Puyo Puyo 2 (SMD)
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Puyo Puyo 2 is a falling block puzzle game released by Compile in 1994. As the name suggests, it is a sequel to Puyo Puyo (SMD) and a near-perfect port of the arcade game of the same name. (The game's title is written in Japanese as Puyo Puyo Tsuu - the kanji provided for the last word means "expert," but it also sounds like the English word "two." The official English release on the Wii's Virtual Console uses 2 for the title, which is why this page is named the way it is.)
Much like its predecessor, the game revolves around stacking pairs of Puyos (blob creatures) on top of each other, with the goal being to match 4 or more of the same color to remove them from the field. Chain reactions are the ideal method of doing so, since they award more points and (in most modes) hinder the opponent more severely. 2 brings some improvements to how the game plays, most prominently the ability to "offset" (essentially clear out garbage Puyos about to drop onto your field by making chains, potentially even sending them back to your opponent). As minor as it may sound, these changes proved so critical to the series that they have been adopted by every subsequent installment.
The game also differs greatly in its single player mode: players are tasked with ascending a tower by accumulating a set number of points per floor. Instead of a linear progression of opponents, there are several characters on each floor, selected through a roulette. If you can't get the required score after clearing all of them, then you'll be kicked out of the tower.
Much like its predecessor, Puyo Puyo 2's soundtrack is generally upbeat, cheerful, and energetic. The tone is generally more consistent than last time - most songs aren't quite as "cute"-sounding, but at the same time nothing reaches the sheer intensity of "Final of Puyo Puyo." More of the music is original as well, with only a few songs being reused from earlier games in the series (both Puyo Puyo and Madou Monogatari). The drum instrument used here is noticeably more punchy than in Puyo Puyo - comparing both games' takes on songs like "Warning of Puyo Puyo" throws this into sharp relief.
This version's soundtrack is identical to the original arcade release, aside from being able to be played in stereo as well as mono.
A few songs from this game's soundtrack have gone on to be remixed in later installments, particularly those used during actual gameplay (especially "It's a Face-Off at the Magic Tower! ~ Beginning Music").
Most of the new songs' names come from the album Puyo Puyo DX. Complete Best Album 2. Songs originating from Puyo Puyo (SMD) are named in that game's sound test and the guidebook All About Puyo Puyo. Two songs ("Stage Clear" and "It's the Game Over!") have been omitted because they sound just like they did in the previous game.
- Ripper: DJ Squarewave
- Recorder: Theand
- Game Credits:
- Sound & Voice: Tsuyoshi Matsushima credited as 松島剛史 (LMS Music)
- Sound & Voice: Tomonori Minami credited as BA.M (LMS Music)
- Uncredited Composer: Einosuke Nagao
- Uncredited Composer: Masaaki Harada
- Uncredited Composer: Masanobu Tsukamoto
- Uncredited Composer: Toshiaki Sakoda
- Uncredited Composer: Atarashi
The credits are displayed during the two "proper" endings (the third is a glorified game over).
Some songs originate from existing games. Since none of their composers are credited, their credits must be consulted to get the full picture:
- "It's the Ending!" is an arrangement of "Open the Door" from Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 (MSX2), which credits Toshiaki Sakoda, Masanobu Tsukamoto, and "Atarashi" for its sound.
- "Cooking of Puyo Puyo" comes from the first Puyo Puyo game (released for the MSX2, Famicom Disk System, and later the regular Famicom). The latter two versions credit Einosuke Nagao, Masaaki Harada, and Tsukamoto for its music - while the MSX2 version also credits Sakoda, the fact that he is only mentioned in that version alone (and that the same songs are used across every iteration of the game) suggests that he was not involved in the composing process.
- "Warning of Puyo Puyo" and the unused "Victory of Puyo Puyo" are lightly arranged from Puyo Puyo (ARC) (and, by proxy, its Mega Drive port), which credits its music to Nagao and Tsukamoto.
- https://www.mobygames.com/game/13047/puyo-puyo-2 - MobyGames.
- https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/genesis/570396-puyo-puyo-2 - GameFAQs.
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyo_Puyo_2 - Wikipedia.
- https://segaretro.org/Puyo_Puyo_Tsuu - Sega Retro.