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The New Look of Tetris

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the cue-russian-music dept.

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Via a Joystiq post, the British Gaming Blog has videos of Tetris on the DS. The short movies include the standard mode, and the 'push mode' that will be playable over Nintendo's wifi service. From the Joystiq post: "As for the ingenious Donkey Kong-themed Push mode, it seems ideally suited for Wi-Fi multiplayer battles. Each player is relegated to one of the DS screens, with the opponent being mirrored in the bottom screen (i.e. his blocks move upwards). Each player slots Tetrominoes into a cluster of blocks that's initially right in the middle of the two playing fields. Performing well and racking up combos pushes the block cluster away and into your opponent's screen, lessening his maneuvering space and chances of survival. "

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The Unofficial Tetris Homepage (2, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718640)

For those of you who don't remember what Tetris used to be like, enjoy the Unofficial Homepage [kobash.com] .

Oh come on, the squeal of joy and flash when you got a full fledged Tetris was clearly an electronic orgasm. And don't get me started on the phallic nature of the only piece that will get you a Tetris ...

Re:The Unofficial Tetris Homepage (2, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718715)

Well, it's obvious where this is headed. I'll just waiting for the Tetris MMORPG to come out ;) "Tetris VIII: The Block Empire", coming soon to PC and XBox.

Re:The Unofficial Tetris Homepage (3, Funny)

lexarius (560925) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718816)

Level 40 Square Block LFG?

Re:The Unofficial Tetris Homepage (1)

Adam Whisnant (877421) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719176)

Nerf the long piece! Overpowered. And innuendo'd.

Re:The Unofficial Tetris Homepage (2, Interesting)

tpgp (48001) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719084)

This [pineight.com] is how I remember tetris ;-)

Re:The Unofficial Tetris Homepage (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14719736)

Awww.... I had almost managed to forget that evil piece of work...

Re:The Unofficial Tetris Homepage (1)

staed (663422) | more than 8 years ago | (#14722986)

2 minutes playing it and I feel like I have to throw up. Truly evil.

Puyo Puyo? (1)

Psionicist (561330) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718679)

Each player slots Tetrominoes into a cluster of blocks that's initially right in the middle of the two playing fields. Performing well and racking up combos pushes the block cluster away and into your opponent's screen, lessening his maneuvering space and chances of survival.

This sounds awfully like Puyo Puyo to me. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puyo_Puyo [wikipedia.org]

The object of the game is to beat your opponent in a battle, like, with most other puzzle games, by filling their grid up to the top with garbage. Puyos fall from the top of the screen in a pair (although for Puyo Puyo Fever, they can fall in triplets, double pairs, and Bigpuyos). The pair can be moved left and right and rotated clockwise and anti-clockwise 90. The pair drops until one puyo falls onto another puyo or the bottom of the screen, following the rules of gravity. The pair then breaks, so the other puyo is free to fall until it falls onto another puyo or the bottom of the screen.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

muel (132794) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718833)

WTFV. Since the players share the same playing field, interesting stuff happens, particularly when there's a hole in the playing field and players wind up wasting good pieces by sending them all the way through to the other side. This looks like someone finally came up with an interesting twist on the Tetris formula.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718854)

It wouldn't surprise me. Tetris Attack [wikipedia.org] was just a remake of Panel de Pon [gamespy.com] for US markets.

Now I have a conflict. I have a Gameboy Color and I really love Tetris Attack. I'd like to get Tetris Attack, but it's only available in Black & White. There is, however, a color version available, except that it's Pokemon (*shudder*) Puzzle Challenge. To go for the Black and White and be free (but ugly), or stare at the annoying Pokemon in exchange for color? ARRGGGHH!

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

CurtDogg (865286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718950)

Go for the Pokemon Puzzle Challenge. Sure, it may have Pokemon all over it, but it's still classic Tetris Attack gameplay.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

k_187 (61692) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719029)

actually they released dr. mario and puzzle attack(sans pokemon) for the gba. I think it was the gba, might have been the DS but I'm pretty sure it was for the gba.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

Babbster (107076) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719207)

It was for the GBA, a combo cartridge with Dr. Mario and Puzzle League (which, apparently, is the same as Tetris Attack). I picked it up for my mom a couple weeks ago.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718953)

Well, you could try to find a cheap GBA somewhere. Then you could play the recently released Dr. Mario/Puzzle League. Puzzle League is Panel de Pon with all the Pokemon stripped out.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

Zangief (461457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719598)

Is this some kind of cuteness allergy?

