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Radar Scope

| 1980

Release type:
Units produced: Nintendo
Controls/Input Device: Control(joy4way), Buttons(1)
Number of Players: 2
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SoundMix: Mono
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MAME folder name: radarscp

Display: raster 256x224 @ 60.61Hz (60.61 pixclock)
Sound: 1 channels

Emulated in MAME via driver dkong.c:
Status: good; Emulation: good
Graphic: good; Sound: good; Color: good
Palette size: 521; Savestate: supported

Roms: with 256kb
sha1:475ec991929d43b2bcd4b5aee144249f487d0b5b crc:79a7d831
rs2-v.1hc with 256kb
sha1:00c9f8c5ae86b68d38c66f9071b5f1ef421c1005 crc:1b828315 with 256kb
sha1:586620ecc61f3e55258fe6360bcacad5f570f29c crc:54609d61
trs2c5fc with 4096kb
sha1:94717b9d027600e25b863e89900df41325875961 crc:40949e0d
trs2c5gc with 4096kb
sha1:25880e9dcf2dc8862f7f3c38687f01dfe2424293 crc:afa8c49f
trs2c5hc with 4096kb
sha1:09687f2c40cf09ffc2aeddde4a4fa32800847f01 crc:51b8263d
trs2c5kc with 4096kb
sha1:b9f988847fdefa64dfeae06c2244215cb0d64dbe crc:1f0101f7
trs2s3i with 2048kb
sha1:548b44ac69f39df6687da1c0f60968009b1e0767 crc:78034f14
trs2v3ac with 2048kb
sha1:cb4ca8d4fe689ca0011a4b6c0a2dbd4c764ac70a crc:bbf62755
trs2v3bc with 2048kb
sha1:2eb09ab0759e4c8df9188fb833440d8fc94f6172 crc:6fdd63f1
trs2v3cc with 2048kb
sha1:54e6a5005c44261dc4ba845dcd5ff62ea1402d26 crc:6c4e7dad
trs2v3dc with 2048kb
sha1:b570439ea1b5d34d0ac938ac9157f22f319b786d crc:e0bb0db9
trs2v3ec with 2048kb
sha1:8358b5131d082b2fb8dd793d2e5382daeef6f75c crc:0eca8d6b
trs2v3gc with 2048kb
sha1:dd3de744f28ff108630d3336bd246d3323fa34af crc:f095330e
trs2v3hc with 2048kb
sha1:8785a996c6433882a0a7150693c329a4247bb77e crc:15a316f0
Mameinfo.dat entry:
0.37b10 [Yochizo]


- 0.147u2: hap fixed clone Omega Fighter Special. The game fails to boot or finish post. After showing bad rom errors, the game resets.

- 0.147u1: Fixed maincpu rom loading.

- 0.122u7: Fixed gfx1/2/3/4/5 rom loading.

- 0.89u3: Changed Z80 CPU2 clock speed to 5MHz.

- 0.37b10: Yochizo added 'Omega Fighter' (UPL 1989) and clone Omega Fighter Special.

- 21st November 2000: Yochizo fixed some graphics bugs in the Omega Fighter / Atomic Robo-kid driver.

- 8th November 2000: Yochizo sent in a driver for Omega Fighter and Atomic Robo-kid.

- 25th April 1999: Dumped Omega Fighter Special.

LEVELS: 8 (restarts once)

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* Raine

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Romset: 2016 kb / 8 files / 457.8 zip

Credits Mameinfo and Mametesters Project Robert J. Rabgno et al.
History.dat entry:
Radar Scope (c) 1979 Nintendo.

As captain of the Sonic Spaceport, players must defend their station against enemy spaceships called Gamma Raiders, which attack with vengeance and swiftly retreat to formation. The object of the game is to destroy 48 enemy Gamma Raiders before there is total disintegration of all the Spaceports on the player's side.

Players can counterattack with the Rapid-Fire Laser Blaster which zooms the lasers over the three-dimensional-esque field of curving vectors, while it intercepts enemies. The lower on the radar screen that you destroy a Gamma Raider, the more points will be earned. If exploding decoys damage the Sonic Spaceport, the Laser Blaster's firing speed will reduce. The Laser Blaster's "Damage Meter" will light up as damage is incurred and when fully illuminated, will weaken the Laser Blaster's offensive powers. To reverse this, the players must attack and destroy all remaining Gamma Raiders.

Players are given a wide range of flexibility in controlling the difficulty levels of the game. Extra Spaceports are awarded at 7,000, 10,000, 15,000 and 20,000 points, as determined by the players. The initial number of Spaceports may also be pre-programmed at 3, 4, 5 or 6. When the required number of spaceships is destroyed, players receive an extra point bonus.


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 : Zilog Z80 (@ 3.072 Mhz), I8035 (@ 400 Khz)
Sound Chips : Discrete circuitry

Players : 2
Control : Joystick 2-way
Buttons : 1 (FIRE)


Radar Scope was released in December 1979 in Japan and was the first game that Shigeru Miyamoto worked on.

The game was outside Japan in November 1980. Unfortunately, it did not sell very well. Of the 3000 games made, roughly 2000 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
Composer: Hirokazu Tanaka


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Licensed from Alexis Bousiges under a CC Attribution 3.0 License
cheat.dat entry:
00000000 621D 00000005 FFFFFFFF Infinite Lives
00000000 60AD 00000000 FFFFFFFF Infinite Damage
20800000 047A 000000C9 FFFFFFFF Invincibility
20910000 0B94 00000B96 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (2/4) 1st = Disabled damage, 2nd = Enemy
20910000 0BD4 00000BD6 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (3/4) Bomb
20810000 0C12 00000014 FFFFFFFF Invincibility (4/4) Fire
60000000 0000 00000000 00000000
00000000 6010 00000000 00000010 Rapid Fire PL1 Turn it OFF on the name entry screen
00000000 6011 00000000 00000010 Rapid Fire PL2 Turn it OFF on the name entry screen

Credit Pugsy's MAME Cheat file