Tetris Ultimate Announced for Nintendo 3DS

Ubisoft brings the classic puzzler to Nintendo’s handheld!

By Marc Deschamps. Posted 07/21/2014 15:00 3 Comments     ShareThis

Tetris and Nintendo handhelds have been associated with one another since the launch of the original Game Boy. While a lot has changed since then, the classic puzzler has appeared on every Nintendo handheld since- not to mention a few consoles. It seems only fitting then that, as Nintendojo spends this week honoring Nintendo’s original handheld system, publisher Ubisoft announced today Tetris Ultimate for the Nintendo 3DS.

While Tetris Ultimate was originally announced at this year’s E3 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, the 3DS iteration will feature a few different options that won’t be appearing on either next-gen console. In addition to online leaderboards, the game will feature the following modes:

  • Marathon – Get to level 15 and rack up as many points as you can.
  • Endless – Play for as long as you can and keep clearing lines for as long as possible.
  • Ultra – Get your highest score before time runs out in this three-minute challenge.
  • Sprint – Clear 40 lines as quickly as you can.
  • Battle – Go head-to-head to knock out your opponents.
  • Battle Ultimate – Be the last person playing after using crazy power-ups! Go on the offensive with Carousel and make your opponent’s matrix shift to the left after each move, or trigger Let it Rain and dump blocks down on top of them. Buzz Saw helps you out by clearing away a number of your lines – especially useful when you’re in a spot of trouble.

3DS-exclusive Challenge Modes:

  • Master – The Tetriminos drop instantly and appear at the bottom.
  • Rotation Lock – The orientation of the Tetriminos are random and you cannot rotate them.
  • Escalation – As the game levels up, you’ll have to clear more lines
  • Invisible – The Tetriminos become invisible as they drop to the bottom.

While Ubisoft might have preemptively declared this version of Tetris to be the ultimate one, the title will have some lofty expectations to live up to when it debuts this fall. As most gamers know, 3DS is backwards compatible, and the Nintendo DS happened to have one of the very best versions of Tetris nearly a decade ago. Hopefully Tetris Ultimate will live up to the lofty heights of that great title. Do you plan on checking out Tetris Ultimate? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Nintendo Life

3 Responses to “Tetris Ultimate Announced for Nintendo 3DS”

  • 18 points
    Iain Farrell says...

    Very excited! Tetris is basically my crack :)

  • 6 points
    insertcoin2play says...

    What I found annoying was when the WiFi Connection was finally shutdown, I needed an online replacement for Tetris DS. I went to download Tetris Axis only to find I can never find anyone to play a straight up match without items. What a waste. Hopefully this won’t be like that. Too bad they just can’t find a way to get Tetris DS back online…

  • 1558 points
    penduin says...

    Agreed – you and I have the same trouble, but must be searching at different times. :^) Axis is fine, but it’s no Tetris DS.

    I hope that further fragmenting online Tetris players doesn’t make the problem worse. Plenty of players will think “but I already have Tetris on 3DS”, but perhaps those of us who are hardcore Tetris players (is that a thing? :^) will be more likely to have the latest and (if Ubi’s to be trusted) greatest.

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