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1979 No summary.
Qix
クイックス
1981 Qix (pronounced "kicks") is a simple and elegant game in which you claim territory by drawing boxes to fill a rectangular space. You must avoid the Qix – sticklike objects that float and bounce through your space in unpredictable patterns. You can rack up more points for creating boxes more slowly, and besides the Qix, you must be careful of Sparx and Fuses which appear if your marker stops while you are drawing.
Galaxy Force II
ギャラクシーフォースII
1989 Space shooter consisting of a large, black chair that swivels and banks as you play.
Invinco
インビンコ
1979 Invinco is a space invaders clone. Sometimes packaged in a multigame with Head On 2 or Deep Scan.
Pulsar
パルサー
1981 You drive through a maze while strange opponents fire at you. You must vanquish opponents before you move to the next maze. Watch for the maze to change, because as some walls disappear others materialize.
Ataxx
アタックス
1990 A variation on the Othello boardgame. You control either the blue or red blobs (pieces). You can either jump over one space, or "multiply" to an adjacent space. Then, all blobs in adjacent spaces change to your color.
Challenger
チャレンジャー
1981 Split and destroy "space bubbles" and enemy ships. Ship fires in three directions, and can "Warp" to the top or bottom of the screen. Dock with the Bonus Bug for bonus points.
Stargate
1981 Space - protect humanoids from aliens. Even more hyper-active sequel to Defender.
Star Trek
スタートレック
1983 Space battle simulator - destroy the Klingons while protecting the star bases.
Gyruss
ジャイラス
1983 Space - fly through the solar system shooting enemies. Made by Konami and Centuri.
Super Spacefortress Macross
1992 A rather tough, action-packed vertical scrolling space sci-fi shooter.
Galaxian
ギャラクシアン
1979 Space - shoot the fleets of aliens. Sold in the United States by Midway.
Space Phantoms
スペースファントム
1979 A version of Ozma Wars in which you shoot phantoms instead of space objects.
Alien Syndrome
エイリアンシンドローム
1987 Third-person shooter where you get to blast all kinds of aliens and rescue people. You can also find power-ups for better blasting power!
Stratovox
1980 A Galaxian / Space Invaders - like game. Possibly the first game with voice synthesis.
Rabbit Punch
1987 As space rabbits, shoot, box and collect carrots, in space. yikes.
Smash TV
1990 In the "distant" future of 1999, you are a contestant on the most violent game show of all – Smash TV. On this game show anything goes, as you attempt to collect prizes, cash, and keys by fighting off a host of enemies with your array of weapons. In some versions, if you collect enough keys, you are rewarded with a trip to the Pleasure Dome.
China Gate
中華大仙?
1988 You (and optional teamate) choose 1 of 3 characters, battle many different enemies with different abilities, and beat various bosses. The goal is to retrieve a book which the enemies have stolen from your master (as you see in the attract screens).
Gorf
ゴーフ
1981 Space - defeat the Gorfian Armada over 5 different missions
Nemesis
グラディウス
1985 Space - fly over strange worlds and get power-ups - A.K.A. Gradius.
Blaster
ブラスター
1983 Space - blast through 20 levels to Paradise. Quasi-sequel to Robotron.
Mortal Kombat
モータルコンバット
1992 Gore-fest head to head fighting. Seven awesome warriors go head to defeat the evil Shang Sung to win back control over the earth and restore peace.
Sinistar
シニスター
1983 Space - Mine rocks, kill warriors, destroy Sinistar
Trog
1990 Trog is a 1 to 4 player Pacman style game. Each player controls a dinosaur who must move around the island collecting their colored eggs and then making it back home first. There are 51 different levels.
Deep Scan
ディープスキャン
1980 Shoot at subs from your battleship. Sometimes packaged in a multigame with Invinco.
SD Gundam Neo Battling
0 Gundam and friends star in this shooter with a myriad of power-ups, mini-robot enemies and very smooth control and action.
Asteroid
アステロイド
1973 1 or 2 player game. Joystick for each player moved a space ship up or down.
Pleiads
1981 The same play style as Phoenix. Move your ship left and right, and destroy the enemy characters. Several different waves, with the major difference from Phoenix being a wave where you have to land the ship.
