Could you remind me about this series again? I know it was developed by Treasure (Sin and Punishment's home developer), but that's really ALL I'm aware of for this series.
Basically Street Fighter, albeit in beat 'em up form. I like the concept since it opens up the idea of Arle and more having multiple attacks and spells.
I just want to chime in here and say that Amitie (if one looks VERY close) seems to have been taking a backseat to Arle and Ringo in recent games, though SEGA certainly DOES promote her as much as the aforementioned two.
It should also be mentioned that Arle IS considered THE main protagonist of Chronicles. Amitie and Ringo seem to have slightly lesser roles than her in said game.
Yes. Those are all spin-off games. The last main series Puyo Puyo game is considered to be Puyo Puyo 7 that stars Ringo. But, well she was the main character here, we can't say for sure that they would throw away Amitie as the protagonist, especially with Fever even having a full sequel to it.
What I was saying is that all those games you just mentioned are spin-off games. And, if you read all of what I said, I even made it clear that I said they all share an even amount of protagonist status among themselves in said games. I just said that in the main series continuity (which has been on hiatus since Puyo Puyo 7), Ringo is currently the last protagonist in the series. And I also said that I am unsure if Amitie is the "current" protagonist anymore since there has not been any recent main series games to determine this.
Ugh, it really is so confusing. Ever since the anniversary games came into play, they basically made a spin-off series of a spin-off series. I don't even know if they are canon to the main series anymore. I am definitely going to say that the anniversary games for sure are not, but I am a little uncertain about how Tetris and Chronicles fit into the chronology. I want to say the former of those two is a spin-off again, well the latter might be main series. But, given how it's literally parodying a certain Puyo Puyo spin-off game made by Compile a long time ago that has similar gameplay elements, I am going to go ahead and say that it is a spin-off game.
For now, all we can do is wait, really. Speculation will get us nowhere. So, for those that skipped to the end and did not want to read all of that, Arle, Amitie and Ringo are the collective protagonists of the spin-off games and Ringo is the current protagonist of the main series until further notice.
Personally, I figured Smash would have Carbuncle sit on her shoulder or something of the sort. Maybe use him for her side smash attack.
I wouldn't go that far. Maybe a special move like how King Dedede had a chance to summon Waddle Doo in Brawl. But, it would be a pretty comprehensive AI to program if it was onscreen the whole time. And since Carbuncle can not fly, he would have to be on her shoulder the whole time until Arle chucks him.
Either that, or it can be similar to the Ice Climbers, albeit with a twist where he has his own moveset entirely, even though you can never play as him XD That would certainly give those two more charm than any other character in the series. Having an AI character with a moveset of its own that you can never truly play.
I also thought it would be more comical if you could summon him on and off through a taunt and if you do summon him, then he just does his own thing and only starts fighting serious when Arle is in real danger (e.g. high percentage) and even gets stronger if she reaches a critical point. But, I suppose it would be more of a down special move since they haven't had any moves that use a taunt. Though, they have had input moves before through Ryu, so I'm open to Carbuncle being summoned by pressing A and B at the same time so that Arle can have four unique special moves. Lucario and Ridley from Project M that kind of input.
Yeah, I'm just going to say that SEGA just isn't as focused on continuity as Compile was. Seriously, it REALLY irritates me how that's the case BTW. I have SO many ideas that would REALLY tie EVERYTHING post-Yo~n together.
Yeah. It really sucks to think about it that way. But, considering how random the story already is in the post-~n games, part of me always wondered if they could go so far as to pull something where Arle is sucked back into the original world of Puyo Puyo that directly follows the events of ~n where, as she enters the portal, the "magical" effect of Primp Town wears off on Arle and she reverts to a brunette once again, with all of the memories of her previous adventures disappearing.
It would be pretty controversial, but that way, all of the fun monsters introduced in the pre-Fever games can return to the series again since they were all basically left in Arle's world anyway, alongside some of the other human characters as well. The next problem would then be to think of what the games in Amitie's reality would be called after all of this unfolds, though. It would certainly be both sad and funny to see the other girls crying over Arle and then Ringo mutters "Wait, did we even hangout with her all that much?" with Amitie saying "Until recently? No, not really!" referencing how Arle only recently rose to more prominent roles beginning with the seventh entry in the series.
Well, I mean, she has technically only appeared in three of the main series post-~n games, with two of them being simply as a playable character and not being essential to the story as a whole. So, I figured it'd be funnier that way.
Huh, never thought I'd brainstorm this much about Puyo Puyo.