Wi-Fi Tetris blocking DS March 20

Nintendo announces new touch-sensitive spin on classic puzzle game compatible with its wireless network.

After long dismissing online play as not being central to gaming, Nintendo is fast becoming one of Web-enabled multiplayer's biggest boosters. Today, the Japanese game giant announced the latest game that will be playable via its wireless gaming network, the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

But while the game itself is new, it is also the latest spin on a very old-school brand. The title in question is Tetris DS, a reworked edition of the 1985 Soviet puzzle game. It will add six new modes to Tetris' classic block-combination gameplay, all of which will incorporate the DS's second, touch-sensitive screen.

Each new mode of Tetris DS will have a theme based on a popular Nintendo property like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, and Metroid. There will also be several multiplayer modes, including two- or four-player contests over the Wi-Fi Connection. For ad hoc bouts, up to 10 players will be able to play a single multiplayer match using just one copy of the game.

Tetris DS is set for release on March 20, the same day as the highly anticipated, wireless-enabled Metroid Prime: Hunters. The pair will join three other games on Nintendo's Wi-Fi-Connection: Mario Kart DS, Animal Crossing DS, and Tony Hawk's American Sk8land. No pricing or rating for the game has been announced.

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57 comments
Mindphaser
Mindphaser

FINALLY!!! Have you any idea HOW LONG I've been tracking this game, e-mailing developers to actually GET IT MADE?! They should list me in the credits!

dantron
dantron

If they make a mode similar to Tetris Attack, I know my wife will be into it, and let's face it....any game that gets your girlfriend/wife interested in gaming is always a good thing!

artistml
artistml

Lumines and Meteos better watch there backs!

mierdahp
mierdahp

yay!!!!!!!!!!!!! Me Lovs Tetris!!! No, seriously, I Do

DFTricks
DFTricks

That a great news ^^ more games will b available for the ds online more people will buy a ds

BobbyBobby85
BobbyBobby85

Oooh, and apparantly, this game is being Developed inhouse by Nintendo itself. At least, that's what they're saying on the forums. Although I don't see why Nintendo would ever let THQ publish their games. Nevertheless, an online tetris game is a Godsend for the Nintendo DS. It'll most likely stomp Lumines if they do it right.

BobbyBobby85
BobbyBobby85

The Boxart already looks awesome, and reminiscent of the original Tetris NES/GB boxart. I wonder if this is a hint of another handheld revolution like there was in 1989, Metroid coming out on the same day to boot. . Say yer prayers PSP...

Mdray23
Mdray23

What! yessssssssss can't wait I'm a tetris fan and I really need to play it again and plus it goes online I hope it has voice chat

Mdray23
Mdray23

What! yessssssssss can't wait I'm a tetris fan and I really need to play it again and plus it goes online I hope it has voice chat

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Nintendo is serious about online because Tetris is coming to the DS online? ooooookay....

Kbs64
Kbs64

Who would of ever thought? Not me... No sir!! But its still interesting none the lease.

sinceps1
sinceps1

They arent the first to push a new tetris.

megamegaman
megamegaman

*Cartman impersonation* Schweet. Kick Ass. I love Tetris to death and being able to play a great game like this online will seriously kick arse.

buzzoinks
buzzoinks

having not bought a tetris title in years, this news made think, I will pick it up when I get Metroid. this is the nut, oldschool chestnut

Reload44
Reload44

Online tetris! The most addicting game off all time finally enables you to show off your skill worldwide! I thought this would never happen - but wut a good day indeed march 20!!!

forever_blank
forever_blank

I like the sounds of what is coming out with it, Metroid Prime: Hunters YaY

cyprus646
cyprus646

Yay about time !!!!! i have been wanting to flip blocks online for about 14 years now i can do it over nintendo Wi-fi Good wrk nintendo !!.

air_wolf_cubed
air_wolf_cubed

gyro the game will definitelly be worth more than 15 dollars. with online i'd say it'd be about 30-35 dollars

Willo_10
Willo_10

its no surprise that nintendo would like a tetris game on DS, after all it was the game that originally gave the gameboy its houshold name.

xBlitzerx
xBlitzerx

Wow!! I just got home from a really crappy day at work. And the first gaming news of the day I hear is a new Tetris!! Then I see DS, then online, then Mario, Metroid, Zelda themes. OMG this is gonna rock. Then to top it all off, a March release! Time to start a March DS fund. Nintendo ftw!!

