Tetris Attack

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Tetris Attack
Tetris Attack
SNES box art
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Game Boy box art
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Developer Intelligent Systems
Nintendo R&D1 (Game Boy version)
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Game Boy, Satellaview, Virtual Console (Nintendo 3DS)
Release date SNES/Game Boy:
USA August 1996
Japan October 26, 1996 (Game Boy only)
Europe November 28, 1996
Australia 1996[1][better source needed]
Japan November 3, 1996
Virtual Console (3DS):
Japan December 11, 2013
Genre Puzzle
ESRB:ESRB's K-A rating symbol - Kids to Adults
ESRB:ESRB E.svg - Everyone
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
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Tetris Attack is a Super Nintendo Entertainment System and Game Boy puzzle game featuring the Yoshi franchise as a theme by altering graphics and audio of the Japanese game Panel de Pon. Despite its name, Tetris Attack has no relation to the Tetris series, and follow-ups were named Puzzle League in the west starting with Pokémon Puzzle League.


The title of the game is very misleading in that the gameplay has little to do with Tetris. Instead, square panels rise from the bottom (called the "stack") and the job of the player is to line up three or more matching panels either horizontally or vertically as the stack rises.

The player controls the panels using a rectangular cursor on the screen which the player uses to switch the selected panels back and forth. Extra points are given for combinations of more than three. If the stack touches the top of the playing field while rising, the game is over.

Single player mode[edit]


Yoshi and Baby Yoshi in Tetris Attack.

In Endless mode, players play to try to achieve the best possible score before they get a game over. Players can choose the difficulty level (Easy, Normal, Hard) and the speed level (lv. 1-99) to start out. However, the longer they manage to stay alive, the faster the stack will start to rise. If the player manages to reach a score of 99,999, the credits sequence will play.

Time Trial[edit]

The Time Trial mode is also similar to the Endless mode, except players are given a time limit of two minutes, and the objective is to score as many points as possible before time is up.

Stage Clear[edit]

Yoshi vs. Bowser

This mode is just like the Endless mode (see above), except players must clear all the panels above the "clear line" that is drawn in the stack. The line is not visible at the beginning of the game, and is only visible when players have cleared enough panels for the stack to rise enough. If the stack touches the top before all the panels above the "clear line" are removed, the players will lose. There is no time limit in this game mode.

There is a total of 30 rounds (not counting the "special stage" and "last stage"), with five rounds per level.

The "special stage" and "last stage" involve defeating Bowser with combos and chains before the stack reaches the very top. While the "special stage" is only a bonus stage to test the players' skills, the "last stage" can be repeated if they lose.


In the puzzle mode, players are given a number of panels on the screen, and they must clear all of them with only a limited number of switches by the cursor. Players play ten rounds with up to six different characters. Also, at the end of each round, players are given a password, which they can use to come back to their game at a later time. There is no time limit for this game mode.

On a side note, there are some even more difficult puzzles that players can play with if they have the proper password.


A screenshot of VS mode.
Shock Panel

Single player VS is a game where players can battle the computer in a fight to free the players' allies from a spell cast by Kamek. One by one, the players and Yoshi must break the spell over each of their allies by battling and defeating them. The key to doing that is to dump garbage blocks, which resemble the ceiling from Wario's Woods, on their stack. There are special panels called Shock Panels. When three or more of these align, this creates a Shock Block, a special garbage block, which makes clearing garbage blocks more difficult. Each battle gets successively more difficult, and as the players progress and free their allies, they can use them in battle as well.

Inside Mt. Wickedness, the players will face off against Hookbill the Koopa and Naval Piranha on all the skill levels. On the "Normal" and "Hard" skill levels, Kamek will be the next opponent. And on the "Hard" skill level, the players will face Bowser as the final opponent.

There is also a "Super Hard" skill level, which will heavily test the players' skills. All opponents fought on the "Hard" skill level will be in this skill level.


While Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Toad do not make a direct appearance in this game, Yoshi fights against Bowser and rescues his friends in the game's single-player versus mode, and he explains the gameplay to the player in the tutorials. A multitude of other characters from Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island appear in the game as well, some as allies and some as enemies. The following characters are:


The following characters can only be used in the VS game modes. There is an exception in the Game Boy version of the Puzzle game mode.


Note: All rival characters can only be used in the 2P Mode. There is an exception in the Game Boy version of the Puzzle game mode, however.


Below are a list of secrets that can be found. None of them stay unlocked, however.


