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All is not well on Yoshi's Island! The devious king Bowser has cast a spell on the island's inhabitants, turning them into his mindless slaves. Only Yoshi has escaped its effects, and so he must set off to free his friends, and to defeat Bowser and break the spell.

Tetris Attack is a fact-paced action puzzler featuring the colorful cast of characters from Yoshi's Island. A stack of blocks continually rises from the bottom of the screen, and the player controls a cursor which can swap any two blocks horizontally. Make a row or column of three or more and they'll clear, potentially creating combos from new blocks falling to take their place. Combos will send large garbage blocks to your opponent, which must be eliminated by clearing a piece that is touching it, turning it into normal blocks.

The game offers a story mode against the computer, as well as a 2-player versus mode, an endless mode, a timed mode where a certain number of blocks must be cleared, and a puzzle mode where a set arrangement of blocks must be cleared in a specific number of moves. The game is based on the Japan-only title Panel de Pon.


Tetris Attack SNES Game Over! The stack exceeded the limit.
Tetris Attack SNES Due to Kamek's attack, Raphael The Raven's stack increased: its game will be over?
Tetris Attack SNES Defeat this 6 stages in Stage Clear Mode is simple!
Tetris Attack SNES This is the game mode selection screen. Choose your favorite and good game!

Alternate Titles

  • "Yoshi no Panepon" -- Japanese title
  • "ヨッシーのパネポン" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

OUCH!....My brain hurts.... SNES DudeOfMonson (106)
More addicting than Tetris! Game Boy Tom Jacob (7)
Another successful variant on Tetris SNES Pixelspeech (949)

Critic Reviews

Total! (Germany) Game Boy Dec, 1996 1.25 out of 6 95
The Video Game Critic SNES Dec 21, 1999 A- 91
Portable Review Game Boy Oct 29, 2005 36 out of 40 90
Game Informer Magazine SNES Sep, 2003 9 out of 10 90
All Game Guide SNES 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Nintendo Land SNES 2003 86 out of 100 86
Total! (Germany) SNES Oct, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
Video Games SNES Dec, 1996 81 out of 100 81
Mega Fun Game Boy Feb, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Mega Fun SNES Jan, 1997 78 out of 100 78


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