I haven’t seen any threads dedicated to Puyo Puyo, so I guess as a resident puzzle game goblin I’m sending my open invitation to everyone: let’s pop some puyo!
I play on Puyo VS 2 which has a fairly active community. The lobbies generally stay full w/ idlers and finding ranked matches takes a matter of seconds. The only issue is most of the players are veterans with absurdly high skill level, so newer players would be less inclined to join. It supports up to 10 player matches and has both Fever and Tsu rulesets, so it’s great for playing with friends, in my opinion.
There’s also Puyo Puyo Tetris, which is currently the latest cross-platform release, and as many of you may know is coming out on the Switch very soon. I’m not planning on getting it for Switch because I have an imported copy for Vita, but the PS4 and Vita versions have cross-play compatibility. Since the PS4 version is also getting localized, that means I’m likely still good to play online with western players, but we’ll see.
If you can spare $40 and you like puzzle games, then I think it’ll be worth your time. There’s a story mode and tutorial which are very beginner-friendly, and a wide range of modes blending Tetris and Puyo in one way or another.
Otherwise, feel free to find me hanging around in the Puyo VS lobby, because I’m in there quite often.
EDIT: I just remembered that Fightcade should be updating soon, adding the entire Genesis/Mega Drive library for netplay, meaning Puyo Puyo Tsu will also be available to play online (which I will definitely spend absurd amounts of time doing)