The man behind the ChuChu Rocket! server resurrection, Jonas Karlsson, is at it again! This time he’s revived the servers for The Next Tetris: Online Edition! It’s unknown when exactly the servers for the game went down but the game was released late in the Dreamcast’s life, so the servers likely weren’t up for very long. This makes it even more exciting since many people didn’t get to play Next Tetris online back in the day. While the game was released on several other platforms, including PC, the online mode was exclusive to the Dreamcast version. To further this exclusivity, the online mode was limited to the North American version of the game only.
In addition to this exciting news, Starlancer is now running on Jonas’ own server. This is because both Next Tetris and Starlancer use essentially the same server software (GameSpy) with minor differences. Jonas has made some improvements to the server over the OnlineConsoles one which improve connection speed.
If you’d like to play Next Tetris online, please see the Connection Guide for details. Everything is automatic for DreamPi users so if that’s your connection method, simply connect! This is the first public iteration of the server so you may experience bugs. In addition, user registration has yet to be implemented so your rank will not be saved.