Puyo Puyo

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Puyo Puyo
Puyo Puyo
Publisher: Sega, Various

Developer: Compile, Sega AM1

System(s): Sega System C-2, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Virtual Console

ROM Size: Sega Mega Drive 512KB

Genre: Puzzle

Release Date RRP Code
Arcade JP 1992-10 ¥?  ?
Sega Mega Drive JP 1992-12-18 ¥4,800 G-4082
Sega Game Gear JP 1993-03-19 ¥3,500 G-3324

Virtual Console JP 2006-12-02 600 points  ?
Virtual Console JP (Arcade) 2011-04-12 800 points  ?

Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS) JP 2013-01-30 ¥286 (300)  ?

One frame of the Mega Drive version title screen (which has a different animation from the arcade version).

Puyo Puyo (ぷよぷよ) is a Japanese falling block puzzle game developed and published by Compile in 1992 for Sega System C2 arcade hardware. It is widely considered to be the first "major" entry in the Puyo Puyo series, being a noticably expanded port of a prior 1991 Puyo Puyo release for MSX2 computers and the Nintendo Famicom in Japan.


Puyo Puyo is a spin-off of Compile's earlier Madou Monogatari series of RPGs, featuring the same cast of characters and a similar setting, but with wildly different gameplay.


The MSX and Famicom predecessor to this Puyo Puyo contained a basic one-player free-play mode, missions, and basic two-player mode. However, Sega and Compile worked on a heavily expanded version for the Sega System C-2 arcade board and released it in 1992.



This version of Puyo Puy has been ported to various consoles, including the Sega Mega Drive, Sega Master System, and Sega Game Gear, and has formed the basis for the entire Puyo Puyo series.

In North America and Europe, it was initially released in a heavily localised form, the Sega version being Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.

As part of plans to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the series, in early 2011 Sega announced a Virtual Console rerelease of Puyo Puyo with online multiplayer support — the first Virtual Console game to be modified in such a way.

Production Credits

Mega Drive Version

Producer: Moo Niitani
Director: M・Tsukamoto
Scenario: Hyohju Mu-
Character Design: Hyohju Mu-
Graphic Design: Janus Teramoto, Kerol, Neko-Nyan, Tokifuru Morita (21), Sonchoh-Sawa
Program: K・Yoshinaka
Sound Driver: Jemini Hirono
BGM・SE: M・Tsukamoto (MATS), Einosuke Nagao
Package・Manual: Ichi, Tokifuru Morita (21)
Special Thanks to: All Our Fellows.
©Sega/Compile 1992

Promotional Material

Physical Scans

System C Version

Arcade 20 Sega Retro Average
Based on 1 review
Publication Score Source
Sega Zone (UK) 20 №6, p47
System C, JP

Mega Drive Version

Sega Mega Drive 90 Sega Retro Average
Based on 3 reviews
Publication Score Source
MegaTech 91 №22, p40/41
Mean Machines Sega 90 №13, p56/57File:MeanMachinesSega13UK.pdf
Sega Pro 89 №28, p72
Mega Drive, JP
Puyopuyo md jp cover.jpg
Puyopuyo md jp cart.jpg
Puyopuyo md jp manual.pdf

Game Gear Version

Game Gear, JP
PuyoPuyo GG JP Box Back.jpgNospine-small.pngPuyoPuyo GG JP Box Front.jpg
PuyoPuyo GG JP Cart.jpg

External Links

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Puyo Puyo games (and spin-offs) for Sega systems/developed by Sega
Main Series Puyo Puyo (1992) | Tsu (1994) | Sun (1996) | Yon (1999) | Fever (2003) | Fever 2 (2005) | 7 (2009)
Nazo Puyo Nazo Puyo (1993) | 2 (1993) | Arle no Roux (1994)
Misc. Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon (1997) | Puyo Puyo Da! (1999) | Minna de Puyo Puyo/Puyo Pop (2001) | Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 12: Puyo Puyo Tsuu Perfect Set (2004) | Kidou Gekidan Haro Ichiza: Haro no Puyo Puyo (2005) | Puyo Puyo! (15th Anniversary — 2006) | Puyo Puyo!! (20th Anniversary — 2011) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest (2013) | Puyo Puyo!! Quest Arcade (2013) | Puyo Puyo Tetris (2014)
Export Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (1993) | Puyo Pop (N-Gage) (2003) | Columns Deluxe (2008)
Puyo Puyo related media
Albums 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) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo (2012) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 2 (2012) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 3 (2013) | Puyo Puyo Vocal Tracks (2013) | Puyo Puyo Vocal Tracks Vol. 2 (2013) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 4 (2013) | Drama CD Puyo Puyo Vol. 5 (2014)