Head On 2
ヘッドオン2
1979 Pick up all the dots while avoiding head-on collisions with other cars. Sometimes packaged in a multigame with Invinco.
Moon Alien-Part 2
1980 This game is very similar to Galaxian, except that there is now an energy meter at the bottom that decrements with time. If you do not destroy all the aliens before this meter empties, your ship is destroyed.
Tailgunner II
テイルガンナー2
1980 Vector shooting 3d space game. Sequel to Tailgunner, this one a cockpit game.
Ikari Warriors
1986 Jungle combat with guns and grenades against an army of evildoers. Lots of powerups and an eight-direction turning joystick/knob to control you fighter. Plus you get to jump into tanks! A classic two player reminiscent of Front Line.
Lunar Lander
ルナーランダー
1979 Check it out: Atari’s first vector graphics game. Using a throttle lever and rotation buttons, you attempt to land a manned spacecraft on the moon. Readouts show fuel usage and speed readings which must be coordinated for a successful landing.
Slap Fight
スラップファイト
1986 First space shoot'em-up created by Toaplan. Released as Alcon in the US.
Esprade
エスプレイド
1998 Sharp looking shooter in which your ship can equip itself with a large arsenal of power pick-ups and bolt-on weaponry.
Cabal
カベール
1989 Third person (behind player). Use a trackball to control a soldier and his aiming crosshair, and conduct attacks on various enemies. This game has quite a few "pseudo-hidden" power-ups and suprises.
Rygar
アルゴスの戦士
1986 You play the Legendary Warrior "Rygar" in the side scrolling platform game. The aim is to make it though 27 levels picking up power ups and bonuses along the way.
Space Stranger
1978 Space Invaders clone. Also known as Super Space Stranger.
Altered Beast
1988 You are risen from the dead to save Zeus' Daughter. Fight your way through five levels collecting power ups to defeat the Evil Magician.
Outfoxies, The
1995 A one or two player game in which you choose from a wide variety of characters and battle to the death with your opponent.
Three Wonders
スリーワンダー
1991 Three different games from varying genres. Midnight Wanderers is a side-scrolling platform game, Chariot is a side-scrolling shooter, and Don't Pull is a maze/block game. All have very colorful graphics.
Super Locomotive
スーパーロコモティブ
1982 Super Locomotive is a split screen scrolling game. The aim is to reach the end of each section without being run into by the opposition and without running red lights.
Xevious
ゼビウス
1983 Space - Fly over planet, destroy Solvalou mothership
Psychonics Oscar
サイコニクスオスカー
1987 Control a yellow robot named Oscar, collect shield and weapon power-ups, shoot bad guys until you get to a massive boss-monster at the end.
Rip Off
リップオフ
1979 A cooperative two-player game in which you and your teammate try to protect fuel pods from the enemy tanks.
Scramble
スクランブル
1981 Space - Fly over planet surface and destroy base
Hustle
ハッスル
1977 Box your opponent in while collecting as many bonus boxes as possible.
BlaZeon
1992 R-Type-ish shooter where your ship can fire a projectile that freezes enemy vehiicles and take their form and power. Innovative idea.
Asteroids Deluxe
アステロイドデラックス
1981 Space - destroy rocks, saucers and homing enemies
Mortal Kombat 2
モータルコンバット2
1994 Considered the Best of Midway's Mortal Kombat Series, this is your basic vs. type fighting game. Game players fight each other or the computer.
Darius
ダライアス
1987 Multiple-monitor game. Scrolls from Left to Right for most of the game, except when choosing the next level to go to, which scrolls Up and Down. Can gain power-ups along the way for stronger Bombs and (laser?) Shots..
I, Robot
1984 Space - Colour the levels - Destroy the evil eye
Tron
トロン
1982 Tron is trapped inside a computer and forced to play games. Tron must destroy the evil MCP (Master Control Program). Based on the movie.
Atari Football
フットボール
1978 Black-and-white head-to-head football for two or four players. First arcade game to use a trackball as the controller.
