Original Tetris beat for the first time by 13-year-old

A 13-year-old game streamer from the United States has accomplished a feat many deemed impossible – successfully completing the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) version of Tetris.

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Willis “Blue Scuti” Gibson, the young streamer, shared a 42-minute video on YouTube, showcasing his historic gaming session where he achieved what no one else had in the 34 years since the game’s launch.

The video documents the gameplay session, culminating in Gibson completing 1,511 lines around the 38-minute mark. Notably, the deliberate freeze that occurred signalled the successful completion of the game, a milestone no one had reached before.

Previously, Level 29 was considered the ultimate challenge, often referred to as the game’s “killscreen,” and only an AI had managed to surpass it until Blue Scuti’s remarkable accomplishment. Gibson astonishingly reached Level 157 before the game concluded, now dubbed the “final killscreen” by Tetris enthusiasts.

Utilizing a technique known as rolling, which gained popularity in 2020, the Tetris Pro surpassed the game’s challenges. This method involves operating the NES controller faster than the buttons through tapping its underside, leading to several new world records in Tetris over the past few years.

In an interview with ITZSharky1 from the Classic Tetris World Championship (CTWC), Gibson dedicated his achievement to his late father, who passed away late last year.

It’s worth noting that outside the United States, including regions like South Africa, the NES was referred to as the Nintendo Family Computer (Famicom) and featured a distinct design.