Rock out with your block out — Tetris 99’s Big Block DLC, 3rd Maximus Cup announced

It seems like everything surrounding the surreal battle royale game Tetris 99 is shrouded in mystery up until its announcement. Yesterday, Nintendo dropped its paid expansion for the game, entitled the Big Block DLC, which gives players two offline modes instantly, with more modes to come in the future. In addition, Nintendo also released details for its newest Maximus Cup event which will take place next week. These new additions are all in celebration of the original game’s 35th anniversary.

Big Block DLC

Players can get additional modes for Tetris 99 as they are released with a one-time purchase of just $9.99 for this DLC*. The initial included game modes are:

  • CPU Battle – Play Tetris 99 offline against 98 CPU players.
  • Marathon – Challenge yourself in this offline mode to clear the most lines and score big.

Information about additional upcoming game modes will follow at a later date.

As noted above, the CPU Battle and Marathon modes are played entirely offline. This means that any Nintendo Switch player without a Nintendo Switch Online membership who wants to play Tetris 99 can do so by purchasing the Big Block DLC. Playing the game’s Tetris 99 online mode, however, still requires Nintendo Switch Online.


Starting on May 17, the next MAXIMUS CUP online event is available for all players with a Nintendo Switch Online membership. Like the last MAXIMUS CUP, this free event awards various points for each match played during the event period, even if they don’t come in first place.

The 3rd MAXIMUS CUP runs from 12 a.m. PT on May 17 to 11:59 p.m. PT on May 19. The higher that players place at the end of each match, the more event points they earn. Any participants who earn 100 event points during the three-day period will unlock an in-game theme inspired by the original Game Boy™ game.

Event points will be rewarded for those who reach at least 80th place in any given match, with higher positions offering more points; getting a Tetris Maxmius will net you enough points to get the theme. Will you be downloading the paid expansion or participating in next week’s Maximus Cup? Sound off in the comments and stay tuned for more news here on Gaming Trend.

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