Tetris 99

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Tetris 99
North American box art for Tetris 99
Developer Arika
Publisher Nintendo
Platform(s) Nintendo Switch
Release date Nintendo eShop:
USA February 13, 2019[1]
Japan February 14, 2019[2]
Europe February 14, 2019[3]
Australia February 14, 2019[4]
South Korea April 23, 2019[5]
HK April 23, 2019[6]
ROC April 23, 2019
Physical release:
Japan August 9, 2019[2]
HK August 9, 2019[6]
South Korea August 9, 2019[5]
Australia September 6, 2019[7]
USA September 9, 2019[8]
Europe October 1, 2019[3]
Language(s) English (United States)
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
French (Canada)
French (Europe)
Spanish (Europe)
Spanish (Latin America)
Genre Puzzle, battle royale
ESRB:E - Everyone
PEGI:3 - Three years and older
CERO:A - All ages
ACB:G - General
RARS:6+ - Six years and older
Mode(s) Multiplayer
Nintendo Switch:
Game Card
Digital download
Nintendo Switch:

Tetris 99 is a puzzle battle royale game for the Nintendo Switch. It was originally available only to Nintendo Switch Online members, but later made available to anyone. It was released on the Nintendo eShop on February 13, 2019, and later received a physical release bundled with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription and the Big Block DLC on August 9, 2019.

The game features a selection of themes based on various Nintendo games, including several based on the Super Mario franchise. New themes have periodically been added since release, usually of newly released games.


Tetris 99 is a 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 Tetriminos onto a board. Players can clear Tetriminos by completing rows across both sides, whereas players will lose if Tetriminos overflow off the top of the board. As with modern Tetris rules, players have the option to store a Tetrimino 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-Tetrimino into a position it would otherwise not fall into by rapidly rotating it).

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.

In May 2019, paid downloadable content (DLC) was released for the game, named the Big Block DLC. The DLC adds 4 offline modes in total: Marathon, the traditional single-player Tetris mode where play continues until the stack reaches the top of the well; CPU Battle, where players battle 98 bot players; Local Arena, where up to eight Nintendo Switch players play in the same arena via local wireless; and Two Player Share Battle, where two players share Joy-Con and play the same game in local co-op.


With the exception of Maximus Cup events, themes are obtained by earning tickets through in-game accomplishments alone, with two ticket missions available each day to all players and an additional two missions (for a total of four) that are specific to the single-player modes.

Among the 11 standard themes, "Default Theme" is available from the start, while themes 2 through 11 cost 15 tickets each in the in-game ticket shop.

Theme no. Title Image Music/Icons
1. Default Theme Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
2. Galaxy Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
3. Fancy Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
4. Scary Castle Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
5. Elegant Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
6. School Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
7. Treasure Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
8. Toy Blocks Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
9. Super Mario Bros. The "Super Mario Bros." theme in Tetris 99.
10. The Legend of Zelda Used in case of images missing from a section gallery, table, bestiary box, or certain infoboxes.
11. Donkey Kong The Donkey Kong theme in Tetris 99, showing 25m on the left and 75m on the right, what appears to be a fire under the stages, and the general gameplay view,. 99-2: Various remixes of "25m theme"
Win: "Pauline rescued" theme
Lose: "Lose a Life" theme

Super Mario-related special themes[edit]

Several special themes released during Maximus Cup events feature games from the Super Mario and Wario franchises. These themes could be obtained by playing in each event or purchased in the in-game store.

As of June 6, 2024 only themes 5, 10, 11 and 17 have been re-added to the store permanently for 30 tickets each, while the others are unavailable to all players who did not participate in the specific themes' Maximum Cups.

