And Project Ringo is…

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A new Puyo Puyo game. Sonic Team have updated their teaser web pages and revealed the secret of the mathematical apple-chucking trailer – it’s an excuse to bust some colourful Puyo in yet another edition of the addictive puzzler.

Puyo Puyo 7 is destined to hit the Wii, Nintendo DS and PSP later in the year, according to Famitsu magazine, with the DS version hitting retail first at the end of July in Japan. Just like the last major console release, Puyo Pop Fever, it’s possible we may see a Western release later, at a budget price.

Many had been suspecting the Project RINGO teaser was related to Puyo Puyo as flash banners had appeared prominently on Sonic Team’s website for the franchise. The curious nature of the countdown trailer led some to believe a new IP from the studio was to be announced, but now that’s clearly not the case.

Puyo Puyo has had various releases in the West under other names. 1990s gamers may remember the format in the form of Kirby’s Avalanche on the SNES and Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine on the Sega Mega Drive. The franchise enjoys a fair amount of popularity in Japan.

Puyo Pop Returns – 1UP, via Kotaku
Puyo Puyo 7 Official Website

Project Rub released in Europe

Sonic Team’s Project Rub hit European shores today as the Nintendo DS was released to the public.

The Nintendo DS has 15 launch titles; Sonic Team develops one of which. Project Rub (known also as Feel the Magic XX/XY in America) is an off-the-wall series of mini-games that revolve around pleasing the “girl of your dreams”. It has a wacky sense of humour and is full of Sonic Team’s trademark innovations.

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THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West

American third-party publisher THQ has announced a partnership with SEGA that will see it co-publish six SEGA-developed and ten co-developed Game Boy Advance games throughout 2001, 2002 and 2003, including Sonic Advance. Continue reading THQ to Co-Publish Six SEGA GBA Games in the West