Nintendo released Tetris 99 as a free-to-play game for the Switch but with a catch. It was available to Switch Online members which meant that those who wanted to play this game had to get a membership to Switch Online. That will no longer be the case as Nintendo is now allowing people to play the game offline, provided they pay $9.99 for the privilege.
The company has confirmed that it’s releasing a paid component for Tetris 99 with its Big Block DLC. The $9.99 DLC brings two new modes. The CPU Battle mode lets players play with 98 virtual opponents offline while Marathon is just the classic version of the Tetris game.
Both of these modes are available offline so those who want to play them will not be required to have a Switch Online subscription. The offline CPU Battle mode works in more or less the same way as the original version. Players compete with 98 opponents and their success in clearing the lines and gaining badges can speed up their rival’s defeat.
The only major difference with the offline mode is that players will be up against AI players instead of actual humans. The Tetris 99 Big Block DLC is now available on the Nintendo eShop for $9.99.
The #Tetris99 Big Block DLC is available on Nintendo eShop for $9.99 and adds offline modes! Battle 98 bots in CPU Battle, and survive in Marathon mode to clear the most lines possible! Stay tuned for more on additional upcoming game modes. https://t.co/t6cp0KnJLT pic.twitter.com/VKvai3xRCe
— Nintendo of America (@NintendoAmerica) May 10, 2019