I have a long love affair with Japanese falling block puzzle games. Although Magical Drop and Money Idol Exchanger are my favorites, Puyo Puyo has a place in my heart for being the first one I loved. It's a classic that has stood the test of time. Most of the previous variations in the series hold up well enough to make a new entry feel a bit unnecessary.
Sure, it's the 20th anniversary but that's no reason to make a new game, especially when you consider that Puyo Puyo 15th Anniversary edition already summed up the history pretty well. After getting a couple matches in with Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary on the 3DS, I’ve quickly changed my mind from "uh" to "wow, this game is great."
While it's not quite the reboot Namco have given to Pac Man and Space Invaders, Puyo Puyo 20th Anniversary breathes new life into the series by improving the interface, speeding up the game and throwing in crazy, new modes.