Tetris 99

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Tetris 99
Developer(s) Arika
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release date(s) February 13, 2019
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Gameplay Info
Next pieces 6
Playfield dimensions 10 × 20
Hold piece Yes
Hard drop Yes
Rotation system SRS


Tetris 99 is a game for the Nintendo Switch, based around battle royale-style play. It is available as a free download to subscribers of the Nintendo Switch Online service.

Overview

The game currently contains a single mode, Tetris 99. In this mode, the aim is to survive as long as possible among all 99 players.


Gameplay

The mode is garbage-based, with the player being able to send garbage to other players.

The player can earn badges from knocking out other players. Knocking out players with badges will cause the player to receive some (all?) of their badges. Collecting badges will increase the player's attack power.

As players get knocked out, the piece falling speed increases, eventually reaching 1G.

Badges

Badge number Attack boost Required Total
1 25% 2 2
2 50% 4 6
3 75% 8 14
4 100% 16 30

Garbage

By clearing lines the player can send lines of garbage to opponents.

Lines received will go into the pending garbage queue, where there is a delay before the lines appear on the playfield. This delay decreases as players are knocked out. The active set of pending lines will change colour to indicate how close it is to appearing, and when the active set spawns on the playfield the next set will become active.

The player can have at most 12 lines of garbage in their pending queue, and can send at most 20 with one line clear. In both cases any excess lines are lost.

Base table

The game's base garbage table is consistent with most guideline games, with the exception of the All Clear bonus.

Line clear Lines sent
Single 0
Double 1
Triple 2
Tetris 4
T-Spin Single 2
Mini T-Spin Single 0
T-Spin Double 4
Mini T-Spin Double 1
T-Spin Triple 6
Back-to-Back bonus +1
All Clear bonus +4

Combos

The game counts combos starting from the second consecutive line clear (as 1).

Combo Lines sent
0 +0
1 +1
2 +1
3 +2
4 +2
5 +3
6 +3
7 +4
8 +4
9 +4
10+ +5

Target bonus

If the player is targeted by multiple opponents then they will receive a boost to attack power for each clear:

Opponents Bonus lines sent
2 +1
3 +3
4 +5
5 +7
6+ +9

This boost is applied before the badge attack boost.

Targeting

The game provides four automatic targeting modes:

  • Badges: Target opponents with many badges.
  • KOs: Target opponents who are close to being knocked out.
  • Attackers: Target opponents who are targeting the player.
  • Randoms: Target opponents at random.

Alternatively, the player can also switch targets manually.

Events

Maximus Cup

The Maximus Cup is Tetris 99's first event to be held on March 8 at 5 a.m. PT through March 10 at 11:59 p.m. PT. The contest will be available to players in Canada (excluding Quebec), US, and Mexico. Players must try to win first place as many times as possible. The top 999 players will win 999 My Nintendo Gold Points. A total prize pool of $9,990 US.

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