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Tetris 99 gets new paid DLC featuring offline game modes.

Tetris 99 is no longer a Nintendo Switch Online exclusive with the release of the Big Block DLC expansion. The update – which costs $9.99/£8.99 – makes the game available to all Switch owners, although you’ll still need a Nintendo Switch Online membership to play matches online.

The DLC adds a CPU Battle mode which allows you to compete against 98 computer opponents, and a traditional Tetris Marathon mode. According to information on the Nintendo eShop, a second batch of DLC is planned for release later this year.

A third Maximus Cup has also been announced, to be held from May 17-19, 2019. Players who earn over 100 points during the event will unlock a new theme based on the iconic Game Boy version of Tetris. Points are awarded on a scale based on your finishing position, so it should be easy enough to get the theme with a little grind.

If you need some help on playing Tetris 99, read our guide to targeting other players.

Tetris 99 Game Boy Theme

Before you can download the Big Block DLC for Tetris 99, you’ll need to update your game to version 1.3.0. Here are the patch notes.

Tetris 99 Version 1.30 – Patch Notes


  • Players can now obtain distributed themes.
  • Players can now change themes and player icons.
  • Players can now view records of their most recent ten matches.

Added Content

  • CPU Battle Mode and Marathon Mode paid DLC has been added. (You can purchase and play this additional content even if you do not have a subscription to Nintendo Switch Online.)


  • Various issues have been addressed to ensure a comfortable play experience.

For more Nintendo, check out this week’s lineup of new eShop releases. You can also read our guides to the console’s free demos and games you can play online without a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

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