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Not-so-Endless Tetris
12 September 2008

This is what I've been doing instead of updating the website:

It is surprisingly hard to take a good photo of a DS.
Look at all the pretty nines.

My friends, I have discovered the limit to Endless Tetris on Tetris DS.

After you reach Level 20 on Tetris DS, the speed cannot increase anymore - the block literally appears immediately in position on screen. However, in newer versions of Tetris so long as the block is still moving or rotating, it remains in play, so if you plan your strategy properly you can continue to play... indefinitely.

After a mere three hours or so, the line counter was maxed out at 999.

I paused it and closed the DS, and returned the next day, and the next. By the end of the week, the Level counter had maxed out at 999.

Still not satisfied, I decided to play either until I lost, or until the high score counter maxed out. WHO WOULD GIVE IN FIRST?

There were no winners.

Thanks to Nicole for the wonderful macro photography!  <3
No, that's not Mario - that's just the background graphic that plays on the top screen, presumably to distract you.

At Ninety-nine million, nine hundred and ninety-nine thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine points, the high score counter halted.

....Absolutely nothing happened. No explosion, no on-screen fireworks, not even a lousy credit sequence. You just keep playing, only the numbers no longer change. Quite disappointing. I gave up and sat by as the bricks stacked up to the top of the screen, an odd sort of melancholy gripping me as my DS finally found rest.

Oh wait, ONE thing happened - the game has a glitch where it won't record that high score in your stats when you're done. HOW CRUEL, NINTENDO! Luckily, I belong to the 'pics or it didn't happen' crowd.

So yes, that is my excuse for the latest delay in updates. Not quite as epic as the Japan one, I know. I'll try harder in the future.