Panel de Pon (universe)
The Panel de Pon universe (パネルでポン, Panel de Pon) refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of properties that hail from the Panel de Pon series of puzzle games developed and published by Nintendo. Since the series' debut in Japan, it has been re-branded internationally under several names, such as Tetris Attack and Puzzle League.
Panel de Pon is a tile-matching puzzle game series developed by Intelligent Systems, where gameplay involves matching three or more tiles of the same color at once to remove them from play. The first game in the series was released on the Super Famicom in Japan in 1995, and starred a series of fairies as its main characters. Its storyline involved the Fairy of Flowers, Lip, setting out to free her friends from the control of the demon king Thanatos and save the world of the fairies.
In bringing the game outside of Japan, Panel de Pon's original characters were completely replaced by the cast of Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island, and it was renamed Tetris Attack (referencing the name of unrelated puzzle series Tetris), setting the precedent of keeping the Panel de Pon gameplay but replacing its characters. The next three releases of the series, Tetris Attack on Game Boy, Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, and Pokémon Puzzle League, continued to use other series' characters, specifically those of the Yoshi and Pokémon series. The last of these three also introduced the most recent English title for the series, Puzzle League.
The last game in the series to use the fairy-based theme of the original game was the version of Panel de Pon included in the Japan-only Nintendo Puzzle Collection for Nintendo GameCube. This version of the game starred a new generation of fairies similar to those of the Super Famicom game. Since then, the next two games in the series (Dr. Mario & Puzzle League and Planet Puzzle League) featured no characters at all (barring a Japan-only cameo of Lip), merely the gameplay without any story or other series' theming. After nearly a decade of absence, the series made a reappearance as a minigame in Animal Crossing: New Leaf - Welcome amiibo under the name Animal Crossing Puzzle League, featuring that game's characters. Playing the minigame lets the player unlock various pieces of clothing based on Lip's outfit for their villager to wear.
The signature item of Lip, the fairy protagonist of the series, appears as the Lip's Stick item beginning in this game. Kirby's Stone move, beginning in Melee, uses Lip's garbage block as one of its possible designs.
The Lip's Stick returns as an item in this game. Additionally, Lip's Theme (Panel de Pon), a remix originating from the first game of the series, appears as a track in My Music for PictoChat. There are also several stickers of characters from the series, including Lip, Ruby, Elias, and Seren.
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