Classic Tetris: 17 y/o REIGNING TETRIS CHAMP vs. 42 y/o GRANDMASTER! - 2019 Classic Tetris FINAL - JOSEPH vs. KORYAN


Published on: Tuesday, November 26, 2019

17 y/o REIGNING TETRIS CHAMP vs. 42 y/o GRANDMASTER! - 2019 Classic Tetris FINAL - JOSEPH vs. KORYAN

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The GRAND FINALS of the 2019 Classic Tetris World Championship was a confrontation for the ages between young Joseph Saelee and his hyper-tapping mentor Koji "Koryan" Nishio! Commentary by James Chen and Chris Tang.

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In the 1990 Nintendo World Championship competition, Tetris was the game to beat. The winner, Thor Aackerlund, is still seen by many as the best to have ever played. Today’s Classic Tetris tournaments are played on that same version of Nintendo Tetris, using original NES game systems, controllers, and Tetris cartridges. In 2009, a player named Harry Hong became the first to achieve the highest possible score of 999,999 points. Inspired by this achievement, filmmaker Adam Cornelius produced a short film about Harry called “Max-Out”, and launched a Kickstarter campaign to document the world of competitive Tetris. As word of Adam’s Kickstarter campaign spread, rumors of max-out scores from other Tetris Masters began to surface, threatening the supremacy of Harry’s achievement. With the help of Nintendo World Championship veteran Robin Mihara, Adam searched for all of the Tetris Masters he could find. Jonas Neubauer emerged as an early max-out artist, along with the elusive original champ Thor Aackerlund. The idea of bringing these and other NES Tetris Masters together to compete in a live tournament became an obvious and irresistible proposition which was artfully captured in the 2010 feature length documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters. Under the leadership of producer Vince Clemente, The Classic Tetris World Championship is currently held at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, an annual event which has hosted the tournament since 2012. Chuck Van Pelt and his organizing committee have built the PRGE into the largest classic gaming expo in the country, drawing around 6,000 attendees. Every year the scores get higher. Rivalries are revisited once again, and new players emerge to challenge the old guard. Over 20 players have maxed out the score now. Will you be the next?


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  • Classic Tetris

    Classic Tetris

     2 weeks ago +1555

    Big announcement everyone... a one hour special of the 2019 tournament will be airing on ESPN 2 on Dec. 8th at 8PM PST! 11PM EST! Set your DVRs and help us make Classic Tetris even bigger!

  • ItzApollo_playz


     5 hours ago


  • Taddo


     7 hours ago

    no one:

    the commentator: i think tetris is the perfect game.



     8 hours ago

    Damn he won again? I remember YouTube recommending me this a year ago

  • Doc Maggie

    Doc Maggie

     1 days ago

    There's actually a recently created Tetris Memes page on Facebook. It's mostly about the CTWC.

  • Chris Morse

    Chris Morse

     1 days ago

    No big check?
    Get your shit together

  • Arman Ananian

    Arman Ananian

     1 days ago

    I feel like to win the championship you at least need two wins of difference, everyone can mess up one game but two is harder, and people love the accumulating tension

  • Daniel Nguyen

    Daniel Nguyen

     1 days ago

    Big rematch lol

  • Jo Storm

    Jo Storm

     1 days ago

    Alexi Wonderful...

  • Andreas Saag

    Andreas Saag

     1 days ago

    I dare anyone to find a more wholesome combo of sportsmen, crowd, commentators and staff. Absolutely heartwarming!

  • Ronin03


     1 days ago

    23:47 Clonetris

  • Tonito Chavez

    Tonito Chavez

     2 days ago

    This community is so great lol

  • Jason Langevin

    Jason Langevin

     2 days ago

    Did I hear the announcers right. He said you can’t make a better game than this. Is he nuts lol

  • Clement Gibson

    Clement Gibson

     3 days ago

    Tetris is better than chess.

  • Alberto F

    Alberto F

     3 days ago

    melhor edição do campeonato até agora, parabéns Joseph

  • scars4all


     3 days ago

    This is awesome dude.
    These guys are insane!!

  • David Butt

    David Butt

     3 days ago

    They're alright.

  • JosephSega 23

    JosephSega 23

     3 days ago

    um so i’ve watched this sooo many times but um.... i never noticed this😂 15:59

  • SchneeBlauchen


     3 days ago

    Let's be honest!
    Nobody searched for this

  • ItzApollo_playz


     3 days ago