For most mere mortals getting over 100 lines on Game Boy Tetris (see that shuttle for the first time) it’s good that it will ever get, but there are others who strive to achieve perfection in this classic puzzle (which soon gets its own movie).
For those trying to master the NES version of the game (the one that remains popular in the high score circle), the technique you use can be the difference between success and failure. You might assume you’ve simply plugged in a D-pad and buttons in Tetris, but not quite – it’s a “traditional” management method, and high-haunts call it a “DAS”.
However, in 2018, the effectiveness of a technique called ‘Hypertapping’ came to light; this method involves hitting the D-pad with a series of faster presses, which, when used properly, allows you to manipulate parts of the screen faster. Hypertapping has since become the most popular technique in the world of NES Tetris results, but the old one is hard.
Here comes a player named Cheez_Fish. In late 2020, he devised a new way to play NES Tetris called ‘rolling’ and involves rolling (ahem) fingers over the D-pad in a smooth motion, while manipulating the back of the controller with the fingers of the other hand. The upside is that “rolling” is not only easier on the hands, but also results in faster data entry – at least when used properly.
Cheez_Fish is now setting new records in NES Tetris competitions using this new technique, and another Tetris player, TegaMech, has devised a variant that keeps your foot in place with the regulator. The rest of the world playing Tetris has not yet fully embraced the technique, but given how effective it has been so far, it won’t be long before it replaces hypertapping as a control selection method for high hunters.