Shacknews Best Multiplayer Game of 2019 - Tetris 99

One of the most unexpected game releases of the year is also taking how the Shacknews Award for Best Multiplayer Game of 2019. Boom! Tetris!


Nintendo shocked the world on February 13, 2019 with the surprise release of Tetris 99 during a Nintendo Direct. On the surface, a multiplayer Tetris battle royale sounded like the most ridiculous chasing of a trend imaginable. In practice, the developers at Arika have created one of the best multiplayer experiences of all time. Tetris 99 is taking home our Shacknews Best Multiplayer Game of 2019 award. Boom! Tetris!

Tetris 99 comes as part of the Nintendo Switch Online subscription service. Nintendo is not very well known for robust Internet services, so the fact that Tetris 99 works even remotely well is a miracle. 99 players enter each game and only one lucky person walks away with a Tetris Maximus at the end of the game. If the regular battle royale mode becomes too easy, the devs added an Invictus Mode where only players who have won a game of Tetris 99 compete in an epic battle. Nothing compares to winning a game of Tetris 99.

I became quite obsessed with Tetris 99 earlier this year, playing it every day. The game loop is very addictive, allowing players to pick it up and play for a few minutes, or get sucked into multiple hours of a play session. This reminds me of how Rocket League got its hooks into me. The developers have done an amazing job with supporting the game. Weekend events call Maximus Cups have popped up all year, allowing players to unlock new themes and skins, and the game has also added team battle modes. Tetris 99 keeps getting better each month, and it shows no signs of slowing down.

Battle royale games are still very popular, but Tetris 99 reimagined the genre in a truly timeless manner. While Tetris 99 might not win any Game of the Year 2019 awards, it certainly deserves recognition for the innovation and joy created by its surprise release in February. Tetris 99 is the Shacknews Best Multiplayer Game of 2019. Boom! Tetris!

Check out our Year of the Games: 2019 article to find out more of The Shacknews Awards 2019 winners and check back tomorrow for our Game of the Year 2019 reveal.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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    December 30, 2019 1:00 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Shacknews Best Multiplayer Game of 2019 - Tetris 99

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      December 30, 2019 1:37 PM


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      December 30, 2019 1:57 PM

      I hadn't played for a while but got some time in during the holiday and it is really fun even when I lose. I haven't played more than the main mode yet, how are the others?

      I set it to attack enemies only (i've had better success with that one) and sometimes it is wtf like as soon as I start someone drops 10 rows at me. There are some games I have no chance in, but that's ok because the games are short and honestly I just wanna do some tetris.

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      December 30, 2019 2:54 PM

      brag post: i got 1st place in invictus mode once.

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