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Not so long ago, seeing "Tetris DS" on the release calendar would have provoked a pretty uniform response. "There they go again." "Another pointless cash-in." Etc. (And, I suppose, "What the hell is a DS?")
Those were the dark days of GBA (very dark days unless you had a light add-on) when Nintendo's portable gaming strategy was "look in cupboard, put in new box, charge £30". It was jolly nice for reviewers getting Mario Bros. 3, Yoshi's Island, Zelda 3 and a nice new broom through the post every other month, but you lot were getting ripped off, frankly, and you knew it. It was even worse when it came to multiplayer - GBA games could happily support single-cartridge multiplayer, but Nintendo and its friends went for "wring another £30 out of them" instead, and didn't bother with it most of the time.
Things are different now, of course. Portable gaming is exciting again. Perhaps it's because Nintendo ran out of stuff in the cupboard, perhaps it's because Sony provoked them, but whatever the reason, an old name means a new game with new thinking behind it, and we're not arguing. So it is that Tetris DS has five entirely new gameplay modes, and you can play it with nine other people using just one copy or go on the Internet and play against friends or complete strangers.
Nintendo has unveiled full details of the modes we can expect to see in Tetris DS when it's released in April.
Standard mode is based on classic Tetris gameplay - you drop blocks and form lines to score points, in other words. And while you're busy with that, Mario will be running and jumping his way around various levels from Super Mario Bros. in the background.
Then there's Mission mode, which has a Legend of Zelda theme and sees you racing against the clock to complete objectives. The Metroid-themed Catch mode is all about guiding blocks so they land on a big floating pile and form 4 by 4 squares - at which point they'll explode.
With the kind of crushing inevitability that is akin to being squashed under the weight of, well, an L-shaped block, Nintendo has announced that Tetris is coming to the DS.