Drop It Like It's Hot: Tetris Debuts in the eShop

If you were to choose one title that contributed most to the success of the Game Boy, it would probably have to be Tetris. Before you could stuff 150 little monsters in your pocket, Gunpei Yokoi came up with the idea to bundle this Russian gem with Nintendo’s then-new gadget. So it’s fitting that the final eShop release before the holidays is this classic. If you don’t know how to play Tetris, sit down and have a chat with your mom or dad; I’m sure they’ll be able to clue you in on how to get those Z and L blocks in just the right place.

Who knows: You might even be regaled with tales of epic Pong sessions. Tetris is yours for the sum of $3.99. Add another $170 to that bill if you don’t already have a 3DS.

Along with the classic stacking game, today’s Nintendo download gives us Swapnote, an advanced version of the original DS’ Pictochat. On the DSiWare front, there’s also DoodleFit, a game where you’re handed different blocks to fit into a larger whole, Chronicles of Vampires: Origins, a title promoted as action/adventure that’s got a lot more to do with puzzles than anything else. The music editing and creation app Rytmik Retrobits is also new for download this week.

As for the Wii, the only addition to its online store is Soccer Up. A demo for Gnomz is also available on the WiiWare side, but no sign of any Virtual Console games this week.

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Eder Campuzano

Eder is a journalism major at the University of Oregon and copy chief of Flux, the School of Journalism and Communication's flagship magazine. When he's not playing video games or writing about them, Eder enjoys going to concerts, walking the UO campus with his trusty iPod, James McCloud, and climbing steep hills in running shoes. His favorite games include Super Mario Bros. 3, Donkey Kong Country 2, Bioshock and The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

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