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Topic: Nintendo Video Arcade Machine Reference 1978-1985
Posted By: Rich
Subject: Nintendo Video Arcade Machine Reference 1978-1985
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2016 at 9:48pm
This is a general reference for all known official Nintendo video arcade machines from 1978-1985 (excluding VS. machines) 

There are 18 unique games in total (20 if you count each variant of Space Fever) and 5 collaborations

This guide includes unique model numbers, countries the machines were officially available in, the Japanese and North American etc release dates when available and pictures of each model (from flyers when they exist). 

(The expanded acronyms to the right of each listing are for my amusement, and not necessarily accurate)


1. Computer Othello.............COG  (1978)  [Computer Othello Game]
JP: 20.05.1978 (Date on flyer)

Known Upright Models....   ?




Known Cocktail Models...   ?


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2. Block Fever.....................TBF  (1978)
JP: 18.10.1978 (Date on flyer)

Known Cocktail Models.......  TBF


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3a. Space Fever...................TSF  (1979)  [Title Space Fever]
JP: 18.01.1979 (Date on flyer)

Known Cocktail Models....   TSF




3b. Space Fever Color.........TSF  (1979)  [Title Space Fever]
JP: 15.05.1979 (Date on flyer)

Known Cocktail Models.....  TSF-CL



3c. Space Fever Hi-Splitter...........TSF  (1979)  [Title Space Fever]
JP: 13.07.1979 (Date on flyer)

Known Cocktail Models......  ?


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4. Monkey Magic................TZF  (1979)  [Title Zoo Fever]
JP: 01.10.1979 (Date on flyer)

Known Upright Models.......  TZF-UP




Known Cocktail Models......  ?


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5. Sheriff............................TWG  (1979)  [Title Western Gun]
JP: 18.10.1979 (Date on flyer)
JP: xx.11.1979 (Wikipedia) / EU: xx.11.1979 (Wikipedia) / NA: xx.01.1980 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models.....  TWG-UP 




Known Table Models....   ? 

(Left: Mockup/prototype. Right: Actual model (distributed by SEGA) 

  


Known Cocktail Models....  ?,  TWG-BG 


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6. Space Launcher.............TDL  (1979)  [Title Dock Launcher]
JP: 18.10.1979 (Date on flyer)

Known Upright Models.......  ?




Known Cabaret Models......  UP-TDL (Yes this is legit Nintendo!)




Known Table Models....  ?




Known Cocktail Models......  ?


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7. HeliFire..........................TUB  (1980)  [Title U-Boat]
JP: xx.xx.xxxx (Date on flyer)
??: xx.09.1980 (Wikipedia)

Known Upright Models.....  ?  TUB-UP-US 




Known Cocktail Models....  TUB-UK 


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8. Space Firebird................TST  (1980)  [Title Space Thunderbird]
JP: 26.06.1980 (Date on flyer)

Known Upright Models.....  ? TST-UP-GM,  TST-UP-IL 

(Left: Japanese model. Right: Rest of world) 

  


Known Cabaret Models......  ? (Yes this is also legit Nintendo!)




Known Cocktail Models....  ?


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9. Radar Scope..................TRS  (1980)  [Title Radar Scope]
JP: 08.10.1980 (Date on flyer)
JP: xx.12.1979 (Wikipedia) / NA: xx.11.1980 (Wikipedia) 

Known Cockpit Models......  ? ?

(Left: Japanese model. Right: Rest of world) 

  


Known Upright Models......  TRS-UP-HL,  TRS-UP-UK,   TRS-US, TRS-UP-US 

(Left: Japanese model. Right: Rest of world) 

  


Known Cocktail Models.....  ? TRS-UK,  TRS-HL


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10. Donkey Kong.....................TKG  (1981)  [Title KonG]
JP: 30.09.1981 (Date on flyer)
JP: 09.07.1981 (Wikipedia) / NA: 31.07.1981 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models.......  ? TKG2-UP-US (TRS Conv), TKG3-UP-US, TKG4-UP-US




Known Cabaret Models......  TKG3-SUP-US 




Known Cocktail Models......  ? TKG3-US


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11. Sky Skipper....................TNX  (1981)  [Title Nintendo EXperiment]
JP: 30.09.1981 (Date on flyer)

Known Upright Models.......  TNX1-UP-US



Known Cabaret Models.......  ?




Known Cocktail Models.......  ?

(Left: Early version. Right: Later version) 

  
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12. Donkey Kong Jr..............DJR  (1982)  [Donkey Kong JunioR]
JP: 23.07.1982 (Date on flyer)
JP: 01.08.1982 (Wikipedia) / NA: 20.08.1982 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models.......  ? DJR1-UP-US




Known Cocktail Models.......  DJR1-18T DJR1-18T-US

  
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13. Popeye...........................TPP  (1982)  [Title PoPeye]
JP: 01.12.1982 (Date on flyer)

Known Upright Models.......  ? TPP2-UP-US 




Known Cocktail Models.......  TPP1-18T TPP2-18T-US


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14. Mario Bros......................TMA  (1983)  [Title MArio]
JP: xx.xx.xxxx (Date on flyer)
JP: 14.07.1983 (Wikipedia) / NA: 20.07.1983 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models........  ? ?

