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April 20, 2017 / Jett

Coming Soon: Puyo Puyo Tetris on the Nintendo Switch


In just a few days – April 25th to be exact, Puyo Puyo Tetris will hit store shelves for the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Having played the Japanese PlayStation 4 version for a few months now, I can tell you that it’s a good game. Personally, I thought that the Switch version would be a home run, as the portable nature of the platform made it seem like a perfect fit. Right now, I’m not so sure I’m ready to jump in.

For one, it’s cheaper on the PlayStation 4. For some reason, it’s $29.99 US on the PlayStation 4 and $39.99 US on the Switch. The price gap is even bigger in Canada, as it’s $39.99 for the PS4 version and $54.99 for the Switch. Really hope this isn’t a trend, cause it’s certainly a deterrent for buying third party Switch software. In theory, one could make a case for the added benefit of the system being a home and portable console, but I don’t know if consumers should pay an extra $10 for that privilege.

Having played the demo also gave me pause, and it wasn’t necessarily the game’s fault. What bothered me about it was the controller situation. The lack of a true d-pad makes this game noticeably harder for me to play, as the analog stick doesn’t give you the digital precision required for fast movements within this particular game. Using a Joy-Con Grip, you can sort of use the buttons below the left joystick as a substitute, but you only get analog controls when you split the Joy-Con controllers apart.

This issue was negated by my Pro Controller, which worked great. However, am I then obligated to pack it with me when I want to play Puyo Puyo Tetris on the go? If I want to play with friends, do I then have an obligation to either buy more Pro Controllers to negate the disadvantage that players using Joy-Cons would have? There’s no easy answer to these questions unfortunately.

Finally, I already have this game. I beat the main campaign on the Japanese PlayStation 4 version and don’t necessarily need to play it again. Having English menus is nice, as well as possibly better access to North American matchmaking, but am I ready to pay extra for an experience I’ve already partaken in?

All things considered, Puyo Puyo Tetris is likely still going to be a good game when it comes out on all platforms. However, due to my personal caveats, I’m not sure yet if I’m going to take the plunge.

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