Space Duel
スペースデュエル
1982 Space - Destroy geometric rocks, saucers etc.
Star Fire
スターファイア
1980 First-person shooter in which the enemy ships are TIE fighters (of Star Wars fame).
Elevator Action
エレベーターアクション
1984 Your mission as Secret Agent 17(code name "Otto") is to find the secret documents behind red doors and then escape in your getaway car. As you travel by elevator and stairs, avoid enemies or immobilize them by force if necessary.
Tac Scan
タックスキャン
1982 Space - guide fleet of ships through attacks
Rampart
ランパート
1990 This is a simple strategy game that can be addicting. It involves fortifying a castle with walls and cannons, defending from cannon attacks, rebuilding, etc.
Golden Axe: The Revenge of Death Adder
1993 A walk-around-and-kill-everything-that-moves game with the exact same gameplay as the first Golden Axe.
Orbit
オービット
1978 Raster clone of Cinematronics Space Wars.
Klax
クラックス
1989 Catch colored blocks rolling down a conveyer belt and stack them by color in vertical columns or, in higher levels, horizontal and diagonal rows.
Super Tag Battle
1996 Also known as: Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle, Fu'un Super Tag Battle (JPN)
Moon Patrol
ムーンパトロール
1982 Space - drive moonbuggy over surface
Daioh
1993 A vertical-scrolling space shooter with some unique features.
Gal's Panic
ギャルズ・パニック
1993 A simple Qix-like game (you draw areas that once completed fill the playfield locking the monsters away) with a cute girl appearing on the background after each level.
Space Invaders Part II
スペースインベーダーパート2
1980 Thump Thump Thump you shoot the aliens vertically to keep them from tromping down on to you. This was also the FIRST game to have a intermission between levels, ever!
Xain'D Sleena
ザインドスリーナ
1986 space shooter - see also Solar Warrior
Top Secret
トップシークレット
1986 Drive well-equipped spy car through enemy territory, doing combat with a variety of enemies along the way.
Space Invaders Deluxe
スペースインベーダーデラックス
1979 Space - stop the aliens from landing (again)
Bubble Bobble
バブルボブル
1986 As Bub and Bob, you try to capture enemies in bubbles and pop them to complete all 100 levels and rescue your girlfriends.
Mega Force
スターフォース
1985 Outer space shoot-em-up. Similar to 1942.
Tempest
テンペスト
1981 Space - Blast through abstract 3-D "tubes"
Chase H.Q. 2
1990 police chasing baddies and running them off the road. Just like C-HQ1 except you had a man jump out of the sun roof and fired a machine gun when you pressed a button.
Space Firebird
スペースファイアーバード
1980 Space - shoot swarming flocks of aliens
Final Starforce
ファイナルスターフォース
1992 Pilot your spaceship, shooting enemy spacecraft and ground targets. Grab the pulsator capsules for extra fire power.
Rockman 2 - The Power Fighters
ロックマン2
1996 One or two players fight their way through one of three scenarios.
Samurai Showdown 2
真サムライスピリッツ-覇王丸地獄変-
1994 One or two player fighting game with various weapons. Series known as "Samurai Spirits" in Japan.
Samurai Showdown 3: Blades of Blood
1995 One or two player fighting game with various weapons. Series known as "Samurai Spirits" in Japan.
Samurai Showdown 4: Amakusa's Revenge
1996 One or two player fighting game with various weapons. Series known as "Samurai Spirits" in Japan.
Empire Strikes Back, The
1984 Space - Fly snowspeeders against Empire
Zaxxon
ザクソン
1982 Space - Fly over and destroy floating cities
Galaga
ギャラガ
1981 Space - blast waves of alien bugs
Pleiades
プレアデス
1980 Space - Shoot the martians over 4 sectors
Gaplus
ギャプラス
1984 Space - Shoot hordes of alien bugs
Sky Soldiers
1988 One or two future pilots time warp through important historical air battles to prevent the evil organization Amondule from changing history.
Neo Bomber Man
1997 The arcade released Neo*Geo version of Bomberman. Similiar to the other versions. Also released for the Neo*Geo home cart system.
Red Baron
レッドバロン
1981 fly around arena shooting down enemy planes and airships etc..
