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Tetris

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MobyRank MobyScore
Arcade
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4.6
NES
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4.2
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Description

One of many conversions of the famous block-stacking game available for Nintendo's home console, this one is based on the 1988 coin-op version produced by Atari Games. The goal is to place pieces made up of four tiles in a ten-by-twenty well, organizing them into complete rows, which then disappear. As rows are cleared, the pace of the game increases, and the game ends if the stack reaches the top of the well.

The game features a standard endless mode, as well as a two-player competitive mode where players race to complete each level. There is also a "cooperative" mode where both players play within the same well, working together to complete lines. Both the competitive mode and the cooperative mode can also be played with the computer.

The game offers standard starting-level and garbage options, several different background music themes, and cute little Russian dancers to congratulate you between levels.

Screenshots

Tetris Arcade Title Screen.
Tetris NES One player mode (Tengen release)
Tetris Arcade Instructions.
Tetris NES Game over for player 1 (Tengen release)

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User Reviews

My favorite adaption of the falling blocks NES Pixelspeech (953)

The Press Says

The Review Busters NES 2009 10 out of 10 100
All Game Guide NES 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
The Video Game Critic NES Jan 03, 2013 B+ 83

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Trivia

The NES version of Tetris was available in two different releases, one by Tengen and one by Nintendo. After an extensive legal battle, it was decided Tengen did not have the rights to distribute Tetris for the NES and was ordered to cease distribution of the game. All of the unsold copies are believed to have been destroyed making the Tengen release of Tetris one of the more uncommon NES games (which is unfortunate since the Tengen release is usually considered the better of the two.)
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