Nintendo Announces Tetris 99 Big Block DLC and Upcoming 3rd MAXIMUS CUP

Time to show your Tetris skills yet again

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Starting today, Tetris® 99 offers paid DLC that allows players to enjoy two new modes, both of which can be played offline. Nintendo also provided info about the next MAXIMUS CUP online event.

Big Block DLC

Players can get additional modes for Tetris 99 as they are released with a one-time purchase of just $9.99 for this DLC*. The initial included game modes are:

CPU Battle – Play Tetris 99 offline against 98 CPU players.
Marathon – Challenge yourself in this offline mode to clear the most lines and score big.
Information about additional upcoming game modes will follow at a later date.

As noted above, the CPU Battle and Marathon modes are played entirely offline. This means that any Nintendo Switch player without a Nintendo Switch Online membership who wants to play Tetris 99 can do so by purchasing the Big Block DLC. Playing the game’s Tetris 99 online mode, however, still requires Nintendo Switch Online.


Starting on May 17, the next MAXIMUS CUP online event is available for all players with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Like the last MAXIMUS CUP, this free event awards various points for each match played during the event period, even if they don’t come in first place.

The 3rd MAXIMUS CUP runs from 12 a.m. PT on May 17 to 11:59 p.m. PT on May 19. The higher that players place at the end of each match, the more event points they earn. Any participants who earn 100 event points during the three-day period will unlock an in-game theme inspired by the original Game Boy™ game. For more details about the game and the 3rd MAXIMUS CUP, visit https://tetris99.nintendo.com/.**

*The Tetris 99 game on Nintendo eShop is required to play.

**Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

Nintendo says Tetris 99, Switch Online NES games, and DLC keep Switch engagement up

Coming back for more

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

Question: My question is about Nintendo Switch usage. I can see how releasing new titles like TETRIS® 99 will increase use of the hardware, but Iʼd like to know if you've had any success implementing measures to raise engagement rates with software that has already been released.

Answer Furukawa: TETRIS® 99 has helped maintain Nintendo Switch engagement, as well as increase the number of new members joining Nintendo Switch Online. And when we add new titles to Nintendo Entertainment System ‒ Nintendo Switch Online, one of the services available to Nintendo Switch Online members, we see consumers returning to play on Nintendo Switch. As for individual titles, we released the first add-on content just the other day for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, to give one example. The release of add-on content and updates like this is proven to raise engagement rates again that may have temporarily dropped.

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.

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.


- This update also includes various minor gameplay fixes.