When it comes down to memorable falling block puzzle games of the 90’s two of the most memorable titles that comes to mind are Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine along with Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo II. Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine was pretty unique especially since its was probably game within the Sonic series where a villain had his own title named after him. Despite, how challenging the artificial intelligence was in Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine some people through that the absence of Sonic the Hedgehog was downside in the game itself instead having the unnamed player defeat Eggman and his minions in a total of thirteen different stages. Either way, Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine was a 16-bit classic for the Sega Genesis but as far as popularity is concerned some would probably put it behind the likes of Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo II which came out in 1996.
There is no doubt that Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo was a more popular game especially since it had better visuals, soundtracks along with a star-studded roster of characters from the Street Fighter and DarkStalkers series. Characters such as Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Morrgian, Felicia and others made Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo II an enjoyable experience. Also, unlike generic title dropping puzzle games from the 90’s there were fighting elements in Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo II such as hitting special and super moves for each link combo players created when stacking titles. Also, unlike Dr. Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine the Super Puzzle Fighter Turbo II title actually had playable characters to choose from making the game itself more memorable 22 years later.