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Tetris (Game Boy)

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Developer(s) Bullet Proof Software
Publisher(s) Nintendo
Release Date(s) Jun,1989 (USA)
14, Jun 1989 (Japan)
1989 (Europe)
Platform(s) Game Boy

Gameplay Info

Next pieces 1
Playfield dimensions 10x18
Hold piece No
Hard drop No
Rotation system Nintendo Rotation System, left-handed
Tetris GB title Tetris GB play

Tetris, for Game Boy, is among the most played of its namesake. Nintendo, through the help of Henk Rogers, purchased the license from Elorg to package it with every new Game Boy system. (An exception was Japan, where the system did not come bundled with any games.) Because of this, many players of the Game Boy generation remain familiar with this title, as it probably sold more than any other Tetris title so far. Having Tetris packaged with Game Boy may likewise have had something to do with Game Boy's success.

This was the first widely distributed Tetris game to feature 2-player battles with garbage using the link cable.

Details Edit

Game Boy runs at 59.73 frames per second.

Speed levels:

Level Frames per row
0 53
1 49
2 45
3 41
4 37
5 33
6 28
7 22
8 17
9 11
10 10
11 9
12 8
13 7
14 6
15 6
16 5
17 5
18 4
19 4
20 3

This table is located at 1B06h in the ROM; each entry is one less than the actual number of frames. For example, level 1, or 49 = 31h frames, is stored as 30h.

In Marathon (called A-TYPE), when the player line clear (startLevel * 10 + 10), the level advances by 1. After this, the level advances by 1 for every 10 lines. The maximum level is 20.

The "heart levels" (activated by holding Down+Start at the title screen) are as fast as the level plus 10, but unlike on the NES version, they don't improve the score.

The maximum Score is 999999.

See alsoEdit



Tetris and other puzzle games published by Nintendo {{}}
Console releases: Tetris (NES, Nintendo) | Tetris & Dr. Mario | The New Tetris | Tetris Party
Handheld releases: Tetris (Game Boy) | Tetris DX | Tetris DS
Topics: Nintendo Rotation System

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