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Tetris Attack in Game Informer

Posted by BusterTheFox on September 21, 2012 at 11:50 PM Comments comments (0)

I recently received my copy of issue 234 of Game Informer. I beleive that's either for September of November, I don't really keep track of this magazine stuff... But it's for this year, and it's, as of this post, the most recent issue. This issue makes a small mention of Tetris Attack that tells me exactly why TA sites don't get any visitors. I just so happen to have a decent-enough scanner, so I've scanned it up for the world to see:


The insert about TA is down in the bottom-right, number 10 in the list. As you can see, this article is about 10 games that would make for good iOS games.

The blurb seen in the article is below:

"This classic SNES puzzle game has been left on the shelf so long that many people probably think Bejeweled wwas the innovator of the 'match three' game style. It's time for Nintendo to hook a new generation of gamers with the true originator."

This tells me everything I need to know, and it's all Nintendo's fault... Okay, that sounds more accusing than it was meant to be, but just putting this article together with what I already know tells me the entire story.

1. People don't know what it is.

The main reason why this Puzzle League series hasn't seen any action. Let's think back. The first game in the series was titled Tetris Attack. In Japan, it was, of course, Panel de Pon. The very next game in the series was Pokémon Puzzle League. The series was getting a new installment, but people who were new to the series thought it was a brand new game, mainly because of the switch to Pokémon and the obvious name change (there is a place in the Pokémon games called "Pokémon League", and it is where the final battle happens). I've seen many people who played the original SNES Tetris Attack who thought that PPL was ripping off TA or had never even looked into PPL at all because they never even thought it was another game in the series! Of course, the rest of the games in the series kept this new naminig metric. It's very worthy to note, also, that in Japan, ALL of the games kept their original "Panel de Pon" name.

2. Nobody ever explained this stuff.

Search through all of the games post-Tetris Attack. You will find nothing saying anything about an SNES game or even the name "Tetris". Remember also that the original creator of Tetris (the actual game, not Tetris Attack) has said that he regrets allowing Nintendo to use the name. That may be why the series had a name change in the future, as well. And as this article in a hugely popular magazine has clearly demonstrated, many people still think to this day that TA is the first and LAST game in the series.

It's simply ignorance of the series' existance, really. You could also, however, attribute it to a lack of advertising. Intelligent Systems, the creators of the Puzzle League series, also created Fire Emblem, a strategy game that has been hugely popular ever since it had its first release in the US. In fact, the company is working on a brand new entry to the series for the 3DS right now. These are the games that are shown in E3, advertised heavily, get the reveiws on gaming websites. However, Planet Puzzle league and Advance Wars: Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict were both games from the same company that I didn't know about until I saw them on store shelves. And take into consideration that the original Advance Wars on the GBA was an award-winning game that had great sales. In fact, it's in the same boat with Fire Emblem. Both had original releases way back on the Nintendo Famicom (NES) way back when. they only came to America recently, on the Game Boy Advance. Tetris Attack was localised immediatly, but they changed so much of it that it just wasn't the same game anymore (at least they left the game engine intact).

I apologize if I've missed anything obvious here. I didn't have this at all planned out. I just wanted to point out some things that I've come to understand about the series and why it may not be as popular as it should be. I plan to E-mail Game Informer to tell them about the mistake, and hey, maybe we can get some exposure in there. :p and speaking of mistakes, they seem to have thought that Tactics Ogre was a Square Enix game; they must have confused it with Final Fantasy Tactics. >_> Tactics Ogre is an IP of Atlus... Haha. Clearly the person who wrote this article is somewhat uninformed. Or maybe I am. I dunno, I've only played the GBA one, and that one was made by Atlus... I don't know why Square would buy Tactics Ogre when they already have the more-successful Final Fantasy Tactics. Anyway.

First actual Puzzle League related news I've seen in forever. Comments?