We just received a press release concerning upcoming Tetris Party. It's set to grace WiiWare this fall, meaning that North American gamers will be able to pick up the title this year and not later, as we were fully expecting. Other than that, the press release doesn't offer us much else to go on.
Oh, wait, yes it does! The game will include "modes that utilize the unique point-and-shoot capabilities of the Wii Remote." But, the fun doesn't stop there. The game will also support "the recently released Wii Balance Board." Yes, you just read that correctly. The rumor is true. How it will be utilized is anyone's guess at this point, however.
Also, an official site has launched for the game, but it isn't too full of content right now.
AKI would be rather nice to see come back, but having played Smackdown!; HCTP, I think hearkening for the AKI engine is more a cry of nostalgia than anything else. For those of you with the luxury to do so, play a match on HCTP, then on No Mercy.