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This version of Tetris is one of many conversions of the famous block-stacking game, as well as the best-known (but not the only) version on Nintendo's first home console. The goal is to place pieces made up of four tiles in a ten-by-twenty well, organizing them into complete rows, which 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 offers two different modes of play, "Type A" and "Type B". "Type A" is a standard endless mode, where the speed of the game increases every ten lines, with an option for the starting level when beginning the game. "Type B", on the other hand, is a race to clear 25 lines, with options for both drop speed and starting garbage. In both modes, successful play is rewarded with cute animations. There are also three different background songs to choose from.


Tetris NES Title screen
Tetris NES Game Over for you! Sorry...
Tetris NES Put the best record using only 25 lines in Tetris B-TYPE Mode: you did it!
Tetris NES Tiles collect fast!

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NES Archives May 20, 2008 A- 91
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Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
NES Times Aug 15, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Power Play Aug, 1990 89 out of 100 89
Video Games Mar, 1991 88 out of 100 88
1UP! Dec 25, 2019 87 out of 100 87
neXGam 2002 8.4 out of 10 84
Random Access Jun 26, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Player One Oct, 1990 72 out of 100 72


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  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • December 1989 (Issue 5) - Most Exciting New Theme in a Game (NES version)
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    • Issue 01/1991 - Best NES Game in 1990

雷堂嬢太朗 -raido.jotaro- (60651) added Tetris (NES) on Aug 19, 2009