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Jeremy Parish's Virtual Boy Works #13 - 3-D Tetris retrospective: Red rain

I'm seeing red

And just like that, we've reached the end of the American Virtual Boy library. Does this slim collection of games at least receive a grand sendoff, you may be wondering? Well... eh. Not really. At the very least, they could have given us a REAL Tetris game....

Sanrio and The Tetris Company team up to introduce new co-branded merch and more

The mash-up we were all waiting for?

LAS VEGAS, April 17, 2019 – Global lifestyle brand Sanrio and one of the leading video game brands of all time, Tetris®, today announced a multi-year partnership to collaborate on games and merchandise. Their first entry brings Tetris and many of the Sanrio characters together in a new online game that will debut for fans on June 3. In addition, the companies will introduce a new co-branded style guide at Licensing Expo, June 4-6 in Las Vegas, which will be available for interested licensees worldwide, in categories such as apparel, cosmetics, stationery and accessories.

This partnership comes at a time when both beloved brands are celebrating momentous anniversaries. This year, Sanrio marks the 45th anniversary for fan-favorite character Hello Kitty, and the Tetris brand is celebrating 35 years.

“The 45th and 35th anniversaries of Hello Kitty and Tetris respectively are the perfect opportunity to launch this exciting partnership. Both brands’ devoted fanbases have built up over decades, and we’re confident they’ll love these brand new offerings,” said Giovanna Sanzò, Licensing Director at Sanrio GmbH.

“We’re thrilled to announce the coming together of two iconic brands, Tetris and Sanrio, both celebrating huge anniversaries this year, in a collaborative partnership,” said Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris brand. “Not only have the Sanrio characters been one of my favorites since childhood, it also has such an incredible history among girls and women. The pairing of these two brands to create games, novelties and fashion items is an incredible opportunity that we think will have great appeal with fans worldwide.”

Avengers: Endgame actors killed time on set by playing two-player Tetris on the Game Boy

BOOM, Tetris for Cap


What do you when you're waiting to film scenes on the biggest movie of hte year? You grab two Game Boys and a Link Cable, and enjoy some two-player Tetris! That's just what Chris Evans (Captain America) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) are doing here! Man, what I wouldn't give to know which Avenger is the best Tetris player.

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!

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.

General

- This update also includes various minor gameplay fixes.

Platinum's Hideki Kamiya is really enjoying Tetris 99

What does PlatinumGames' Hideki Kamiya do when he's not working on various Switch games? He's playing the Switch, of course! It seems his current obsession is Tetris 99.


Not only has Kamiya been tweeting about Tetris 99 for a few weeks now, he also happens to be a fantastic player! Kamiya has taken the top spot more than a couple times, which is better than I can say. I've only managed to get third place!

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!