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Two big Nintendo Switch games get cool updates today

Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to a free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a brand new Tetris 99 event.

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Nintendo Switch owners can look forward to a free content update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons and a brand new Tetris 99 event.

The first of two summer updates for Animal Crossing: New Horizons is now live. Update 1.3 adds the ability to swim and dive in the ocean plus a new range of creatures and Critterpedia entries to discover. Pascal the red otter also returns with a selection of mermaid DIY recipes to obtain, and errant seagull Gulliver gets a pirate makeover.

Once the game has updated, Isabelle will inform you that the ocean surrounding your island has been deemed safe for swimming. All you need to do is buy a swimsuit from Nook’s Cranny or Nook Shopping, and you can dive right in. Nintendo will also post a free snorkel to your home.

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Also starting today is the latest Maximux Cup/Grand Prix event for online puzzle game, Tetris 99. This time it’s a celebration of Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition. The event begins at 12 am PT / 3 am ET today and runs until 11:59 am PT on July 6, 2020.

If you amass 100 points in Tetris 99 mode during the event, you’ll receive a dishy Xenoblade Chronicles theme starring Shulk and featuring a medley of tracks from the game’s glorious soundtrack.

Tetris 99 Event Placement Points

  • 1st – 100
  • 2nd – 50
  • 3rd – 30
  • 4th-10th – 20
  • 11th-30th – 15
  • 31st-50th – 10
  • 51st-90th – 5
  • 91st-99th – 1

To compete online in Tetris 99 you need a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. Plans start at around four bucks a month, with seven-day free trials available to new subscribers.


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