Tetris (NES, Nintendo)
This game has a Data Crystal page
Nintendo's NES Tetris is the system's third port of the famous puzzle game created by Alexey Pajitnov, following those of Bullet-Proof Software and Tengen, and by far the most well-known of the three.
An airplane and helicopter can be found among the ending sprites. These aren't used in any of the endings of the game.
They do have valid sprite indices, and can be made to appear via hacking. To see the airplane, use Game Genie code AUYZLY (US version) or ALAXSA (European version) and finish a Level 0 B-Type game. To see the helicopter, use the code TOYZLY (US version) or TPAXSA (European version) instead. The helicopter skids are cut off in-game due to programmer error and are thus unused, but the main and tail rotors are nicely animated.
When using the code TOYZLY or TPAXSA above, the palette of the helicopter does not match the image above.
The first track in the NSF is unused, and was presumably intended for the title screen (which is normally silent). It can be heard by setting RAM address $6F5 to 01 at any time. Alternately, use Game Genie code PEIAZI (US Version) or PESAZI (European Version) to replace music type 1 with this track.
The European version doesn't play the song correctly, meaning the notes go out of sync. In particular, the drum track is faster than it should be.
Setting RAM address $BE to 02 (or using Game Genie code ZALAPP) activates an unfinished two-player competitive mode, a rather surprising omission that was present in Tengen's rendition. The basic rules are in place and garbage attacks are fully implemented, but there are numerous issues:
Leftover Demo Recording Code
The game has an unused subroutine that records the player's input for use in the gameplay demo. This subroutine is activated when $00D0 in RAM is set to $FF. However, since the game tries to write the captured inputs directly to ROM ($DD00-$DEFF), it doesn't work correctly on actual NES hardware or unmodified emulators. This area may have been mapped to PRG-RAM during development, similar to Dr. Mario.
The European version has cheats not present in the US version. To activate the cheats, hold Select while a piece is landing. In A-Type, you get 10,000 points. In B-Type, you get "Success" and instantly finish the level.