Tetris - 3DS

Release Date:

21 October 2011

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Also on USA.


In Tetris for the 3DS, over 20 variants on the shape-stacking game are included, from "Survival" to "Marathon" to "Bombliss." The fast-paced "Fever" mode has you racing against the clock, while "Fit" mode involves placing blocks in differently shaped holes. In "Capture," you'll attempt to cover stars on both sides of a matrix playing field, whereas "Jigsaw" lets you solve picture puzzles with an option to import your own images. Up to eight players can challenge each other in select modes via Download Play, where only one copy of the game is needed, or online via Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. Five local multiplayer modes are also included, along with two augmented reality modes.

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  • Developer(s):
    • Hudson Soft
  • Publisher(s):
    • Tetris Online, Inc
  • Release Date(s):
    • 21 October, 2011
  • PEGI Rating:
    • 3+
  • Series:
    • Tetris
  • Mode(s):
    • Single-player
  • Local Play:
    • Vs/Co-op 2-8 Players
  • Internet:
    • Vs/Co-op 2-8 Players
  • Download Play:
    • Vs/Co-op 2-8 Players
  • Not Compatible:
    • StreetPass
  • 3D Mode:
    • Yes
  • SpotPass:
    • Yes
    • Receive Notification

Technical Information

  • Average Playing Time:
    • 20 Hours
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Tetris is one of the most recognizable Nintendo games on the market, and it has been ever since its release on the original Gameboy. Often imitated but never duplicated, this block building game has achieved a near cult status throughout the world. However, you've never really played Tetris until you've played it in 3D.

The Nintendo DS is one of the big handheld game systems that has taken the baton from the old fashioned Gameboy. Still portable, but with a slightly bulkier design, the latest version allows players to enjoy Tetris in 3D. While it is a bit of a gimmick, it does add an extra something to the Tetris experience. A touch of depth as players build blocks and try to make sure that every row is as complete as it can get.

Additional Modes and Features

Tetris is Tetris, there's no two ways about it. Players stack blocks and try to make complete rows, which then vanish. The pieces come faster and faster until, eventually, the screen fills up and the game is over. However, Tetris 3DS does offer players some new ways to play the game, even if it doesn't change the rules of Tetris all by itself.

For instance, Tetris 3DS offers twenty different gameplay modes, which is nothing to sneeze at. For players who are only used to one, or three at the most, it can take a lot of time just to explore all of these different options. In addition to all these different gameplay modes, Tetris 3DS also includes features that would have been impossible before the dawn of wireless technology and the connectivity it offers. Thanks to wireless technology though players can now go head to head without having to hook their 3DS controllers together. As many as 8 players at a time can play the same round of Tetris, with only the best pack rat left standing at the end of the game! It's a kind of competition that Tetris has never allowed for in any other, previously released version.

So What Are You Buying?

Tetris 3DS is a unique twist on a classic game. It offers players the ability to game in 3D, it has challenge modes, allows your games to be seen around the world and it can rank you in any Tetris community you join. However, for players that aren't interested in all the extra gameplay modes and challenges, it is at its core still just Tetris.

Players have to carefully consider this when they're thinking about shelling out cash for a new game. On the one hand, if players really want to get involved in the challenges of Tetris, and they like the idea of competing with other players real time in their local areas, then Tetris 3DS is a great game for those players to invest in. However, for people who just want to play Tetris and who don't have interest in the other features, it might be a bit expensive for simple tastes.

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