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Tetris: The Grand Master

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Title Screen

Tetris: The Grand Master

Developer: Arika
Publisher: Capcom
Platform: Arcade (Sony ZN-2)
Released in JP: August 1998


CopyrightIcon.png This game has hidden developer credits.
DevTextIcon.png This game has hidden development-related text.
GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.


PrereleaseIcon.png This game has a prerelease article

Tetris: The Grand Master, also known as TGM1 or simply TGM, is a Tetris game developed solely for the Sony ZN-2 arcade system board by Arika. It follows on from Sega's 1988 Tetris, aiming to give expert players a new challenge. It spawned three sequels, Tetris: The Absolute: The Grand Master 2 PLUS, Tetris: The Grand Master 3 - Terror Instinct, and Tetris: The Grand Master ACE.

Hidden Developer Credits

Licensed by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.(SCEI)
Library Programs (c) 1993-1997 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., All Rights Reserved.
$Id: backup.c,v 1.3 1996/08/20 11:16:23 hakama Exp $ : 	Copyright (C) by 1993, 1994 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
$Id: jama.c,v 1.3 1995/06/09 04:12:37 hakama Exp $ : 	Copyright (C) by 1993 - 1995 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

This game uses the PlayStation based Sony ZN-2 arcade system board, so the ROM has several copyright strings from Sony.

Q1 SOUND DRIVER   Version 1.00.02.03.1998  (C)1997,1998 ARIKA,CO.,Ltd   By M.kakehiko  All Rights Reserved

This one isn't, though. This is for the sound driver.

Development-related Texts

Test Mode

The following text was found among the text for the Test Mode.

TETBGM.BIN
PLAY SECTOR    :%d
ABSOLUTE SECTOR:%d
SEARCH FILE    :
PLAY CHANNEL   :%d
CD COMMAND
RESULT   :%2.2X
CD STATUS:%2.2X
CD-ROM MODE CHANGE
CD-ROM MODE:%2.2X
XA PLAY CHANNEL CHANGE
PLAY CHANNEL:
FILE NAME INPUT

Some sound-related text that, ironically, is more detailed than the actual sound test included in the final game.

6. R O M  W R I T E R
EXIT = 1P START & SHOT1
rom/start.bin
MAIN.BIN
FILEEND
WRITE OK
INITIALIZE ERROR
ERASE ERROR
IPL WRITE ERROR
MAIN WRITE ERROR
DATA WRITE ERROR
DIR WRITE ERROR
MAKE MAIN ROM FILE
MAKE DEBUG ROM FILE
sim:ROMFILE/DEBUG%02X.ROM
sim:ROMFILE/DEBUG%02X.SUM
COMPLETE
DIR ENTRY WRITE
%s   %x
MAIN WRITE
MAIN LOAD  %x
IPL WRITE
IPL LOAD  %x
ERASE  %d
****  FLASH ROM WRITER V0.001  ****
ROM ADDRESS  %x

Looks like an interface for a Flash ROM writer.

Unused Texts

Note: This game stores each line of text in reverse order in the ROM, so bottom lines of text appear earlier and top lines appear later in ROM. For the sake of readabilty, some of the unused text has been reordered.

Warning Screen

       U S A       
                WARNING                   
This game is for use in the United States 
of America and Canada only.               
Sales, export or operation outside these  
countries may be construed as copyright   
and trademark infringement and is strictly
prohibited.                               
Violators are subject to severe penalties 
and will be prosecuted to the full extent 
of the law.                               


      A S I A      
This game is for use in the south-east    
Asian countries only.                     
Violators are subject to severe penalties


      E U R O      
This game is for use in all countries      
excluding the Western Hemisphere countries,
Japan and south-east Asian countries.      
Sales, export or operation outside these   
countries may be construed as copyright    


  H I S P A N I C  
                WARNING                 
This game is for use in the Western Hemisphere
countries except the United States of America,
Canada, and the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Sales, export or operation outside these      
countries may be construed as copyright and   
trademark infringement and is strictly        
prohibited.                                   
Violators are subject to severe penalties and 
will be prosecuted to the full extent of the  
law.                                          


    B R A Z I L    
This game is for use in the Federative    
Republic of Brazil only.                  
Sales, export or operation outside this   
country may be construed as copyright and 
trademark infringement and is strictly    

This game was released only in Japan, so these warning texts weren't used. Texts for USA and Hispanic are complete, but others are cutoff and these were probably intended to reuse other warning texts for the rest.

   P U B   V E R   

Probably intended to be placed on the boot-up screen, but not used.

    N I G A T A    
   O D A W A R A   

Some Japanese place names. These were possibly where location tests were done.

How to play

The Tetraminos are
moved horizontally
by the lever.

[The Tetraminos are]
rotated by the buttons.

You can drop the blocks
quickly by putting the
lever down. 

When an entire
horizontal line is
filled with blocks,
the line clears from
the screen.

If the stack of the
blocks reaches the top,
the game is over !

There is some time
before the Tetramino
becomes fixed.

The Tetramino can be
rotated before it
[becomes fixed.]

Hold the button to
rotate the Tetramino
before it starts falling.

If you can rotate
properly before the
Tetramino becomes
fixed, then it is
possible to put it
in a tight spot.

To fill tight spots,
use the combination
of the lever and
rotation buttons.

This game was only released in Japan, but there's English tutorial text in the ROM. Note that some lines are reused but the ROM contains only one instance of them. These lines are marked with [] in the above dump.

Unused Graphics

Backgrounds

The game contains a number of unused backgrounds, suggesting that the game used an electron microscopy theme at some point:

Tgm 21.png Tgm 22.png Tgm 23.png

There is also a 3D rendered Japanese style building:

Tgm1-buildingbg.png

Winners Don't Use Drugs

There is an unused "Winners Don't Use Drugs" graphic, presumably to be used in attract mode, further hinting at a planned US release:

Tgm1-dontdodrugs.png