May 19, 2008 . Pokemon Puzzle League! permalink ]

Pokemon Puzzle LeagueAt last! Pokemon Puzzle League has been released for the Wii virtual console! You might be wondering why I’m so excited about a game with “Pokemon” in the title. That’s because this game, originally released for the Nintendo-64, is amazingly fun. It is so much fun, in fact, that I still have my N64 hooked up to my TV so I can play with my brother when he comes over. And the only game I own for the N64 is “Pokemon Puzzle League”, because I bought the system originally just so I could play this game.

The game itself is a repackaged version of “Tetris Attack!”, aka “Panel de Pon” in Japan. The goal is to line up three or more similar blocks in a horizontal or vertical row. When you line them up, the blocks clear from the screen, and blocks on top drop down. If you can then “chain” the blocks (so that the falling blocks make a new combination of similar blocks that will clear), you get more points.

The real fun of the game is the “2 Player Vs.” mode. Whenever you clear more than 3 blocks in a row, you drop some small “garbage blocks” on your opponent. If you can get chains, you drop large garbage blocks on your opponent. Playing someone head-to-head is addictively fun.

The Pokemon veneer adds to the game’s charm. I am not a fan of Pokemon; I sat through five minutes of an episode and had to turn it off. But in the game, the characters trash-talk whenever you clear enough blocks (“Stop wasting my time!”), and the Pokemon creatures make different noises whenever you get combos (“Alakazam!”). Even after playing this game for seven years, I still find the sayings funny when playing.

Anyway, I have already bought the game on the Virtual Console, so now I can pack up my Nintendo-64 and reduce some clutter by my TV. And it finally gives me a real reason to buy a couple Classic Controllers, which I might do tomorrow night.

Posted at 9:16 pm [ 1 comment ] [ Categories: UncategorizedVideo Games ]
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On May 20th, 2008, at 10:44 pm, Pi Visuals said ... [ permalink ]

Awesome!!! Looks like it’s go time on the Wii. Geodude also approves of this transaction. And further more…’Venomoth’! Wow, have we really wasted seven years of our lives with this game? Totally worth it!

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