Because Panel de Pon has cute little girls, Tetris Attack has the cute Yoshi and company, and Pokemon Puzzle Challenge has, well, the cute pokemon...

Or is this just a Pokemon related hate?

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

AKAImBatman (238306) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719926)

Pokemon hate. I can't stand those little buggers. :-/

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

Zangief (461457) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719693)

Also, Wikipedia says that the B&W version has a drop in difficulty, so you probably will want the Pokemon version anyway.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 8 years ago | (#14762463)

Crack Attack [aluminumangel.org] . But you have to play it on your PC.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (2, Informative)

wedgewu (701989) | more than 8 years ago | (#14720122)

1) Did you watch the videos?

2) Have you actually played Puyo Puyo?

There are alot of other puzzle games that Tetris Push is more similar to (Lumines multiplayer, for example).

Puyo Puyo isn't one of them. The similarities between the two games end pretty much at the fact that they both have falling pieces and they're both puzzle games.

Re:Puyo Puyo? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14720468)

I have just one thing to say... skittles... and if you want to get the 'author' in trouble - not for trademark violation (he went on to change the name for that) - but for copyright, that's your perogative. (I didn't discover this until playing the emulated Sonic version on a Nintendo Gamecube 'classics' re-release of the early Sonic titles.) I wouldn't even bring it up, but as I recall it was a shareware release. So people did spend money on something that wasn't entirely his own creation.

Actually... (1)

LKM (227954) | more than 8 years ago | (#14724470)

Puyo Puyo's multiplayer mode is similar to the old Tetris multiplayer mode, where elements you remove get added to the other player's stack. The new Tetris multiplayer mode seems to be quite different in that the fields in which the players stack their elements are actually connected at the bottom, if I understand it correctly.

pushmode (2, Interesting)

Bwerf (106435) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718719)

For those of you that want to try out the pushmode blobtrix [sepal.us] has been doing that for some time now. I don't know if it's the first, but it's free to try =)

Sorry, no. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718725)

So you want me to buy a effectively public-domain game [wikipedia.org] for a "game" system that uses proprietary media sold by a convicted monopolist [wikipedia.org] .

Right. If you need me I'll be playing open source versions of Tetris on my Game Park GP2X over here, as I have been for months, without any money going to any companies with whom I disagree.

Re:Sorry, no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718858)

It's nice you've found something you believe so adamantly.

Now keep it to yourself.

Re:Sorry, no. (2, Insightful)

HoneyBunchesOfGoats (619017) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718918)

So, can you play your Tetris in new game modes, wirelessly over the internet? Even if it's technically possible, how many GP2X owners are out there to play against?

This is the kind of thing that the public domain allows. It means that anyone can create a derivative of a public-domain work without paying royalties to the original creator. I'm free to create my own Tetris clone. It doesn't mean I have to release my Tetris clone into the public domain. It doesn't mean my Tetris clone must be free either.

Oh, and the monopoly thing was more than 15 years ago. Way to dredge up some FUD there, AC.

Re:Sorry, no. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14720238)

If you sheeple would stop buying Nintopoly crap and invest in open source alternatives, maybe then I'd have some playmates. In the meantime I'll just enjoy the air of superiority that comes from knowing I use Linux exclusively.

Re:Sorry, no. (1)

CurtDogg (865286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14720309)

It's on the DS, not the GP2X.

Tetris as a way of life (5, Interesting)

lampiaio (848018) | more than 8 years ago | (#14718866)

I once found this interesting text about Tetris as an analysis of our own lives:

Apart from being a fine game, Tetris is also a perfect mirror of the human condition. For a while the game is entertaining, and we seem to have mastered it and are having fun. Then, something goes wrong -- a rash mistake, or an unfulfilled wish, and we're fighting to repair the damage, but we've been thrown off-balance, and everything is piling up. Blocks that were once orderly and harmonious are jumbled and filled with holes, and our cup is on the verge of running over. There's always a point at which we stop planning for the future, and realize that we don't have one -- all we can do is cling to the present and concentrate, focus our minds on what it's like to be alive, to play the game, before it's all over.

