Trivia / Tetris

  • Executive Meddling:
    • The fates of the Tengen version of NES Tetris and the Genesis/Mega Drive port of Sega's arcade version of Tetris.
    • Beginning in the 2000's, the Tetris Company began enforcing guidelines on what a game carrying the Tetris name should be like, such as exact playfield dimensions, piece colors, and piece behavior, especially piece rotations. This proved to be a problem for developers like Arika that have their own ideas on Tetris games.

      It also meant the end of the Sega "branch" of Tetris games, though many aspects of Sega Tetris were incorporated into the guidelines (such as standardized piece colorsnote  and delays before pieces that have landed lock into place). While Sega does continue to develop and publish Tetris games, they have TTC-mandated mechanics rather than those of pre-guideline Sega Tetris. References to older Sega Tetris games are cosmetic at most, such as music remixes and graphical assets such as the "glass" style of block; this does not include piece colors since that would violate Tetris guidelines.
    • In 2014, due to the release of Tetris Ultimate granting Ubisoft a Tetris exclusivity contract, ALL other Tetris versions on digital storefronts were discontinued by the end of the year, including the much-acclaimed Gameboy version, which had been re-released on Nintendo 3DS at the time, and almost no other game has been able to get a license to release in the West since.note 
  • Fan Nickname: The pieces are officially called L, J, S, Z, I, O, and T. The S and Z blocks are often called "squigglies", the O is called "square", and the I is called "line piece".
  • Follow the Leader: Tetris has innumerable clones, knockoffs, and imitators.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: As the years went on that led the Tetris Company having a stronger oversight over licensed Tetris games and the consumer markets preferring digital storefronts over retail stores, it's become common to see when newer releases of Tetris games come out, older releases go out of print at retail stores and are pulled from digital storefronts. Want Game Boy Tetris? It's no longer available legally outside used game sales. There are a number of mandatory rules to follow when making an official Tetris game, meaning that making a new Tetris game with the style of an old one is generally not allowed, as it wouldn't fit with the new rules.
  • Killer App: This game made the Game Boy, and it was packed in with the system for years, and even was an early release on the Nintendo 3DS eShop.
  • No Export for You:
    • Most versions based on Sega's original arcade version.
    • Tetris 64.
    • Subverted by Puyo Puyo Tetris, in one of the most audacious abuses of small print ever as stated above.
  • Port Overdosed: Arguably the most widely-ported game in history. It is said that if you can program it, someone has made a version of Tetris for it, up to and including the sides of buildings.
  • Referenced by...: Treehouse Masters: Out On a Limb had music from the game play during a scene in the episode "Mindbending Silver Maple".