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Tetris DS (Nintendo DS)

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Back of Case (UK):

    Tetris With The Nintendo Touch!

    • Nintendo classics: Play with famous character themes!
    • New challenges: Six game modes are available!
    • Multiplayer: Players can clash over DS Wireless
    • Communications or go online with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection!

    Wireless router or Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector and broadband access required for online play.

    Contributed by UkCollector (2316) on Sep 01, 2010.

Press release (22nd March 2006):

    The Best Known Puzzle Game Ever Is Set To Launch On Nintendo DS

    Tetris is now touch controlled and Wi-Fi enabled

    22nd March 2006
    – Launching across Europe on 21st April, Tetris is ready to re-capture the hearts of millions once again. Combining the world famous falling block puzzle with new and exciting modes, Tetris now includes the ability to play anyone around the world via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection service.

    Back in 1989 the world became obsessed with Tetris when it took the Game Boy by storm. Adored by all, young or old, players were hooked as soon as they picked it up. Now it's time for a whole new generation to experience the craze that introduced puzzle games to the mainstream. Tetris DS combines the much loved original game with all new modes of game play, including the Touch Mode, which takes Tetris to a completely new level of gaming allowing for the first time ever to move blocks around the screen using the Nintendo DS stylus and touch screen.

    Via the Nintendo Wi-Fi connection service, you can really take on the rest of the world! Players can connect with up to three players from around the world and battle it out to be the ultimate Tetris champion. What's more, up to ten Nintendo DS owners can battle it out together, even if only one player has a game card! An innovative point-based rating system based on players' battle results, also lets users check the skill of their opponents before taking them on! Players can select to take on all challengers in intense two or four player versions of the Standard Mode, as well as playing the unique two player versus mode provided by Push Mode.

    Players can hone their construction skills through any one of six different modes contained in Tetris DS, each featuring a theme based on classic Nintendo games such as Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Metroid. As well as Nintendo theme based modes, the modes also contain remixed classic Nintendo music, guaranteed to bring sweet music to any player's ears. Traditional falling blocks and line clearing strategy remain essential, however the Nintendo DS's touch screen opens up a whole new level of interactivity for the player as the screen is used to twist and turn the blocks.

    The game's Standard Mode is a faithful recreation of the much-loved Tetris. However, as the player completes lines, the computer plays through the original Super Mario Bros on the top screen. Push Mode adds a Donkey Kong themed tug-of war spin to Tetris, where players race to 'push' their opponents off the screen by completing lines. Touch Mode makes use of the Nintendo DS touch-screen, with a distinct Balloon Trip feel as players drag towers of blocks around to make lines. Yoshi themed Puzzle Mode challenges players to clear 200 pre-programmed puzzles with a selection of blocks. There is only one correct combination so the challenge is definitely a head-scratcher! Mission Mode gives players a series of Zelda themed tasks to complete and Catch Mode is a wacky space based game with a Metroid theme. Players must control a flying block and catch other blocks to make 4x4 grids.

    So prepare to be hooked on one of the world's most addictive puzzle games ever! Tetris DS is unleashed across Europe on the Nintendo DS from 21st April 2006 for the estimated retail price of around £30.

    Contributed by Sciere (271025) on Apr 03, 2006.

Fact Sheet (23rd February 2006):

    Tetris® DS

    Format: Nintendo DS™
    Launch Date: 03/20/06
    ESRB: E (Everyone)
    Game Type: Puzzle
    Players: 1-10 using DS Download Play, 2 or 4 using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection

    Developed by Nintendo

    KEY INFORMATION

    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. Players race to complete missions before Link loses all his hearts or fuse Tetriminos (falling blocks) to detonate a Tetris core with Samus. Other modes feature Mario™, Donkey Kong®, Yoshi™ and Balloon Fighter.


    • There are tons of ways to play: Players whip out their styluses and clear a towering pile of Tetriminos in Touch mode, or clear line after line to pummel opponents in Push mode.


    • 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. Compete in Push, Standard and Mission modes to discover who is the true multiplayer master.


    • 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, including Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, Samus, Yoshi and Balloon Fighter.

    How to progress through the game: The game has six game modes to choose from:
    • 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.


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


    • Catch: In this Metroid-themed mode, players guide a flying block through Metroid-infested levels and seek out falling Tetriminos. Players can spin and maneuver their block to catch falling Tetriminos and create a 4x4 square. Once they do that, the block will explode in all directions and earn points.


    • Puzzle: Players solve tricky Tetris puzzles at their own pace using just the Tetriminos provided. Players tap the orientation they want to use and then the Tetrimino will automatically fall into place. There are more than 50 puzzles for players to complete in all.


    • Push: The goal of this mode is to clear two lines at a time to move the screen down and push opponents into the red zone. Players just can't let their own blocks build up too high, or it's game over. Players also can play this mode with another player using DS Download Play.


    • Mission: In this Legend of Zelda®-themed mode, players have to complete the missions that appear on the top screen before time runs out. If they don't complete it before time runs out, a heap of new blocks will appear on their screen. If they let blocks stack up to the top of the screen, the game is over.
    Wi-Fi abilities: Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection allows up to four friends or strangers to compete against one another in two different modes. A rating system tracks players' battle results and displays the information for opponents. Players can be matched based on their skill levels.

    Push mode features two-player battles against friends or strangers.

