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Radar Scope

Radar Scope (c) 11/1980 Nintendo.


Radar Scope was available in three different dedicated cabinets. The upright cabinet was the same design used for the "Donkey Kong" series. It was red in color and had sticker side-art of a spaceship. The monitor bezel and control panel were designed to mimic the view from inside the cockpit of a spaceship. While the marquee showed an image of a blue and red 'Radar Scope' logo on a field of stars. The cocktail version came in a white-topped cabinet and was only decorated with an instruction card underneath the glass. The final version was a big environmental unit that completely enclosed the player inside (to better hear all that 'Laser Sound'). All the Radar Scope advertisements showed the environmental version. It used the same side-art as the upright, and had a 'Radar Scope' logo silk-screened on the back window. All versions used a 'Nintendo Compatible' Sanyo monitor.

Main CPU : Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz)

Sound CPU : I8035 (@ 400 Khz)

Sound Chips : DAC (@ 400 Khz), Samples (@ 400 Khz)

Screen orientation : Vertical

Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels

Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz

Palette colors : 258

Players : 2

Control : Joystick 2-way

Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


This was the first game that Shigeru Miyamoto worked on, and it did not sell very well. Of the 3,000 games made, roughly 2,000 were converted into "Donkey Kong". This lead to two variations of Donkey Kong cabinets : the harder to find red cabinet and the traditional blue cabinet.


Graphics by : Shigeru Miyamoto