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Tetris Has A New Fortnite-Style Battle Royale Mode, Because Of Course It Does, And You Can Play It For Free Right Now

Tetris, but make it Fortnite.

There’s a lot going on with the Nintendo announcements today, including Super Mario Maker 2, a Smash Bros Ultimate 3.0 update, and a Switch remake of Legend Of Zelda: Link’s Awakening.

But easily the biggest and most exciting news of the day has to be one of the simplest and most genius game concepts we’ve heard in ages:

Tetris, but make it Fortnite.

Yes, the classic format, which got a brilliant and concept-revitalising update last year in the VR-enabled Tetris Effect, now has a battle royale mode called Tetris 99.

99 players are pitted against one another to be the last one standing. You can throw “garbage” (so, you know, the usual pieces AKA tetrominoes) into other players’ games to block their strategies, but otherwise it’s basically just the simple but mind-melting, vision-warping game you know and love.

It’s available as a free download now for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. So, you know, maybe go become one of those if you aren’t already so that you can let this game ruin your life all over again.

Heaps Of SNES Classic Games, Including Zelda: A Link To The Past and Super Mario Kart, Might Be Coming To Nintendo Switch Online

*Hums Final Fantasy theme*

If you’ve been eyeing off the SNES Classic, especially now that you can get your hands on one without a Thunderdome-style battle in the middle of JB Hi-Fi, you might want to hold off a tiny bit longer – it looks an awful like they’re coming to Switch Online.

As initially reported by Gizmodo, gamer and modder KapuccinoHeck spotted that the latest update to NES Online features the following list of titles in the code:

Super Mario Kart
Super Soccer
Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past
Demon’s Crest
Yoshi’s Island
Stunt Race FX
Kirby’s Dream Course
Pop’n Twinbee
Star Fox
Contra 3
Kirby Super Star
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts
Kirby’s Dream Land 3
Super Metroid
Super Mario World
Pilotwings
F-ZERO
Star Fox 2
Super Punch-Out!!
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja
Super Mario All-Stars
Breath of Fire 2

If that list looks familiar, it’s because a lot of those titles are among the ones included with the SNES Classic.

Obviously nothing’s official or announced yet – but Nintendo is clearly setting the stage for more games (and console emulator functionality) on the Online platform.

So if you’ve got a Switch but you’ve been umming and aahhh-ing over the mini SNES, thinking longingly of diving back into The Legend Of Zelda: A Link To The Past in all its pixelly glory, it might be worth holding onto your dollars a little longer. Just to see what happens.

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