Friday, October 15, 2010

Hey, Konami: Why haven't you localized any of your Taisen Puzzle Dama titles?

Don't worry if your reaction to the headline above was, "Taisen Puzzle what?" Although the folks at Konami have produced at least 10 Taisen Puzzle Dama games in the last decade-plus, they've yet to release one of them outside of Japan.

That's too bad, as the Taisen Puzzle Dama titles--which could be described as not-so-distant cousins of Compile's Puyo Puyo games--are some of the best puzzlers around, in my humble opinion. How so? Well, all four of the Taisen Puzzle Damas that have found their way into my collection are chock-full of addictive gameplay, toe-tapping music and wacky-as-all-get-out characters.

Don't take my word for it; check out the following video (of the series' first title) and decide for yourself if Western puzzle-fans should feel at all slighted:

Each of the Taisen Puzzle Dama titles released for the original PlayStation and the Saturn can be picked up for between $5 and $20 via ebay, so if you have an import-enabled 32-bit system and you enjoy a good puzzler I'd definitely recommend purchasing one.

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