Special theme no. Image Game Music Maximus Cup no. Maximus Cup duration
5 Luigi's Mansion 3 theme in Tetris 99 Luigi's Mansion 3 8th
October 25, 2019 - October 29, 2019
August 17, 2020 - August 19, 2020 (round 2)
10 Paper Mario: The Origami King theme in Tetris 99 Paper Mario: The Origami King 99-51: "Red Streamer Battle"
50-11: "Event Battle"
10-2: "Boss Fight"
Win: Battle cleared fanfare
Lose: Game Over
15th July 31, 2020 - August 4, 2020
11 The Super Mario All-Stars theme in Tetris 99, showing Small Mario standing in a flat grassy overworld of the type used for Super Mario Bros. and Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels within All-Stars, a few blocks and a Warp Pipe on the right, a Mini Luigi on top, as well as the general gameplay view. Super Mario All-Stars 99-51: "Ground Theme" (Super Mario Bros.)
50-11: "Ground Theme" (Super Mario Bros., Hurry Up)
10-2: "Shiro BGM"
Win: "Course Clear"
Lose: "Lost a Life"
18th December 3, 2020 - December 7, 2020
13 The Tetris 99 theme featuring Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury 99-51: "Attack! Fury Bowser"
50-11: Giga Cat Mario battle theme
10-2: Giant Bowser battle theme
Win: Cat Shine jingle
March 4, 2021 - March 8, 2021
August 5, 2022 (round 1)
15 Tetris 99 Special theme: Mario Golf: Super Rush Mario Golf: Super Rush 22nd
July 9, 2021 - July 12, 2021
August 7, 2022 (round 3)
17 The WarioWare: Get It Together! theme from Tetris 99 WarioWare: Get It Together! 99-51: Title theme
50-11: Character select theme
10-2: Potty Pursuit (2nd phase)
Win: Poseidon (success)
Lose: Delivery Center (failure)
September 17, 2021 - September 20, 2021
August 9, 2022 (round 5)
20 Tetris 99 Special theme: Mario Party Superstars Mario Party Superstars 99-51: "Come On, Chop-Chop!"
50-11: "That's All of It"
10-2: "Mario Party Superstars"1
Win: "You're the Super Star!"
Lose: Minigame victory fanfare (Mario Party 2), minigame results
27th December 9, 2021 - December 13, 2021
28 Gameplay pic from the trailer of the Super Mario RPG crossover with Tetris 99 Super Mario RPG 99-51: "Battling Monsters"
50-11: "Battling Strongish Monsters"
10-2: "Battling a Weapon Boss"
Win: "Victory!"
Lose: "Shock!", "Elegy"
36th November 9, 2023 - November 13, 2023[9]
29 WarioWare: Move It! theme for Tetris 99 WarioWare: Move It! 99-51: Main menu theme
50-11: Title theme
10-2: Credits theme
Win: Muscle Road (success), Theater menu
Lose: Muscle Road (failure), A Short Break theme
37th November 30, 2023 - December 4, 2023[10]
30 The Super Mario Bros. Wonder theme for Tetris 99. Super Mario Bros. Wonder 99-51: Welcome to the Flower Kingdom! theme
50-11: Welcome to the Flower Kingdom! Wonder Effect theme
10-2: Rift Mario Wonder Effect theme
Win: Royal Seed fanfare, world clear fanfare
Lose: "Lost a Life", Poplin house theme
38th December 14, 2023 - December 18, 2023[11]
31 The Princess Peach: Showtime! theme for Tetris 99 Princess Peach: Showtime! 99-51: "A Perfect Rehearsal"
50-11: "Sword Play"
10-2: "The Duel"
Win: "Welcome to Sparkle Theater"
Lose: "Entrancing Prelude"
39th April 5, 2024 - April 8, 2024[12]

1 - A medley of the three title theme arrangements from Mario Party Superstars, which are separate tracks in the Data House and titled "Mario Party Superstars" followed by the origin game's name in parentheses



Main article: List of Tetris 99 staff

Tetris 99 was developed by Arika, which also developed games in the Dr. Mario series and would go on to develop Super Mario Bros. 35, another game with similar battle-royale mechanics. Ryuichi Nakada served as the director for Tetris 99.

References in later games[edit]

  • Super Mario Bros. 35: The game ran on the same engine used in this game. As such, the gameplay concept was similar to the one in this game, and various UI elements appeared to be a modified version of this game's UI. Players would reach Level 1★ after Level 99, and Level 1★★ after Level 99★.


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  11. ^ @NintendoAmerica (November 27, 2023). The #Tetris99 38th MAXIMUS CUP event will run from 12/14 at 11:00pm PT to 12/18 at 10:59pm PT! Once you’ve accumulated a total of 100 event points, a new theme will unlock, featuring art, music, and Tetrimino designs inspired by #SuperMarioBrosWonder! @Tetris_Official. X. Retrieved November 27, 2023.
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