One of the most popular 2D tile-matching puzzle games to come from the 90’s was Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo which appeared on the PS1 back in 1996. The Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo was an interesting tile-matching game that included a few characters from both the Street Fighter and the DarkStalker series. As cool as Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo was it did not become very popular on a mainstream level due to the fact that 3D video games such as Tekken 2, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil were huge attractions during the mid 90’s. It was around the mid 90’s when people began to lose interest in non-arcade 2D video games which may have affected the amount of success that Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo could of had during that time period. While 2D video games were still being made for the SNES in ’96 some wonder whether or not Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo could have stood out more on the 16-bit console back then. After all, we did get to see games such as Street Fighter Alpha 2 ported for the SNES in ’96 despite the obvious limitations the 16-bit port had in comparison to the PS1 & arcade versions of the game.
However, Street Fighter Alpha 2 was a smash hit in arcade centers unlike Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo which is probably why it was ported for the SNES. Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo would not have been any more popular on the SNES than Kirby’s Avalanche was in ’95. By the mid 90’s the 2D tile-matching puzzle genre of gaming was starting to decline for being too basic and repetitive in terms of gameplay. Also, despite SNES having some pretty cool games in ’96 such as: Super Mario RPG, Mega Man X3 and Donkey Kong Country 3 Nintendo had eventually released N64 that same year; it would have been pointless to have Super Puzzle Fighter II: Turbo on the SNES in ’96 since it began to decline in popularity around the mid 90’s.