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Tetris DS (Nintendo DS)

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MobyRank
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Overall MobyScore (26 votes) 3.8


The Press Says

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100
AceGamez
The game simply rocks and in my opinion this is the best puzzle game money can currently buy. Veterans and newcomers alike should pick this up immediately, and no DS collection should be without it, especially those with online capabilities. Long live Tetris!
100
Snackbar-Games.com
A tremendous application of old-school awesomeness with some new twists, perhaps the most amazing aspect of Tetris DS is that all six modes are fun to play, and they all "feel" like Tetris despite their wildly different approaches. If that's not enough to warrant a purchase of Tetris DS, then odds are that you just don't like puzzle games.
100
GamePro (US)
Tetris is back, and is better than ever. In the first version since the Game Boy days, Tetris DS is chock full of anything and everything you could ever want in the classic portable puzzler. It has six unique modes, each based on original Nintendo themes of Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda, and Metroid. The three multiplayer modes are downright addictive, and Wi-Fi play is the icing on the cake.
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FileFactory Games / Gameworld Network
Tetris DS is one of those must-have games that belongs in every Nintendo DS owner's library.
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DreamStation.cc
Simply put, Tetris DS is one of the must owned titles for the Nintendo DS. The multiplayer modes make it one of the best experiences on the system to date. Combine this with Mario Kart DS, and you really do not have a need for any other titles for the system. If you own a DS, you need to own this title.
94
Gamer 2.0
Tetris may not push new boundaries or explore the violent side of Wifi competition, but who needs a plasma gun for fragging when armed with a four-long Tetrimino?
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Mygamer.com
Tetris DS will not only send players down a trip on memory lane, it will also provide tons of gameplay hours. The new modes combined with intense multiplayer options (single card, multi card, and WiFi) will literally have any fan foaming at the mouth. Tetris plays best on a handheld and Nintendo has raised the bar incredibly high by providing gamers with one of the best puzzle games ever created. Tetris DS is another reason to purchase a DS system. Go buy this game right now!
92
Portable Review
I honestly do not know how I could keep going on about this game. If you’re a Tetris fan and own a DS, buy this game immediately. The online mode and push modes make this game worthwhile by themselves and of course, the standard Tetris mode is as intense as ever. However, some people will be put off by the ability to infinitely spin pieces. Even so, I’m sure those people will still find enjoyment in some modes that this game offered.
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Game Informer Magazine
Aside from some small problems, I had with rotating blocks in Touch mode, it's a well-designed and executed game from top to bottom. I can't think of a better way to kill a long plane ride, and I expect lapsed Tetris fans who've migrated to other puzzle games will be making their way back into the fold after playing this excellent reinvention of one of gaming's greatest titles.
92
Gaming Target
Tetris has been a long time coming to the DS. After a legal battle between THQ and The Tetris Company squashed THQ’s plans to create a DS version of Tetris, Nintendo swept in to pick up the pieces. And with their expansive Tetris know-how (they did create the ultimate version of Tetris, Tetris for the Game Boy, after all) they’ve created Tetris for a new generation.
91
Game Shark
While there is a lot more stuff crammed in the card, Nintendo left the core game intact and just as fun as ever. And since Nintendo had the good sense not to mess with the heart of the game, Tetris is in no danger of losing its crown as the king of kinetic-puzzle games on the DS either.
91
UGO (UnderGroundOnline)
Overall, Tetris DS is a damn fun package. Nintendo has created yet another excellent version of Tetris. The themed levels are fun, the new game modes add a lot to an already complete franchise and the Multiplayer Mode is one of the best I've ever seen in a puzzle game. Tetris DS is a must-have for any Nintendo DS owner, even if you already have a copy for every other Nintendo system that you own.
91
Gaming Age
With six different modes of play and plenty of multiplayer options the replay value of Tetris DS is through the roof. The game exudes a nostalgic charm by including many of Nintendo?s 8-bit characters into the design. The music is equally entertaining with remixes from the classic games as well. It?s been many years since a really good Tetris game has come out, but luckily the drought is over. Fans of Tetris and newcomers alike, Tetris DS will satisfy any puzzle itch you may have.
