Tetris Party (テトリスパーティ Tetorisu Pāti?) is a puzzle video game by Hudson Soft for WiiWare. An installment of the Tetris series, the game supports the use of Miis and the Wii Balance Board, and features both local and online multiplayer in addition to several single-player modes unique to the game.
A retail version called Tetris Party Deluxe, which was announced by Tetris Online, Inc., Hudson Soft, Nintendo Australia and Majesco, was released in North America on June 1, 2010, in Europe on September 3, 2010 and in Australia on October 14, 2010 for the Wii and the Nintendo DS systems.
There used to be a version from the DSiWare called Tetris Party Live, which was released in North America on November 22, 2010 and later in the PAL region on December 3, 2010. The game has now been delisted as of March 31, 2012.
Tetris Party introduces a number of new game modes. In addition to the 15-level traditional single player only marathon mode, the single and multiplayer versus modes, and Vs. Hot Lines and Team Battle modes returning from earlier games, as well as the return of Bombliss, these new modes include:
- Beginner's Tetris: The traditional 15-level game with larger blocks, a smaller play field and new Tetriminos such as a three-block line, a two-block line and a small three-block L-shape.
- Wii Balance Board Tetris: A variation of Beginner's Tetris in which players control falling Tetriminos using the Balance Board, leaning left and right to move the Tetrimino, leaning forward or backward to drop it, and squatting to rotate it in a clockwise direction. This game type also includes a 3-minute high-score mode called "Balance Ultra" and a Vs. Computer battle mode.
- Co-op Tetris: Two players work together simultaneously on a double size play field to clear lines.
- Field Climber: The player builds layers of blocks to help a tiny man reach the top of the screen. The mode is time-based, and also available in online versus play.
- Shadow: Players must race to fill in a background image with Tetriminos, while not allowing any pieces to lie outside of the puzzle in the process. This mode features new Tetrimino shapes, and a total of 30 puzzles.
- Stage Racer: The player guides a single Tetrimino downward through a narrow twisting passage, being sure not to get it caught on the sides.
- Dual Spaces: A Reversi-inspired mode where players section off empty space, and gain points for every empty space they lock out by placing their Tetriminos to create larger areas of their own color.
The multiplayer versus modes support up to four players offline and six players online through the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and feature new powerups that utilize the pointer and motion functions of the Wii Remote. The game also keeps skill charts and statistics, and features online leaderboards and more than 130 achievements for players to monitor their progress. The game does not include any multiplayer marathon modes. Garbage is not optional in multiplayer mode as it was in The New Tetris.
Both Hudson and Tetris Online have organized tournaments for players of the game, with the first held in December 2008. Each tournament involves the different game modes in Tetris Party, with the first and third tournaments featuring four rounds with four different game modes contested in each.
There was a total of four tournaments where the top 500 in the first and third tournaments and top 100 in the second and fourth tournaments would be credited with 1,200 Nintendo points to use for either the Wii Shop or DSiWare Shop.
IGN scored the game a 9/10, calling it "the best console version [of Tetris] we've seen in years" and a "must buy", though they were slightly disappointed in the somewhat limited online multiplayer. WiiWare World gave it 8/10, praising the online play in general and calling it "the most robust online Tetris experience money can buy" next to Tetris DS, though they were also disappointed in the limited online play modes and felt the game is geared more towards local multiplayer than for solo players. The Official Nintendo Magazine gave the game 91%. They were very impressed by the "addictive online play" and commented on the "great variety of modes". They also loved the "classic Tetris gameplay" and thought it was "good value for your points." However they did mark it down as they thought the "Balance Board mode was a bit gimmicky." It was nominated for multiple Wii-specific awards by IGN in its 2008 video game awards, including Best WiiWare Game and Best Puzzle Game.
- Live Blog: Nintendo Fall Media Summit: Day 2
- USA WiiWare Update: Tetris Party & The Incredible Maze
- EU WiiWare Update: Tetris Party, The Incredible Maze and Home Sweet Home
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- IGN: Tetris Party Hands-on
- IGN: Tetris Party Hands-on 2
- Hudson Soft Tournament
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- IGN: Tetris Party Review
- WiiWare World Tetris Party Review
- The Official Nintendo Magazine Review
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- "IGN Wii: Best Puzzle Game 2008". IGN.com. 2008-12-18. Retrieved 2008-12-19.