You were waiting for a four-by-one block that never came.

Sometimes we resist to the bitter end, moving blocks left and right without thought or care, just to hang on, and sometimes we accept the inevitable and pull the blocks down to us, smiling inwardly at the great joke. The rest is silence.


It could easily be defined as a "Tetris-do" of sorts.

Re:Tetris as a way of life (1)

StikyPad (445176) | more than 8 years ago | (#14721115)

It could also be defined as someone thinking way too much about Tetris.

Online-ness? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718925)

This looks like the game that will finally bring the Nintendo Wifi online service to its full potential. I mean, seriously, tetris on the internet. That's the kind of thing I've been waiting for for years, ever since I couldn't get Tetrinet to work on an ancient Slack installation.

I kind of wonder though. When can we expect this, and will it have the simplistic online functionality of Mario Kart DS or the more sophisticated functionality being promised for Metroid Prime Hunters? Most specifically will it have the voice chat features already promised for Metroid Prime Hunters?

tetrinet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718936)

Sounds like tetrinet but with only 2 players.

http://www.tetrinet.org/ [tetrinet.org]

Re:tetrinet (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719393)

The DS Tetris supports up to ten players, that particular mode may be limited to two.

Re:tetrinet (1)

PeelBoy (34769) | more than 8 years ago | (#14720853)

Last I heard online will only have up to 4 players. I could be wrong on this though, but that's what I remember reading last.

Check dsfanboy.com or some other gaming blogs to be sure (kotaku.com, revo-europe.com, dsfanboy.com, joystiq.com are ones I like..for the most part..and in that order..).

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14718957)

Forget Tetris for a second, there's a much better DS story today:

Datatel will be releasing a 4GB harddrive for the DS in March. Lik-sang is taking pre-orders for $179 US (http://www.lik-sang.com/info.php?products_id=8731 &lsaid=295872 [lik-sang.com] ). It fits in the GBA slot and requires uses the DS as the power source.

It lets the user play MP3 audio tracks, watch videos and view JPEGs. See images of the HDD and a screenshot of the media player here: http://www.nintendorevolution.ca/02132006/21/ninte ndo_ds_gets_a_hard_drive [nintendorevolution.ca]

Re:In other news... (1)

gabebear (251933) | more than 8 years ago | (#14720524)

Honestly I think the GBA Movie player is a better deal that that($20 + CF card), although you need to either PassMe [dspassme.com] or FlashMe [gcdev.com] your DS to use Moonshell [dyndns.org] , which plays MP3s, JPEGs, and movies at full rez.

Anyhoo, I'm using a FlashMe DS and a GBA Movie player with MoonShell. The Datatel will probably be a bit easier to use, but it is more expensive.

Not bad! (2, Interesting)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719038)

Looks like they've finally managed to come up with a way to mutate Tetris that actually retains the charm of the original, a task most commercial mutations failed at IMHO. (HatTris, anyone?)

Re:Not bad! (1)

Koiu Lpoi (632570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719209)

Tetrisphere for N64, perhaps?

Re:Not bad! (1)

Rob T Firefly (844560) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719287)

Tetrisphere's an exception, one of the three or so N64 games I still play.

Re:Not bad! (1)

SetupWeasel (54062) | more than 8 years ago | (#14721439)

The New Tetris. No one remembers the New Tetris. I'm disappointed there are no 4x4 gold and silver blocks in this game. So much so, I'm on the fence about getting it.

Official page (1)

Bwerf (106435) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719054)

The videos are also available at the official page [nintendo.com] .

Isn't this horse dead (1)

TheSkepticalOptimist (898384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719144)

As much as I love Tetris, there are only so many ways to skin a dead horse.

Making a cutesy, semi autonomous version of an NES game playing on one screen while you scramble to make lines on a Tetris board below is really lame, in my opinion.

I have been wanting to develop a version of Tetris that uses some novel ideas to the game play I haven't yet seen (although Tetris worlds and Tetris Elements have used some of the ideas I have had). I.e. I want to add to the Tetris experience, not just add some gimmicks to it. Of course I can't call it Tetris, but "That block falling game" has some appeal.

