On Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, SEGA released a rather unique game called Puyo Puyo Tetris in Japan, back in 2014. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s time to confirm your suspicions: yes, it is a game mixing Puyo Puyo and Tetris, and no, it’s not nearly as weird as it sounds on paper.
Unfortunately, those two versions of the game never made it outside Japan, and since both the Wii U and the Nintendo 3DS are region-locked, fans cannot even try and import the game unless they already have a Japanese console. Fortunately, it’s getting a Nintendo Switch version in Japan, called Puyo Puyo Tetris S, and since the Nintendo Switch is region-free…
… but wait a minute! You will not even need to import the game, since SEGA has announced that Puyo Puyo Tetris would be released in English this Spring, in Europe and North America.
The game offers various game modes, ranging from single-player Adventure and Challenge modes to competitive, Arcade modes (for up to 4 players), with Tetris/Puyo variety. There’s also an in-game Shop where you can unlock new characters and skins for Puyos and Tetriminos.
Here’s a rundown of the game modes available in Puyo Puyo Tetris:
Adventure – Single-player mode offers ten unique acts, each with ten stages featuring different characters from the Puyo Puyo and Tetris universes. Each stage contains unique challenges players will need to overcome in order to win and move on!Multiplayer Arcade – For up to four local players, Multiplayer Arcade offers a wealth of game variants that will bring out players’ competitive nature!
- Versus – Players compete head-to-head in either Puyo Puyo or Tetris to fight in the puzzle fight of their life.
- Swap – Players’ abilities are put to the ultimate test when they compete on both Puyo Puyo and Tetris boards, which switch back and forth at set intervals.
- Fusion – A true hybrid game where players compete with Puyos and Tetriminos together on the same board, requiring deft, on-the-fly thinking to become victorious.
- Big Bang – It’s a race to the finish as players compete against each other to clear unique challenge boards as quickly as possible to win.
- Party – Players compete on Puyo or Tetris boards, but the puzzles feature special items that when activated either help players or harm their opponents.Online – Players can try their puzzle skills on a global scale by playing any of the multiplayer modes with up to four players online in Puzzle League or Free Play modes
- Puzzle League – Increase player rating, earn ranks and aspire to new leagues in this mode for competitive enthusiasts.
- Free Play – A more casual experience where records aren’t kept and players can customize matches with unique settings, and invite their friends to play.
- Replays – Players can save and upload any online matches to show off to their friends, or search other players’ replays using the tag and filtering system to see how they tackle matches.Solo Arcade – Play any of the Multiplayer Arcade modes against the CPU in Battle or Endurance matches, or try single-player challenges:
- Battle – Substitute human players with 1-3 CPU opponents to fight against simultaneously.
- Endurance – Go the distance in a one-on-one gauntlet of never-ending CPU opponents, racking up as many wins as possible.
- Challenge – Forget about the opponents and put skills to the test with Sprint, Marathon and more, like the quirky Tiny Puyo, which shrinks down Puyos to fit even more on the board.
On Nintendo Switch, Puyo Puyo Tetris will get two editions:
- digital: $29.99. That’s the main version of the game;
- limited edition at retail: $39.99. Includes two keychains. Only available for pre-orders and a limited amount of units at launch. If you’re interested, it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon.com [NB: affiliate link]
Finally, here’s the trailer and some screenshots for the game (along with the boxart):
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch) comes out on March 3rd in Japan, and this Spring in Europe and North America.