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Puyo Puyo has been around quite a while at this point, this year being its 30th anniversary. For those three decades the gameplay itself has remained its iconic self, but the aesthetic and cast of characters have distinct phases that’ve changed up. This weekend, Sega turned back the clock and took us back to the puzzle series’ earliest days. In fact, it’s so far back that it’s before Sega even acquired the franchise.

The Puyo Puyo Classic series was started by Compile, as a side game of their Madou Monogatari dungeon crawlers. It’s from those roots that Arle Nadja, Carbuncle, the Dark Prince, and those adorable popping blobs themselves were brought into the world.

The video features Puyo Puyo, Puyo Puyo 2, Puyo Puyo Sun, and Puyo Puyo~n and spans from the arcades all the way to the Dreamcast. So enjoy the trivia, mind the garbage drops, and look forward to hopefully seeing the series’ Sonic Team era soon.

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Written by Ricky Berg

When he isn’t writing for Nintendo Wire, Ricky’s anticipating the next Kirby, Fire Emblem, or if the stars ever align, Mother 3 to be released. Till then he’ll have the warm comfort of Super Smash Bros. to keep him going.