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Potpourrii (WiiWare)

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In the puzzle game Potpourrii, everything revolves around the seasons. For centuries, the seasons have followed a set pattern. But then things start to go awry in the forest. Suddenly it's snowing while the sun shines and flowers bloom while leaves are falling. Then a strange purple goo appears. The leprechauns are stunned. Even worse, the magic oak of life loses its power. It all turns out to be the fault of an evil wizard. You must help the leprechauns defeat him and restore natural order.

To do this, you need to collect seasonal spirits. Pick them up with the spirit cannon, shoot them at the center of the screen, group them and make them disappear. But watch out - they get faster and faster. In short: Potpourrii is a puzzle game that keeps you hooked with its colorful visuals, beautiful effects and easy-to-use controls using the Wii Remote controller. Play alone or with a second player, and even use your Mii character.

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Posted by Paul Schreiner

A puzzler for all seasons?

While many of our readers bemoan the reality of the increasing abundance of puzzlers on WiiWare, we at WiiWare World welcome any games that try something new and original like Potpourrii does. That said, even original and innovative games have to offer...

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Big_Sexy

#1

Big_Sexy said:

This looks like Bust-A-Move (Puzzle Bobble) but with a circular board. Could be fun, and at 800 points could be worth it - considering if Taito ever released the SNES Bust-A-Move it would go for the same price.
Seems like WiiWare's going to have quite a stable of puzzle games.

KnucklesSonic8

#2

KnucklesSonic8 said:

Yeah, and that's great to hear for a puzzle fan like myself. :)

But yeah, I can see where you're coming from. I can't help but think that Potpourii looks a bit like Ristar... which, coincidentally, is your Avatar. xD Either that or Dewy.

I don't think I'll go for this though, but who knows. Hopefully we'll hear more interesting info in the coming weeks.

Starwolf_UK

#4

Starwolf_UK said:

I can't help but think that Potpourii looks a bit like Ristar... which, coincidentally, is your Avatar. xD Either that or Dewy

Personally, its Dewy in Orange and not transparent:
http://www.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/image/938142.html?box=87583

AS for Bust-a-move coming out on VC. Well, there is a Wii Retail game (I've heared its not much good featuring lame waggle controls) but it seems like the kind of thing that would be suited to WiiWare (the Gamecube version weighed in at less than 40MB so its can fit).

Big_Sexy

#5

Big_Sexy said:

Good eye, sailingtheseaoffools! It is Stafy, star of a fun platformer (Densetsu no Stafy) by the same team that brought us Yoshi's Island. There are 3 for GBA and I think only one on DS.

@KnucklesSonic8:
I could see it being mistaken for Ristar, which was also a wonderful platformer. Refuse to buy it for VC as I spent far too much time unlocking it for Sonic Mega Collection Plus to pay for it a second time, though. XP
But the art style really DOES resemble Ristar's. Didn't notice that before.

@Starwolf_UK :
The new Bust-A-Move for Wii has great Wiimote controls - it's actually much easier for precise shots than a tradional joystick/pad. The real problem comes from a lack of a true competitive mode, as it shoves all multiplayer games (2 or 8, doesn't matter) in a "Time VS", where you share the same board and try to clear chains for score. It was a pass for me, as VS was the reason I fell in love with the series. This new multiplayer is hardly any fun.
It has the strongest single player to date, though.

Edit: Lol, Dewey. Didn't think about that, either.

strade32

#7

strade32 said:

this game sounds like Ratatouille, except it is about a pot and not a rat.

CanisWolfred

#8

CanisWolfred said:

This game doesn't sound like it's for me.

From reading all the posts here, it looks like I'll be adding more games to my list of stuff I gotta get before I get a 360. Is Dewey a Wii or DS game, or if it's both, which version is probably better? I don't really feel like trusting reviews at the moment, so I'd just like to hear someone's honest opinion. Also when's Bust-a-Move 2 coming out?

MoneybagzX

#9

MoneybagzX said:

dam it another puzzler i hate puzzles im into shooters and action like that new game comeing out in 09 "the conduit" its called

CanisWolfred

#10

CanisWolfred said:

Love puzzle games and Shooters. In fact, there's almost no genre I don't have an interest in. I used to say I hated puzzlers until I played some good ones. Now I can't remember why I hated them.

