Nintendo has announced the first details for Tetris 99’s next Maximus Cup. The in-game competition kicks off next week, on August 23, and like last month’s Splatoon-themed event, it’ll be a collaboration with another major Nintendo Switch title, in this case Fire Emblem: Three Houses.
The sixth Maximus Cup will run in Europe until 8:59 AM CEST on August 27; North American details have not yet been confirmed, although these Maximus Cups are typically worldwide events. Like the aforementioned Splatoon crossover, this competition will be point-based; you’ll earn a number of points depending on how well you place each round, and if you can amass at least 100 by the time the competition ends, you’ll unlock an exclusive Fire Emblem: Three Houses theme in Tetris 99.
Tetris 99 is one of the exclusive perks you get with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription. NSO members can download the game for free and play against 98 other players online in a battle royale-inspired competition to be the last one remaining. Nintendo recently released a paid Big Block DLC that can be purchased by all Switch owners and introduces two offline modes, but you’ll need to have an NSO subscription to take part in the game’s signature online mode.
NSO memberships run for US $4 / £3.49 / AU $6 for one month, US $8 / £7 / AU $12 for three months, and US $20 / £18 / AU $30 for one year. Nintendo also offers an annual Family Membership that costs US $35 / £31.49 / AU $55 and covers up to eight Nintendo Accounts across multiple Switch systems.
Fire Emblem: Three Houses, meanwhile, launched at the end of July and has proven to be a huge critical and commercial success. Not only did it receive a slate of positive reviews from critics, it was also the second best-selling game of July in the US and had the fastest first-month sales of any installment of the series in the region.
Nintendo is releasing several waves of DLC for Fire Emblem: Three Houses over the next few months, in addition to a free update that will add a new, more challenging difficulty setting. In the meantime, be sure to check out our spoiler-free essential tips and advice to help you get started in the game.