  1. Upon turning on the SNES, press the following buttons; B Button, A Button, L Button, L Button. If done correctly, the player will hear a chime. When the player does a one-player game mode, the stack will not stop, regardless of if the player does a combo or chain.
  2. In the 1P VS mode, the player can play the "Super Hard" skill level by pressing D-Pad Up, L Button, and A Button at the same time while the "Hard" skill level is selected. If done correctly, the lower background will turn dark red. The dark red background is a sign that the player is playing on the "Super Hard" skill level.
  3. Players can use the rival characters in the 2P game modes by doing the following; player 1 and player 2 must hold the L Button and R Button buttons at the same time while on the character select screen. If done right, the "? panels" will change into the rival characters.

Super Game Boy[edit]

Default border.

When the Game Boy version is played on a Super Game Boy, certain button codes, if "1P" is selected at the title screen, trigger six secret borders, which are based on the background designs used for Yoshi's and his pals' stages in the SNES version. The borders and their corresponding codes are as follows:

+Control Pad down +Control Pad left +Control Pad up
A Button Secret Border
Yoshi stage border
Secret Border
Gargantua Blargg stage border
Secret Border
Poochy stage border
Start Button Secret Border
Froggy stage border
Secret Border
Lakitu stage border
Secret Border
Raphael The Raven stage border

The player can return to the title screen at any time to choose another border. Pressing just Start Button on the title screen will make the border the default star border again, while pressing the A Button button will keep the current border.


The SNES version of the game does feature an "Options" menu, which enables the player to change the language settings, listen to sound effects and background music, and even view data about the characters.

There is also a "CPU Switch" feature, in which player 1 and/or player 2 will be controlled by a CPU player. However, this feature cannot be used to view game endings in the single player game modes; if attempted, the player will get a message stating that the CPU Switch must be turned off to view the ending.

Panel de Pon[edit]

Panel de Pon
Panel de Pon boxart
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Developer Intelligent Systems
Publisher Nintendo
Platforms Super Famicom, Virtual Console (Wii, Wii U, New Nintendo 3DS), Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom, Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online
Release date Super Famicom:
Japan October 27, 1995
Virtual Console (Wii):
Japan November 27, 2007
South Korea September 30, 2008[2]
Virtual Console (Wii U):
Japan May 29, 2013
Virtual Console (New Nintendo 3DS):
Japan August 9, 2016
Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom:
Japan October 5, 2017
Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online:
Japan May 20, 2020[3]
USA May 20, 2020[4]
Europe May 20, 2020[5]
Australia May 20, 2020[6]
HK May 20, 2020
South Korea May 20, 2020
Genre Puzzle
CERO:CERO rating A - All ages
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
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Difference between Panel de Pon (left) and Tetris Attack (right)
Difference between Panel de Pon (left) and Tetris Attack (right)
Difference between Panel de Pon (left) and Tetris Attack (right)

Originally, Tetris Attack was Panel de Pon, released for the Super Famicom on October 27, 1995, starring a young fairy known as Lip. However, the game did not initially release in other countries as-is. For the international releases, Nintendo changed all the characters to Yoshi characters and enemies and renamed it.

Aside from the Yoshi motif, there were other gameplay changes, such as a password system for the story mode and garbage blocks were not customized for each character, unlike Panel de Pon.[7]

References in other Nintendo games[edit]

In the Super Smash Bros. series, Lip's Stick, an item used by Lip, is an item throughout the series. Kirby's Stone move can turn him into many objects, including a garbage block from Panel de Pon. Panel de Pon music also appears in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The fairy Lip herself appears as an important character in Captain Rainbow. She also appears as a spirit and Mii Swordfighter costume in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.


The Japanese version of Tetris Attack was released on the Satellaview as a Yoshi title instead of using the Tetris name license. Like Tetris Attack, there was an option in the menus to play the game with the characters and story dialogue in English, but the menus would stay in Japanese. The Game Boy version was also released in Japan as a standard cartridge.

Pokémon Puzzle Challenge, released for Game Boy Color in 2000, has a secret "Panel de Pon GB" mode accessible on a Game Boy or Super Game Boy, and contains many leftovers indicating it was a full game before being rebranded.[8] Pokémon Puzzle Challenge was also tentatively titled Pokémon Attack, based on the name Tetris Attack.[9][10]

Nintendo developed a sequel to the original game on Nintendo 64, known as Panel de Pon 64, but it was canceled and believed to have been retooled as Pokémon Puzzle League for the international market in 2000.[11] The Panel de Pon sequel was later ported to Nintendo GameCube along with Dr. Mario and Yoshi no Cookie as part of Nintendo Puzzle Collection in 2003, which was planned to have a release outside of Japan.[12]

Puzzle League was then the western name for the style of gameplay, and Dr. Mario & Puzzle League, a two-game cartridge for Game Boy Advance, released internationally in 2005.

