Zen Pinball 3D flips out on eShop January 12

Zen Studios is preparing the most realistic fake pinball imaginable: Zen Pinball 3D, which brings a 2D simulation of a real-world, 3D game back into 3D. The developer officially announced details of the 3DS eShop release today, revealing a January 12 date and a $6.99 price. Not quite the "fall" date we originally heard, but it's very close to now.

For those tokens, you'll get four tables, including Earth Defense, Shaman, Excalibur, and Eldorado. Zen Studios plans to follow those with DLC tables, which have yet to be announced. We're guessing they'll come from the lineup of tables made for other versions.%Gallery-134378%
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Zen Pinball 3D for Nintendo 3DS™ Releasing January 12, 2012 in North America for the Nintendo eShop!

Nintendo 3DS owners will be able to download Zen Studios critically acclaimed pinball game starting January 12, 2012 for $6.99. Featuring four original, beautifully crafted pinball tables, Zen Pinball is now playable in stunning stereoscopic 3D!

Zen Pinball 3D is packed full of great features including online leaderboards, hot seat multiplayer, multiple view points and rewards for playing and accomplishing table specific missions.

Zen Pinball 3D Table Line-Up

Earth Defense pits the player against hordes of hostile aliens as they try to take the planet by storm! As the captain of the Earth Defense Special Forces, it is your mission to rally the defenses and protect planet Earth.
Players will experience life as a novice sorcerer who must master the trade of summoning spectacular natural phenomena in Shaman.
Travel back to the middle ages to the Kingdom of Camelot and become a Knight of the Round Table in Excalibur.
Experience the unexplored jungles of Eldorado as you hunt for hidden treasures and uncover the mysteries of ancient civilization.
Zen Studios will support Zen Pinball 3D with additional DLC, stay tuned for more announcements!

This article was originally published on Joystiq.