If You're Bad at Tetris 99, You Can Now Squad Up For Help

If You're Bad at Tetris 99, You Can Now Squad Up For Help

The puzzle-battle royale hybrid just got friendlier.

If you find yourself wishing you got picked on a little less while playing Tetris 99, the latest free update has added two ways to engage in friendlier rounds of its block-clearing battle royale experience. Tetris 99 now includes a new team battle mode and options for playing in private, password-protected matches of either the team mode or the core 99-player free-for-alls.

The new team battle mode splits the lobby of 99 players into 4 separate teams. The teams don't necessarily start off balanced in size, but the smaller a team is, the more attack power it has when being attacked. If a player's eliminated early on, they can still spectate the game and send "likes" to teammates. You do need to stick around until either your team wins or until its last member is eliminated in order to receive experience points for the match.

From 11 p.m. PT on December 12 to 10:59 p.m. on December 16, Nintendo will be running another Maximus Cup event that's solely focused on the team battle mode. Recently, these Maximus Cup events have been laid-back affairs that let players earn special themes, but this one will let players compete to earn My Nintendo Gold Points. Each match will reward event points based on your team's placement (50 points for first place, 25 for second, 5 for third, 1 for last). After the Maximus Cup is over, the 999 players who've earned the most points will each receive 999 My Nintendo Gold Points—worth about $10 USD and usable on Nintendo eShop purchases.

If you've missed out getting some of those special themes in previous Maximus Cups, the update has also added a new way to get a few of them. Now, the special Game Boy Tetris, Splatoon 2, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, and Super Kirby Clash themes can be unlocked with tickets, which players can earn by completing Daily Missions.

It'll be fascinating to see what new strategies emerge in the new team mode, and the private match option is just begging to be used for an all-out brawl between the world's top competitive Tetris players. If you find yourself struggling to survive long even in team battles and don't have friends to practice with, USG's tips guide on Tetris 99 can help you learn some top tetromino attack techniques.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

In other news

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Pushes Back Season One Launch and Warzone Debut

You'll still be leaving Verdansk for a new Cold War locale soon, just not *that* soon.

Fortnite's New Crew Subscription Aims to Turn Regular Players Into Regular Customers

With many still banking V-Bucks from one Battle Pass to buy the next, Epic’s adding a new subscription to entice players.

The Last of Us Part 2 and Hades Lead 2020's Game Awards Nominees

Supergiant and Naughty Dog have racked up the nods at this year's Keighley-tastic show.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney Compares Feud With Apple to "Civil Rights Fights"

It also seems like Epic isn't going to back down after today's App Store policy change.

Need help?

Fortnite Overtime Challenges - How to Complete All the Overtime Challenges in Fortnite Battle Royale

These are all the Fortnite Overtime Challenges, which offer a ton of bonus XP and a new loading screen.

Battlefield 5 Firestorm Tips - Choose Class, How to Win at Battlefield Battle Royale

Battlefield Firestorm has finally launched. Here’s how to come out on top.

Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter Release Date, Beta Phase, Battle Royale Mode - Everything we Know

This is our guide to the new Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter battle royale mode, including the beta testing phase, and more.