(Left: Widebody dedicated. Right: Conversion Kit)

 

Known Cocktail Models......  TMA1-18T


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15. Donkey Kong 3.............. DKC  (1983)  [Donkey Kong Climber]
JP: xx.xx.xxxx (Date on flyer)
JP: 31.10.1983 (Wikipedia) / NA: 01.11.1983 (Wikipedia) / EU: 25.12.1983 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models.......  ? DKC1-UP-US (PAK) 




Known Cocktail Models......  ? ?


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16. Punch-Out!!..........CHP  (1983)  [CHaracter/CHampion(ship) Punch]
JP: xx.xx.xxxx (Date on flyer)
JP: xx.xx.1983 (Wikipedia) / NA: xx.02.1984 (Wikipedia) / EU: xx.07.1984 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models........  ? ?


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17. Super Punch-Out!!...CHS  (1984)  [CHaracter/CHampion(ship) Super (Punch)]
JP: 03.10.1984 (Date on flyer)
JP: xx.09.1984 (Wikipedia) / NA: xx.xx.1985 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models........  ? ?


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18. Arm Wrestling........CHV  (1985)  [CHaracter/CHampion(ship) Versus]
NA: xx.05.1985 (Wikipedia) 

Known Upright Models........  ?


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Collaborations:


Space Battleship?.......TSC  (1979)  (w/Namco?) (Galaxian) [Title SpaceCraft]
JP: 04.07.1979 (Latest date in manual)

Known Cocktail Models......  ? TSC-GM 


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Bomb Bee-N....................TBB  (1979)  (w/Namco)  [Title Bomb Bee]
JP: 01.09.1979 (Date on flyer)

Known Cocktail Models.......  ?


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Head On-N.......................???  (1979)  (w/Sega)
JP: 01.10.1979 (Date on flyer)

Known Cocktail Models........  ?

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Space Thunderbird........TSS  (19xx)  (w/Fortrek) (Moon Cresta) [Title SpaceShip/Shooter]
JP: xx.xx.19xx (Date on flyer)

Known Cocktail Models.......  ?,  ?


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Space Demon..................SDM  (19xx)  (w/Fortrek) (Space Firebird Clone) [Space DeMon]
JP: xx.xx.19xx (Date on flyer)

Known Upright Models.......  ? SDM-UP (US Version?)




Known Caberet Models.......  ? ?




Known Cocktail Models.......  ? ?





Rich



Replies:
Posted By: aeroflott
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2016 at 10:02pm
There's a guy over on KLOV looking for the code TSC which he has a manual for but can't identify what game it is.

There's a few Nintendo codes listed here: https://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/spies.cgi?action=url&type=info&page=NintendoList.html" rel="nofollow - https://www.mikesarcade.com/cgi-bin/spies.cgi?action=url&type=info&page=NintendoList.html


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Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 26 Jul 2016 at 10:42pm
Haha, yeah I know I just replied in that thread before you :), I Suggested Space Battleship as the name of that game, however I don't know what the TSC could stand for

Also coincidentally I found that code list last night which helped me compile some of this list

Cheers! Rich


Posted By: Franzy21
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2016 at 1:01pm
When I picked this TSC (TSC-GM) cocktail two days, I knew it was unusual because I had read the thread on KLOV. So iposted there to see if someone could shed a light.

Everything (overall shape, buttons, serial plate design etc...) on it screams Nintendo but Nintendo is written nowhere. 
Same for the manual (except on the blueprints where you see a Nintendo in some bottom right name boxes)

And actually, Space Battleship is a good guess for a Galaxian clone as it seems it may possibly be...


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Posted By: Chuckie egg
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2016 at 1:10pm
Space launcher is TDL I have the only know cocktail of that game.


Posted By: Chuckie egg
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2016 at 1:16pm
Thanks for putting all these codes up its good reverence.
It could be one of the early Namco games
We still don't know the codes for bomb b N and Monkey magic.


Posted By: ataritoobin
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2016 at 5:04pm
Monkey Magic is TZF?

No guesses on the acronym meaning!LOL
 




Posted By: Chuckie egg
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2016 at 5:08pm
Nice one Stev
I actually forgot I had pictures of that Pcb.


Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 27 Jul 2016 at 8:13pm
Originally posted by ataritoobin ataritoobin wrote:

No guesses on the acronym meaning!LOL


I will be guessing however, this has me stumped Smile 

TDL = (T) Dock Launcher! Didn't realise how rare this one was! (as a cocktail)

Yeah Franzy try and hunt down that PCB!


Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2016 at 6:28am
Bomb Bee-N code found -  http://www.ebay.ie/itm/181980595681" rel="nofollow - http://www.ebay.ie/itm/181980595681

EDIT: and also here :) -  http://www.ukvac.com/forum/bomb-bee-n-found-in-japan_topic342874.html%20" rel="nofollow - http://www.ukvac.com/forum/bomb-bee-n-found-in-japan_topic342874.html


Posted By: ataritoobin
Date Posted: 28 Jul 2016 at 7:27pm
Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

Originally posted by ataritoobin ataritoobin wrote:

No guesses on the acronym meaning!LOL


I will be guessing however, this has me stumped Smile 



Zoo Flipper?  Zoo Fever? LOL


Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 29 Jul 2016 at 12:05am
Originally posted by ataritoobin ataritoobin wrote:

Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

Originally posted by ataritoobin ataritoobin wrote:

No guesses on the acronym meaning!LOL


I will be guessing however, this has me stumped Smile 



Zoo Flipper?  Zoo Fever? LOL

I'm not sure whether you are being sarcastic, but that's pretty good! - "Zoo Fever", considering Block Fever came just before it (a breakout type game also) so i'd say "Fever" is good and "Zoo" - well what other "Z" word is there? - maybe they intended to have other animals in there at some point!

Cheers, Rich


Posted By: Franzy21
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2016 at 12:05am
My two nintendo cabs com from Germany.
TST-UP-GM & TSC-GM
So I would guess that GM stands for Germany....

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Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2016 at 2:21am
GM = Germany, BG = Belgium, HL = Holland, UK = United Kingdom, IL = Ireland, US = United States,

These are all the country codes I can remember ever seeing (on the web, not in person :)). I am looking fo a TRS-UP-UK!

R


Posted By: ataritoobin
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2016 at 2:07pm
Nice! Blank is Japan


Posted By: slowcade
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2016 at 3:53pm
Couldn't the CH stand for Championship or Champion rather than Character?

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Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 02 Aug 2016 at 5:43pm
Originally posted by ataritoobin ataritoobin wrote:

Nice! Blank is Japan
I wondered about that

Originally posted by slowcade slowcade wrote:

Couldn't the CH stand for Championship or Champion rather than Character?

Quite possibly, good point there

I will try and update this page with more info about cabinets and also cocktails and where they have been found around the world, for example has anyone ever seen a UK upright Donkey Kong? (Non converted) or any upright Nintendo cabinet after Radar Scope outside of US and Japan?

Rich


Posted By: myPinballs
Date Posted: 18 Aug 2016 at 11:33pm
I have an upright Space Firebird cabinet, which is an ongoing restoration project for me. Thread on here about it). It has been converted to play Donkey Kong during its life.

http://www.ukvac.com/forum/nintendo-space-firebird-upright-restoration_topic348779_page1.html

The model number is TST-UP-IL
The serial is 00343

I always assumed that the first T in the model number was a shorthand for NinTendo. Not sure if i read that, or imagined it :)


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Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 16 May 2018 at 5:23pm
Hi, all I started this thread a while ago to talk about the codes Nintendo used on their arcade cabs and what the meanings behind them were but I have gone back and updated the first post and just made it a general reference for all Nintendo cabs up until the V.S. system, to include model numbers, release dates, regions released in, flyer reference pics etc, etc...

Hope its useful to some, I still need to add more known model number info for many of the machines so it's not finished yet

Cheers! Rich


Posted By: JonTron
Date Posted: 16 May 2018 at 5:28pm
Nice, thanks Rich. Wonder how many from this list will be on 'Nintendo Row' at Revival this weekend? Will be an awesome sight.

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Posted By: Franzy21
Date Posted: 16 May 2018 at 10:29pm
Originally posted by Rich Rich wrote:

Hi, all I started this thread a while ago to talk about the codes Nintendo used on their arcade cabs and what the meanings behind them were but I have gone back and updated the first post and just made it a general reference for all Nintendo cabs up until the V.S. system, to include model numbers, release dates, regions released in, flyer reference pics etc, etc...

Hope its useful to some, I still need to add more known model number info for many of the machines so it's not finished yet

Cheers! Rich

Fear not. Tongue
It has become my reference Nintendo arcade numbering page.
Thanks for this good work!!!

Franz


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Posted By: Franzy21
Date Posted: 16 May 2018 at 11:15pm
By the way, found these pics in my archive.










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Posted By: Franzy21
Date Posted: 16 May 2018 at 11:20pm
And this one...
Sorry for the low quality :)
 


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Posted By: Rich
Date Posted: 17 May 2018 at 1:11am
Thanks JonTron and Franz, it's been useful to me so I hope it helps others too

Great pics!, do they belong to you?. I have added the Space Thunderbird image to the lineup

Cheers! Rich


Posted By: Franzy21
Date Posted: 17 May 2018 at 11:12pm
Hi Rich,

Unfortunately not the ST cocktail, it's a picture I found once on KLOV.
But that's my PCB all right and it works well :)

Cheers,

Franz


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