Planet Puzzle League was released for Nintendo DS in 2007. This iteration has no mascot branding. Lip makes an appearance in an unlockable Super Famicom stage theme in the Japanese version, Panel de Pon DS, which was dummied out of international versions.[13] A simplified DSiWare edition called Puzzle League Express was released in 2009.

The original game was released on the Wii's Virtual Console on November 27, 2007[14], on the Wii U's Virtual Console on May 29, 2013, and on the New Nintendo 3DS's Virtual Console on August 9, 2016, once again solely in Japan.[15]

Animal Crossing: New Leaf for Nintendo 3DS received a Puzzle League minigame as part of the Welcome amiibo update in 2016, four years after the game's launch in 2012.

Panel de Pon is also one of the 21 games included in the Nintendo Classic Mini: Super Famicom exclusive to Japan.[16] It was also released in Japan and for the first time overseas in the Americas, Europe, and Australia for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online application on May 20, 2020.

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese パネルでポン
"Pop" is the equivalent of 「ポン」 pon.
Korean 패널로 퐁
Paeneollo pong
Panel Pong


After the Japanese release of Panel de Pon, Yasuhiro Minagawa, the head of PR at Nintendo of Japan, announced that Rare was requested to release it overseas with the original fairies replaced by Killer Instinct characters and sound effects.[17] This plan for the western localization was ultimately rejected, but the game was later greenlit with a Mario theme.[18]


The game was placed 17th in the 100th issue of Nintendo Power's "100 best Nintendo games of all time" in 1997.[19] Its average score on GameRankings was about 90%[20].


Main article: List of Tetris Attack staff


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Tetris Attack.


For a complete list of media for this subject, see List of Tetris Attack media.
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Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese ヨッシーのパネポン
Yosshī no Panepon
Yosshī no Panepon BS-han
Yoshi's PanePon
(Game Boy)
Yoshi's PanePon BS Edition


  • Lip's theme music can be heard during the game tutorials.
  • A minigame from Mario Party 6 and Mario Party DS, called Block Star, resembles the stack of blocks but plays differently.
  • In the years following Tetris Attack's release, Henk Rodgers of The Tetris Company has stated that he regrets granting Nintendo permission to use the term "Tetris" in the game's title.[21] As such, the only international releases of this game since its initial release have been in its original Panel de Pon incarnation, with all Japanese text left untranslated.

External links[edit]

Tetris Attack coverage on other NIWA wikis:
The English Wikipedia logo, for use on the Wikipedia template. Wikipedia has an article on Tetris Attack.


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  2. ^ http://www.nintendo.co.kr/Wii/wii/vconsol/penullopong/penullopong_01.php
  3. ^ Nintendo 公式チャンネル (May 14, 2020). ファミリーコンピュータ & スーパーファミコン Nintendo Switch Online 追加タイトル [2020年5月]. YouTube. Retrieved May 14, 2020.
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  10. ^ Nintendo (March 3, 2000). Upcoming Games. Nintendo Power Source (Internet Archive: Wayback Machine). Retrieved January 18, 2014.
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  12. ^ IGN (May 14, 2003). "Nintendo Puzzle Collection E3 2003 Trailer". YouTube. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  13. ^ TCRF. Planet Puzzle League. The Cutting Room Floor. Retrieved July 23, 2020.
  14. ^ http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wii/vc/vc_pa/
  15. ^ http://www.nintendo.co.jp/wiiu/software/vc/ja3j/
  16. ^ Nintendo. (June 27, 2017). ファミコンに続いて、スーパーファミコンが小さくなって再登場!. Nintendo. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  17. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) #40, page 88Media:NMS UK I40 P88.jpg.
  18. ^ Nintendo Magazine System (UK) #42, page 8Media:NMS UK I42 P8.jpg.
  19. ^ http://www.gamekult.com/communaute/forum/voirmessage.html?foid=13000909, retrieved 6/4/2009
  20. ^ http://www.gamerankings.com/snes/588787-tetris-attack/index.html
  21. ^ "Interview with Alexey Pajitnov and Henk Rogers on Tetris"