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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.


Popful Mail SNES Again, no clue here
Popful Mail SEGA CD The real intro begins when you start the game.
Popful Mail SNES Captured.
Popful Mail SEGA CD Shopkeeper

Promo Images

Popful Mail Other
Popful Mail Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)

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 (176)
Easily one of the best games to ever hit the Sega CD. SEGA CD Joey Zamingo (82)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic SEGA CD Feb 07, 2012 A- 91
Game Informer Magazine SEGA CD Nov, 2001 9 out of 10 90 SEGA CD Jun 24, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Defunct Games SEGA CD Feb 19, 2006 88 out of 100 88
Mega Fun SEGA CD Apr, 1995 81 out of 100 81
GamePro (US) SEGA CD Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Video Games SEGA CD Jul, 1994 78 out of 100 78
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Mar, 1995 31 out of 40 78
Game Players SEGA CD Feb, 1995 78 out of 100 78
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Nov 14, 2003 6 out of 10 60


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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.


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 (60327) and quizzley7 (21709)