90
Eurogamer.fr
Le jeu offre également de très nombreux puzzles à résoudre qui vous feront visiter les environnements des grands classiques Nintendo. Le tout est complété par de nombreuses options multijoueurs qui peuvent regrouper jusqu’à dix participants sur une seule partie avec une seule cartouche. Bref, encore un incontournable sur la DS !
90
Atomic Gamer
Overall, Tetris DS is a damn fun package. Nintendo has taken and created yet another must-have version of Tetris. The themed levels are fun, the new game modes add a lot to an already complete franchise and the multiplayer mode is one of the best I've ever seen in a puzzle game. Tetris DS is a must-have for any Nintendo DS owner, even if you already have a copy for every other Nintendo system that you own.
90
Netjak
That said, Tetris DS is a solid winner. It’s easy to learn, and it’s hard to put down. The new modes make it worth looking into, even for those who have already mastered the standard game. And I’m no expert, but I’m sure that Tetris improves children’s spatial skills or something. Getting a game together on wifi can be a pain, and most people will have a mode or two that they can’t stand, but overall, it’s nice to see how well Tetris has aged.
90
Pocket Gamer UK
Tetris DS offers interesting new modes and some awesome multiplayer fun – it's a must-buy.
90
Cubed3
This should be on the most wanted list of every DS owner. Gameplay is amazing, online mode is addictive and this could easily outlast the likes of Mario Kart and Metroid in your DS. Get it... get it now.
90
Entertainment Depot, The
The bottom line with Tetris DS is that despite the changes, it feels like the Tetris you knew and loved back in the days of the original pea-soup-screened GameBoy. Many of the annoyances and quirks introduced into the series throughout the years have been largely stripped away, and the DS-exclusive additions are almost universally fantastic. Each of the six different modes is loads of fun and will likely suck up endless hours of your time; factor in the potential for some great multiplayer, and Tetris DS ends up a real winner.
90
Thunderbolt Games
Tetris DS does what Tetris has always done: delivers an addictive, simple, and challenging game that anyone can enjoy and Tetris DS also does it with a few new bells and whistles that give you even more than you need to enjoy it. You can play it against the computer, against your friends with a single cartridge and a couple of systems, or you can play it against someone on the other side of the planet. This is essentially the same Tetris that you’ve played before. I’m not complaining and you won’t either.
90
N-Europe
It's the Tetris that defined the handheld generation over two decades ago, resurrected and remade better than ever. The definitive version and will most likely remain so for another twenty years.
90
Gamervision
The game has continually changed itself to different times. When multiplayer games became larger, so did Tetris’s multiplayer. Once the internet became a haven for gaming with strangers someone coded Tetrinet, which was a free version of Tetris that let you play with people online. Tetrinet and other multiplayer games lead to the Nintendo DS version which supported online games as well as local area games with up to eight people. Not only did the game grow with multiplayer support, but the addition of items to either harm your opponents or help yourself just added to the already addictive mix.
90
Lawrence
By far, the best feature is online play. You can do one-on-one or go against 3 other people. In the 4-person game, you can use Mario Kart-esque items, which really make it fast-paced and fun. I've yet to experience a single problem connecting or finding opponents, and this great mode ensures a huge amount of replayability. This should be in every DS owner's library.
90
Wham! gaming
Most people will know whether they like or even love Tetris before they read a single review, but even if you only have a slightest casual interest in the greatest puzzle video game ever made, the stack of gameplay modes and the introduction of online play are completely reason enough to warrant purchase. Sure, it's not exactly the Tetris you knew, but thankfully, it's something way better.
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NintendoWorldReport
Tetris DS has all the makings of a great game. It’s simple enough that anyone can pick it up and get a game going by himself within seconds, yet it’s sophisticated enough that all of your friends can join in on the fun. Being able to challenge friends or random strangers from across the world only adds to the long lasting nature of the game. Simply put, it’s one of the best DS games to date.
90
The Next Level
In the face of games with bump mapping and high polygon counts, Tetris can still compete. It's a game that has the ability to turn non-gamers into video game addicts. Having a portable version of Tetris with wireless gaming capabilities is enough reason alone to own Tetris DS but Nintendo has gone above and beyond in adding a mode exclusive to the DS along with a few others to add variety. How many other games with a 30 dollar price tag can you say you'll be playing for another 20 years?
