DescriptionThe 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.
- "ぽっぷるメイル" -- Japanese spelling
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|A fun, RPG-light with well-done story elements||zemonn (173)|
|Easily one of the best games to ever hit the Sega CD.||Joey Zamingo (67)|
|RPGFan||Feb 18, 1998||95 out of 100||95|
|The Video Game Critic||Feb 07, 2012||A-||91|
|Game Informer Magazine||Nov, 2001||9 out of 10||90|
|Sega-16.com||Jun 24, 2004||9 out of 10||90|
|Defunct Games||Feb 19, 2006||88 out of 100||88|
|Mega Fun||Apr, 1995||81 out of 100||81|
|Legendra||May 27, 2002||80|
|GamePro (US)||Apr, 1995||4 out of 5||80|
|Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)||Mar, 1995||7.8 out of 10||78|
|Video Games & Computer Entertainment||Apr, 1995||6 out of 10||60|
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Cancelled MEGACD VersionWorking 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.
AwardsThe game was named the Best Sega CD Action/RPG Game of the Year in GameFan's 1994 "Megawards" (Vol 3, Iss. 1).