Disc Station

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Disc Station
Platform of OriginMSX2
First gameDisc Station #0
Latest gameDisc Station Vol. 27

Disc Station (ディスクステーション Disuku Sutēshon) is a series of disk magazines that were published by Compile. The first set of issues (#0-#32) were released for the MSX from July 1988 to January 1992, while the second set of issues (Vol. 1-Vol. 27) was released for other PCs from October 6, 1993 to June 6, 2000.

Each volume of Disc Station contained a variety of software, including demos and even full games. The magazine was originally published entirely on floppy disks for the MSX2, before changing to a print format focused on PC98 and later Windows '95. Several Madou Monogatari- and Puyo Puyo-related games and animated shorts were released in Disc Station.

Note: This article currently limits itself to games relevant to Madou Monogatari, Puyo Puyo, and/or its characters.

MSX2 Disc Station games

All MSX2 Disc Station volumes were released solely on floppy disks.

Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Issue Media
Madoushi Lulba 魔導師ラルバ Madōshi Raruba #1, #2, #4, DSDX#2 Game
Madou Monogatari Episode II: Carbuncle 魔導物語 EPISODE II CARBUNCLE Madō Monogatari EPISODE II CARBUNCLE #SP5 (Special Christmas Issue) Game
Madou Monogatari 1-2-3: Madou Monogatari Ondo 魔導物語1-2-3 PRV 魔導物語音頭 Madō Monogatari 1-2-3 PRV: Madō Monogatari Ondo #13 Video
Wonderland of Carbuncle ワンダーランド Of CARBUNCLE Wandārando Of CARBUNCLE #25 Game
BGV: Puyo Puyo Love Story BGV ぷよぷよ恋物語 BGV Puyopuyo Koi Monogatari #29 Video

Madoushi Lulba

An episodic adventure game released on issues #1, #2, and #4, before eventually being compiled into one singular release under the name Disc Station Deluxe 2 - Madoushi Lulba, along with enhanced graphics and sound, and an extra chapter. It is often seen as a spiritual prequel to the Madou Monogatari series, and is the debut of Owlbear, who would go on to be a recurring character in both Madou Monogatari and Puyo Puyo.

Madou Monogatari Episode II: Carbuncle

This prototype version of Madou Monogatari II was released in Disc Station's 1989 Special Christmas Edition to promote the then-upcoming Madou Monogatari 123, and is thus the first entry in the Madou Monogatari series.

Carbuncle P!

A puzzle platformer starring Carbuncle. The goal is to collect all the apples then reach Arle to finish the stage. It is a reskin of the game Nyan P! (also referred to as Nyanpi), which was also made by Compile and released in 1990.

Wonderland of Carbuncle

This is a comical action game starring Carbuncle. Your goal is to take down the forces of a large red wolf that are trying to take down a large apple tree. Players shoot down bugs from the treetop before heading for the wolf himself.

PC98 Disc Station games

The first PC-98 incarnation of Disc Station, Disc Station 98 (ディスクステーション98 or DS98), initially consisted solely of floppy disks. After a year-long hiatus, Compile would switch to a magazine format with pack-in disks, resetting their volume numbering format in the process. The first volume of the second incarnation of Disc Station released with a 5.25-inch floppy disk, volumes 2-8 used 3.5-inch disks, and the final three volumes used CD-ROMs.

Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Issue Media
Curry-Eating Carbuncle カレー食うカーバンクル Karē Kuu Kābankuru DS98#12 Video
Rakkyo-Eating Carbuncle らっきょ喰うカーバンクル Rakkyo Kuu Kābankuru DS98#15
Banana Squash バナナスカッシュ Banana Sukasshu DS98#17
Nazo Puyo なぞぷよ Nazo Puyo Vol.1 - Vol.11 Game
Madou Monogatari: Strange Wayside Story 魔導物語 道草異聞 Madō Monogatari Michikusa Ibun Vol.3 Game
Nazo Puyo Trial Version なぞぷよ体験版 Nazo Puyo Taikenhan Vol.4 Game
Broadway Legend Ellena ブロードウェイ伝説 エレナ Burōdou~ei Densetsu Erena Vol.4 Game
Bayoen Wars: Daimadou Senryaku Monogatari ばよえ〜んウォーズ 大魔導戦略物語 Bayoe~n U~ōzu Daimadō Senryaku Monogatari Vol.5 Game
Kikimora's Clean-Up キキーモラのおそうじ大作戦 Kikīmora no Osōji Dai Sakusen Vol.7 Game
Daimadou Senryaku Monogatari '95 大魔導戦略物語 '95 Daimadō Senryaku Monogatari '95 Vol.8 Game
Madou Sugoroku 魔導四五六 Madō Sugoroku Vol.9 Game