GyRo567
GyRo567

Mmmmmm. =) I still play Tetris all the time. Online competition... >=) If it's more than $15 I'll pass, but if it is priced reasonably, you can watch hopelessly as you are defeated this March.

EvIlKiNgKoOpA
EvIlKiNgKoOpA

nope!!! finally someone is going to get the ass whomping they deserved from me on tetris hehehehehe get ready to get owned you dam noobs and for the haters out there i hope you like your $249.99 paper weight because the DS is getting one of the best appz ever made ENJOY your nut comercials

Ortadragoon
Ortadragoon

This is definately cool news. I hope that they do a good job with this game, and they don't screw up with the touch-screen. Online play is always welcome.

MadGamer132
MadGamer132

Nintendo thinks they know online play is serious, why add Tetris into the mix, good job.

revamparts
revamparts

THQ is publishing, not developing. It says n/a for developer. Hey touch screen tetris sounds freakin' awesome, I don't know what's wrong with everyone. But online play! This is a great announcement, and a very pleasant surprise. As long as the dev.'s don't butcher the classic tetris formula with gimmicks, I will be buying this. Hello online play, hello, hello, hello.

DarthUltima
DarthUltima

Why can't sombody else make a tetris game? I really don't like THQ too much.

KIELW93
KIELW93

let's just hope that this is the start of a long line of online DS titles

LordOfMidnight
LordOfMidnight

Tetris should be on every platform in the world... kind of like when you get Solitare with Windows!

stiker71
stiker71

koolness probly will buy it

Konfusion
Konfusion

Babysteps to success. I haven't played Tetris in a long while, this will be the perfect occasion to get back at it!

Petri87
Petri87

Same day as Metroid Prime: Hunters? Well we know witch one of them wont sell good. Thay should release it after or a month before MPH

SuCuBuS_04
SuCuBuS_04

oh wow this sounds like its goin 2 b soo gd!

777rak
777rak

Hmm sounds cool, I might get it depending on how good it is.

death919
death919

Meh, it's a puzzle game, big whoop. The only worthwhile puzzle game I've ever played was Meteos (which OWNED, btw). I'm not gunna get this, although it's good to see that Nintendo is making lots of games online. To be perfectly honest though, seeing as how this game is releasing the same day as Metroid Prime Hunters, anyone who chooses to buy the Tetris online game instead of the Metroid online game deserves to be slapped with an unusually large rubber glove!

Jimbokundesu
Jimbokundesu

I thought we didn't want to play online games...

Kenzo287
Kenzo287

Hallelujah! (If it's spelled that way) VIVA NINTENDO! VIVA THE DS! VIVA WI-FI! VIVA LA REVOLUTION! VIVA TETRIS!

hirushubi2
hirushubi2

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DarkPassion
DarkPassion

Cool. I hope the touch screen doesn't cause them to screw the controls.

flastic
flastic

I have to admid, it is just as genius as it cheap is to release yet an other Tetrisgame...but hey, it just might be a succes, you never now.

acu02151
acu02151

ha! soon everyone will know how great i am at tetris or more likely it will be another game that someone in kansas will be able to kick my ass at. I think i'm going to go with my original comment, no kansas boy is taking me at tetris!

Contelis
Contelis

Finally. I've been craving some classic Tetris for over a year. Maybe one of the modes will be similar to tetrinet. Now that would be great. [raises a mug o' root beer float] Here's to some great portable Tetris.

DrFish62
DrFish62

I'm interested to see what properties they choose for the themed boards. Could be cool. Actually, it'd probably be the only thing convincing me to buy another version of Tetris.

Sargus
Sargus

I wasn't too excited about this until I read the multiplayer bit. I LOVED the 4-player matches in the N64 Tetris. I get those online now! Awesome. Wait... 10 players with one game card locally?!?!?!? Sign me up!