The best videogames you may of never heard of Vol II

Volume II

In the continuing saga of this series today we reveal to you Nintendo’s Tetris Attack!

This game is the mother of all Tetris spinoffs. I don’t care what you say, but this one will always be near and dear to my heart. Released in August of 1996 for the Super Nintendo this one went under the radar and continues to do so.  Though there is a story attached to this Nintendo only title, which takes place on Yoshi’s island and follows him defeating his friends in order to break a curse from Browser, the game play continues to be the star of the show.

The beauty of the chain combo, Oh how gratifying it was to hear the noise of your chain combo climbing and the fear of the person next to you expecting a big giant concrete rock about to fall on their screen.


While not controlling like your typical Tetris game it took the basic principal of matching same colored boxes in order to clear out your mounting mountain of blocks. Here is the twist though, while the old school Tetris only allowed you to clear one block at a time Tetris Attack gave you the ability to clear out multiple blocks and add in chain combinations. In basic terms if you match three same colored blocks and by chance you had two other same colored blocks right next to it and one of that same color on the row above, it would cause a chain combination. Confused still?  Just you tube it, the proof is in the pudding.

Pretty funny quote but its nearly true. In order to become a elite Tetris Attack player, you had to place and think 3 steps in advance, setting up your blocks to generate combos and chains. The frustrating part was when you had an opponent land a huge combo on you, only to get a bigger chain combo off because of the random placement of blocks that sometimes led to your favor. I remember it got to a point where me and my high school buddies would have epic 20 to 25 minute battles, going back and forth. A tip to those beginners who chose to try this game out, allow your blocks to stack up and start from the bottom up. This will give you more room to set up combos and chains.



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