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This is an awesome game! I've always loved stuff like tetris, but imo never liked the feel (music, colors) of it, so this is just straight up awesome!

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Thanks! That's really cool to hear!

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If I had the time and money I'd totally buy the Vs. System Arcade Cabinet. Great job!

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Yah same 😄

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omg omg omg omg score 20000

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Grats!

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Definitely the best feeling Tetris clone I've played. Coming from NES Tetris, the amount of piece slide time makes me misdrop pieces when I load DAS, but hard dropping somewhat alleviates that. I'm totally loving this game. Awesome music too. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a physical copy.

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Thanks for your kind words! I'm glad you could enjoy it! I spent a lot of time talking with classic Tetris players to make sure it was something people coming from that world could enjoy.

If you are interested in the physical cart, I'd highly recommend signing up for the mailing list. The first batch sold out in minutes, and I expect the final batch to do the same: 

https://mailchi.mp/7c4c11bb4480/from-below-mailing-list

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I'm gonna be honest, its an amazing game and all, but my one complaint is there isn't a way to manually set controls for it. I might be wrong but I think that would be a great addition to be absolutely perfect. other than that, best variant ever!

What control settings would you like to see? Usually that kind of thing is just done in the emulator.

I'd like to suggest the option of swapping the rotation buttons (ie: key x = A  and key z = B) just an option to toggle that sort of thing or like WASD & arrow keys. just a thought

Oh, you are talking about the Web version! Yes, the A & B are actually backwards. I'll see if I can add some additional options!

Alright, I've updated the web emulator to add some additional key options (see hint section just below the emulator). I don't have time to do a full on user customization option, but hopefully this works better for you!

Thanks for the feedback!

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well done! absolutely beautiful

I just added gamepad support too :D

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I'm getting Tetris vibes... JK I tried to make a clone of Tetris before and it is

H A R D

What do I do with the .nes file

Download an NES Emulator and load the nes file in there. I'd recommend FCEUX. It's free.

this looks awesome. the playable browser thing doesn’t work for me. Safari Mac

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Oh I need to remove that. It's not playable in browser atm!

Thanks for the heads up!

you’re welcome. also the game is really fun and looks amazing. definitely the best Tetris-alike on the NES

A fun little game. Loved the music.

Cool tetris clone(no ofense, this is cool spin on tetris)

None taken. Glad you enjoyed it!

What I don't like is that after hard drop it is not possible to move the figure left right. I am very used to that from other tetris games

I did actually implement that but took it out because I don't like how it feels. I get some people like it though.

Yes, if you make more nes games I would actually fucking buy them also how can I give you my money

And I will accept your money, sir.

How much money, begging, and/or soul-selling is required to get a physical copy at this point? Wondering if I should take out a loan.
 

Still 50 more copies to sell at some point but likely not any time soon. I check eBay here and there out of curiosity but none for sale yet.


I only kept 1 for myself.

Good to know, thank you! I'll be eagerly keeping an eye out for that email update on the final 50 then. 

did you write this is 6502 assembly from scratch? if not what tool/framework did you use?

Its a mix of C and assembly (but mostly C), written from "scratch". I wrote about it in detail here if you are interested:

http://www.matthughson.com/2020/12/07/from-completely-in-the-dark-to-complete-in...

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thank you!

Really fun game the music is super cool!

Thanks. Music is by Tui of you want to check out his other stuff.

Thank you for this.  Great Tetris variant.  

Thanks for playing!

Merry Christmas and thanks for freely sharing your game! But how do you start Vs. From Below? I don't have a PC to run Mesen, just an Android device. It boots up just fine in every NES emulator I've tried. But no button presses, or combination of button presses will insert coins or start the game. If I don't press anything, it eventually goes into running a demonstration. But as soon as I press a key, it bounces me back to the title screen. I've tried with the touch interface and a gamepad. Help would be appreciated.

It depends on the emulator. It needs to provide a way to insert coins (or change dip switches for free play mode)

Ok, that's what I was leaning towards. I've tried all of the RetroArch NES cores and NES. emu, and it doesn't appear that they offer DIP switch support. I'm tending to think that there isn't an NES emulator on Android that does. Maybe I can find a MAME solution. I miss owning a PC. Thanks for your assistance. Have a blessed new year.

I'm starting to think I might enable Free Play by default in the next version of the game. Might make it a bit easier for people like yourself.

That'd be an awesome move 👍

it's on by default now!

Absolutely lovely :) How do you add credits in the VS version if you're playing it on an NES emulator?

It depends on the Emulator, but in Mesen, it adds new options under the "Game" menu for inserting coins and changing dipswitches. Hope that helps!

really fun game! Im seeing theres a discord in the comments but cant find a link to join

Oh thank you! I must have deleted it by accident.

Here it is: https://discord.gg/6jEcHEx

thanks!

素晴らしい。it’s just awesome. 

Glad you like it!

i've discover your game yesterday on Romhack and i really love it !!!
I m a Tetris fan, i love playing battle with my girl friend :)
Like i've read on other commentary, i will really stand for your next version with a 2 player VS mode with the bad Kraken that trying to kill us ...

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That's awesome. Thanks for playing, and a vs. mode is always a possibility some day.

Would you do a Kickstarter for a physical boxed copy?

I actually just had a sale for a limited edition a few days ago. All sold out though :(

What? Where was this at? Why wasn't it mentioned here?

