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Tetris champs prepare to battle at the 10th annual classic Tetris World Championships on Oct. 18th to 20th, 2019

Who will be the classic Tetris king this year?

WHAT: On October 18-20, the 10th annual CTWC, a tournament organized by avid Tetris fans, returns at the Oregon Convention Center during the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, where Tetris masters from around the world compete against each other playing the 1989 NES version of the Tetris game for a chance to win the coveted CTWC trophy and their share of $10K in total cash prizes. Competitors will include returning champions Joseph Saelee (2018), 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.

Entry fee for the CTWC is $20. Entrants can make as many qualifying attempts as time permits. For details, prizing and rules for all tournaments, please visit http://thectwc.com/rules/.

CTWC to also feature:
Fun Tetris Game Demos: Attendees can demo TETRIS® EFFECT by Enhance, now available on PlayStation®4, with optional support for PlayStation®VR, and on PC via EPIC Games Store, with support for VR Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Learn more at https://www.tetriseffect.game. AtGames® Digital Media Inc. will also showcase its new Legends Ultimate arcade machine, featuring hundreds of classic arcade and home video games in a full-sized arcade unit. Learn more at https://arcades.atgames.net.
Additional Sponsors Include: The Tetris Company, Inc., Portland Retro Gaming Expo (PRGE), Shack News, Super Impulse, Paladone, CogWorks Laboratory, PriceCharting, Swedish Columbia, The Gaming Stadium, Total Radness and WiseApe Tea.
WHERE: Portland Retro Gaming Expo at the Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Portland, Oregon

The CTWC finals will be livestreamed on Sunday, Oct. 20 at https://www.twitch.tv/classictetris

CTWC SCHEDULE:

Friday, Oct. 18
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Mini-tournaments
Saturday, Oct. 19
10:00 am – 4:00 pm: NES Qualifying Rounds
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Seeds 17-48 compete in a “Round Zero” to advance to the 32-player tournament bracket Main Event on Sunday
Sunday, Oct. 20
10:30 am – 1:15 pm: Early Qualifying Rounds – Top 32 and Top 16
2:00 pm – 4:55 pm: Qualifying Rounds – Top 8 and Top 4
5:00 pm – 5:40 pm: Final Championship Round – Top 2
5:40 pm – 5:50 pm: Classic Tetris World Championship Award Presentation

Jeopardy! episode shares a fake Tetris question

I wish this were true

Looks like Jeopardy! fell for an old Tetris meme during last night's episode. The show had a video game-themed category, and it included the Tetris question above. Unfortunately, as funny as the names are for Tetriminos, they are completely fake. It came about as part of a very successful joke from years ago, and it seems to have stuck!

Hideki Kamiya says the Resident Evil dev team played Tetris Attack so much during work that director Shinji Mikami had to ban the game

Well...it is a great game!

Platinum has up a massive blog featuring an interview with Hideki Kamiya. The blog takes a look at Hideki's career, as well as all the different games he enjoyed while growing up. In part of the interview, Kamiya discusses his affinity for Tetris Attack.

Turns out Kamiya and a lot of other devs played Tetris Attack a great deal back during his Capcom days. Kamiya was involved with development of the original Resident Evil, but it seems sometimes Tetris Attack would get in the way of dev team's work!

When I was working on Resident Evil, Tetris Attack was really popular at the office. We’d play against each other every day, to the point where work got ignored and Shinji Mikami had to put out an order banning Tetris Attack.

I'm sure there had to be a delay or two for Resident Evil. If there ever was, now we can blame some of that on Tetris Attack!

Tetris 99 'Super Kirby Clash' Maximus Cup footage

We're celebrating the release of the free-to-start Super Kirby Clash game for the Nintendo Switch system with a special Tetris 99 MAXIMUS CUP event! In this event, players will compete in online battles and collect at least 100 event points to unlock a new Super Kirby Clash in-game theme for the Tetris® 99 game, plus 99 Gem Apples that can be used in Super Kirby Clash.

Check out footage from all of Tetris 99's new themes

Which theme is for you?

Tetris 99 has a bunch of new themes up for grabs, but you have to spend tickets on them. Don't feel like coughing up tickets to get a theme you might not be happy with? No worries, you can check out preview videos for each one! Just hit up this YouTube channel and sift through the various vids!

