Tetris (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1989
Developer: Nintendo R&D1
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This page is for the NES game developed by Nintendo, for other versions see Tetris.

Tetris is an action puzzle game where you must direct various odd-shaped blocks to the bottom of a well while attempting to line them up to form complete horizontal lines. When a complete horizontal line is formed, it is be removed from the well, and the more lines you can remove with a single block, the more points you score. As you progress through the game, the speed increases making it more difficult.

Despite being such a simple concept, few games have caused such cultural sensation which lasted decades. Two other versions of Tetris were released for the NES, the unlicensed port from Tengen, and the Japanese version developed by BPS.


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Title screen.

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The main menu.

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The B-Type menu.

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About to get a Tetris in the A-Type game.

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Finished a B-Type game.


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Hirokazu Tanaka put together some decent music for the Nintendo version of Tetris. Music 1 is an arranged version of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from "The Nutcracker Suite" by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Music 2 has a nice traditional Russian sound to it. Music 3 is a very mellow tune and the same song played when you were put on hold for calling Nintendo. The music played after a Game B victory is Toréador Song from the opera "Carmen" by Georges Bizet. The Unknown track sounds like it was going to be introduction music, but it never gets played.

The audio engine used by the game was one used frequently by Hirokazu Tanaka, and was written in 6502 assembly.


# Title ComposerArranger Length Listen Download
01 Music 1 Pyotr TchaikovskyHirokazu Tanaka 1:59
02 Music 1 - Fast Pyotr TchaikovskyHirokazu Tanaka 1:04
03 Music 2 Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 1:19
04 Music 2 - Fast Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:56
05 Music 3 Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:58
06 Music 3 - Fast Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:42
07 Success! Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:02
08 Victory Georges BizetHirokazu Tanaka 0:35
09 High Score Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 1:14
10 Unknown Hirokazu TanakaHirokazu Tanaka 0:25


(Source: Verification from composer. Game lacks credits)

Though the game does not have credits, Hirokazu Tanaka has taken credit for the music. In addition, composer Alexander Brandon, who is friends with Tanaka, has verified that Tanaka is the composer. Also, some of the sound effects were reused in Hello Kitty World (FC) which was composed by Tanaka.

Game Rip



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Ripping NES music is a very arduous process that is beyond the scope of this site.


  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Tetris
Platform: NES
Released: 1989-11-??
Publisher: Nintendo of America Inc.
  Germany.svg   Germany
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Title: Tetris
Platform: NES
Released: 1990-02-23
Publisher: Nintendo Co, Ltd.