Puyo Puyo (ぷよぷよ Puyo Puyo?) is a series of tile-matching video games created by Compile. Sega has owned the franchise since 1998, with games after 2001 being developed by Sonic Team. Puyo Puyo was created as a spin-off to Madou Monogatari, a series of first-person dungeon crawler RPGs by Compile.

Primary GameplayEdit

The objective of the game is to defeat all opponents in a battle by causing the third spot from the left in the top row (which is depicted with a red X in later versions of Puyo Puyo) to become occupied by something that does not immediately leave. The Puyo are round, slime-like creatures who, in most variations of the game, fall from the top of the screen in pairs, triplets, or tetrads. The piece can be moved, dropped, and rotated using the controller or joystick. The piece falls until it reaches another Puyo or the bottom of the screen.

When four or more Puyo of the same color line up adjacent to each other, they disappear. Puyo connect horizontally or vertically, but not diagonally; the whole group doesn't need to be a line, but can be any tetromino or larger.

The Puyo above those that are cleared fall onto other pieces or the bottom of the screen. Simultaneous Pops (同時消し Dōji Keshi?, simultaneous erasing) are created when more than one group is formed at a time.

A Chain is made when falling Puyo cause a new group of Puyo to Pop, making a chain reaction. For example, grid 7 will form a 2 Chain, grid 8 will form a 3 Chain, and grid 9 will form a 5 Chain.

When a Chain is achieved, Nuisance Puyo (お邪魔ぷよ Ojama Puyo?, Hindrance Puyo) are sent to either clog the opponent's screen or to cancel out (offset, 相殺) the Nuisance Puyo sent by the opponent. Nuisance Puyo are translucent pieces that disappear when Puyo are popped next to them. If multiple groups of Puyo are cleared in succession due to a chain, the amount of Nuisance Puyo will increase based solely on the number of steps in the chain. Nuisance Puyo are cached above the opponent's playing field, and do not fall until the attacker's chain concludes, and then the defender puts down a piece. Nuisance Puyo block the opponents' playing fields, and can cause them to lose if one is placed the third spot from the left in the top row.

Franchise HistoryEdit

Puyo Puyo was developed by Kazunari Yonemitsu.

In an attempt to get rid of their debt, Compile sold the rights to Puyo Puyo to Sega in 1998.



Original game
Title Publisher(s) Platform(s) Release date
Puyo Puyo Compile MSX October 25, 1991
Tokuma Shoten Famicom Disk System
Tokuma Shoten Family Computer July 23, 1993

First-Party-Published GamesEdit

This section consists of games that were developed by Compile and published by Sega.[1][2][3]

Title Platform(s) Release date Notes
Puyo Puyo Arcade October 1992
Mega Drive December 18, 1992 This version was remade and re-released in some other countries as Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine by Sega on November 26, 1993.
Game Gear March 19, 1993 This version was remade and re-released in some other countries as Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine by Sega in December 1993.
Nazo Puyo Game Gear July 23, 1993
Nazo Puyo 2 Game Gear December 10, 1993
Puyo Puyo~n Dreamcast March 4, 1999

Third-Party GamesEdit

This section consists of third-party games for Sega systems. All titles are developed and published by Compile unless otherwise stated.[4][5][6][7]

Title Platform(s) Release date Notes
Puyo Puyo Tsu Arcade September 1994
Mega Drive December 2, 1994
Game Gear December 16, 1994
Sega Saturn October 27, 1995 This version was co-developed by Bits Laboratory.
Puyo Puyo Sun Arcade December 1996
Sega Saturn February 14, 1997
Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon Sega Saturn April 2, 1998
Madou Monogatari Sega Saturn July 23, 1998 This is the first console game to acknowledge Sega's ownership of the Puyo Puyo characters.
Puyo Puyo DA! Dreamcast December 16, 1999
Arcade December 26, 1999

Non-Sega System TitlesEdit

This section consists of titles that acknowledge Sega's ownership of Puyo Puyo despite not being on a Sega system. All titles are developed and published by Compile unless otherwise stated.

Title Platform(s) Release date Notes
Puyo Puyo Sun Game Boy Color November 27, 1998
Puyo Puyo Tsu WonderSwan March 11, 1999 This port was published by Bandai.
Neo Geo Pocket Color July 22, 1999 This port was published by SNK. It was also released in North America and Europe as Puyo Pop.
Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon Ketteiban PlayStation March 8, 1999 An upgraded version of Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon.
Puyo Puyo~n Nintendo 64 December 3, 1999
PlayStation December 16, 1999
Game Boy Color September 22, 2000
New Titles
Title Platform(s) Release date
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars Game Boy Color August 27, 1999
Arle no Bouken: Mahou no Jewel Game Boy Color March 31, 2000
Puyo Puyo Box PlayStation December 21, 2000
Disc Station volumes

All of the Disc Station volumes were released by Compile for Windows PCs. Vol. 19 is the first volume to mention Sega owning Puyo Puyo.