I don't know if the Tetris experience is improved with a touch screen, my guess is it just makes it annoying compared to the quick response of a gamepad and buttons.

In all, this is a childish gimmick, certainly not in keeping with Nintendo's supposed statement that they aim to target the 35+ year old market. Keep flogging the Mario, Donkey Kong and Zela franchises in hundreds of off-shoot games and your never going to get adults believing you are making games for them.

Re:Isn't this horse dead (1)

xtieburn (906792) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719463)

Did you actually watch the videos, or read the article at all?

The autonomous character in the top screen was designed as a gimmick its just a bit of graphical fun otherwise that mode is there for its _traditional_ Tetris. From the article 'Normal game of Tetris covering the bottom screen.'

The other two modes were unlike anything ive ever seen in Tetris before. Even with all of Tetris Worlds variants this is brand new stuff.

Tetris is my favorite game of all time and I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this.

Re:Isn't this horse dead (1)

MilenCent (219397) | more than 8 years ago | (#14723216)

The videos actually show some rather ingenious gameplay. It seems that whoever designed these modes took the lessons of New Tetris (N64) to heart, that is, it's important to not mess it up too much.

Tetris 2 and Tetria Attack, the other games with a Tetris name Nintendo made, were okay, but no one these days would mistake them for Tetris. The same goes for many of the other recent updates.

Ideas from Tetris Worlds? (1)

paullyjunge (953573) | more than 8 years ago | (#14729382)

The only worthwhile thing about that game was the 4 player mode... and that was god-awful. Tetris 64(or whatever it was called), with square mode, could not be beaten(It also had 4-player). Clearing a gold square with a Tetris... yummmm that's tasty.

Tetirs on a console? (1)

TheRaven64 (641858) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719243)

I prefer the real life version [pixelengine.co.uk] .

The Grand Master (1)

dreemernj (859414) | more than 8 years ago | (#14719656)

We need Tetris The Grand Master 2 right now. Bring on the death mode!

This actually looks really cool (1)

lux55 (532736) | more than 8 years ago | (#14720204)

The push mode looks like it will be really fun to play. Not sure I quite understand standard mode though... Is it that you're controlling the currently falling piece, and Mario, at the same time? That would be a challenge for us single-minded folks!

The touch mode also looks neat, since it looks like it's more logic-based than traditional tetris. You're not worrying about pieces as they fall -- and fall faster over time -- but on solving an ever-changing puzzle of already mashed up pieces. Kind of like the modes in tranditional tetris that started you with half a screen full of pieces and you had to work your way out.

Man, now I want a Nintendo DS! :)

Better site for the videos (1)

bVork (772426) | more than 8 years ago | (#14721272)

Screw mirrors and semi-unknown blogs... the videos were originally posted here: Nintendo's own website [nintendo.com] .

Wtf? (1)

CrazyTerabyte (917300) | more than 8 years ago | (#14721643)

I saw the videos. The best one is that ballon fight mode (the puzzle mode, that is not against time).

The first video (that dual-screen multiplayer) was confusing. I don't think I would like it or I would be used to play it when the gameplay area keeps going up an down. I might even get seasick.

On second video... Wtf was that pixelated 8-bit mario with some cheap "3-D" rotating effect? That looks ugly, and looks like they did not have anything better to put there, and it is there just to fill space.

On both first and second videos, I did not understand the relationship between mario/donkey kong and Tetris itself. What was that happening on right (1st video) and on top (2nd video)? Do we control both tetris and mario at same time? If yes, well, that's interesting, but not really funny. And, again, looks pretty cheap, since they used the plain old NES mario on this supposedly new game. Do they think they can still sell the first Super Mario game? This would be the same as Sega putting Alex Kid or Sonic 1 at half of screen, while Dr. Robotinik's Mean Bean Machine is being played at other half.

I don't have Nintendo DS, nor any modern console or portable video games. But, looking at this, I prefer to keep my good and old Tetris mini-game.

Tetrominoes? (1)

bluemeep (669505) | more than 8 years ago | (#14721697)

I always called the buggers "tetrads." Am I the only one?
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