"99 players, but only one reigns supreme." That sounds like the premise for pretty much any of Twitch's favorite games right now, doesn't it? The thing is, it was actually the set-up for a new Tetris game. Tetris 99 it's called, and it brings the iconic puzzle game into the popular battle royale genre.
Tetris 99 was revealed during today's Nintendo Direct broadcast. Like many battle royale games, it's free to play. In fact, the Japanese trailer even refers to it as a battle royale.
Unfortunately, it differs from Fortnite and Apex Legends in that it requires a Nintendo Switch Online Membership to play. If you do have a membership, you can download and play as early as today. No specific time was given for its availability, just "later today."
The premise of Tetris 99 is pretty much what you'd expect of a battle royale. 99 people play Tetris simultaneously. Once someone's stack of blocks reaches the top, they're out. The last player standing wins. Players can sabotage one another by throwing "garbage" to fill their play area and raise the stack.
Another thing teased in the trailer is the potential for "events" in Nintendo Switch Online games. It's unclear if it just meant Tetris 99, although the current Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 open tournaments suggest the company is moving towards a bigger online presence. Which makes sense considering Nintendo charges for online now.
Joining Tetris 99 were a host of other promising announcements for Nintendo Switch. Yoshi's Crafted World is getting a demo, Platinum Games has a new project incoming, and a certain Zelda game is getting a remake.
One thing that was noticeably absent was 3DS news. While it's not surprising to see Nintendo focus more heavily on the Switch, the company did just say in a recent corporate meeting that the 3DS is not abandoned. Whatever that means, it certainly looked abandoned in this recent direct.
Tetris 99 is available now for those gamers hardcore enough to step away from Apex Legends and onto a real battlefield.