Puyo Puyo

From Sega Retro

For the Internacional Mega Drive version, see Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
For the Internacional Master system and Game Gear versions, see Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine (8-bit).

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Puyo Puyo
Publisher: Sega, Various
System(s): Sega System C-2, Sega Mega Drive, Sega Game Gear, Virtual Console
ROM size:
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Game Gear
Peripherals supported:
Sega Game Gear
Gear-to-Gear Cable
Genre: Puzzle

Release Date RRP Code
1992-10 ¥?  ?
Sega Mega Drive
1992-12-18 ¥4,800 G-4082

Sega Game Gear
¥3,500 G-3324

Wii Virtual Console
600 points ?
Wii Virtual Console
JP (Arcade)
800 points ?

Nintendo 3DS Virtual Console
¥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 noticeably 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 Japanese arcade version does not elaborate on the game's story, but materials included in the home versions explain that protagonist Arle Nadja has learned the spell named "Owanimo" (a spell which causes four similarly-colored creatures to disappear) and is going on a journey to defeat Satan. The English arcade version features an entirely different story, along with new character names: Silvana (Arle Nadja) battles against the Dark Prince (Satan) and his Black Kingdom.


The MSX and Famicom predecessor to this Puyo Puyo contained a basic one-player free-play ("Endless") mode, missions, and basic two-player mode. The 1992 arcade game focused entirely on competitive play, with a single-player AI gauntlet and a two-player mode. All home ports of the arcade game reinstate Endless mode, while the Game Gear version reinstates Mission mode.



The Japanese arcade version received a software revision ("Rev. B"); this fixes a glitch that allows the player to prevent an AI opponent from manually dropping their Puyo by holding the second joystick to the left or right. However, the Mega Drive version is based on Rev. A, and thus the glitch can be recreated using a second controller. Additionally, the arcade game was translated into English, though its release date and region(s) are currently unknown.

The arcade version of Puyo Puyo has been ported to various consoles, including the Sega Mega Drive and Sega Game Gear. The Game Gear version, when played in a non-Japanese system, becomes the English-language Puzlow Kids; this version's translation is nearly identical to that of the English arcade game.

Aside from the arcade version, ports of this game that were released in North America and Europe were heavily-localized. Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine is one such version, releasing for the Genesis, Game Gear, and Sega Master System.

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

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
20 №6, p47
Based on
1 review

System C, JP

Mega Drive Version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
91 №22, p40/41
90 №13, p56/57Media:MeanMachinesSega13UK.pdf
89 №28, p72
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
3 reviews

Mega Drive, JP
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PuyoPuyo MD JP CartTop.jpg
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Puyopuyo md jp manual.pdf

Game Gear Version

Game Gear, JP
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PuyoPuyo GG JP Cart.jpg
PuyoPuyo GG JP Manual.pdf

External Links

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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)

Sega Game Gear Nazo Puyo (1993) | Nazo Puyo 2 (1993) | Arle no Roux (1994)
Sega Saturn Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon (1997)
PlayStation Waku Puyo Dungeon Ketteiban (1999) | Puyo Puyo Box (2000)
Nintendo 64 Puyo Puyo~n Party (1999)
Game Boy Color 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)
Game Boy Advance Minna de Puyo Puyo/Puyo Pop (2001) | Kidou Gekidan Haro Ichiza: Haro no Puyo Puyo (2005)
PlayStation 2 Sega Ages 2500 Series Vol. 12: Puyo Puyo Tsuu Perfect Set (2004)
iOS Android Puyo Puyo Fever Touch (2010) | 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
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) | Puyo Puyo Vocal Tracks Vol. 3 (2015)