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  • The Anime of the Game: Inverted with Pokémon Puzzle League, which is one of the only games in the entire Pokémon franchise to take most of its cues from the anime. While Pokémon Yellow focused on the series' Third-Option Adaptation of having Pikachu as your starter and the appearance of Team Rocket's Terrible Trio, Puzzle League goes all the way and features the anime characterizations of the cast.
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  • Fan Translation: The SFC Panel de Pon has been translated to English by a fan named Zuqkeo.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": Pokémon Puzzle League was the western video game debut of Togepi and Marill.
  • No Export for You: The Panel de Pon sequel in Nintendo Puzzle Collection never saw release outside of Japan.
    • Hell, the original game was never exported, only repackaged. The only hint of the fairies making it outside of Japan is Lip's Stick being an item in Super Smash Bros. Melee and onward.
    • To balance it out, the Nintendo 64 version of Pokémon Puzzle League was never released in Japan, inverting this trope. As a result, 4Kids provided the entirety of the voice acting and music.
    • In fact, it even applies to rereleases in terms of the Super Nintendo version. While Panel de Pon has been rereleased on the Wii Virtual Console, the New 3DS Virtual Console, and even the Super Famicom Classic in Japan, Tetris Attack hasn't received any of those (not even on the Super Nintendo Classic, despite being a well received game). However, the American Wii Virtual Console does have Pokémon Puzzle League, and it is possible to download Pokémon Puzzle Challenge on the 3DS Virtual Console, while Tetris Attack itself is generally added on most modded Super Nintendo Classics for most fans.
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  • Old Shame: Henk Rogers, founder of The Tetris Company, regrets allowing Nintendo to use the Tetris trademark to market the original Panel de Pon as Tetris Attack, since Panel de Pon and Tetris have very little in common besides being falling block games. Rogers, however, noted that he liked Panel de Pon, and part of the reason he regrets letting it use the Tetris name is because that decision didn't allow the game to have its own identity.
  • Recursive Import: Tetris Attack was later released in Japan as Yoshi no Panepon for Game Boy and the Satellaview.
  • Remade for the Export: Also Uncanceled for the Export, in the case of Pokémon Puzzle League. The original game, a successor to the original game, never saw a Japanese release on the N64... until it was finally included in Nintendo Puzzle Collection years later.
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  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Due to the Old Shame with the Tetris Company as mentioned above, Nintendo cannot re-release the Yoshi-themed SNES installment anywhere in the world. The original SFC version with the fairies is safe only in Japan, while the rest of the world gets Pokémon Puzzle League for the N64.
  • Screwed by the Network: Everything having to do with the original fairies has suffered this fate. The Japanese N64 entry suffered cancellation and was revived by one of Nintendo's American studios as Pokémon Puzzle League. A GBC iteration featuring the fairies was going to be made, but partway through development it was switched to another Pokémon-themed version (this time released in Japan). The N64 version was revived again by the original studio and released as part of the Nintendo Puzzle Collection, which didn't make it outside Japan. The Nintendo Puzzle Collection downloadable version of Panel de Pon for the GBA was incorporated into the Dr. Mario & Puzzle League compilation which was released worldwide, but had no characters at all. Planet Puzzle League also featured no characters in favor of a futuristic computer theme, but had a Lip theme as a very difficult-to-unlock secret... only in the Japanese version. It was inexplicably locked outside of Japan.
  • What Could Have Been: It appears that Pokémon Puzzle Challenge (GBC) was also going to be an original Panepon game. At least the N64 version got luckier when the Japanese version was finished and released in the GCN Nintendo Puzzle Collection. If the unused portraits aren't placeholders, it was also planned to contain fairies from both the SFC and GCN titles.
  • Word of Dante: The new fairies in the Nintendo Puzzle Collection are never truly connected to the original fairies. Most who have played it just assume that they are the daughters of the original fairies.


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