Please do another run of the game. Please...

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There is a chance I will do another 50 in the coming months. If you are interested, best thing to do is probably sign up for the mailing list from the first run:

https://mailchi.mp/7c4c11bb4480/from-below-mailing-list

I'll likely email that group if another run starts to come together.

You could also follow me on twitter where I am most active:

https://twitter.com/matthughson

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Here's the original eBay listing if you are curious about price, photos, shipping etc.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/224227602709

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Absolutely loved it. Need a physical cart ASAP!!

I just got my Everdrive N8 Pro in this evening.  Had a chance to test the latest release of From Below. It works flawlessly with it! I was playing on the retroUSB AVS system.

That's great to hear, thanks!

So how do you start at level 29 via [redacted]?

I can't post cheats out in the open!? It would spoil the fun. I'll give a clue though; it's similar to starting on level 19... :)

The guys on the Discord will help I'm sure though.

I can see how that would spoil the fun. I'm having a lot of fun trying to get to levels further and further on!

Is there any chance you would be able to put a donation button on the itch.io page for this game? I plan to keep playing this for all eternity, and don't mind throwing a few bucks your way.

Thanks! I'm glad to hear it.

No need to pay; just enjoy. 

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This game is crazy good. Bringing back the old NES style and graphics with modern mechanics? Definitely love love love love and love. I don't have to break my wrist to hypertap anymore. This doesn't look like a homebrew game at all. Might as well called it as an official game. The presentation is classy.

The puzzle community should definitely see this and stream them. It would be fun to see those people breaking records left and right.

For suggestion, a head to head split screen 2 player mode would be awesome. Thank you very much for your time and dedication for creating this masterpiece.

Much love from Malaysians.

Pssst hey guess what, very smart of you to not put any T****s keyword to avoid "them" from claiming it. ;p

Thanks for the kind words! It means a lot.

I've been play testing the game with a few people from the Classic Tetris Community, and they've had a lot of amazing feedback for stuff I had no clue about.

do hope to one day release an "ULTIMATE EDITION" with 2 player, and some other features, but that's probably not any time soon (I'm starting work on some other NES projects already).

If you know of streamers who might be interested in playing the game, please let them know about From Below! I've DM'd a few but haven't heard anything back.

Some other Nes projects?! Sign me up! Can't wait to see what you got cooking in the kitchen.

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i'm brazilian guy, and this game its so awesome, classic, excellent music, and harmonious gameplay. aaah why not for 2 players? would be great. Congratulations on the work done

2 player in the sequel! 😁

I would totally be as giddy as a school girl if there was a 2 player mode. Yes please!

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Who made the music for this? It's gorgeous!

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Thanks! It's by https://twitter.com/Tui2A03

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Very fun game, I've been enjoying it a lot! I've always been been disappointed by the music in the 'falling block' port on the NES, and this homebrew really remedies that, with an awesome soundtrack that is awfully catchy. The Kraken mechanic is really fun and adds an extra challenge to an already perfect title (especially on 'fixed' mode). I also love that you can fast drop blocks, quite the modern convenience. And perhaps best of all you can play it on your real NES if you have a flashcart. Highly recommended, I really don't have anything negative to say. Great work!

I appreciate the thoughtful review! Thanks for playing!

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For those playing in your browser, I figured out the following keymaps:

Arrow keys = Move U/D/L/R
w = A button
x = B button
Enter = Start

Fun game btw, love the music!

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Good point. I guess I should put it somewhere on the page.

Done!

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Would love to get into C64 dev some day...

and small gameplay :)

Thanks for sharing! BTW the audio seems to get very out of sync with the video by the end. Maybe something on my end; not sure.

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I'll play this on MiSTer and update later with some feedback.  Looks great!

Hi, I am interested in seeing how this runs on MiSTer. If you have time to grab some footage, and upload it, I would love to see it. Specifically interested in seeing how the "TIMED" mode runs.

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love it

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love you too

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No bugs found so far, perfect game, thank you!!!

Wow, appretiate it!

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I come back regularly to play this game. Really amazing. I cannot get its music out of my head, it is also amazing.

Nice score! You should join the discord (if you haven't already under a different name). Quite a few people are chasing that 1 million score!

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So cool "block breaking" spin-off! Like the whole Kraken theme and visuals, really good job!

Thanks so much!

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whoa this looks really great : ) will try it out soon!

Can't wait to hear what you think, thanks!

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Do you have github for tracking issues?


You have an excellently presented
1) game
2) this page
3) wow emulator embedded on page (y)

I've got an everdrive so i will be testing this out.

Thanks! I spent a while trying to get that emulator working. Going to see if I can get gamepad support working a bit later hopefully.

The game is on git hub (https://github.com/mhughson/mbh-firstnes) but I'm not tracking issues there. I probably should have, but there hasn't been very many to be honest, so I've just been tracking in a TODO comment in the code :D

Looking forward to your feedback!

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For gamepad support: in case it's useful, here's a commit on github from when I added gamepad support to a Game Boy js emulator (used it here on itch.io). Firefox support for standard mapping may have improved since then.

https://github.com/chrismaltby/gb-studio/pull/305/commits/bffdeef5ce1930031850a39fe1579aa610b281b3

The graphics look great, and the palette switches are a nice touch. Love the sound too. Nice work!

Thanks!

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