Tetris 99

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Tetris 99
Logo of Tetris 99 on a blue background
Digital artwork, featuring the game's logo
Platform(s)Nintendo Switch
ReleaseFebruary 13, 2019
Genre(s)Puzzle, battle royale

Tetris 99[a] is a free online multiplayer version of the tile-laying puzzle game Tetris, developed by Arika and published by Nintendo for the Nintendo Switch in February 2019. Incorporating elements of the battle royale genre, Tetris 99 has up to 99 players competing simultaneously to complete rows with falling tetrominoes, which in turn send attacks in the form of "garbage rows" to other players with the goal of knocking them out of the game.


The main gameplay screen of Tetris 99, with the boards of the 98 other players seen in the background.

Tetris 99 is a battle royale-style multiplayer puzzle game in which 99 players play against each other at the same time, with the aim to be the last player remaining. As with the traditional Tetris formula, players rotate and drop shaped bricks known as tetrominoes onto a board. Players can clear tetrominoes by completing rows across both sides, whereas players will lose if tetrominoes overflow off the top of the board. As with normal Tetris rules, players have the option to store a tetromino piece to swap out at any time. By clearing multiple lines or performing continuous line clears in a row, players can send "garbage" to other players, which will appear on their board unless they can quickly clear lines in response. More garbage can be sent by completing combination moves in succession of making a "tetris" (matching 4 lines at once) or performing a "T-spin" (squeezing the T-shaped tetromino into a position it would otherwise not fall into by rapidly rotating it).[1]

During gameplay, small grids representing the other 98 players are displayed at the sides of the main board. Players can either choose to target individual players, or have the computer automatically target other players based on one of four criteria: random players, those who are targeting the player, those who are close to being defeated, and those who possess badges. Badges are earned by knocking out a player with garbage (or gray lines), which earns them a piece of a badge, along with any other badges or pieces that player had. The more badges a player completes and possesses, the more lines they can send to other players at a time (up to a 100% boost). At the end of a game, players will earn experience that will increase their level. The game will periodically feature special events;[2] one of its first such events was held in March 2019 where players with the top number of wins over a weekend play period would win rewards within the My Nintendo loyalty program.[3]


Tetris 99 was announced during a Nintendo Direct presentation on February 13, 2019, and made available later that day. It is available for free exclusively to players who have subscribed to the Nintendo Switch Online service.[4]


Aggregate score
Review scores
Game Informer8.5/10[6]
Nintendo Life9/10 stars[10]

Upon release, Tetris 99 received "generally favourable reviews" according to the review aggregator Metacritic.[5]


  1. ^ Japanese: テトリス99 Hepburn: Tetorisu 99?, Tetris 99


  1. ^ Kim, Matt (February 20, 2019). "Insane Tetris 99 Highlights From Players Better Than You'll Ever Be". USGamer. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  2. ^ Gach, Ethan (February 14, 2019). "Tetris 99 Has No Tutorial, So Here's What You Need To Know". Kotaku. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  3. ^ Phillips, Tom (March 6, 2019). "Tetris 99's first tournament has an enticing Nintendo Point prize pool". Eurogamer. Retrieved March 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Alexander, Julia (February 13, 2019). "Tetris is now a battle royale game with Tetris 99". The Verge. Retrieved February 14, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Tetris 99". Metacritic. Retrieved February 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Hilliard, Kyle (February 18, 2019). "Tetris 99 Review – Winner Winner, Tetris Dinner". Game Informer. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  7. ^ Brown, Peter (February 21, 2019). "Tetris 99 Review - Embrace The Chaos". GameSpot. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  8. ^ Petite, Steven (February 19, 2019). "Tetris 99 Review". IGN. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Anagund (February 19, 2019). "Test : Tetris 99 : Plus intense que le plus intense des Battle Royale !". Jeuxvideo (in French). Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  10. ^ Craddock, Ryan (February 15, 2019). "Tetris 99 Review (Switch eShop)". Nintendo Life. Retrieved February 15, 2019.

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