We’ve collected Tetris 99 Tips and Tricks from our best players. We get it: It’s Tetris, tips are not really a thing. But since Tetris skills can’t really be taught (practice!), so we’ll try to focus on tips specific to Tetris 99 on this page, and some other advanced stuff like T-spins.
You get the most bang for your blocks with T-spins. T-spin Single sends your target 2 lines. T-Spin Double sends over 4 lines. A T-Spin Triple sends over 6 lines. Back to back T-Spins Triples are an excellent way to send blocks out.
Learning how to do a full clear is nice tool to have in your arsenal. They give you 10 lines to send out making it the best attacks in any Tetris game.
You have the ability to select any target you want with the left joystick but Tetris 99 allows the game to choose for you with 4 group attack options:
- Random – Target random players.
- KO – Target people nearing the top of their screen about to die.
- Attacker – Counter attack people targeting you
- Badge – Attacks players with the most kills (badges).
Follow the flow of the game and pick accordingly. If you notice there a lot of players that are almost knocked out, flick the right stick upwards before a big combo. KO’d targets those who are closest to being knocked out giving you an opportunity to few KO’s yourself. If you notice you’re getting targeted by lots of players, switch your mode to attackers and start sending over your trash blocks to them.
When players send blocks to your screen, the left side bar will fill with blocks of different colors (Grey, Yellow, and Red). They act as a timer to let you know how much time you have before they populate your game window. Knowing how much time you have to counter them is key.
The Switch can have controller connection errors among other things. Try switching things up if you are accidentally dropping blocks.
- The Nintendo Switch Pro controller has a D-pad, but many players have trouble with the D-pad accidentally activating the quick drop (Up) button.
- The Joy-Con controller do not have D-pads but instead separate directional buttons which can cut down on errors, but also may take some getting used to. With Joy-Cons connected to the switch you can eliminate synching errors and lag (if there is any).
Panicking when the game gets fast is an easy way to lose. The blocks may be dropping fast but the game is very forgiving in allowing you to rotate a block and moving it to where you need it to be. So the blocks might look it drops instantly but you have plenty of time to spin it into place. Keep your cool and keep spinning.
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