Thor Aackerlund

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Thor Aackerlund
Born (1977-01-04) January 4, 1977 (age 45)
Known for1990 Nintendo World Championships Winner[1][2][3]
Competition record
Classic Tetris
Nintendo World Championships
1st 1990 Houston Championship age 12-17
1st 1990 World Finals age 12-17
Classic Tetris World Championship
5th 2010 Tetris World Championship

Thor Bjorn Thorlei Aackerlund (born 4 January 1977) is a competitive video gamer.

As a child, he started playing computer games while waiting for a new school year to begin after having missed one due to his mother being hospitalized after a fire.[4] He couldn't afford a Nintendo Entertainment System, so he bought a Game Boy but didn't have the money for any extra games, which put him on the path of playing Tetris as it was included for free.[4] He was one of the winners of the 1990 Nintendo World Championships, for which he was bestowed a Mario trophy.[1][2][3] Soon after the competition, Camerica, a producer of unlicensed Nintendo Entertainment System games, signed a deal with Aackerlund to make him the official spokesman for their games.[2] Aackerlund then became the poster child for the game, featured in commercials and fairs.[5] As a child, he felt pressured to play as the prize money and endorsements were financially important for his family.[4] At the time, he was known as the only player to claim to have reached level 30 in Tetris.[5] Aackerlund soon disappeared from the scene, but remained known as perhaps the most well-known name in Tetris.[6]

He is a featured player in the 2011 documentary film Ecstasy of Order: The Tetris Masters, which covers his second effort in competitive video gaming at the 2010 Classic Tetris World Championship.


  1. ^ a b c "The Warp Zone". Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  2. ^ a b c "Nintendo - The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly". Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  3. ^ a b "NES Player". Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  4. ^ a b c Norström, Tobias. "Legenden om Thor Aackerlund", P3 Spel, Sveriges Radio. 14 November 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b Jersenius, Erik. "Tetris är det ultimata tidsfördrivet", Vestmanlands Läns Tidning. 18 April 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2020. Pages 6–7.
  6. ^ Säfström, Orvar. "Den mästerlige spelnörden", Sydsvenskan. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2020. Page 15.

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