GOAT 2021 Anime Pui Pui Molcar Explained, Why It's Getting a Switch Game

Everything you should know about anime social phenomenon Pui Pui Molcar, and its new game coming to Nintendo Switch in Japan.

By Iyane Agossah

October 6, 2021

Bandai Namco announced on October 7 it plans to release a Switch game adaptation of GOAT 2021 anime Pui Pui Molcar in Japan, titled Pui Pui Molcar Let’s Molcar Party.

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Pui Pui Molcar Let’s Molcar Party, Switch game, release date, trailer

Pui Pui Molcar Let’s Molcar Party will be launching in Japan on December 16, exclusively on Nintendo Switch. An official site was also opened, with the list of the shop-specific preorder bonuses.

Pui Pui Molcar Let’s Molcar Party is a minigame compilation, with some minigames much more gameplay-heavy than others. We can spot a racing game in the trailer that looks a lot like Mario Kart. A Rocket League-like minigame is also seen in the trailer. Lastly, we’ll be able to play the game in local multiplayer with up to 4 players.

Pui Pui Molcar anime explained

Pui Pui Molcar is a stop motion short anime series (episodes were around 3 minutes long) focusing on the fusion of guinea pigs and cars, the Molcar. The series depicts the everyday lives of the Molcar, which closely reflects our lives, with some deep, dialogue-less commentary on society.

Pui Pui Molcar was broadcast from January 5 to March 23, 2021, at 07:30 on TV Tokyo. It quickly became a huge social phenomenon in Japan. The Twitter account for the series went from 1000 followers before episode 1 to 45,000 followers before episode 2.

The series managed to reach a huge number of people beyond the originally planned kids audience. Both children and adults could enjoy the cute Molcar and the various situations reflecting our real world.

Pui Pui Molcar gained a huge following not only in Japan but also in countries that could relate to the hectic traffic scenes of the series. For example, in Taiwan most notably, where traffic police officers even started using the series’ characters as mascots.

A Pui Pui Molcar compilation movie with all 12 episodes of the series was also broadcast in Japanese cinemas in July 2021.

This is the second time Pui Pui Molcar has a game adaptation. The first one is a sociage (mobile game) Pui Pui Molcar Mogumogu Parking. It was released on August 13 on iOS and Android. Overall, this is a huge IP, and I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if that Switch game manages to sell over a million copies seeing the platform’s player base in Japan.

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Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been watching anime for over 25 years, and plays Genshin Impact mainly for its story. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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