Thor Aackerlund

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Thor Aackerlund
Born Houston, Texas, United States[1]
Known for 1990 Nintendo World Championships Winner[1][2][3]

Thor Bjorn Thorlei Aackerlund (born January 4, 1977) was one of the winners from the 1990 NWC (Nintendo World Championships).[1][2][3] He holds a Mario trophy from the competition.[1][2] He is also a featured player in the documentary film Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, with his reemergence into competitive video gaming taking place in the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship.

1990 NWC (Nintendo World Championships)[edit]

For the main article, see Nintendo World Championships.

The competition included the most popular games of the time, which were Super Mario Bros., Rad Racer, and Tetris.[1][2][3] The best players from around the United States were selected to play in the competition.[1][3] One of the items the winners obtained was a gray cartridge from the specially-made NWC game cartridges.[1][2][3] 116 special carts were made, 90 of them were gray cartridges.[2][3]

Guidelines to Win[edit]

  1. Collect 50 coins in Super Mario Bros. (Once finished, x1 to scored points in objective)
  2. Finish level 1 of Rad Racer (Once finished, x10 to scored points in objective)
  3. Play Tetris for the remainder of the time (Once finished, x25 to scored points in objective)

Sources: [1][3]

Top-Scorer Scores[edit]

  1. Thor Aackerlund[2] -- 2,800,000 points
  2. Jeff Hansen -- 2,700,000 points
  3. Robert Whiteman -- 2,500,000 points
  4. Jeff Falco -- 2,300,000 points
  • Scores approximate

Sources: [3]


Main article: Camerica

After the competition, Camerica, a producer of unlicensed Nintendo Entertainment System/NES games, quickly signed a deal with Aackerlund to make him the official spokesman for their games.[2]

2010 Classic Tetris World Championship[edit]

After disappearing from the gaming world for nearly two decades, Aackerlund reemerged to pursue the title of 2010 Classic Tetris World Champion. His personal story and participation in the tournament are chronicled in the 2011 documentary Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "The Warp Zone". Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Nintendo - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "NES Player". Retrieved 2008-10-12. 

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