo Puyo, where two players try to complete the tasks as fast as possible.
Player Select easter eggs
On the player select screen in either Versus or Tournament modes, some characters have special properties. To activate these, highlight the character and hold Start for a few seconds.
- Arle - Adds Carbuncle to the menu
- Schezo - Adds Satan to the menu
- Draco - Allows you to pick the opponent's character
- Rulue - Randomizes all further selections
- Zoh Daimaoh - Changes everyone to Zoh.
Game Boy Color
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