Banana Squash

In Banana Squash, an Arkanoid-type game, the player takes control of Carbuncle. Wielding a squash racket, Carbuncle must hit a ball into blocks waiting overhead.

Bayoeen Wars: Daimadou Senryaku Monogatari

Released in Vol 5, Daimadou Senryaku Monogatari is a turn-based strategy game. Arle battles several familiar Madou Monogatari antagonists. Both Arle and her opponent can summon Puyos, Archan, Kodomo Dragon, Honey Bee, Gust, and Teppouuo to serve in their army, this game being the debut of all of these characters save for the Puyos.

Daimadou Senryaku Monogatari '95

Released in Vol 8, this revision of Bayoeen Wars features balance and aesthetic changes while also restricting the manner in which the player can select opponents.

Kikimora's Clean-Up

Released in Vol 7, Kikimora's Clean-Up (Kikimora's Cleaning Campaign) puts players in the role of Kikimora, who must completely sweep floors while facing a time limit. This game is similar to Pac-Man in nature.

Madou Sugoroku

Released in Vol 9, Madou Sugoroku is a board game in which characters pair up and compete.

Madou Monogatari: Michikusa Ibun

Released in Vol 3, Michikusa Ibun (roughly Strange Time-Wasting Story) is a first-person dungeon crawler, akin to Madou Monogatari 1-2-3 and Madou Monogatari ARS. Arle uncovers the mysteries of Owanimo, the spell that powers Puyo Puyo matches. This game is the debut appearance of Kikimora.

Nazo Puyo

A series of Nazo Puyo puzzles. Similar, but not identical, to the standalone PC-98 game.

Windows '95 Disc Station games

Title (English) Title (Japanese) Title (Romanized) Issue Media
Madou Monogatari: Chaotic Final Exam 魔導物語〜はちゃめちゃ期末試験〜 Madō Monogatari Hachamecha Kimatsushiken Vol.12 Game
Nazo Puyo なぞぷよ Nazo Puyo Vol.12 - Vol.18
Arle's Travel Log アルル漫遊記 Aruru Man'yūki Vol.13 Game
Rakkyo-Eating Carbuncle らっきょ喰うカーバンクル Rakkyo Kuu Kābankuru Vol.13 Video
Rulue's Iron-Fist Spring Break ルルーの鉄拳春休み Rurū no Tekken Haruyasumi Vol.14 Game
Puyoman-Eating Carbuncle ぷよまん食うカーバンクル Puyoman kuu Kābankuru Vol.14 Game
Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician 魔導物語 魔導師の塔 Madō Monogatari Madōshi no Tō Vol.16 Game
White-Hot Puyolympic! 白熱ぷよりんぴっく! Hakunetsu Puyorinpikku! Vol.17 Game
Serilly's Happy Birthday セリリのはっぴーばーすでぃ Seriri no Happiba-su-dei Vol.18 Game
White-Hot! Puyolympic! in Bazaru 白熱!ぷよりんぴっく! in ばざ〜る Hakunetsu! Puyorinpikku! in Baza~ru Vol.19 Game
Madou Run 魔導RUN Madō RUN Vol.19 Game
Comet Summoner コメットサマナー Kometto Samanā Vol.20 Game
Nazo Puyo Editor なぞぷよエディタ Nazo Puyo Edita Vol.20 - Vol.27 Game
Magic Battle Hasamuncho 魔導対戦はさむんちょ Madō Taisen Hasamuncho Vol.22
Puyo Card ぷよカード Puyo Kādo Vol.23 Game
Comet Summoner Time Trial Version コメットサマナー Time Trial Version Kometto Samanā Time Trial Version Vol.22 Game
Rope-Jumping Carbuncle なわとびするカーバンクル Nawatobi suru Kābankuru Vol.24 Game
Rotating Puyoman-Eating Carbuncle 回転ぷよまん食うカーバンクル Kaiten Puyoman kuu Kābankuru Vol.25 Game
Restaurant King レストランKING Resutoran KING Vol.27 Game
Madou Monogatari: Secret of Elysium 魔導傳記 엘리시온의 비밀 Korea Vol.5 Game

