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Go for glory in the Tetris 99 11th MAXIMUS CUP Lunar New Year Challenge

Looking for that Lunar line piece

The Tetris® 99 MAXIMUS CUP returns with a special Lunar New Year Point-Stacking Challenge, rewarding the top 999 skilled players with 999 My Nintendo Gold Points.

If you're new to the Tetris 99 game on the Nintendo Switch system and you'd like a taste of fun competition with real rewards on the line, it's a great time to jump in. Or, if you've already been practicing in breakneck matches, perfectly turning Tetriminos with panache, this could be your moment to truly shine.

On Jan. 30, the Tetris 99 11th MAXIMUS CUP online event begins for all players with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. The event runs from 11 p.m. PT on Jan. 30 and ends at 10:59 p.m. PT on Feb. 3. To participate, Nintendo Switch Online members just have to play the Tetris 99 online mode during the contest period. Points will be awarded based on placements during each match, and at the end of the event the top 999 players with the most accumulated event points will each win 999 Gold Points that can be used to help purchase games in Nintendo eShop.

Need inspiration for how to spend those Gold Points you might win? Between brain-bending puzzle games and blistering-fast action games, there are more great choices in Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch than there are players in a heated match of Tetris 99.

Tetris 99 features online competitive modes exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. Players who have the free digital version of the game can purchase the optional Big Block DLC, which adds several offline modes.

A physical version of Tetris 99 is also available. For a suggested retail price of $29.99, the physical version includes the game, all DLC and a 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership.

Creator of Tetris says he loves Switch, names Zelda: Breath of the Wild as one of his favorites, calls Tetris 99 'absolutely great'

The man has excellent taste!

Few people have had the same impact on gaming as Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris. He managed to create was is essentially the perfect puzzle game. Tetris was loved from the first day it came onto the scene, and the continued sequels and spin-offs to this day continue to show just how popular Tetris is.

One of the more recent titles with the Tetris name is Tetris 99, the Tetris take on the battle royale experience. What does Pajitnov have to say about it? The gang at USGamer asked the man himself to find out.

"Tetris 99 is absolutely a great title. Basically, I think the one-player version of Tetris has been more or less stabilized over the years. That's good, and we're just adjusting the game to new user interfaces. But for two-player modes and serious competition, there are several challenges to overcome. I really want Tetris to establish itself as an esport. We're getting there very slowly but surely."

Turns out Pajitnov is a fan of the Switch in general. When asked about Switch, Pajitnov responded with, "I love Switch. They [Nintendo] did a great job on it." He even went so far to name The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild as one of his favorite Switch games, saying that he has to fight to play the game, as his son keeps stealing the Switch from him!

Tetris 99 - Team Battle Mode gameplay

In Team Battle Mode, players choose their favorite of four teams at the start of each game. Some teams may end up with many more members, but smaller teams receive a boost in attack power when being attacked, adding an unexpected element to each match. As players get eliminated through the course of battle, the final team standing with at least one player remaining wins. And even better, all members of the winning team can share in the victory! Players who are K.O.’d early in the game will go into spectator mode and can send “Likes” to cheer on their teammates. Players will want to stick around until their team has obtained a rank to receive their XP points. Or, if Team Battle is the active mode for a MAXIMUS CUP event, stay for their event points.

Tetris 99 Hard Drops a Free Update With Team Battle Mode and Additional Features in Lead-up to 10th MAXIMUS CUP

New content dropping in!

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The fierce and frenzied 99-person multiplayer matches of the Tetris® 99 game just got even more intense with the addition of Team Battle Mode. Typically, it’s every tenacious Tetrimino twirler for themselves, but now Team Battle Mode allows for a group of friends and competitors to play together as a squad. And with the addition of a new password-based matchmaking feature, it’s easy to find and gather your friends for matches in the Tetris 99 and Team Battle modes.

In Team Battle Mode, players choose their favorite of four teams at the start of each game. Some teams may end up with many more members, but smaller teams receive a boost in attack power when being attacked, adding an unexpected element to each match. As players get eliminated through the course of battle, the final team standing with at least one player remaining wins. And even better, all members of the winning team can share in the victory! Players who are K.O.’d early in the game will go into spectator mode and can send “Likes” to cheer on their teammates. Players will want to stick around until their team has obtained a rank to receive their XP points. Or, if Team Battle is the active mode for a MAXIMUS CUP event, stay for their event points.

Additional features available in the update include new button configuration options and new user emblems, as well as the option to redeem 30 in-game tickets for some of the elusive Special Themes that were featured during earlier events. The following in-game Special Themes, which were inspired by games and favorite franchises, are now available: Tetris® from the original Game Boy™ game, Splatoon™, Fire Emblem™: Three Houses and Super Kirby Clash™.