90
GameZone
Tetris DS is the reason puzzle game fans will once again dream of falling boxes and it’s the reason it will seem like your Nintendo DS has been glued to your hands. It’s still just as addictive now as it was back in the day and while it has been reworked to play well with the new DS technology, it sacrifices very little and thus makes this a puzzle game worth your time and money. If you own a Nintendo DS, this is but another game you cannot be without.
90
Gamestyle
If you have been even slightly attracted to Tetris in your gaming life (or indeed are keen on puzzle games in general), this is well worth a look. The classic single player and the revolutionary multiplayer makes this a great little package.
90
4Players.de
Seht in mein Profil – Tetris ist mein unangefochtener All-Time-Favorite! Nimmt Tetris DS jetzt souverän den zweiten Platz ein? Nein, aber das ist auch gar nicht so ohne weiteres möglich. Dem Spiel kann man es aber nicht vorhalten, denn es macht fast alles richtig: Das klassische Prinzip wird ohne große Experimente auf den DS übertragen, interessante Ableger verbergen sich in den zusätzlichen Modi – das ist wirklich durchdacht! Allerdings finde ich es schade, dass sich nicht alle Vereinfachungen deaktivieren lassen, gerade die Vorschau der nächsten sechs Teile erleichtert das Abräumen erheblich! Und die Online-Modi – okay, sie funktionieren gut, sind aber arg entschlackt. Nichtsdestotrotz: Alleine mit Fang, Puzzle und Mission seid ihr monatelang beschäftigt, und die Standard-Variante könnte das Zeug dazu haben, auf Jahre hinaus an den DS zu fesseln. Für mich ist Tetris DS neben Meteos der wichtigste Puzzler der Neuzeit!
90
N-Zone
Seit dem Game-Boy-Tetris fand ich keinen Tetris-Titel mehr wirklich fesselnd und gut. Bis jetzt! Die DS-Version wurde mit viel Liebe zum Detail aufbereitet und insbesondere der Mehrspielermodus hat es mir angetan. Für mich hat Tetris DS den gleichen Suchtfaktor wie anno dazumal. Zudem finde ich, dass Tetris so simpel zugänglich ist wie kaum ein anderer Puzzle-Titel.
90
Nintendo Spin
Tetris has always been one of those games that has mystified gamers with its simple approach, and now with Tetris DS, that simple approach has been fused with innovative gameplay to create a classic that even modern gamers can enjoy. While it does not take long to scour through all of the gameplay modes, Tetris still stands strong with it replay value. In every challenge, the pressing need to improve the high score makes for great replay incentive, as does the game’s simple yet sweet multiplayer and Wi-Fi game modes.

True, not every gamer will appreciate Tetris DS’s full array of possibilities. There are many types of gamers out there, and only a certain group will be able to love this game’s simplicity and brilliance. But, if you are willing to give it a chance, you might find more enjoyment than you may realize.
90
1UP
At this point, it's pretty safe to say that Tetris needs no introduction. Not only is it a classic videogame, it's one of a select handful that's managed to take on a life of its own -- Tetris is a pivotal chapter in the history of gaming, it possesses universal appeal, and it's produced more clones than anything since Pac-Man. Which is all the more impressive, considering its humble origins.
90
GameSpy
Truthfully, though, those few complaints hardly take away from the fact that Tetris rules. It is, after all, the game that inspired countless "falling block" puzzle games. Although a rare few were able to match (and arguably surpass) Tetris in terms of gameplay (Tetris Attack/Puzzle League, Super Puzzle Fighter), most fell way short (does anyone remember Hatris or Facetris?). Still, even the best falling block games lacked the simple charm of the original. Tetris DS does a remarkable job of reminding us why Tetris was so great in the first place, and it gives us tons of extra reasons to love it as well. I have to admit, though, I kinda miss playing it on that pea soup green screen.
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IGN
It's really amazing to see that Tetris still has legs nearly 20 years after its creation. This puzzle design not only kickstarted the "falling piece" genre, but even after countless times of trying to out do Tetris, no one's really been able to topple the king. As long as there are videogame systems, Tetris will be there to play. The latest rendition could be the design's best outing yet: Tetris DS might change a few things to the game that many of us grew up on, but it's still Tetris. And it rocks.
