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Tetris NES “Kill Screen” Bypassed; Level 33 Reached

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Thought The Legend of Zelda‘s newly-discovered Minus World was cool? Well, okay, that’s probably a bigger find than this, but this NES Tetris achievement was only possible through one mega-fan’s hard-earned dedication. For those not familiar with this version, Level 29 has long been designated as a “kill screen”, as thanks to NES limitations, gradual line-up speed would prove too fast for both player and game. However, in recent years certain expert Tetris players have begun utilizing “hyper-tapping,” an intensive input maneuver manipulating block movement with no speed loss at the cost of ten button presses per second. We’ll leave the technical details to Simon Laroche, but needless to say, only the most passionate, committed Tetris players can pull it off.

Enter Joseph Saelee. At only 16 years old, not only did he dethrone seven-time champion Jonas Neubauer as Classic Tetris Champion, but made the impossible possible by defeating Level 29 and, in a glorious 53-second rush — reaching Level 33. For your convenience, we’ve provided an appropriate time stamp leading right up to Saelee’s triumph. Look at those 8-bit integers go!

Being accomplished at such a young age, this brilliant performance proves the timelessness of Nintendo’s most classic games. We wish Mr. Saelee the very best for what’ll undoubtedly evolve into an inspiring career.

What do you think of this NES Tetris record? Let us know in the comments below!

Anthony Pelone
Eating, breathing and living video games on a daily basis, Anthony is particularly fond of the Nintendo variety, but is by no means a console warrior. Somewhere in the midst of his obsession with cat pictures, he finds the time to pen about his favorite hobby. Having previously written for over three sites, Anthony remains dedicated to spreading the gospel of EarthBound.
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