Big_Sexy

#11

Big_Sexy said:

@Mickeymac:
Unfortunately, I haven't played Dewy's Adventure. It's a Wii game, and from what I hear it suffers from the same problems that Billy Thatcher has - the game starts out fine, but a little later on the challenges really show some of the issues with collision that should have been sorted out during development, making it more frustrating than it needs to be.

I also fall into to the play pretty much anything category. If I find it fun to play, I'll play it. I felt the same way about Tetris the first time I played it, but I later learned how fun it was. (mainly because I was too stupid to understand it initially) The thing that bothers me a bit about Potpourii is that there hasn't been an announced VS mode. Shame, but maybe the single player and co-op modes will make up for it.

CorbsAdmin

#12

Corbs said:

They just released the second DS Stafy game. And it's fantastic! I own all the Stafy games and they're some of the best platformers you'll find.

CanisWolfred

#14

CanisWolfred said:

Wait, now I remember Bust-a-Move! I hated that game!

Having see the trailer, I'm less interested in it than ever. Yeah, it's basically Bust-a-Move, only the playing field moves, which would probably make it frustrating and boring!

Man, talk about shoddy advertising...

@Corbie

What's Stafy?

Kenji510

#17

Kenji510 said:

Yeah i know.. looks like we getting another puzzle wiiware game again.. it looks cool and fun.. kinda reminds me of bust of move or puyo puyo pop. :D

CorbsAdmin

#18

Corbs said:

The Legend of Stafy games are a series of platformers for the GBA and DS systems. They are outstanding, and unfortunately they've only been released in Japan so far. Definitely worth importing. I wrote the Stafy 2 faq on Gamefaqs last year and I had a blast doing it. Although it was a lot more work than I ever thought it would be. :)

CanisWolfred

#19

CanisWolfred said:

Alright, I'll definitely be looking into that Stafi game! I love platformers, and it's been a while since I played a new one.

Edit: Oh yeah, I got N+ two weeks ago! You'd think I would've remembered since it hasn't left my DS since :P Judging from what I've seen on Youtube though, it looks like Stafy will be a lot of fun too. By the way, does stafy always start by falling into the ocean? You'd think they would've put up guard rails after the first time.

@Kenji510

What's Poyo Pop? I've been wondering that since I typed it in as my username for me Japanese PSN account.

Ricardo91

#20

Ricardo91 said:

@Wiiloveitonline. I can't click on your link! You have to add a "http://" at the front!

@Corbie. Oh yeah! I read about Stafy in an issue of Nintendo Power! It was an article on import games, and it also had Tingle's Rupeeland, Mother 3, the Elite Beat Agents prequels, and some others. Stafy was also an assist trophy in Brawl, and the worst one at that! The Stafy games do sound fun though. I ought to give them a go if I ever consider importing!

One more thing: Is it Stafy or Starfy?

#21

said:

All they ever release on WiiWare are puzzle games or shooter games, how utterly boring. Thank the lord that Mega Man 9 is coming out soon, what a break from this gaming drought.

@ Mr. Cheez

Stafy

WarioFan63

#22

WarioFan63 said:

the Elite Beat Agents prequels
OUEEEEEENNNNDAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!

A "prequel" and a "sequel" would work better.

Please tell me you were so godly impressed by them that you imported them hader then anything youve ever bought in your entire life. When you hit that "Purchase" button your computer will explode. Then reassemble itself in a matter of minutes. Thats how badass it is.

Big_Sexy

#24

Big_Sexy said:

@Apocalypse:
I know I haven't. I wanted to, but the video and the review really explained how the game works and I don't like what I'm hearing/seeing. The whole Rock/Paper/Scissors mechanic doesn't ever translate well into a puzzle game - the only one I ever enjoyed was Finger Flashing, and it's yet ANOTHER game that never made it stateside. It also looks to be impossible to clear the board using just pieces, which also is something that bugs me in puzzle games.

@Corbie:
How much Japanese knowledge would you say is required for the other Stafy games? The first felt like I could breeze through it without a single drop of Japanese (which is good because that's about as much as I know) but I'm afraid to put money down for the JP versions because the last time I imported, I had to read four FAQ's just to clear the first twelve missions. (It was Jump Super Stars, btw - big mistake since I should have held out for Ultimate Stars)

@Mr. Cheez:
You forgot Nintendogs.

Wiiloveit

#25

Wiiloveit said:

This has finally debuted in the UK WW chart - at 18. Thats even worse than Plattchen did!

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