89
Game Freaks 365
Yes, once again Nintendo has delivered us a wonderful blast from the past, and then some. Six different modes of play as well as a multi-player option make Tetris DS a must have for anybody who owns a DS.
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Kombo.com
Those scores are still saved on my old GameBoy Tetris cartridge, and once he passed away I stopped trying to beat them. With each new official release in the Tetris franchise I make a special point of playing it, even if it means I have to track down a console I don't currently own. I still usually think about my uncle during each Tetris match, so if you encounter me online and I seem to space out for a moment, try to hold off on that devestating Tetris attack for just a second longer.
87
MAN!AC
Feine Neuauflage der Kultknobelei mit vielen gewitzten Varianten und Mehrspieler-Optionen.
85
Nintendojo
In the end, it's still Tetris, and the enjoyment to be had with the DS version will ultimately boil down to the amount of fondess for the original game. Of course, with that logic, it's recommended for anyone with a pulse.
85
PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
Pretty much all you could hope for in a Tetris game. Puzzle game fans or those looking for a new online game need look no further.
85
Gamezine
Le Roi est de retour ! Nintendo a su enrichir un concept connu de tous et profiter des nouveautés de la DS à savoir le double écran, le tactile et le wi-fi. En y mettant un mode online et un mode 10 joueurs en local, Nintendo nous offre un mode multijoueurs énorme. Pas grand chose à reprocher à ce Tetris. Toujours aussi accrocheur, Tetris DS propose des nouveaux modes de jeux vraiment bien pensés. Avec ce titre, vous êtes sûr d'en avoir pour votre argent. Tetris DS est le puzzle game incontournable sur la nouvelle console portable de Nintendo.
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Jeuxvideo.com
Sous l'appellation modeste de Tetris DS se cache une véritable mine d'or pour tout amateur de puzzle-game. Gorgé de modes de jeu tous plus inventifs les uns que les autres, ce nouveau Tetris rend un bien bel hommage au concept imaginé par le grand Pazhitnov. Encore plus accrocheur que Meteos, ce soft diabolique mérite une place de choix dans votre ludothèque DS.
85
Extreme Gamer
Tetris for the Nintendo DS will keep the block dropping Tetris fanatics happy. There are plenty of game modes which are supported over Wi-Fi multiplayer that should keep you hooked for a long as you can last. Add some Nintendo themed levels and presto we have a stacked up Tetris game that fits perfectly on the DS system.
84
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Ultimately, Standard Tetris is still the best of the bunch on offer here. However, with all the high-quality additions and strong multiplayer options, Tetris DS offers serious value for money.
82
Da Gameboyz
Those who love puzzle games will love this title and those who have never played a Tetris game in their life (editors note: Where have you been?) will now have even more reason to try the falling brick game that started it all.
81
Armchair Empire, The
Puzzle fans should be all over this – besides the classic Tetris there are enough variations to keep the challenge consistent. The Wi-Fi support will help extend the time Tetris DS will stay on your playlist but for a classic like Tetris – going strong since 1985! – you don’t need a good reason to break it out.
80
TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Forget about the zillions of Tetris clones that for some reason or another fail to capture the brilliance of the original, this really does offer the same experience that you'll remember from years back. Whilst not as compelling as the main 'Standard' mode, the other five gametypes do at the very least add a certain level of variety to proceedings though they are far from being the main focus of the game. Shame it doesn't come free with the DS really...
80
Modojo
Despite these issues, Tetris DS is quite simply one hell of a game. I'm extremely impressed with the amount of care and attention that went into creating such a robust single and multiplayer package. It is a must-own for gamers even remotely interested in puzzle gaming.
80
Stuff Magazine
Reminded us why we're still crazy about Tetris after all these years, but it's hard to justify buying a game that you can find for free on the Net.
80
Yahoo! Games
Regardless, Tetris DS is wickedly addictive -- just like the original -- and the wifi element works extremely well. It's an irresistible package, and a win for puzzle fans.
