New Tetris Coming To The 3DS This Octoberby Craig Getting on August 29, 2011 8:26 PM EST
If the dearth of world-famous puzzlers was keeping you from picking up a Nintendo 3DS, it’s about time you started saving up: the Hudson Soft-developed Tetris: Axis will be released for Nintendo’s newest handheld on October 2nd.
Tetris: Axis will feature the classic Marathon mode, as well as a plethora of Tetris variants including multiplayer modes for up to eight players. It will also leverage the handheld’s front-facing camera and 3D display to create augmented reality versions (see above screenshot) of the Marathon and Tower Climber modes. Clearing rows on my computer monitor is stressful enough, clearing rows off my kitchen counter could prove unbearable.
Nintendo’s already dropped the price of the 3DS in an effort to move units, and a new Tetris could help sell a few more (the original version on Game Boy did sell over 35 million copies). The appeal of 3D and extra modes will have be to strong, however, as just today Electronic Arts released a free version of classic Tetris in the Android marketplace. For comparison’s sake, Tetris: Axis is currently listed on Amazon for $29.99.