Title Release date Content
Disc Station Vol. 19 July 6, 1998 Madou RUN
Disc Station Vol. 20 September 6, 1998 Comet Summoner Nazo Puyo Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.00
Disc Station Vol. 21 December 6, 1998 Nazo Puyo Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.01
Disc Station Vol. 22 March 6, 1999 Comet Summoner: Time Trial Version Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.02
Disc Station Vol. 23 June 6, 1999 Puyo Card Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.03
Disc Station Vol. 24 September 6, 1999 Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.04
Disc Station Vol. 25 December 6, 1999 Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.05
Disc Station Vol. 26 March 6, 2000 Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.06
Disc Station Vol. 27 June 6, 2000 Restaurant King Nazo Puyo Editor v.1.07

Sonic Team/SegaEdit

Title Platform(s) Release date
Minna de Puyo Puyo Game Boy Advance October 18, 2001
Puyo Puyo Fever Arcade November 26, 2003
PlayStation 2 February 4, 2004
Dreamcast February 24, 2004
GameCube February 27, 2004
Mac OS X June 24, 2004
Game Boy Advance July 24, 2004
Microsoft Windows September 24, 2004
Pocket PC October 24, 2004
Nintendo DS December 24, 2004
PlayStation Portable
Puyo Puyo Fever 2 PlayStation 2 November 24, 2005
PlayStation Portable
Nintendo DS December 24, 2005
Puyo Puyo! 15th Anniversary Nintendo DS December 14, 2006
PlayStation 2 March 21, 2007
PlayStation Portable
Wii July 26, 2007
Puyo Puyo 7 Nintendo DS July 30, 2009
PlayStation Portable November 30, 2009
Puyo Puyo!! 20th Anniversary Nintendo DS July 14, 2011
PlayStation Portable December 15, 2011
Nintendo 3DS
Puyo Puyo Tetris PlayStation 3 February 6, 2014
Nintendo 3DS
PlayStation Vita
Wii U
Xbox One December 4, 2014
PlayStation 4
Nintendo Switch March 3, 2017
Microsoft Windows February 27, 2018
Puyo Puyo Chronicle Nintendo 3DS December 8, 2016
Puyo Puyo eSports PlayStation 4 October 25, 2018
Nintendo Switch

Print MediaEdit

The following print media was released around the time Sega gained ownership of Puyo Puyo.

Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Publisher Imprint First release Last release
Puyo Puyo: 4 Panel Gag Battle ぷよぷよ4コマギャグバトル Puyo Puyo: Yonkoma Gyagu Batoru Kobunsha Shonen-O Hitama Game Comic Series April 1996 October 1998
More! Puyo Puyo とっても!ぷよぷよ Motto! Puyo Puyo Shogakukan Tentomushi Comics Special October 1996 May 2000
Madou Monogatari '98 - The Terrifying Dimensional Lifeforms! 魔導物語’98―次元生命体の恐怖!の巻 Madō Monogatari '98 ― Jigen Seimeitai no Kyōfu! no Maki ASCII Famitsu Bunko August 1998
Puyo Puyo ぷよぷよ Puyo Puyo Enix Hyper G Comic Anthology December 1998
Ma Madou Monogatari 真・魔導物語 Ma Madō Monogatari ASCII Famitsu Bunko December 1998 March 1, 2001
Puyo Puyo: 4 Panel Kings ぷよぷよ4コマKINGS Puyo Puyo: Yonkoma Kings Studio DNA DNA Media Comics January 1999
Puyo Puyo Short Comic Kings ぷよぷよショートコミックKINGS Puyo Puyo Shōto Komikku Kings Studio DNA DNA Media Comics February 1999
Cho Madou Monogatari 超・魔導物語 Chō Madō Monogatari Kadokawa Shoten Sneaker Bunko March 1999 February 2000
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars ぷよぷよ外伝 ぷよウォーズ Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Uōzu ASCII Famitsu Bunko August 1999
Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Wars 4 Panel DX ぷよぷよ外伝ぷよウォーズ4コマDX Puyo Puyo Gaiden: Puyo Uōzu Yonkoma DX Soft Bank Creative SB Comics Game Series November 1999
Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Dungeon わくわくぷよぷよダンジョン Waku Waku Puyo Puyo Danjon Enix Gangan Fantasy Comics November 1999 May 2003
Puyo Puyo Fever 4 Panel kings ぷよぷよフィーバー4コマkings Puyo Puyo Fībā Yonkoma kings Ichijinsha ID Comics/DNA Media Comics June 25, 2004
Puyo Puyo ぷよぷよ Puyo Puyo Kadokawa Shoten Tsubasa Bunko April 11, 2014 July 11, 2015


  1. Sega's Mega Drive Games (Japanese)
  2. Sega's Game Gear Games (Japanese)
  3. Sega's Dreamcast Games (Japanese)
  4. Third party Mega Drive Games (Japanese)
  5. Third party Game Gear Games (Japanese)
  6. Third party Sega Saturn Games (Japanese)
  7. Third party Dreamcast Games (Japanese)

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