- Sep 20, 2014
The game is called "esports" in Japan, I think they know exactly what aspect of the game fans like they're aiming for here. Let's at least be thankful you can still show your love for a particular character through the tags, playable or not.
You mean like how most of the Puyo Puyo Tsu cast got axed in Fever? Cast getting shuffled is nothing new, and the only way to spare feelings for any old favourite is to include every character in every game going forward, which will get old fast.
If such an "Ultimate" Puyo Puyo existed, you could argue that it would ruin sales of future entries, but at the same time, people do come back for the lore. If they are willing to create "eSports" an entry without any campaign at all, I would be willing to pay twenty, forty...even sixty bucks if it had every (main series) character and enemy we have seen so far, as well as every game mode and the aforesaid bonus idea I thought of where we can even play on a retro-styled stage from the first Puyo Puyo to spice it up even further. eSports only paved the path for us to want an "Ultimate" Puyo Puyo, knowing they are willing to create entries that don't have a campaign mode.
I don't expect such an entry next year, five or even ten years from now. But, the day they confirm it, even if it's an unspecified release date, almost every night will be trouble to sleep as I await it. And I'd still be fine if simply was a collection of every main series character, enemy, stage and game modes. Doesn't even need my idea and I would still be willing to pay full retail for it.
Perhaps, such an idea would not appeal very much to western audiences, but that doesn't mean the game wouldn't sell very well in Japan if such an idea was conceived and executed properly. It is still not very popular overseas, as we have only had about a few games localized (two fairly recently, one over a decade ago), but I bet even a concept like that would interest the new fans.
Since they pour minimal effort into their current sequels, I bet it would only take a normal amount of it to secure an "Ultimate" entry. I don't believe there is really room for pessimism in the Puyo Puyo series, to say they shouldn't do something, because they don't do very much as it is. The fact they're reusing Quest artwork, for instance, shows that they're either preparing a really good anniversary or main series entry next or that they are losing faith in the series. And I even said I'd be okay if this "Ultimate" entry simply reused Quest artwork, as long as said characters were present at all. It would boost appeal and maybe the main series entries would start to see a newfound effort placed into them.
But, for now, let us enjoy eSports. All we can look forward to now is Chronicle maybe coming to Switch with a localization. The next anniversary game won't be for another couple of years and it's unknown if another main series entry is being planned. Oh, and of course, the Nyoki Nyoki game coming to Switch. I really look forward to that.