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Tetris (Tengen, NES)

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Title Screen

Tetris

Developer: Atari Games
Publisher: Tengen
Platform: Unlicensed NES
Released in US: May 1989


MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.


Tengen's Tetris is basically an improved revision of the Vs. System arcade game, which itself was a port of Atari's own arcade game. It was pulled from shelves after a mere month due to complicated licensing disputes with Nintendo. It had a few features Nintendo's own version (released six months later) did not have, and because of that, some consider it the better Tetris game of the two.

Unused Music

A rendition of the "level complete" theme used in the Atari arcade version of Tetris.

Unused Sounds

The game features some leftover sound effects from the Nintendo Vs. version, all of which are unused.

Level Select

Pause the game and press Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, B, B to activate a level select. Pressing A increases your level, allowing you to go beyond the usual 9 levels, up to Level 17.

Free I Tetrimino

Pause the game and press Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A to get a free "long-piece" tetrimino. This can be done once per level.