Contra
1987 Run, jump and shoot your way to the alien base. A.K.A. "Gryzor."
Gryzor
1987 Run, jump and shoot your way to the alien base. A.K.A. "Contra."
Phozon
フォゾン
1983 Collect floating pieces to match a given pattern while avoiding a solitary enemy.
Ozma Wars
1979 Black-and-white space shooter for one or two players.
Turpin
ターピン
1981 Maze collection game (Pac-man style) based around collecting items(turtle eggs) hidden in Question Mark '?' boxes around the screen and returning them home. A.K.A. "Turtles."
Violence Fight
バイオレンスファイト
1990 Primitive two player fighting game. Two players can duke it out in this 2d fighter similar to Pit Fighter.
Galaxy Ranger
スターブレイザー?
1984 Space - destroy spaceships and ground targets
Defender
ディフェンダー
1980 Side-scrolling shooter. Defend your humanoids against abduction. Zen.
End, The
ジ・エンド
1981 A Stern take-off of Space Invaders
Omega Race
オメガレース
1981 Space - zap things around track
Galaga Plus
ギャラガプラス
1984 Distributed game name: GAPLUS OR GALAGA 3... A sequel released by NAMCO of the original Galaga under two different names both released in 1984.
Tailgunner
テイルガンナー
1979 Vector space game - shoot attacking ships
Eliminator
エリミネーター
1981 A 2- or 4- Player battle frenzy to be the first to destroy the Killer Bagel (actually a Death Star of sorts).
Zzyzzyxx
1983 Collect gifts for your sweetie and reach her at the top. Known as "Brix" prior to the Cinematronics release.
Vs. Excitebike
エキサイトバイク
1987 Compete in motorcross circuit with either 3 computer bikes, other human racers or a combination of human and computer opponents. Winners advance to more difficult courses.
Star Trek (unlicensed)
1972 Pirated copy of Computer Space.
Pyros
ワードナーの森?
1987 Steer the little dude through levels of evil mobs to get to the castle and rescue your chick.
Starship 1
スターシップ1
1976 Fly through space and destroy "enemy" spaceships.
Legendary Wings
アレスの翼
1986 Two Player game similar to Xevious. Unique combination of vertical scroller (main game) and side scroller (underground sequences).
Block Hole
1989 A puzzle game where a spaceship tries to shoot blocks by shooting the top of each block until they match. The game ends when the blocks reach the bottom.
Mad Planets
マッドプラネット
1983 Space - Blast "living planets"
Crime City
クライムシティー
1989 Classic-style walk-and-shoot, similar to E-Swat and Shinobi. Assume the role of two cops and go out stopping bank robberies, saving the kidnapped, and all that other good stuff cops do.
M.A.C.H. 3
1983 Flying - Destroy ground and air targets. Has a fighter game and a bomber game. AKA Mach 3, M.A.C.H. III
Speed Rumbler
ラッシュ&クラッシュ
1986 Save your family from terrorists by running and shooting, or driving and shooting. Earn bonus as you save each person. Somewhat graphic.
King of Fighters '95
1995 Sequel to The King of Fighters 94. This game once again uses characters from SNK's other fighters but this time you can edit you teams to your liking.
Punky Doodle
1993 A PacMan-style game where Punky Doodle and his brother Curly Doodle defend the pumpkin patch against enemy monsters by drawing magic doodles using magic markers.
Crystal Castles
クリスタルキャッスル
1983 The Brothers Grimm go 3-d. Pac-man style game in which you move Bentley Bear through a series of dazzling 3-d landscapes, collecting gems and avoiding balls, trees, and other bad guys.
Truxton (Tatsujin)
1988 One in a series of Toaplan space shoot'em-up games.
Cobra Command
サンダーストーム
1984 Standard scrolling shooter. Fly your helicopter and wipe out round after round of bad guys while picking up powerups.
Crazy Climber 2
クレイジークライマー2
1981 Sequel to Crazy Climber. Climb a building and avoid falling obstacles. A Japanese game featuring excrement that actually made it to the states!
Fire Trap
ファイアートラップ
1986 Climb burning buildings, avoid falling objects, put out fires, and rescue people and animals. All at the same time.
Bucky O'Hare
バッキーオハラのスチャラカ空中戦
1992 Bucky's mission is to destroy each planet boss and rescue his crews and infiltrate into the Toad's spaceship and stop their ambition of universe domination.
