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Submission #4272: McW4v3-X's NES Tengen Tetris "30 lines" in 00:29.09

Console: Nintendo Entertainment System
Game name: Tengen Tetris
Game version: USA
ROM filename: Tetris (Unl).nes
Branch: 30 lines
Emulator: FCEUX 2.2.2
Movie length: 00:29.09
FrameCount: 1748
Re-record count: 1569
Author's real name: David Royston
Author's nickname: McW4v3-X
Submitter: PikachuMan
Submitted at: 2014-04-11 23:25:49
Text last edited at: 2019-02-28 04:39:01
Text last edited by: PikachuMan
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Status: published
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Author's comments and explanations:
A TAS of Tengen Tetris that goes for 30 lines in the fastest time. This run does it in under 30 seconds. I achieve this by warping to level 17 with a code. The pieces can be rotated while being moved or dropped. A code which replaces the current piece is never used. This is rather interesting to see after seeing the other Tetris TASes.

Game objectives

  • Emulator used: FCEUX 2.2.2
  • Aims for 30 lines in the fastest time
  • Uses a level select code to begin at hardest level
  • Does not use the Konami code for the I piece
  • Uses little luck manipulation mainly for the board setup


This is the version of Tetris released by Atari. It is the puzzle game everyone loves. There is no need for an introduction. I use two controllers to go through the menu. It is faster than using just one. I use the level select code for the highest level possible. I do not use the Konami code for a shortcut 'cause that would be cheating. I aim for 30 lines in the fastest time possible. It takes less than a second for the board to be set up. The handicap is set to 12 lines high to ensure the fastest time.

Stage by stage comments

I used the level select code (Pause Up Down Up Down Left Right B B A*n) to skip to Level 17. I cannot use the Konami code 'cause that would be cheating. I play this legitimately by relying on what piece is next. It is completed very fast.

Other comments

This game is a hidden gem. It would be more interesting to do a co-op run There can be a little room for improvement, but I think this is fast enough as it is. Correct me if I'm wrong. Suggested screenshots: 876, 1246, 1410, 1508

Mothrayas: Judging.

Mothrayas: Votes are slightly indecisive, but Tetris seems generally good enough for Moons material. A short run of a Tetris game known for generally being regarded the best Tetris game on NES also be a decent bet in my mind. Accepting for Moons.

Ilari: Processing

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