Nintendo has dropped a new update for Tetris 99, adding a new team-based mode to the battle royale-style Tetris game. The mode is called Team Battle, and it gives players the option to join one of four different colored teams at the start of a match and vie to be the last group remaining. If even one member of the team is left at the end of the game, the entire team will be victorious.
There are a few other wrinkles to Team Battle mode. Since not every team will have an even number of players, smaller groups will receive a “boost in attack power,” evening the playing field. Those who are eliminated early in the round will enter spectator mode and be able to cheer their team on by sending “likes.” A new password matchmaking option has also been implemented to make it easier to get paired up with friends.
The new Team Battle mode will be the centerpiece of Tetris 99’s next Maximus Cup event, which runs from December 12-16. The top 999 players by the end of the competition will take home 999 My Nintendo Gold points, which is roughly equivalent to $10 in Switch Eshop credit. You can read more details about the next Maximus Cup on the official Tetris 99 website.
#Tetris99 adds Team Battle Mode with the Ver 2.1.0 update, available now! Choose one of 4 teams & compete to be the last squad standing! Also in this update are new button config options, user emblems, & an option to redeem 4 themes from past MAXIMUS CUP events. @Tetris_Official pic.twitter.com/azNifSZS44
— Nintendo Versus (@NintendoVS) December 11, 2019
On top of Team Battle, the ver. 2.1.0 update introduces a few other new features to Tetris 99, such as new button configurations and new user emblems. Players can also now redeem tickets for the special crossover themes that were available as part of the game’s previous Maximus Cup events. You can now exchange tickets for the following themes:
- Game Boy Tetris
- Splatoon 2
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses
- Super Kirby Clash
Tetris 99 is free to download for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, although all Switch players have the option to purchase a $10 Big Block DLC that features a handful of offline modes. Nintendo is also selling a physical copy of Tetris 99 that comes bundled with the aforementioned Big Block DLC and a 12-month individual Switch Online membership.
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