Pokémon Puzzle Challenge
|Pokémon Puzzle Challenge|
Also known as: Pokémon de Panepon (JP)
Question: What do you get when you combine Pokémon and Tetris Attack? Answer: One of Nintendo's attempts at increasing the marketability of a game by rebranding it.
Panel de Pon GB
This menu is different in the JP/US/EU versions of the game! The menus were updated/fixed as they went along. Screenshots of comparison + descriptions of what these do needed here
For those who don't know, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge is pretty much the same thing as Tetris Attack, which in turn is the international rebranding of the Japanese game Panel de Pon. Characters from the latter game can be found in the ROM, suggesting that this game was originally meant to be a Panel de Pon game, but got rebranded partway through. (In case you're wondering, yes, this game was a Pokémon game in Japan as well.)
That said, Panel de Pon GB does exist in a very early generally unpolished state, as the characters and music are all there. The game can even be accessed on a regular Game Boy or Super Game Boy. Interestingly the game's CGB Bootstrap ROM palette is remarkably similar to Tetris Attack for Game Boy and its Japanese version, Yoshi no Panepon, except that it is more yellow than green.
The Japanese Panel de Pon Select menu is on the right showing off a different font than the international version.
If using a pre-Color Game Boy, Panel de Pon GB can accessed from the GBC-only screen by pressing A (24x), B (24x). (You will hear a chime after pressing each button the required amount of times.) If on a Game Boy Color or newer, the GBC-only screen must first be triggered from the title screen by entering Up(2x), Right(4x), Down, Left(10x), Up(4x), Right, Down(6x), B. Once the screen is displayed, pressing A (24x), B (24x) will launch Panel de Pon GB.
Alternatively, it can be accessed by using the Game Genie code 1F0-23B-80E which will start Panel de Pon in GBC mode, or 1F0-3AB-91E in any other GB mode.
This game has a lot of compressed graphics; documentation and decompressor on Jul.
In addition to the above, very barebones version of Panel de Pon GB still buried inside the game, there are many leftover graphics from a more complete version, which likely would've had features similar to the final Pokémon Puzzle Challenge.
Zoomed out mugshots, some additional English text and less engrish. Interestingly, the "You" and "Opponent" labels are translated here, perhaps implying an English release of this game was planned with PdP characters fully intact, as opposed to its SNES version.
Some of the mugshots in the middle image are even loaded into VRAM on the puzzle level select screen. All but three of them are then replaced with Professor Oak's head.
Besides the uncompressed mugshots, there are many blocks of compressed graphics still left over from Panel de Pon, including the title screen, which reveals that the game was supposed to be called Panel de Pon GB before the Pokémon rebranding. (All offsets are for the Japanese version.)
Game Genie code ??0-23B-80E (where ?? is either 22 or 23) will start Pokémon Puzzle Challenge in a screen setting viewer/CHR set viewer.
You can view all stage backdrop sets, special events and Boss introductions. Pressing either Left or right depending on the screen allows testing of various functions such as listening to Pokémon cries, scrolling the garbage vertically, setting the menu cursor and other specific functions.
- Character and Pokémon portraits can also be displayed from screens 0C-2E.
- Test Pokémon animations and listen to their cries from screens 2F-48. The blinking Pokémon is the current animation event.
- Save, game over and congratulations screens 00-03.
- Stage introduction previews. No special function. Screens 04-0B.
- Character and Pokémon portraits. No special function. Screens 0C-2E.
- All garbage block sets are a for display on screens. Scrollable. 2F-7C.
- Stage introduction previews. No special function. Screens 7D-85.
- Pokémon Hall preview. Scrollable. Screen 86.
- Round Clear ~ Introductions. No special function. Screens 87-8E.
- Stage Backdrops. No special function. Screens 8F-10E.
- Stage Backdrops. Screens 8F-10E.
- Round Clear ~ Pokemon. No special function. Screens 10F-116.
- Stage introduction backdrops. No special function. 117-11F.
- Ending. No special function. Screen 120.
- Results. No special function. Screens 121-128.
- Pokémon Eggs. No special function. Screens 129-12C.
- Pokémon profiles. Menu cursor sound plays. Screens 12D-146.
- Boss battle introductions and defeat cuscenes. No special function. Screens 147-155.
- Test animation. No special function. Screens 156-157.
- Pikachu. No special function. Screens 158-159.
GBC Only Screen
There is a black and white GBC palette programmed for the GBC only message screen. This was likely added for the above easter-egg game mode Panel de Pon GB. Game Genie code 1D0-23B-80E will start the game in this screen in GBC mode.
There are three unused music tracks in the game's data. Game Genie codes ??3-C3B-F72 + ??4-88B-F72 will play your selected song at the main menu, simply replace ?? with the song ID number. ID 54 is a duplicate main menu track. The Panel de Pon (Game Boy) track ID values are 1E, 1F, 20.
Unused Song 1ID 01, GBS track 1.
Unused Song 2ID 04, GBS track 4.
Unused Song 3ID 1C, GBS track 26.
The European version has a language select option as expected. It is screen 1A and sub-screen 3C. This sub-screen in the American and Japanese versions is a congratulations screen.
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|The Puzzle League series|
|Game Boy (Color)||Tetris Attack • Pokémon Puzzle Challenge|
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