The Tetris MicroCard is a tiny gaming device that’s the size of a small stack of credit cards. Despite its compact profile, the Testris MicroCard has an actual D-pad and action buttons.
Although it comes outfitted with an officially licensed version of Tetris, the tiny console is fully programmable with Arduino.
The Tetris MicroCard is available for preorder now from the company’s website for $49, which might seem a bit steep, but remember that Tetris is officially licensed and the tiny console is programmable for additional games. Estimated shipping is sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
The creator of the MicroCard previously developed a GameBoy-style micro-console called the ArduBoy after seeking funding through a Kickstarter campaign. The success of that campaign led to this new Testris version with a landscape-style layout.
The Tetris MicroCard features an OLED display, six control buttons, and a speaker with a mute function. The micro USB charger juices up the battery (which the company claims lasts up to six hours), but can also be used to upload open source applications.
The company’s founder, Kevin Bates, clarified with us in an email that the Tetris MicroCard is based on the original Arduboy and “will be able to take user code alongside the Tetris gameplay.”
However, it should be noted that the display screen is specially designed for optimum Tetris playing. So, some of the open source codes available may not play nice with the device’s layout.
If you prefer the GameBoy style model, you can instead preorder the original Arduboy for $39, which should be shipping sometime in the spring of 2016.