Legionnaire
1992 A run through the city and beat up all the bad giys game in the same vein as games like Final Fight. Judy has been kidnapped by the crime syndicate and Frank, Chris, and Alfred must save her.
Asteroids
アステロイド
1980 Space - destroy floating rocks & saucers
Gravitar
1982 Space - Destroy planets and collect fuel
Astron Belt
アストロンベルト
1983 Space - destroy air and ground targets
King of Fighters '94
1994 The first in a series of fighting games using a mixture of characters from SNK's other 2 series Fatal Fury and The Art of Fighting.
Sky Shark
飛翔鮫
1987 Airplane shooting game - ground, sea, and air targets
Star Force
スターフォース
1985 Space - fly over floating cities
Vulgus
バルガス
1984 Shoot-em up with a spaceship against waves of grouped enemies, no powerups but shoot+torpedo-like bullet as alternate
Star Hawk
スターホーク
1981 Space - shoot ships over space station
Buck Rogers & the Planet of Zoom
1983 Space - Fly through space and over planets
Super Cobra
スーパーコブラ
1981 Space - fly helicopter through caverns
Joust
ジャウスト
1982 Who would have thought a game with knights fighting on ostriches and storks could become such a classic? Many people attribute the enormous success of Joust to the fact that it could be played either competitively or collaboratively, making it almost two games in one.
Tail n Nose
1989 Top-down Formula 1 racing game where the track rotates instead of the car.
Phoenix
フェニックス
1980 Space - Shoot the birds, destroy the battleship.
Mario Bros.
マリオブラザーズ
1983 Mario and his brother Luigi must battle even creatures in the sewers.
Submarine
サブマリン
1979 This is a mechanically controlled game, possibly built before pong. Produced by Namco (as marked on case). The object of the game is to aim through the periscope and shoot torpedoes at ships moving back and forth in the ocean.
Return of the Jedi
リターンオブジェダイ
1984 Space - Destroy new Death star
Kong
1976 Shoot King Kong off the top Empire State Building with your biplane.
Blasteroids
ブラステロイド
1987 Space - Destroy rocks, saucers etc.
Dirtbike
ダートバイク
0 Just drive along and jump things on the track.
Uniwars
1980 A simple vertical shooter with various enemies.
Wolf Fang
0 You're the mech in this side scrolling platformer which its you against a host of enemy soldiers, bosses and harsh terrain.
Solar Quest
1981 Space - shoot things around a sun
Phantom II
ファントム2
1979 Vertical scrolling shooter in which you control a fighter jet.
Halley's Comet
ハレーズコメット
1986 Scrolling space shooter with good gameplay.
Astro Blaster
アストロブラスター
1981 Space - Shoot aliens & dock with mothership
Inferno
インフェルノ
1977 Put out the fires and save the trapped stick figure in this black-and-white game.
Space Harrier
スペースハリアー
1986 Space - battle with evil fantasy creatures
Renegade
熱血硬派くにおくん
1986 It's 2am. You're in the subway. The wrong place to be unless you're looking for trouble. They've got sticks, chains and your girlfriend. It's up to you to fight your way through the thug infested city to save her.
Thayer's Quest
1984 Search for the Ancient Five Relics to stop the Evil Wizard who wants to take over the land.
Battle Bird
1985 Space - destry space fortress
Mazer Blazer
メイザーブレイザー
1983 Shooting - zap creatures in maze
WWF Wrestlefest
WWFレッスルフェスト
1991 Wrestling, not that it's a sport really, just acting. WWF WrestleFest is a wrestling game that is a follow-up to WWF Superstars. One to four players can play in a Tag Team Challenge or the Battle Royal.
Tube Panic
チューブパニック
1984 Space - blast your way to mothership
Battlantis
バトランティス
1987 Defend your castle from monster attacks.
Paddle Ball
パドルボール
1973 This game, like virtually every other video game from the early 70s, is a black and white Pong clone.
Heiankyo Alien
1979 Move a character around a maze and try to trap aliens in bubbles.
Galaga '88
ギャラガ’88
1988 The official sequel to Galaga gets updated with new graphics, in-game-music for bonus stages, and scrolling stages--not just stars.
