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Tetris (NES, Tengen)

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Title Screen


Developer: Tengen
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.

ProtoIcon.png This game has a prototype article
DCIcon.png This game has a Data Crystal page

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 the kudzu of international licenses (which were enough of a mess to inspire a movie) ultimately untangling in Nintendo's favor. 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.

To do:
Document prototypes B through D[1]


Read about prototype versions of this game that have been released or dumped.
Prototype Info

Unused Music

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

Unused Sounds

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

Level Select

Pause the game and press Up, Down, Up, Down, Left, Right, B, B. 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. This can be done once per level.