Magical Pop'n (Japanese: マジカルポップン Hepburn: Majikaru Poppun) is a 1995 Japanese video game for the Super Famicom. It was developed by Polestar and published by Pack-In-Video. It is a side scrolling action game, where a princess must retrieve a stolen gem to save her kingdom. The game has gone on to become one of the rarest Super Famicom titles, and has a very high resell value.
It is a side scrolling action game with six stages in total. Stages are organized in a maze-like and non-linear fashion. Also there is no password or saving feature, so the game must be completed in one sitting.
The kingdom of To'ahl is a peaceful kingdom where magic flourishes. In the castle, they house a magic gem, which holds tremendous power. The gem is stolen by an invading army headed by the Demon King, and the Princess sets out to retrieve the gem.
The game was developed by video game developer Polestar. Yasuhiro Wada was producer for the game, who would next work on the Super Nintendo game Harvest Moon, also released in 1995. The box artwork was drawn by Takami Akai.
It was released in Japan on 10 March 1995 for the Super Famicom, and published by Pack-in-Video. The game has never been released outside of Japan. The game has become a rare collector's item, and was listed in 2016 as costing 100,000 yen with the box, and without at 30,000 yen. A video game store in Tokyo was selling a copy of the game for 140,000 yen (1200 USD) in 2017. In the 2018, a successful bid at 80,000 yen was recorded at auction.
The complicated stage structure, lack of password or saving function, led to the game being noted for not being suitable for children who are not allowed to play video games for long hours at home.
Retro Gamer described the visuals as "cute", with very challenging gameplay, and called it a "hidden gem" while listing it as one of the games they recommend for collectors to import. Allistair Pinsof of Destructoid, praised the game, saying the controls were as good as that of Super Metroid and Super Castlevania IV.
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