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Tetris: Axis falls into place on the 3DS

Originally posted BY MYASHARONA at GamerFitNation



If you’ve ever met me in person or online, at a gaming event, on a not so crowded street, or even in an online chat, chances are you have discovered that I love all kinds of things Tetris. Tetris was one of the very first games I fell for on the GameBoy and it remained a staple for me throughout many platforms in the years that followed. Something about the special relationships, the colours, and of course the tunes, just had me hooked.  I’ve even gone so far as to create my own Tetris inspired jewelry (which I wear all the time).

Sharon dons her Tetris necklace everywhere!

SO when a recent Nintendo press release came across my desk I was all too excited to share it with you!

I am, of course, talking about Tetris: Axis exclusive to the 3DS. Tetris: Axis combines traditional elements from the original Tetris game with new twists and features that showcase the unique capabilities of the portable Nintendo 3DS. The main goal is to maneuver and arrange falling blocks called Tetriminos to clear lines and boost your score. With two new augmented-reality modes in Tetris: Axis, the iconic puzzle action moves beyond the screen as players use AR Cards (included with the Nintendo 3DS system) to view game play in their own real-world environments. Other new modes include Fever, in which players must clear lines and activate special items in speedy 60-second rounds. Nintendo 3DS owners with wireless broadband Internet access can download new items for Fever mode via the system’s built-in SpotPass™ feature.

“People all over the world have experienced the fun of the Tetris game, but they’ve never seen it quite like this,” said Ron Bertram, Nintendo of Canada’s vice-president and general manager. “The augmented-reality modes and 3D visuals in Tetris: Axis add some wonderfully immersive twists that are unique to this version of the Tetrisgame.”

Tetris: Axis also offers nine party modes, including three that are new to the Tetris franchise. Local wireless modes allow up to eight players to enjoy Tetris: Axis simultaneously using only one Game Card (each player must have his or her own Nintendo 3DS system). By using Nintendo® Wi-Fi Connection to compete with friends over broadband Internet, as many as eight players can dive into the action.

Now I don’t have a 3DS which means I will be missing out on the Tetris: Axis action but you don’t have to!

Tetris: Axis is available for $29.99 and you can order now it OR find out all more about the various modes at the official website.




Hands On at PaxEast 2011


PAX EAST ’11: Super Street Fighter IV For Nintendo 3DS

During my recent visit to PAX East in Boston, I had the opportunity to get my hands on the Nintendo 3DS and play a quick game of Super Street Fighter IV – 3D.

With an incredibly ridiculous line of people waiting to try out the 3DS handheld device at the Nintendo booth, a great tip led us to the Capcom booth – which contained a 3DS demo of Super Street Fighter IV.

Because the game has been released on both the 360 and PS3, I suspect the 3D adaptation of the title (which will release at launch of the newest handheld by Nintendo), was slightly overlooked.



Go ahead. Read the whole experience. HERE.

Madden NFL To Tackle Nintendo 3DS


Electronic Arts recently announced that a Madden title would be available for the highly anticipated Nintendo 3DS and be the first EA SPORTS title for the 3DS.

According to EA, Madden NFL Football will offer a comprehensive handheld experience with exciting modes, such as authentic 11-on-11 football, fast-paced 5-on-5 action and Season Mode. Additional features jump off the screen with 3D graphics, such as “Spotlight Moments” and “Call Your Shots”. Utilizing the remarkable power of the Nintendo 3DS Touch Screen, “Call Your Shots” allows users to draw their own plays, on-the-fly, directly on the screen.

While Madden NFL is NOT Madden 11, the game will still look and feel like Madden 11 with three types of play calling—GameFlow, Classic, and Arcade—Madden NFL Football provides an enjoyable experience for gamers of all skill levels.

To read more of this article please be sure to click HERE and visit

The 3DS: Nintendo’s next big thing.

Like many others I watched E3 remotly as Nintendo talked about the 3Ds that would soon be unleashed upon the world. With my DSLite not far from reach, I smiled with apprehensive glee. Finally a DS upgrade that I might be interested in.

Granted, I am not a fan of 3d. yet.

Movies, games, and tv manufacturers all on the 3D train, I feel a sort of compelled rebellion to the movement. Don’t get me wrong, I saw Avatar in the theatre too, but I strongly believe that not everything needs to be 3d! NOT EVERYTHING –  do you hear me George Lucas?!

But I digress.

As an already four eyes, the prospect of a small piece of 3D technology (the kind that did NOT require me to wear a second pair of 3d glasses overlapping my already expensive and now scratched spectacles) is somewhat intriguing.  Skeptically I waited and watched.

“Control the level of 3d?  Turn it off completely? You don’t say…..”

Then, more specs started to surface.

According to the release:

  • The 3DS has two cameras on the outside of the device, capable of taking 3D photos and capturing 3D video, as well as a camera positioned above the top screen on the inside of the device which faces the player, capable of taking 2D photos and capturing 2D video
  • The system also has 3D movie playback capability; Nintendo has made deals with Warner Bros, Disney, and DreamWorks to deliver 3D movies.
  • In addition to its own software, the Nintendo 3DS will be backward compatible with Nintendo DS software, including DSi software. Announced titles include Kid Icarus: Uprising and Mario Kart 3DS.
  • At launch, the Nintendo 3DS cards will hold up to 2GB of game data and look almost exactly the same as those of the current DS
  • It was announced at the Nintendo of Japan press event on September 29, 2010 that the 3DS will have a Virtual Console Service with Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and “Classic Games” in 3D. HELL YES
  • Multitasking is available on the 3DS (i.e. You can access web browser while in game).
  • Miis will be available on the system. There will be a new Mii Creator on 3DS with the ability to import from the Wii and create a Mii from a photo taken by one of the cameras. There also will be a 3DS Mii Plaza to house all the Miis you’ve seen in Tag Mode.
  • The system supports multiplayer gameplay via a local wireless connection or over the Internet. Expanding upon the connectivity of the Nintendo DS, the Nintendo 3DS features an “always on” background connectivity system that current trademarks suggest the name being “CrossPass” which can automatically seek and connect to wireless network nodes such as Wi-Fi hotspots, sending and downloading information in the background while in sleep mode or while playing a game.

Naturally by now I want that 3DS. I want this device as much as a grown woman can want a DS (turns out that is a LOT).

Carefully,  I am now paying attention to news regarding the 3DS, when I can get it and how much it will be.

But pause for a moment. Sure there are lots of great features but what GAMES will i be able to play? Well it turns out there is a lot on the horizon and even if there weren’t… there remains one. ONE to beat all others in the race to my 3DS heart: Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater 3D

Metal Freakin Gear already scheduled for 2011 release.
And oh my lookie here:
Contra, Bomberman, Ninja Gaiden, Zelda? Yes PLEASE.
More News!

Yesterday Nintendo announced the release dates and price point for their upcoming 3DS. Hitting North American stores in March 31, 2011 the 3DS is expected to be sold at approximately $300.


Ouch Nintendo!  We are now looking at the price of a major console. Is this portable gaming system really expecting to compete with the PS3 and 360? Granted I already have those, but most DS users I know are under the age of 18.

So who is your target audience now? I think it might be me. STILL, while i want the 3ds something fierce, and March is possibly long enough away that I might be able to fill the piggy bank with pennies, thats a lot of cashola. Think of all the bills i could pay with that!

How can I justify that kind of spending on a handheld unit?

How will you?