Tetris is one of those franchises that just won't go away, whether you want it to or not. The simplicity of its premise has lead to countless variations in rule-sets, and the latest instalment that's out on the Wii and the DS – Tetris Party Deluxe – has had its European release date confirmed.
From 3rd September onwards, euro-gamers can spin and land those blocks in ways that only make sense in a Tetris world. Tetris Party Deluxe is a "new version" of the WiiWare title that launched in 2008 and has over twenty game modes; stacked and ready. Providing the same kind of features such as numerous play modes, Mii character support, and online and multiplayer battles, this deluxe version will also rain down new features like in-game statistics that can be used to track players' progress as they set their sights on the 130 achievements that are waiting to be awarded.
Puzzle enthusiasts will be delighted to know that in addition to traditional Tetris game modes, Tetris Party Deluxe also includes many new enhanced modes of play. You can now create your own puzzles, steer a Tetrimino through challenging courses, match a silhouette using Tetriminos and other shapes, clear lines using bombs for explosive chain reactions, and experience intense multiplayer game sessions with your friends and family.
The Wii version even lets you use the Balance Board, Wii Wheel, or the Classic Controller in the specially marked modes. Wii Speak is again used for the Wi-Fi Battle Lobby and the game will support up to four players in local multiplayer, and up to six players online.
Gamers on the DS can enjoy multiplayer with up to eight players using one game cartridge. The eight different play modes will allow you to play against each other or collaboratively with each other. Online play supports up to four people and the built-in microphone can be used in the Friend Battle Lobby.