Sega is back again with new additions to their SEGA AGES collection that will be launching this week on Nintendo Switch. For those who don’t know, the SEGA AGES lineup is a collection of games from Sega’s classic back catalog that have been making their way to the Nintendo Switch. What has been great about these ports is that they have been handled by M2 who is well known for their excellent emulation. Up until now there have been eight of these released such as Sonic the Hedgehog, Gain Ground, Outrun and others. I got to recently play and review the two newest ones releasing this week bringing the total to ten in the lineup.
SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo is the other new addition to the lineup this week alongside Space Harrier. This is the Puyo Puyo game that started it all back in 1991 on the Famicom Disc System and MSX. I never played this version before but I’ve played other entries such as Puyo Puyo Champions, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, and Puyo Puyo Tetris. If you’re not familiar with the series the gist of it is basically different colored slimes called Puyos fall from the top of the screen and you have to drop them and match them together in a group of four to clear them from the board much like something like Tetris. As you clear them it will cause rocks to fall on your opponent’s board making it harder for them to clear theirs. If either players board fills up to the top then you lose. One of the main strategies is to stack the Puyo’s so that when you clear one group another group or multiple groups might end up cleared at the same time which will create a chain. Bigger chains will cause more rocks to fall on the opponent. Puyo Puyo has always been an addicting game to me and playing this original one was no different.
The emulation quality in Puyo Puyo I found to be excellent as I encountered no issues while playing it in both handheld and docked mode. The Story Mode is where I spent most of my time playing against various AI opponents. There are some fun little character interactions before each match but it isn’t anything deep. The difficulty in this mode by default could be a bit much for some but much like the rest of the SEGA AGES lineup, M2 has included some new features here to make the game more accessible. You can change the difficulty now between a few different settings and the Story Mode now has a Helper Mode which can make it a lot easier for players to get through. This version of the game also has other new features like a music player as well as various screen filter options but I do wish there was more art to choose from. This port of the game also supports both online multiplayer as well as local co-op letting you play with a friend on the couch. Online leaderboards are present as well to see how you stack up to the rest of the Puyo Puyo community.
It isn’t just modes and difficulty M2 included but a few new welcome gameplay features as well. For instance, you can now rotate the Puyo’s either clockwise or counterclockwise where in the original release you could only rotate clockwise. This makes it a lot less frustrating to stack the Puyos how you want while playing. You can also enable the Quick Turn setting which again makes rotating the Puyo in certain situations possible. Both are very welcome features that serve to reduce frustrations that the original release had.
SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo is another great addition the this classic lineup that has found a home on the Nintendo Switch. Puyo Puyo games I’ve found to be very addictive ever since I played one and this one is no different. The emulation quality is pretty much perfect and new additions such as difficulty settings, local and online multiplayer, and new accessible gameplay options make this a much improved version over the original game. For the low price of $7.99 I highly recommend you add this one to your Switch collection.
*SEGA AGES Puyo Puyo is out now on Nintendo Switch. Reviewed on a Nintendo Switch in both handheld and docked mode. Review copy provided by Sega for this review.