SOURCE: Tetris Online

October 20, 2008 06:00 ET

"Tetris Party" Debuts on WiiWare

"Tetris Party" -- the Newest Official Game of Tetris -- Delivers a New Game-Night Experience With 8 Multiplayer Variations

HONOLULU, HI--(Marketwire - October 20, 2008) - Tetris Online, Inc. (www.tetrisonline.com) today announced the launch of "Tetris® Party" -- the newest official game of Tetris -- for Nintendo's downloadable games service: WiiWare™. "Tetris Party" is now available via the Wii Shop Channel for 1200 Wii Points™.

"Tetris Party" presents a new and active way for friends and families of all ages to enjoy playing Tetris together. The perfect answer for family game night, "Tetris Party" features 18 game modes and offers 10 never- before-seen single-player and multiplayer variations of Tetris, including modes that utilize the unique capabilities of the Wii Remote™ and the Wii Balance Board™.

Local multiplayer modes can support up to four players via one Wii™ system, while the online Wi-Fi multiplayer mode can support up to six players simultaneously. Additionally, players can choose to play either competitively or cooperatively with one another.

"Tetris Party" also features a unique gaming experience using the Wii Balance Board. Players can use the Wii Balance Board to control the Tetriminos to play Tetris in three different Balance Board modes: Marathon, Ultra and Computer Battle.

"'Tetris Party' introduces Tetris fun to an entirely new generation, while adding a dynamic new dimension to social gatherings for people of all levels of game-playing experience," said Minoru Arakawa, president and chief executive officer of Tetris Online, Inc.

According to Arakawa, who recently won a lifetime achievement award at the Interactive Achievement Awards® from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences®, "The multigenerational appeal of "Tetris Party" is just one aspect of the game's appeal: the multiplayer modes make it the perfect centerpiece for parties and family game nights around the world. In addition, the Wii Balance Board adds the aspect of movement and agility for those seeking to enrich the Tetris experience with physical action."

"Tetris Party" is immediately available in North America and Latin America and will be available October 24 in Europe and Australia.

"Tetris Party" Features:

"Tetris Party" Single Player Modes

--  Marathon -- The traditional game of Tetris. Here, the player competes
    purely for points across 15 levels of play, or turn on ENDLESS for the
    ultimate Tetris survival mode.
    
--  Computer Battle -- Challenge the computer to hone your Tetris skills.
    Adjust the difficulty settings to your personal preference, featuring 15
    levels of difficulty in total.
    
--  Field Climber -- New! Using the Tetriminos, the player helps the
    "climber" reach the goal located at the top of the Matrix. The climber is
    able to climb one row at a time and checkpoints are located along the way
    as you advance through the levels.
    
--  Shadow -- New! Using the Tetriminos, the player must match the
    silhouette in the Matrix. There are 30 unique and challenging puzzles to
    solve for the best completion percentage in the shortest time.
    
--  Stage Racer -- New! The player must race a single Tetrimino through
    beginner and advance courses for the fastest time.
    
--  Beginner's Tetris -- New! The perfect mode for players who haven't
    mastered Tetris in the past and would like to start out at a lighter pace.
    In this variant, the Tetriminos are larger, less intimidating and simply
    fun for all ages.
    
--  Wii Balance Board Tetris -- New! Use the Wii Balance Board to control
    the Tetriminos to play Tetris. There are three different Balance Board
    modes including Marathon, Ultra, and Computer Battle.
    

"Tetris Party" Multiplayer Modes

--  VS Battle -- A traditional multiplayer game of Tetris featuring 10
    special items that take advantage of the Wii Remote.
    
--  VS Field Climber -- New! Play against other players to see who can
    guide his or her climber to the goal first.
    
--  VS Hot Lines -- A popular rendition of Tetris where the goal is to
    clear the Hot Lines first (marked by glowing green areas in the Matrix).
    
--  VS Shadow -- New! Play against other players to see who can complete
    each puzzle first.
    
--  VS Stage Racer -- New! Race against other players to see who can
    complete each course first.
    
--  Co-op Tetris -- New! Two players share an extra-wide Matrix in a
    Marathon-style game. Clear communication and complete cooperation is key to
    success!
    
--  Duel Spaces -- New! Two players duel in an extra-wide Matrix to
    capture more space. This unique mode is a turn-based game, allowing users
    to strategize each move.
    
--  Online Battle -- Go online via Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to take on
    your friends using the Friend Battle mode, or take on the rest of the world
    using the World Battle mode. Players can locate other players, establish
    friend rooms, and compete with up to six players simultaneously.
    

For more information on "Tetris Party," please visit http://www.tetrisparty.com.

About Tetris Online: Tetris Online, Inc. is the exclusive online licensee of The Tetris Company, LLC of all rights to the world-famous TETRIS® game in North America and Europe. Founded in January 2006 by Minoru Arakawa and Henk Rogers, Tetris Online is a developer and publisher of electronic entertainment properties. Titles include "Tetris Splash" for Xbox LIVE® Arcade and "Tetris Friends," which can currently be found on Facebook. Tetris Online is privately held and headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii. For more information about Tetris Online, please visit the company's web site at www.tetrisonline.com.

About Tetris:

Tetris® is one of the leading video game brands and franchises in the world. Loved globally by people of all ages and all cultures, Tetris continues to be one of the most widely recognized video games of all time. Tetris Holding, LLC is the owner of and The Tetris Company, LLC is the exclusive licensor of Tetris worldwide. The Tetris Company, through its agent Blue Planet Software, Inc., licenses and manages the Tetris intellectual property and franchise worldwide. Blue Planet Software works with licensees to deliver top quality products that are relevant, fun and challenging. For the latest information about Tetris and Tetris products, please visit www.tetris.com.

Nintendo trademarks used under license. WiiWare is available only through the Wii console.

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