80
Deeko
In the end Tetris DS can still be counted on as a fun gaming experience, but a more fleshed out online mode would have put this game right next to the original version. Still managing to capture the essence of the original, it's easy to see why Tetris is and will always be the greatest puzzler of all time.
80
GamerDad
Some purists may not like how in the DS version, you have to press up to make a block instantly fall, or how you can see six upcoming pieces instead of just one, or that you can see a ムshadow' of where your current piece will fall once it lands. But other than those minor quibbles, this is one mighty fine version of the classic videogame.
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EL33TONLINE
Do we need another Tetris game? Well, I can’t think of one with Wi-Fi connectivity, so yes, we do. Plus they jammed a lot of extra stuff into the game that will make it last so much longer. It’s still a classic.
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UOL Jogos
"Tetris DS" serve com perfeição aos propósitos de um portátil, apresentando criativas variações do clássico com o toque de séries clássicas da Nintendo. É fonte para horas e mais horas de diversão, mas, no final das contas, continua sendo "Tetris". Em outras palavras, tudo se baseia em empilhar peças, o que pode acabar cansando.
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
There will be complaints that you can't turn off the things that have changed about Tetris since it was the main reason to own a Game Boy - namely the store option and ability to see six pieces in advance - and for those without the ability to take their DS online, it's slightly less essential - the new modes are fun but the old one is still the most important. Regardless, this feels as welcome as any of Nintendo's recent DS reworkings, and, given that I had to pay for my own copy, I feel like I can say that with a bit more conviction than I ever did when heaping guilty praise on GBA releases. It's "Tetris with the Nintendo touch!" the box declares. Touché.
75
GameSpot
Tetris DS has a lot going for it--plenty of gameplay modes, amazing game sharing, and online play--which makes it all the more disappointing that it contains no "pure" Tetris experience, and features a weak selection of online gameplay modes. But still, it's Tetris, one of the most popular and significant puzzle games ever, and some of the magic that put it in such a venerable position still manages to shine through.
75
Press Start Online
All modes are available to play through both single and multi-card multiplayer as well as online, with Push mode in particular really benefiting from these options, but the best feature of Tetris DS remains the standard mode played alone. Pure, unadulterated Tetris has been sitting comfortably in “greatest games” lists seemingly since the dawn of time, and it’s the loss of this purity that’s ultimately going to determine what you take from this version. Embrace Nintendo’s additions however, and you’ll enjoy what stands as a fitting update to a classic game.
70
Cheat Code Central
If you're sold by the 10-person multi-player mode as well as the online mode then you're probably going to get this game regardless of what I say. I could honestly say that this game will give you a mental workout that could ultimately make you a better Tetris player - but that requires work and dedication - two words that are not synonymous with fun.
70
Sliced Gaming (GameBiz)
Tetris DS failed to wow me. A lacklustre online service, and only one or two new modes worth playing just don't add up to a DS game's worth of value for me, especially since I can play Quinn on my Mac with the same rules for free. If you want a true DS puzzler - not a puzzler on the DS - get Meteos or Polarium (preferably the former). If you want Tetris, there's a billion downloadable free games online. The only people who should want Tetris DS are retro Nintendo nuts. It's by no means a bad or poorly executed game, but nothing stands out and says 'buy the game for this feature'.
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The Video Game Critic
Tetris DS also offers a wealth of multiplayer and wi-fi modes, but I didn't have much luck with them. The setup is time consuming, and you always get stuck with some Tetris whiz who can stack the pieces faster than you can see them. Personally, I always felt Tetris was best played solo. Tetris DS is a nice package, but where are the other popular Tetris variations like Dr. Mario, Tetris Attack, or Tetris 2? I guess Nintendo is betting we'd be willing to buy them on a separate cartridge, and they're probably right.
67
Game Revolution
Tetris DS scores its biggest points for doing so many things with a pretty small number of shapes. Though most of the new modes are novelties, the nice variety coupled with great LAN play makes this some solid methadone.
50
Saving Progress
Despite the disappointments, Tetris DS is still exactly that - Tetris, and you can only fuck up Tetris so much. The original Gameboy version of the game is still king, and there’s plenty of puzzle games on DS to buy first, but Tetris DS is an all right game.