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Tetris DS WiFi enabled!

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Ran across this press release from Nintendo which will no doubt put Tetris and DS fans into a sugar high.


The long blue bar. The yellow block. And those darn zigzag things whose images stay on your brain. These familiar Tetris shapes started a generation of video game fans. Now Nintendo is putting a new spin on the classic with Tetris? DS, available March 20 exclusively for Nintendo DS, which incorporates the use of Nintendo? Wi-Fi Connection, Nintendo's wireless gaming service.


Hard-core and casual gamers alike became obsessed with the original. Tetris DS builds on that emotional attachment by combining the original game with new types of game play that could only be possible on Nintendo DS.


Each of the six modes of play features a theme based on a classic Nintendo game, such as Super Mario Bros.?, The Legend of Zelda? or Metroid?. The traditional Tetriminos (falling blocks) and line-clearing strategy remain the staples of the game, but the touch screen adds a new element of interactivity.


Some modes give players special Tetris puzzles to solve. Others feature head-to-head action between two players, or massive wireless battles between 10 DS users, even if only one player has a game card. Players also can log onto Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to compete in two- or four-player battles. Tetris DS even includes a point-based rating system based on players' battle results. Opponents can see one another's ratings, which indicate their skill levels.


Every gamer, whether competitive or casual, will find a way to reconnect with one of the most popular puzzle games in history.


Oh boy.

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Very nice. I was worried for a second that they'd do some crazy "tall mode" that spanned the two screens and made it harder to play. Don't get me wrong, it could work (MP Pinball does it very well actually), but it's good to see some confirmation that there'll be some variety.


My old Tetris cart was one of the few GB games that I still used on a regular basis in the GBA, so this is definitely welcome.

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Some more information and some new screenshots are available here:




Nintendo's greatest characters team up with one of the most popular games of all time.


Every mode in Tetris DS features a theme based on a famous Nintendo character.


Up to 10 players can clash using DS Download Play to form a Tetris DS match of massive proportions, all with just one game card.


Using Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, up to four players can compete in wireless two- or four-player battles against friends or strangers, near or far.


Characters: Each game mode features a theme based on a famous Nintendo character or game.


How to progress through the game: The game has six game modes to choose from. Information will be released periodically about each mode.


Standard: This Mario-themed mode features the same addictive game play that made the original Tetris so wildly popular. Players guide falling Tetriminos (falling blocks) and form horizontal lines to clear them away. Mario™ runs around Super Mario Bros.? levels in the background.


Touch: This unique take on Tetris really shows off the touch-screen capability of Nintendo DS. Players use a stylus to drag and move Tetriminos in a giant stack to make them fall into horizontal lines. In early levels, they can tap Tetriminos to spin them just the way they need them. Players have as much time as they need to carefully plan their moves, so it plays very differently from the other frantic modes.


Slated for release on March 20th of this year, Tetris DS could easily be one of the most addicting portable gaming habits to come.

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