When the anime craze finally picked up steam around these lands in the '90s, the high school playground was divided between boys who watched Dragon Ball and girls who watched Sailor Moon. A few more enlightened people actually enjoyed both shows, refusing to accept that gender should decide what anime you could enjoy. Both shows remain instantly recognizable even today, and their heroes and heroines timeless.
Then there were the hardcore few who kept looking up magazine import reviews to check what anime-licensed video games Bandai was releasing for their console systems. Super Famicom owners were somewhat spoiled for choice, with many titles being released every year of the system's lifespan. In fact, no less than eight different Sailor Moon games landed all the way from the Moon Palace straight to the SNES cartridge slot between 1992 and 1996. We were even lucky enough to have one of them released in Europe - Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon - that followed the tried-and-tested Final Fight approach to allow European Sailor Moon fans to clean up the streets, Moon Justice style.
But the series didn't stick to fighting games only, with RPGs and puzzle games also thrown into the mix. Even more impressive: they were all actually rather good, something we cannot say about all anime licensed games of the '90s. All of this led up to 1995's attempt at the puzzle genre: Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Super S: Fuwa Fuwa Panic. Thanks to Dynamic Translations, an English fan translation has just been released.
All of the iconic Sailor Scouts run around in lovely super-deformed art style trying to inflate and pop up balloons of the same colour in order to get some power ups (be careful, some of them are power downs!) and throw impossible-to-pop gray balloons at their opponent. Each character also uses their iconic special moves from the show, usually to hinder the opponent's playing field.
Hats off to Dynamic Designs for actually releasing two translations for the game, one of them with all the character names from the original Japanese manga and anime and other for you Sailor Scout fans who grew up with the names from the DiC/Cloverway western dubs. You can grab the translation patch here and of course you can use it along with your RetroN 5 or Retro Freak.