Hatris (NES)

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Platform: NES
Year: 1990
Developer: Bullet-Proof Software
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Hatris is a puzzle game by the same creator of Tetris, Alexey Pajitnov, along with Vladimir Pokhilko. There are 60 levels in the game; There are six "shops" (0-5), each containing 10 (0-9) stages. The goal of the game is to stack five hats of the same kind on top of each other. Hats come out as a pair that the player must place on the playing field strategically. There are six different kinds of hats ranging from sombreros to royal crowns.

The game was originally released in Japan, but when it came to North America, the game's graphics received a major overhaul, almost making the Famicom version its own game. The game was also released for the Game Boy, PC-9801, PC Engine, and was even released on the arcade.

The game received mixed-to-positive reviews. Some praised the game for its addictive gameplay, but the game was also criticized for not being nearly as fun or addicting as Tetris.


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The title screen.

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The main menu.

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Playing a game.

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Game Over.

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The shop is cleared.

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The high scores.


Hatris contains sixteen tracks in all. Each stage has its own theme, which is unique for most puzzle games. Each song is fast and upbeat, matching with the theme of the game. However, even though the NES version came out after the Famicom version, it's still missing a few songs from the Famicom original; the tracks Stage Clear, BPS Orchestra, and Credits songs are only in the Famicom version.

The music was written by Hiroshi Suzuki, who composed several other soundtracks for BPS. Though he's not credited, Ikki Nakamura also composed music for the game. According to the game's soundtrack CD, Ikki composed the songs Uncle of Angel and Cryptic Number. To further the confusion, Haruko Seto is also credited for composing all songs with Suzuki, but is not credited in the game. It is thought she only composed the expanded sections for the CD soundtrack.

It is unknown how exactly they entered the music data, but seeing this is an early title, they most likely wrote in either 6502 assembly, or some custom form of Music Macro Language.


# Title Composer Length Listen Download
01 The Hatman Hiroshi Suzuki 0:45
02 Weekend Jam Hiroshi Suzuki 2:12
03 Gold Rush Hiroshi Suzuki 1:46
04 Parade Hiroshi Suzuki 1:53
05 Running Porter Hiroshi Suzuki 1:27
06 Puppeteer's Tango Hiroshi Suzuki 2:09
07 Celebration Day Hiroshi Suzuki 1:53
08 Uncle of Angel Ikki Nakamura 1:40
09 Cryptic Number Ikki Nakamura 1:32
10 Anzu Hiroshi Suzuki 1:30
11 Third Wave Dance Hiroshi Suzuki 1:17
12 Game Over Hiroshi Suzuki 0:04
13 Stage Clear Hiroshi Suzuki 0:04
14 Shop Clear Hiroshi Suzuki 1:02
15 Little Orchestra Hiroshi Suzuki 0:39
16 Rain and Sunshine Hiroshi Suzuki 1:56


(Sources: Game, Manual, CD liner notes)

The North American version does not have credits, but the original Japanese release has a staff roll after completion of the game, as well as credits in the manual. Ikki Nakamura has taken credit for the Famicom version of Tetris on his Twitter profile, but he is not mentioned in the game's credits. However, the soundtrack CD credits Ikki under his real name (Takashi) for the songs Uncle of Angel and Cryptic Number. The manual also credits Kazuya Takahashi for the music driver, which is not shown in the game's credits.

The soundtrack CD also credits Haruko Seto for composing all the songs Hiroshi Suzuki composed with him. However, it is thought that she only composed the expanded parts in the CD arrangements, rather than the original NES music. While he was not involved with the game itself, Hiroshi Taguchi arranged some of the music for the soundtrack CD.

Something even more interesting; The game's ROM text includes a lot of staff names that aren't shown in the game's staff roll. Among these is a sound effects credit to Haruko Suzuki. The text is unused because Hatris borrows its entire credits code from another game, Battle Storm, but the developers simply reprogrammed the credits to not display the names of the Battle Storm staff who had not worked on Hatris.


Hatris Game Music

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Game Rip




Audio Devices

The game uses the 2A03 of the Famicom, but does not take advantage of the RP2C33 of the Disk System. It uses Kazuya Takahashi's sound driver.


  Japan.svg   Japan
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Title: ハットリス (Hatris)
Platform: FC
Released: 1990-07-06
Publisher: Bullet-Proof Software
  USA.svg   USA
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Title: Hatris
Platform: NES
Released: 1992-04-??
Publisher: Bullet-Proof Software