    Standard mode includes items for players to use to foil their opponents. When competing against friends, players can engage in two- or four-player battles with or without use of items. When competing against strangers, players can engage in two-player battles without items or four-player battles with items.

    Contributed by Sciere (271025) on Apr 03, 2006.

Fact Sheet (27th January 2006):

    Tetris® DS

    Format: Nintendo DS™
    Launch Date: 03/20/06
    ESRB: E (Everyone)
    Game Type: Puzzle
    Players: 1-10 using DS Download Play, 2 or 4 using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection

    Developed by Nintendo

    KEY INFORMATION

    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.

    Contributed by Sciere (271025) on Apr 03, 2006.

Press release (10th January 2006):

    Touch-Controlled, Wi-Fi-Ready Tetris DS Falls Into Place On March 20

    Jan. 10, 2006

    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.

    Contributed by Sciere (271025) on Apr 03, 2006.

www.nintendo.com:

    Tetris-with Touch Controls & Wi-Fi

    Host a falling-block party for up to 10 players!

    The classic puzzler gets the full Nintendo DS treatment.

    Features

    • Innovative use of DS stylus and dual screens
    • Six modes classic and all-new modes
    • Incredible artwork inspired by favorite Nintendo games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda
    • 10 DS players can battle with only one Tetris DS card!
    • Battle on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection

    It's Tetris like you've never seen it before! With six highly addictive modes of play, Tetris DS will challenge gamers and gamers can, in turn, challenge each other around the world via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

    Tetris DS delivers the most versatile Tetris experience yet. In addition to a number of single-player challenges, Tetris DS features many multiplayer matches that make use of the Nintendo DS built-in wireless functionality. With just one game card, up to 10 Nintendo DS owners can compete in a wild Tetris battle! Players also can log onto Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection to compete in two- or four-player battles.

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

    Standard Mode
    This is the place for classic Tetris action! Not only can gamers play the traditional Tetris game to a Super Mario Bros. backdrop, but they can battle against others via wireless LAN and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection.

    Up to four people can battle around the world with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and see how they stack up against others on the leaderboard on NintendoWiFi.com. Additionally, Tetris DS lets up to 10 people battle at the same time via wireless LAN. All that is needed is one Game Card and a friend with a DS!

    Touch Mode
    We take Tetris to the next level by letting players touch the pieces! With the NES classic Balloon Fighter as the backdrop, Touch mode in Tetris DS challenges gamers to clear lines by moving a heap of puzzle pieces into empty slots. At the top of that heap is a cage of balloons. If a player can get rid of most the pieces and make that cage hit the ground, the cage will open and the balloons will be set free.

    Gamers will use a stylus to drag and move blocks from a giant stack to make them fall into horizontal lines. In early levels, players can tap blocks to rotate them just to fit into the open spaces. The mode really gets hard when this option is taken away and better-planned moves need to be made. Gamers get as much time as they need so Touch Mode plays very differently from the other frantic modes.

    Push Mode
    Gamers will play Push Mode against friends all over the world via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Push Mode lets two players battle it out in the ultimate Tetris tug-of-war!

    Themed to the arcade classic Donkey Kong, players must clear lines in an attempt to push the other player to the edge of the screen. Clearing two lines at a time moves the screen down and pushes the opponent into the red zone. The frantic action leads to the game turning at any moment. If one player gives a good push or two, the game could be quickly over for the opponent.

    Catch Mode
    It's like Tetris in reverse. Instead of controlling the flying Tetriminos, gamers control a flying core of blocks. Maneuvering in a classic Metroid setting, gamers twist and move that core to catch the Tetriminos.

    As pieces fall, the core of blocks turns into a mass that can grow to unmanageable sizes if a player isn't careful. To add to the trouble, Metroids fall from the top screen and will deplete the player's energy if they touch the mass of blocks. To keep the core of blocks under control, players need to form a solid square, which will detonate like a bomb and refill the energy meter. It's the ultimate Tetris game of survival.

    Puzzle Mode
    Yoshi and Mario are in the kitchen baking a big batch of Tetris puzzles! Using the Nintendo DS touch screen, players will decide which Tetris piece to send in to clear the puzzle.

    Sometimes the most obvious choice isn't the right one, and gamers will need to clear at least one line with every piece they send into the puzzle. More than 200 puzzles are ready to pose a challenge to gamers of all ages.

    Mission Mode
    Link and the rest of The Legend of Zelda cast lend a hand in Mission Mode. Players are given scenarios to complete, such as "clear two lines at once." If it happens within the allotted time, gamers move on to the next mission. If not, the game hands out a penalty and fills part of the puzzle with grey blocks.

    The outstanding two-player Mission Mode challenges each competitor to finish a task, with the first player to finish winning points. The loser, however, must quickly adjust to prepare for the next challenge. It's intensely fun and challenging!

    Tetris DS is coming to Nintendo DS on March 20!

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (54617) on Apr 02, 2006.

Back of Case (US):

    Tetris With The Nintendo Touch!

    Nintendo takes on a timeless puzzle blockbuster!
    • Every mode features a Nintendo character theme! Play modes based on all-time favorites like Mario, Link, Donkey Kong, and Samus!


    • Tons of new ways to play! Feed your Tetris need with six crazy-fun game modes including Standard, Mission, Touch, and more.


    • Wireless and Wi-Fi multiplayer! Up to ten players can clash over local wireless using just one Game Card or go online with Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection and test your skills against opponents worldwide!

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69753) on Apr 02, 2006.