Giant Bomb Quick Look - Tetris 99 Big Block DLC

In Tetris 99 Battle mode, players take part in massive 99-player battles, competing to be the last person standing*. Players who are more traditionalists can see how long they’ll last offline in the single-player Marathon mode. While offline, players can take on 98 CPU players all by themselves, pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend for a two-player game against each other and CPU opponents on one Nintendo Switch system or face off with up to seven other players who have their own systems and games via local wireless connection.

Tetris 99 - Toy Blocks theme footage

Tetris 99 has been updated with a bunch of themes for players to unlock. There's a number of themes tied to Nintendo franchises, but there's others that have nothing to do with Nintendo. The Toy Blocks themes is one example, which you can see footage of above.

Thanks to Kolma for the heads up!

Bundle Featuring Tetris 99 and a 12-Month Membership to Nintendo Switch Online Hits Stores Today

BOOM, Tetris for retail

REDMOND, Wash.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- 99 players. Large-scale battles. Non-stop puzzle action. Starting today at select retailers, Nintendo Switch owners will be able to pick up a new bundle that includes the fast-paced Tetris® 99 game and a 12-month membership to Nintendo Switch Online at a suggested retail price of only $29.99.

The standalone 12-month membership is normally $19.99, so this gives players a year to enjoy all the great features of Nintendo Switch Online, in addition to Tetris 99 and all of its currently released DLC, at a great value.

With Nintendo Switch Online, members gain access to online play and Save Data Cloud in compatible Nintendo Switch games, plus a smartphone app that enhances features of supported games. In addition, Nintendo Switch Online members can play a wide selection of classic NES and Super NES games with newly added online play.

In Tetris 99 Battle mode, players take part in massive 99-player battles, competing to be the last person standing*. Players who are more traditionalists can see how long they’ll last offline in the single-player Marathon mode. While offline, players can take on 98 CPU players all by themselves, pass a Joy-Con controller to a friend for a two-player game against each other and CPU opponents on one Nintendo Switch system or face off with up to seven other players who have their own systems and games via local wireless connection.

For more information about the new Tetris 99 + 12 Month Nintendo Switch Online Individual Membership bundle, visit https://www.nintendo.com/games/detail/tetris-99-plus-12-month-nintendo-switch-online-individual-membership-switch/.

*Nintendo Switch Online membership (sold separately) and Nintendo Account required for online play. Not available in all countries. Internet access required for online features. Included Nintendo Switch Online membership auto-renews after 12 months. Terms apply. nintendo.com/switch-online

Tetris 99 Version 2.0.0 - Video Tour

The digital version of the Tetris 99 game is getting an update! Tetris 99 Invictus mode is here … but it’s not for the faint of heart. Players can’t even play it unless they achieve TETRIS MAXIMUS status, which means getting first place at least once in the traditional online mode of Tetris 99. In addition to Invictus mode, Daily Missions will be added to Tetris 99 for everyone to enjoy. By clearing these missions, players will acquire in-game tickets to exchange for a variety of custom themes. To show off accomplishments, new player icons will be added as well! Beyond all this, the second wave of content is coming for those who purchased the Big Block DLC. In 2P Share Battle mode, share Joy-Con controllers for a two-player game against each other and the CPU. In Local Arena mode, friends can get together in person to battle via new local wireless multiplayer.

Tetris 99 updated to Ver. 2.0.0, full patch notes available

New modes, new DLC, new tweaks!

Tetris 99 has finally gotten the Version 2.0.0 update in NA/EU. You can check out the full patch notes for this update below.

Design / Functions

- Main Menu screen redesigned.
- New Tetris 99 Invictus mode added. It is unlocked by achieving Tetris Maximus in Tetris 99 mode.
- New daily missions added.
- New themes added. Complete daily missions to earn tickets that can be exchanged for new themes.
- New player icons added.
- Icon missions added. Complete icon missions to unlock new player icons.
- Staff credits added.

Additional Contents

- Now supporting additional (paid) DLC modes Local Arena and 2P Share Battle. The new DLC is playable without a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. For details on DLC, please visit tetris99.nintendo.com.

General

- The gameplay has been improved by addressing a few bugs.

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