Tetris Creator Alexey Pajitnov has played, and loves Tetris 99

Could there be any higher praise?

There have been so, so many Tetris spin-offs, remakes, and revamps over the years. It's certainly hard to keep track of them all. To be something new and interesting with Tetris, you really have to stand out. Tetris 99 is definitely one of those standout titles, as it takes the core of Tetris and gives us a new way to enjoy multiplayer.

Plenty of people are getting enjoyment out of Tetris 99, and that includes Tetris Creator Alexey Pajitnov. In an interview with Nintendo Life, Mr. Pajitnov talks about his time with the title.

I love the game. Unfortunately, my son stole the Switch from me [laughter], so I can’t really enjoy it. But as soon as he gives it back to me, I will play again and again. That’s one of the best games of Tetris of the last year. I really like what was done.

If you're wondering, no...Mr. Pajitnov has not managed to get a Tetris 99 Victory Royale just yet. He's placed third a couple times, so there's hope!

Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games lets you use both motion and button controls, gives characters appropriate outfits for their events

Freshly dressed

You'll be able to play Mario & Sonic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the way you want to. In an interview with IGN, Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games producer Nobuya Ohashi mentioned that both motion controls and traditional controls will be included in the experience.

“Motion control is definitely featured in this game. We are really excited to feature and utilize great parts about the Switch for this game. For instance, you don’t just have to use the Joy-Con. Obviously the Joy-Con is going to be a big part of the game. For instance, for surfing and skateboarding you’ll use the tilting mechanism to move the characters during the game, but also you can enjoy the games using the button mode…so there’s many, many ways of playing a lot of these mini games for this new game.

For example, if you’re using the Joy-Con mode, you can enjoy disc throwing as one of the games and you could actually experience throwing the disc, by using your body, which is a big part of motion control. There’s also boxing that you can experience – really experience the punching motion.”

One big chance with this installment in the series comes with costumes. Characters will now wear outfits that are appropriate for the sport they're in. Yes, that includes Mario as well.

“Each of the characters are wearing different costumes, depending on the sporting event they are competing in. For instance, in the previous games Mario would always be wearing his overalls, even if he’s in water, but this time, we changed that, we actually gave him trunks, so he can actually swim in the water correctly.”

Professional wrestler Cody Rhodes applauds the reveal of Banjo-Kazooie for Smash Bros. Ultimate

Cody's got some good taste

As we've said in the past, professional wrestler Cody Rhodes is a big Nintendo fan. He loves Zelda in particular, but has shown interest in all of Nintendo's franchises over the years. Today he took to Twitter to share the following tweet about Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The reveal of Banjo-Kazooie for Smash Bros. Ultimate is one of those moments that will go down in gaming history. It was a reveal that so many wanted, but none were sure it could ever happen. The pure joy that reveal brought is something that'll stick with people for years to come.

Thanks to MrThee for the heads up!

Amazon Mexico adds listing for Hollow Knight: Silksong

A Hollow victory?

Could Hollow Knight: Silksong have a retail release in the works? We don't have any official word just yet, but Amazon Mexico seems to think one's on the way, as they've put up a listing for the game. We can't be 100% sure that the listing is accurate, as it could be some sort of mix-up with the retail release of the original Hollow Knight. We'll reach out to Team Cherry for comment.

PICO PARK's Switch release surpasses lifetime sales of the Steam version in just a week

Congratulations are in order

Getting your game out on the right platform can make a world of difference. The right platform for PICO PARK appears to be the Switch. The developer of the game has revealed that after just one week of Switch sales, the total lifetime sales of the Steam release have been surpassed!

Splatoon 2 Splatfest results are in (Narwhal Vs. Unicorn, Kid Vs. Adult, Pineapple Vs. No Pineapple)

Did your teams win?

The Splatfest results are in, and there were some major shutouts in this weekend's battles! Team Narwhal destroyed Team Unicorn, and Team Pineapple didn't stand a chance against Team No Pineapple. In the case of Kid Vs. Adult, Adult managed to eek out a victory. Man, there were some very ardent supporters and skilled players out there for these Splatfests!

Nintendo the top most-seen gaming industry brand on TV for May 2019

Pokemon leads the pack

Nintendo swoops back in to the top position on TV for the month of May. Nintendo's ads were seen more than any other gaming brand here in the states, and you can get a full breakdown on the details below.

- estimated spend of $4.2 million
- aired 13 commercials over 1,500 times, which resulted in 230.3 million impressions
- “My Way: Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee” was the ad with the most spend, an estimated $1 million
- Nick, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim were three of the networks with the highest spend
- programs that Nintendo prioritized included SpongeBob SquarePants, The Loud House, and Bob’s Burgers

Pokemon Co. reveals World Hobby Fair Summer ’19 plans

Movie goodies, Pokemon Sword/Shield info, and more

The Pokémon Company is making an appearance at World Hobby Fair Summer ’19, and they've detailed what they'll be offering up at the big show. Fans in attendance can expect the following.

- promotions for Pokémon the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back EVOLUTION
- this includes a “Strike Back Mewtwo” with top-class stats for people with special early-bird tickets
- attendees are encouraged to bring a Switch and a copy of Pokémon Let’s GO
- members of the TV show Pokémon no Ie Atsumaru? will be on-hand to deliver new information
- get the latest information on Pokémon Sword/Shield

Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin - more gameplay

Sakuna uses farm implements as weapons, chaining together strong, weak, and special attacks to take down animal demons, and combines this with her “celestial scarf”: a magical item that allows her to grapple distant platforms and enemies.

Why does Spyro Reignited Trilogy's UK box lack a 'download required' label?

Mistake, or is everything included?

The Spyro Reignited Trilogy retail release here in the states requires a download to get all of the games in this package. That's why the game has a 'download required' label on the front of the box. Over in the UK, their version of the game box doesn't have that label. Does that mean a download isn't required for that version? That would certainly be hard to believe, but I guess stranger things have happened. It's more likely that this is an out-of-date cover, but we'll reach out to Activision for comment.

Thanks to OperationGamer17 for the heads up!