Video Game Music Month
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VGMM ’14: Tetris

by on July 6, 2014

Tetris: A-Type (aka. Korobeiniki)


Hirokazu Tanaka (Original: Russian Folk Music)

Originally Appeared





Game Boy


Almost as ubiquitous as Super Mario Bros., Tetris also echoes a legendary soundtrack.

Although this post focuses solely on ‘A-Type’. This A-Type isn’t in reference to personality traits, but in Tetris for Game Boy, you could pick song A, B, or C, and of course, A is chosen by default. It is the song that millions of kids listened to while busting lines of blocks and yelling at friends in Game Link battles.

Tetris was originally created in 1984 by three Russians, Alexey Pajitnov, Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov. When Nintendo decided to release Tetris in 1989 on Game Boy, the game’s composer, Hirokazu Tanaka, used a Russian Folk song named Korobeiniki. Korobeiniki would later be named A-Type and become the infectious tune we all know today.