One of the best things about Tetris on the original Game Boy was its simplicity and purity. You simply played Tetris, and you didn't have to worry about time limits, powerups, "holding" pieces -- it was just you against the ever-accelerating storm of falling blocks, or occasionally a friend.
Subsequent versions of Tetris over the years have added more and more in the way of different game modes. Some of these have been quite fun, and some more friendly to short play sessions, but I certainly always find myself returning to the traditional "Marathon" mode before long.
Enter Tetris Axis for 3DS, which offers 20 game modes, thankfully including Marathon. Alongside this, you can battle against the computer, compete against up to seven friends in a selection of "party game modes," play with powerups in Fever mode and even play Tetris in augmented reality using the 3DS' cameras.
Tetris Axis also offers online play for up to 8 players and SpotPass functionality, allowing players to acquire new items for Fever mode.
The game, developed by Hudson Soft and published by Nintendo, is set to launch on 3DS on October 2. Find out more here.
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