2018 SEP 23
You know when you sometimes have that feeling where you know you should be doing something but you keep putting things off and then you realize you kind of screwed yourself into a corner? That's what choosing a Tetris game as a target to review is like, because how would anyone even be able to review Tetris? More importantly, why would you review Tetris? Especially the version that came out digitally and not the deluxe edition released in stores later? Good question, to which the answer is "I don't have the physical copy". I do my best when I can, but all I've ever owned is the WiiWare version. And that's what we're stuck with.
Tetris Party is a game that you probably should own if you like WiiWare games. However, liking WiiWare is getting to be quite difficult for the simple reason that is Nintendo shutting down the Wii Shop Channel. Sadly, apparently keeping a few servers up with very legacy code running on it in the background is now too difficult for Nintendo, so they've announced the end of the Wii Shop Channel in January of 2019. Or maybe it's GDPR violations. Or both! The more difficult part of this process is that you can no longer get Wii Shop Points, so if you don't have 1200 Wii Points right now, you're never getting this version of the game on your Wii, at least not legally.
So, this is now the first game that I have that is going to be unable to be obtained in a legitimate form easily, and this is the most annoying part of the game. I understand that some games need to be taken off the market for licensing reasons, such as Alan Wake. Some games end up better unpatched because the owners didn't take it off the market, like Grand Theft Auto IV, in which an update replaced a lot of iconic music of the game with much weaker tracks from no-name artists. And then there's this game, which you will need to find a Wii with the game already purchased to be able to install it, and in a few months' time, you'll need to find one with the game installed, or else you can't play it. So, uh, have fun, guys. I know I sure am going to. This thing about the game having to be installed isn't just exclusive to Tetris Party, this affects all the WiiWare games, both good and bad. Mostly bad, like the Wii's library. The only way this game is any sort of exception to the WiiWare rule is because Tetris Party Deluxe is a thing, and you can probably find copies of that far easier.