Panel de what?
Panel de Pon is a puzzle game series by Nintendo originating in the Super Famicom. You might know it better by the names Tetris Attack or Puzzle League.
Gameplay consists of a constantly rising stack of
blocks panels, of which can be cleared by matching 3 or more of the same type horizontally, vertically or both at the same time.
When the stack of blocks reaches the top of the screen, it's game over.
The franchise got a bit of an identity crisis when being localized to the west, with the cast of characters - primarly consisting of fairies that wouldn't look out of place in a magical girl anime - being replaced with familiar faces from other more popular franchises, such as Mario and Pokémon.
What's so good about it?
Good variety of game modes, appealing art direction (not you, Pokémon Puzzle League), catchy soundtrack, and overall, it's just a really dang addictive puzzle game.
OK, which game do I begin with?
Nowadays the most accessible way to play is via the original Panel de Pon, available on Nintendo Switch Online.
Otherwise, go with anything but Planet Puzzle League or Tetris Attack on the Game Boy.
Also worth noting that the following games are the only to feature the VS. Mode (VS. CPU singleplayer campaign), which for most people is where the real meat-and-potatoes is:
- Panel de Pon (1995)
- Tetris Attack (SNES)
- Tetris Attack (GameBoy)
- Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
- Pokémon Puzzle League
- Panel de Pon (2003)
Why do you insist on calling it Panel de Pon if the international name for the series is Puzzle League?
haha funny fairy go 「行くぞ」
How is that an answer
Play Panel de Pon