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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Takes a Dodo Airlines Flight Into Tetris 99

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Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons and Tetris  are both known for being relaxed gaming experiences, but both have their darker sides. Animal Crossing can ratchet up the tension when players are hoping for good prices on the Stalk Market, and Tetris has Tetris 99, the Nintendo Switch-exclusive game that introduced battle royal to the venerable block-dropping environment. And this week, come the 13th Maximus Cup event, players will see the two brands meet. Players who play Tetris 99‘s online mode between May 15, 2020, and May 18, 2020 will get the chance to earn a new theme inspired by Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Tetris 99 has periodically offered new themes based on iconic or hot Nintendo properties. Most recently, the 12th Maximus Cup event unlocked a Ring Fit Adventure theme for participants.

Actually unlocking the Animal Crossing: New Horizons theme will take more than joining the Tetris 99 event once. As with previous theme unlocks, players will need to accumulate a certain amount of event points to trigger the unlock. Playing online in Tetris 99 mode will do the trick, and the better a player does, the more points they earn, up to the 100 points needed to unlock the theme. Lucky or skilled players might even unlock the theme in a single go, as placing first in a match will automatically award 100 event points.

Tetris 99‘s 13th Maximus Cup event (and its attendant theme unlock) will take place from May 15, 2020 and last until May 18, 2020.

Tetris 99 is available for the Nintendo Switch.

Josh Tolentino
Josh Tolentino helped run Japanator as Managing Editor since 2012, before it and Siliconera teamed up. That said, it's been years since he watched enough anime to keep his otaku license valid. Maybe one day he'll see enough of a given season to pretend to know what's hot. Until then, it's Star Trek reruns, gacha games, and bylines at Destructoid and GameCritics.