Arle's Travel Log

Released in Vol 13, Arle's Travel Log (アルル漫遊記 Aruru Man'yūki) is a text-adventure game where Arle is confronted by Satan on her way to magic school, who wants Carbuncle back. The three battling together accidentally cause them to be sent back in time, with Arle and Carbuncle looking for a way to return to the present. The gameplay consists of exploration similar to the Madou Monogatari series, along with elements of an adventure game. Arle can talk to characters she meets or can click on various items to progress the plot. Battles can also occur in-game, and are fought by using a click-and-point system. The game casts various Madou Monogatari and Disc Station characters as Japanese historical figures.

Comet Summoner

Released in Vol 20, Comet Summoner is an action platformer starring Witch. She can fly on her broom and fire comets to defeat enemies.

Comet Summoner Time Trial Version

Released in Vol 22, Time Trial Version features additional levels.

Madou Monogatari: Chaotic Final Exam

Released in Vol 12, Madou Monogatari: Chaotic Final Exam is a dungeon crawler in the style of traditional Madou Monogatari games. Arle traverses a dangerous tower as part of her final exam.

Madou Monogatari: Secret of Elysium

Released exclusively in Korean Disc Station Vol 5, this game was the final Madou Monogatari dungeon crawler to be released through the disk magazine.

Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician

Released in Vol 16, Madou Monogatari: Tower of the Magician is also a dungeon crawler in the style of traditional Madou Monogatari games. The game stars Schezo Wegey, who searches for Wish.

Madou Run (魔導RUN)

Released in Vol 19, Madou Run is similar to the game of tag; players that obtain a bowl of curry have the ability to attack other players.

Madou Taisen Hasamuncho

Released in Vol 22, Hasamuncho is a marble puzzle game. Players aim to capture the most marbles, with special powers being available to assist them.

Nazo Puyo and Nazo Puyo Editor

A series of Nazo Puyo puzzles. Nazo Puyo Editor allows players to make their own. Released in multiple variants and forms throughout the Disc Station series.

Puyo Card

Released in Vol 23, Puyo Card is a stacking card game. Players place cards onto the middle of the playfield; matching four of the same color will create a chain and damage the opponent.

PuyoLympic and PuyoLympic in Basa~ru

PuyoLympic is a sports game in which Arle and Witch battle in several varied events.

PuyoLympic in Basa~ru is an expansion of the Puyo Picking game featured in PuyoLympic.

Restaurant King

Restaurant King, released in Vol 27 as Disc Station's final game, is a board game featuring Arle alongside several other Disc Station heroes. The game is similar to Monopoly in nature, aside from the fact that it is centered around restaurants.

Rulue's Iron-Fist Spring Break

Released in Vol 14, Rulue's Iron-Fist Spring Break is a visual novel starring Rulue. She is tasked to complete one of three objectives over her spring break: Find the five divine treasures, explore the "wonderful land," or gather ingredients for a recipe.

This game is mentioned, using the fan title of "Rulue's Spring Break of Fists", in Sega 3D Classics Collection's English-language manual for Puyo Puyo Tsu.

Serilly's Happy Birthday

Released in Vol 18, Serilly's Happy Birthday is a simulation game starring Serilly. Gifted with the ability to walk on land, she searches for friends to celebrate her birthday with.

Shuttlecock Carbuncle

Shuttlecock Carbuncle is a game of badminton starring two Carbuncles.

Animated Shorts

A number of animated shorts were also included, several of which related to the franchise.

Puyo Puyo Love Story

Released on the MSX2, this shows the tale of two Puyos falling in love. They are wed by a Nuisance Puyo, as Carbuncle and 3 smaller Carbuncles carry a banner around the chapel.