You cannot overstate what a huge title Tetris is to video game fans around the world. Its universal appeal has kept it the best selling video game of all time, stacking in at just a smidge under 500 million copies! Crazy right? Just to put it in context, the second best selling video game of all time is the ever-popular Minecraft, coming in at 150 million copies.
I for one used to spend hours playing Tetris on my original Gameboy, it was bundled in and helped the Gameboy sell incredibly well. Even your parents and grandparents would play it. So you can imagine my excitement when on the recent Nintendo Direct it was announced that a new version would be available, Tetris 99. There is, however, a catch and a good one for some. It’s free to download if you have a Switch Online subscription.
Nintendo needs to innovate their online system, re-releasing old NES games (as great as they are) just isn’t going to increase on the 8 million subscribers Nintendo currently have. Fans have been crying out for a ‘Game Pass’ or ‘PSN’ style subscription and rightly so in some respects. Nintendo has probably the biggest and most loved back catalogue, something people clamour and yearn for. Myself included. So this is a welcome addition to the online service, we just need more, and more frequently.
To the game! Forget Fortnite and Apex, Tetris 99 is the new Battle Royale kid in town. I won’t bore you with how you play Tetris, at 500m copies I’m guessing you already know. What this new game does add is allowing you to battle against 98 other players. It’s frenetic and fun, a welcome twist on an old classic.
If like me you enjoyed playing Vs mode on the Gameboy via the link cable then this will be right up your street. There’s plenty of strategies to use as you fend off attacks from multiple players, it can be quite relentless. You can think you’re doing well then all of a sudden 12 extra lines are added to your stack. It’s fun, colourful and simple but there is one addition I would like and that’s the ability to play against friends. At the moment you play 98 randoms, but if you could play against 8-10 friends then that would bring another dimension to this entertaining game.
It’s Tetris, but not quite as you know it. The visuals and sound are great, the added dimension to the game is spot on. I feel I’m going to be playing this one for a while, so long Tilted Towers!