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 Tetris 99
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So, Nintendo both announced and released this surprise free-with-your-Switch-$20-subscription game in the Direct yesterday.  It's basically a Tetris Battle Royale game, as 99 people play Tetris at the same time, trying to balance playing the game as usual on the one hand and controlling who they send lines to when they clear lines in their playfield on the other.  I am not the biggest Tetris fan around -- it's never been one of my favorite puzzle games, and I never have put a lot of time into playing Tetris games, just some here and there -- but I would agree that it is a great game.  Not the best game, but great, sure.

Despite that though, Tetris 99 is quite addictive and really good!  The targeting system adds a complex strategic layer to Tetris, and the core gameplay is simple but great, just as expected from Tetris.  There is only one mode, with a simple background, your play window in the center, and the 98 other players in small windows lined up on both sides, and one song, the classic one from the Game Boy version of Tetris, but the game is plenty addictive despite that.  The music does change, for one; once the game reaches the top 50 the music amps up, as does the game speed.  I'm not that good at Tetris so the best I've done so far is 12th, but it's a really fun game despite that.  It does keep track of some of your stats, such as games played, games won, T-spins done, and a bunch more things, and you have a level that goes up as you play, but there isn't really anything here beyond 99 player Tetris.  It's fortunate then that the core game is great enough to stand up on its own.  I wonder if they will add to this, though; for now it's entirely free with no paid component other than needing to have that Nintendo Online subscription to play, but it looks like a thing that could be added to if Nintendo and developer Arika want.  On the one hand more modes would be great, but on the other hand you need a really large player base to keep filling up 99-player matches, and that's easy right now but probably will drop off over time, so maybe they don't want to add much to this in terms of modes.

Regardless, though, Tetris 99 is really cool and a nice surprise.  And yeah, it's pretty good as well, try it out.  It can be hard to stop playing though...
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I'd rather just buy the game than rent it. It's a pass for me, I have Tetris Effect anyway.
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It's not really a rental, it's a free game that you can only play while subscribed to Nintendo Online. I guess that's kind of a "rental", but only in the way that all three consoles require subscriptions to play any games online.

As for the game, it's a completely different thing from Tetris Effect; this game is multiplayer-only instead of single player only, adds the whole 'which person should you target' system, has classic Nintendo Tetris music, and was developed by Arika, the developer of the Tetris the Grandmaster arcade series years ago. Anyone who has a Nintendo Online subscription should try it out, I think...
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This game isn't just fantastic, it's a hit which has gotten a lot of attention for the Switch, and surely thousands of subscriptions to Nintendo Online. And that's great, because with how good this game is, its success is well deserved!

Of course, with how matches need 99 players it's fortunate that it is such a big success, but it is.

(Oh, rumor is that more modes will be added to the game, including vs. AI ones and such. What is unknown is if they'll also be free-with-the-subscription, or if you'll have to pay... we'll see.)
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I finished third twice! That's my best yet... though I don't know that I am good enough to win, because the game gets very hard at the end and I struggle at that, at least I've gotten close and that's pretty nice.
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So, Nintendo released a $10 DLC addon for this free game (and yes, it is free, you just need to be subscribed to play online). The DLC adds single player modes to the game, so there's something for you to do with Tetris 99 while not on the internet. The two new modes are a you versus 98 AIs mode, and an endless marathon mode. So yeah, this is now a classic, traditional Tetris game, as well as a Tetris Battle Royale game. I bought the DLC, and the new modes work as well as you'd expect, which is quite well.

In other news, yesterday I... actually won a match of Tetris 99 online! I was kind of amazed, I kept expecting the usual giant wall of lines to destroy me, but it never came. My well did somewhat go up a few times, but I got it back down and then won the final pair fairly easily. I guess I got lucky and was in a match where the really good players didn't make it to the end, but still, it felt great to win. It only took me something like 465 games before I finally won a game, so this game's easy enough... :p it's amazing though!
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