Released in 1989, Tengen's Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System was released before Nintendo's version of Tetris and wasn't licensed by Nintendo. Before's Nintendo's release of their version of Tetris. Tengen sued Nintendo of America for the IP rights for control of Tetris and to allow only themselves to sell their version of the game for the Nintendo Entertainment System and not by Nintendo. Nintendo counter-sued Tengen. Nintendo won their counterclaim against Tengen and it caused Nintendo to issue a cease and desist order against Tengen's version of Tetris, which forced all the unsold copies of the game to be recalled and destroyed.
Due to the recall, along with some features found only in Tengen's Tetris such as the 2 player mode, Tengen's Tetris for the Nintendo Entertainment System short time on the market and limited qualities has caused it to be a valuable collectors item.