Street Fighter 2: Rainbow Edition
1991 A bootleg modified (read: not originally from Capcom) version of SFII:CE. Many new (and most "cheap"!) features.
Moon Cresta
ムーンクレスタ
1980 Space - Shoot the aliens, dock the ships
Crazy Climber
クレイジークライマー
1980 In one of Nichibutsu's most popular arcade games, you must climb up 4 very tall buildings while avoiding obstacles and pitfalls.
Wings
1976 Two player head-to-head air combat
Kamikaze
神風
1979 Shoot the aliens that come from the mothership and fill up the columns.
Karate Champ
1984 Head to Head Karate, gaming's first complex beat-em-up - beat your opponent senseless
Thunder Cross
サンダークロス
1988 Standard shooter: progress by levels, options and various weapon powerups.
Thunder Cross 2
サンダークロス2
1991 Standard shooter: progress by levels, options and various weapon powerups
Time Pilot '84
タイムパイロット’84
1984 Space - destroy enemies over landscapes
R-360
R-360
1991 Flight simulation game similar to GLOC, flips you in all directions.
Surprise Attack
1990 Rolling Thunder in space.
Battlezone
バトルゾーン
1980 Tank combat - destroy tanks, missiles & saucers. Sometimes written "Battle Zone"
Laser Base
1981 Asteroids-style shooter with a base instead of ship.
Vs. Mania Challenge
0 Sequel to MAT MANIA. Wrestling game where you could compete head-to-head against another person.
Equites
1984 Space - Guide robot through levels
Space Invaders
スペースインベーダー
1978 Space - Stop the aliens from landing
Super Off Road
スーパーオフロード
1989 A head to head driving game with up to three simultaneous players.
Bionic Commando
トップシークレット
1988 A side scrolliing action game. As the hero you have a bionic grappling hook and try to defeat an evil army of soldiers.
Mappy
マッピー
1983 Travel through a house to collect items and avoid the cats trying to get you.
Gemini Wing
ジェミニウイング
1987 fly against swirls of bug-like craft.
Road Blasters
1987 Finish each course and shoot enemies en route before running out of fuel.
Spiderman
1991 Guide Spider-Man, Black-Cat, Hawkeye and/or Sub-Mariner as they punch and kick their way through four chapters worth of Dr. Doom's villains.
Xybots
ザイボット
1987 Battle evil robots to find goodies and clear the maze.
Top Skater
トップスケーター
1997 Pull off the craziest tricks ever to score major points and become the best Top Skater in town.
Asterix & Obelix
1992 A 2 player fighting game like Final Fight, the 2 characters you can choose are Asterix and Obelix.
Ponpoko
ポンポコ
1982 Collect food while dodging creatures that walk back and forth across the platforms. Avoid apple cores.
Solar Fight
1979 Bootleg of Ozma Wars.
F-15 Strike Eagle
F-15ストライクイーグル
1991 Flight combat simulator based on the computer game series.
Gladiator
グラディエーター
1988 A fighting game where objects are hurled at you so you will gain practice when you fight others to be the best. Or something.
Playchoice 10 Cabinet
1986 A hardware design that reused the Punch Out!cabinet. A Nintendo Entertainment System with some hardware that handles changing/selecting games and buying game time.
Xexex
ゼクセクス
1991 Xexex is one of the best shooters out there with really innovative power ups (the arms are cool) and engrossing action.
Tower of Druaga, The
1984 A four-way scrolling maze simple RPG-style game.
Pigskin 621 A.D.
1990 Football with fantasy races. You and your opponent use weapons, traps, and magic to score touchdowns.
Marble Madness
マーブルマッドネス
1984 Race marbles through abstract worlds
Rolling Crash
ローリングクラッシュ
1979 Drive a car around a maze and eat the dots. Avoid crashing with the other car.
Moon Base
1979 Drive a car around a maze and eat the dots. Avoid crashing with the other car.
Metro Cross
1985 You control a runner in a series of timed races. You must run to the end of the hall before time runs out.
Space Fury
スペースフューリー
1981 Space - defeat the Mekon
Tokio / Scramble Formation
スクランブルフォーメーション
1986 You can change between 3 shadow formations flying over Tokyo city.