Nintendo plans to expand Switch online by highlighting its distinct value, and offering more experiences like Tetris 99


Coming from Nintendo's investor Q&A...

Question: The number of accounts with Nintendo Switch Online memberships has reached 9.8 million, but are there people coming and going? For example, are people joining to play Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or Splatoon 2 and then canceling their memberships, or joining just to play TETRIS® 99? Or, have most of them continued to be members once they have joined? I would like more details about the growth in account numbers.

Answer Furukawa: We recognize that the number of accounts that have subscribed to Nintendo Switch Online is increasing steadily corresponding to the pace that the hardware install base is growing. Naturally, not everyone remains a member, and there are cases where users joined during the holiday season and then canceled after three months. There are also new members who joined after TETRIS® 99 was released in February as an exclusive game for Nintendo Switch Online members, and others who have remained members because of TETRIS® 99. To expand Nintendo Switch Online even further, we need to continue offering elements like this, that highlight the distinct value of Nintendo Switch Online.

Nintendo announces 9.8 million Switch Online paid accounts, Tetris 99 played by 2.8 million accounts, more in-game events coming

Coming from Nintendo's investor briefing...

Half a year has passed since Nintendo Switch Online went live last September. Global memberships now exceed 9.8 million accounts, excluding free trial memberships. Note: This number includes family memberships.

A variety of services for members Tetris 99 has been available for free since February as a special offer to Nintendo Switch Online members. This game pits 99 players against each other in online battle. It has been played by 2.8 million accounts and has helped boost engagement for Nintendo Switch. We plan to implement in-game events to encourage consumers to keep enjoying the game.

Nintendo Switch Online members are also enjoying Nintendo Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online. Nintendo
Entertainment System - Nintendo Switch Online gives members instant access to a variety of classic NES games with added online play. Through these initiatives we are working to make these services more attractive over the long-term on Nintendo Switch Online.

Switch My Way commercial - "Tetris 99, Fitness Boxing & Mario Kart 8 Deluxe"

Use speed, skill, and strategy to knock out the competition in Tetris 99. Then get moving with fun, boxing-based rhythmic exercises in Fitness Boxing. And bring the family together for fun competition in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. All these games and more are available now on Nintendo Switch. Find Your Way to Play.

Tetris 99 Grand Prix 2 (EU event) - trailer and details

Ready your Tetriminos

New event, new rules! The TETRIS® 99 Grand Prix 2 is on from 14:00 (UK time) on April 12th until 07:59 (UK time) on April 15th! During the event, earn points each time you place 80th or above. With every 100 points, you'll get a chance to win 999 Gold Points, worth £9.99 in Nintendo eShop!

We had the announcement of the second Tetris 99 Maximus Cup, and we now have info on the EU version of that tournament. You don't have too many days left to practice, so work out your strategies while you can!

Show off your skills in the Tetris® 99 2nd MAXIMUS CUP

BOOM, Tetris tournament for everyone

The Tetris® 99 MAXIMUS CUP is back ... and players of all skill levels can join in on the fun!

From April 12 at 6 a.m. PT through April 14 at 11:59 p.m. PT, just start playing the game to enter. The Tetris 99 2nd MAXIMUS CUP is different than the first one, as you don't have to win first place to score points. Even if you place high during matches, but don't win, you could still come out on top.

The higher you place at the end of each match, the more points you earn, with every 100 points counting as a TETRIS MAXIMUS. During the week of April 28, the top 999 players with the most event points will be notified, and each will receive 999 My Nintendo Gold Points*.

By participating in this event you could end up winning enough Gold Points to get some awesome games in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, or even other fun goodies! More information about My Nintendo Gold Points can be discovered by visiting https://my.nintendo.com/about_gold_point.

In addition to the free-to-download software Tetris 99, Nintendo Switch Online members gain access to online play and Save Data Cloud backup in compatible games, a selection of classic NES games with newly added online play and a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games. For more information about Nintendo Switch Online, to view membership options and to learn about a free seven-day trial for new users, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/online-service/.

Don't miss out and feel like an awkwardly placed L-Tetrimino. Slide into this online event like an I-Tetrimino fitting snuggly into the side of a full Matrix and have a high-scoring blast!

Tetris 99 is available for free on Nintendo Switch as a special offer for people with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. In the game, you play matches where 99 players compete together until only one is left standing.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Nintendo Labo VR Kit, and Tetris 99 billboards spotted in Japan

An exciting time to be a Switch owner!

Nintendo is hitting Japan with all sorts of billboards for already-released and up-and-coming Switch titles. Above you can see a billboard for Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which takes an interesting approach to promotion. I wonder if the woman featured is a familiar face in Japan.

As for the billboards for Tetris 99 and the Nintendo Labo VR Kit, you can have a look at those below.

Version 1.2.0 update available for Tetris 99

BOOM update for Tetris

Tetris 99 has been bumped up to Version 1.2.0 tonight. We don't have official patch notes, but we do have some info on what's changed.

- new win screen
- online disclaimer
- settings for hard drop

UPDATE: Full patch notes have been released

Changes related to events

- We have implemented a system that grants points based on place ranking while an event is ongoing.


- This update also includes various minor gameplay fixes.

Man creates own personal Hell, plays Tetris 99 with DK Bongos

Going ape

made a custom switch controller out of an arduino and some dk bongos from r/NintendoSwitch

I'm not sure why you would do this to yourself, but here it is. A Switch owner has decided he wanted to play Tetris 99 in one of the most awkward ways possible, so he hacked in DK Bongos support using an Arduino. As you can see in the video above, the results make for the most frustrating game of Tetris 99 yet, but the player seems to have things under control!

Tetris 99 - Japanese commercial

Can you take the top spot?

Well there's a great bit of promotion for Tetris 99! A free-to-play game that gets a TV commercial. That should move a few Switch Online subscriptions!

Tetris 99 'Maximus Cup' winners now receiving their Gold Points

BOOM! Gold Points for Jeff

Did you take home a win in the Tetris 99 Maximus Cup? If so, keep an eye on your inbox. Nintendo is reaching out to winners right now to give them their 999 Gold Points. You can also keep tab on your My Nintendo account to see if the Gold Points have been deposited. Have fun spending your big earnings!