Tetris 99’s next Maximus Cup tournament is going to be an unprecedented Animal Crossing: New Horizons crossover event for NSO subscribers.
Tetris 99 has come a long way since its surprise “free” release last year to sweeten the pot for early Nintendo Switch Online adopters, and now the battle royale puzzler’s latest tournament is a crossover event with none other than Animal Crossing: New Horizons. It’s certainly the last combination players of either game could have expected, but it was likely a no-brainer for Nintendo in taking advantage of the latter title’s wild success to increase its NSO membership base.
Every match of Tetris 99 is a highly competitive battle of wits against 98 other foes, so upping the stakes to real rewards for puzzle game mastery is the basis for the game’s frequent Maximus Cup events, which can net winning players Nintendo Gold Points to spend on the eShop. The popularity of a recent Animal Crossing: New Horizons fan Tetris-inspired creation demonstrates that some Nintendo Switch owners don’t think that an Animal Crossing-themed Maximus Cup in Tetris 99 would be the most bizarre crossover out there, and some players of the normally calming island life simulator might just be sick enough of catching worthless sea bass to need a vacation from their vacation.
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Today, Nintendo announced their plans to bring Animal Crossing: New Horizons-themed prizes to Tetris 99’s 13th Maximus Cup in a press release, with the Nintendo Versus Twitter account giving a brief rundown of when and how the event will take place. Running from March 15-18, Nintendo Switch Online members can “earn event points” based on match performance until they reach a milestone of “100 event points,” at which point they’ll automatically unlock “a new theme inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons” for use in Tetris 99.
A nice island-themed backdrop to spruce up the somewhat innate austerity of a Tetris game is certainly a better prize than bragging rights or a new nickname among friends as a Tetris 99 champion. However, that prize is majorly disappointing when compared with those that could be earned in earlier Maximus Cups, which frequently meted out the aforementioned Gold Points as rewards. While a much larger pool of Tetris 99 players will be able to obtain the Animal Crossing: New Horizons in-game theme than the 999 winners of previous tournaments, it’s a prize almost completely devoid of any worth to most players, whereas at least virtual currency like Gold Points could actually be used to buy products of real value.
The prize may be incredibly lackluster for both Tetris 99 competitors accustomed to the prospect of actual compensation for their time and skill and Animal Crossing: New Horizons players who have entire dynamic islands to ogle at, it still isn’t the most terrible reward for those who were looking for an excuse to dive back into the unique battle royale spin on the classic puzzler.
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Source: Nintendo Versus
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