Tetris 99’s sixth Maximus Cup has been revealed to be a crossover with Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
Maximus Cups are special online events held in Tetris 99 where players can unlock a variety of themes or prizes if they earn at least 100 points within a given time period. Previous Maximus Cup prizes included a Game Boy theme in honor of Tetris’s 35th anniversary, 999 My Nintendo Gold Points, and a Splatoon theme.
This month’s Maximus Cup will reward players with the Fire Emblem: Three Houses theme if they earn 100 points between 8am on August 23rd (UK time) and 7:59am on August 27th (UK time). Although the announcement came from Nintendo of Europe, there’s little doubt that this will be a worldwide event.
Tetris 99 is one of the bonuses of having a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. It comes free with the subscription whether you pay monthly, quarterly, or yearly for the service. Players can take on 98 other Tetris players at the same time in a surprisingly addictive battle royale mode as you try to outlast your opponents and be the last Tetris player standing.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the latest exclusive hit for the Switch, receiving both critical praise and sales success. As the title suggests, players get to choose which of the game’s three houses they will belong to, and the story changes drastically based on this choice. It’s the fastest selling entry in the long-running tactical-RPG series to hit US shores. It’s also not the first time Nintendo has decided to pair one of their console exclusives with the Maximus Cup, doing it before with Splatoon 2.
This crossover makes a ton of sense for Nintendo. Cross-promoting two of their biggest hits on the Switch only helps to raise attention for both brands and can help either push Nintendo Switch Online subscriptions, or make gamers more aware of Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Not to mention, both games either just released DLC, or has announced more coming down the line, and this helps keep both brands fresh in the minds of gamers before the impending holiday rush.
Tetris 99’s Big Block DLC gave the game some offline modes for players, even though its biggest appeal lies in its online mode. And Fire Emblem: Three Houses has four waves of DLC coming over the next nine months via its expansion pass, including a higher difficulty mode, more characters, maps, and story content.
Source: Nintendo of Europe