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Popful Mail

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Description

The cute bounty hunter known as Popful Mail looks like she would have no trouble making a living slashing bad guys with her sword. In reality Mail is having a hard time making ends meet. One day, however, she learns about a magician who has gone rogue and has a hefty bounty on his head. Her adventure begins as Popful fights her way through a new adventure, and makes new friends along the way.

Popful Mail is a platform action game with very light RPG elements. As the heroine makes her way through the stages she collects money from slain foes. This money can be used in shops to buy weapons, armor, health, and so on. The game features interaction with many characters through both on-screen dialog and fully animated sequences. Some of these characters become playable as the player progresses through the game.

This release has the same story and general gameplay style as the earlier version, but otherwise was made from scratch, having entirely different graphics, locations, enemies, challenges, etc.

Screenshots

Popful Mail SNES Press up on the D-pad to talk to people.
Popful Mail SNES Entering a shop.
Popful Mail SNES Second boss fight
Popful Mail SEGA CD The opening intro is kind of nonsensical.

Alternate Titles

  • "ぽっぷるメイル" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A fun, RPG-light with well-done story elements SEGA CD zemonn (173)
Easily one of the best games to ever hit the Sega CD. SEGA CD Joey Zamingo (67)

The Press Says

SUPER-NES.COM SEGA CD 2006 9.5 out of 10 95
RPGFan SEGA CD Feb 18, 1998 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Feb 07, 2012 A- 91
Game Informer Magazine SEGA CD Nov, 2001 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games SEGA CD Feb 19, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Legendra SEGA CD May 27, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 7.8 out of 10 78
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Apr, 1995 6 out of 10 60
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Nov 14, 2003 6 out of 10 60

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Trivia

Cancelled MEGACD Version

Working Designs made some pretty significant changes to Popful Mail on the SEGACD when it came out in the USA, but that was nothing compared to what would have happened had SEGA gone through with their original plan for porting the original game to MEGACD.

The game would have been re-branded as a Sonic game titled Sister Sonic. All of the characters would be replaced with Sonic characters and Mail herself would have become Sonic's red haired sister. Angry fan letters to Falcom put an end to that and the characters and story came through mostly unchanged.

Awards

The game was named the Best Sega CD Action/RPG Game of the Year in GameFan's 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1).
Contributed to by Freeman (16369) and quizzley7 (21221)