The addition of Team Battle Mode also brings a new twist to the Tetris 99 10th MAXIMUS CUP, which runs from 11 p.m. PT on Dec. 12 to 10:59 p.m. PT on Dec. 16. The Tetris 99 10th MAXIMUS CUP will be available to all Nintendo Switch Online members* and will take full advantage of the new Team Battle Mode. Points will be awarded based on placements during each match, and at the end of the event the top 999 players will each win 999 Gold Points** that can be used to help purchase games in Nintendo eShop.

Tetris 99 features online competitive modes exclusive to Nintendo Switch Online members. Players who have the free digital version of the game can purchase the optional Big Block DLC, which adds several offline modes.

A physical version of Tetris 99 is also available. For a suggested retail price of $29.99, the physical version includes the game, all DLC and a 12-Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership.***

Tetris 99 getting Pokemon Sword and Shield-themed MAXIMUS CUP

Pokemon invade Tetris!

The next big Tetris 99 Maximus Cup is coming on Nov. 7th, 2019, and it's Pokemon Sword and Shield themed. As usual, if you earn yourself 100 event points, you can get a custom Galar Region theme.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Smash Bros. Ultimate 'Tetris Smash' Spirit Board event announced

BOOM Tetris for Smash

Nintendo has revealed the next Smash Bros. Ultimate Spirit Board event, and it kicks off Oct. 25th, 2019. This is a 'Tetris Smash' event that runs for 5 days, and features 5 new spirits from Tetris 99.

Thanks to Andreslop24 for the heads up!

Joseph Saelee Wins Classic Tetris World Championship

BOOM, Tetris for Joseph

The Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC), now celebrating its 10th anniversary, is complete. Following two days of intense competition, returning 2018 champion Joseph Saelee, of California, out bested opponents for the win at the annual event which took place this weekend at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo at the Oregon Convention Center.

As a special surprise to the winners, Alexey Pajitnov, the creator of Tetris®, was on hand to witness the finals, congratulate winners and hand out the awards.

Created by avid fans of the 1989 Nintendo Entertainment System™ (NES) version of the game, CTWC is known as one of the premier competitions by top ranked Tetris players from around the world, including the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia. In addition to Saelee, this year’s competitors included Jonas Neubauer (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017), Harry Hong (2014), European champion Svavar Gunnar Gunnarsson, Japanese Tetris Grand Master Koryan, and many other players featured in the award-winning documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.

The event took place this weekend with qualifying rounds and an intense, final 48-bracket seeded tournament, which took place today.

To help celebrate the CTWC’s 10th anniversary, The Tetris Company, Inc. sponsored the event with $10,000 in cash prizes. As champion, Saelee was awarded $3,000 in prize money and the coveted CTWC trophy. Second place winner Koryan was awarded $1,500. Third place winner Batfoy, of Minnesota, and fourth place winner DanQZ, of New Jersey, each received $750. $500 prizes were awarded to contestant who ranked fifth through eighth place, and $250 for those who came in ninth through sixteenth place. Additionally, Super Impulse and Paladone outfitted competitors with new licensed Tetris products including Tetris Micro Arcade units and Tetrimino Light kits, respectively.

Tetris 99 - Grand Prix 8 is Luigi's Mansion 3 themed, starts October 25


On October 25, Tetris 99 players can participate in the eighth Maximus Cup/Grand Prix. The upcoming event will be Luigi's Mansion 3 themed with Gooigis and Pulterpups representing the KOs. If you net yourself 100 points, you will keep the new theme permanently. The battle ends on October 29.

PUMA Launches New PUMA x TETRIS Sneakers and Apparel

BOOM! sneakers for Tetris

Herzogenaurach, Germany, October 17, 2019 – Sports company PUMA has created a collection celebrating TETRIS®, one of the most recognizable video games in history, with shoes and apparel that feature the iconic Tetrimino playing pieces.

Ingeniously simple and timelessly engaging, TETRIS®, which was created by Russian video game designer Alexey Pajitnov, has been a favourite among video gamers of all ages since its debut in 1984.

The PUMA x TETRIS collection includes PUMA’s future-retro sneakers RS 9.8 and RS-X in daring colors inspired by the game, with falling Tetriminos sprinkled across the heel. Reflective trimmings and a 3D heat-cut TETRIS® tongue logo add to the striking look of the RS-X. The phrase “HARD DROP” printed on the RS-X’s 3D heel is a nod to the command in the game, which makes the Tetriminos land instantly.

Like how you aim to clear lines by forming complete rows of Tetriminos in TETRIS®, there can’t be any gaps in the outfit. The collection includes apparel such as the PUMA x TETRIS XTG Track Jacket, which has PUMA’s cat logo printed on the chest and Tetriminos arranged in the shape of PUMA’s classic formstrip design element on the back. The matching PUMA x TETRIS Tee and PUMA x TETRIS XTG Track Pants complete the look.

To get that geometric glow, the PUMA x TETRIS collection, available for adults and kids, drops globally on PUMA.com, PUMA stores and select retailers on October 17.

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