Wi-Fi Tetris blocking DS March 20

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


Tetris DS

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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