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Battle Shark Battle Shark - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

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Shoot approaching enemy planes with a machine gun.

Battle Shark was produced by Nintendo in 1978.

Nintendo released 107 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1970. Nintendo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Nintendo during the time period Battle Shark was produced include: Wild Gunman (1974), Shooting Trainer, Wild Gunman - Shooting Trainer, Sky Hawk, Computer Othello, Block Fiber, Space Launcher, Head On N, and Monkey Magic


Name Battle Shark
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1978
Type Arcade
KLOV/MOG # 7050
Sub-Type Electro-Mechanical
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
  • 16mm Film Projector

Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Gun: Positional with trigger
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

This game is quite amazing, not for the gameplay, but for its 16mm film projector. The film is running on several rollers and is a big loop. The film consists of two halves. The upper portion with the gameplay (planes) is thrown via a mirror on the screen. The lower portion has black and white target areas. This area is being projected via another mirror on a phototrans. The machine gun has a lamp inside the cab aiming through the targets. Simple but efficient.

Battle Shark KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cabinet Information

The entirely metal cabinet is painted red and has metal serial number plates, even for the transformer. It is about twice as deep as standard cabinets and a little taller. The sides contain white graphics of planes. It is a beautiful piece of machinery from Nintendo.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Battle Shark Census

There are 14,826 members of the Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,504 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,880 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Very rare - There are no known instances of this game owned by one of our active members.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list.

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The small PCB handles coins and the targeting. There are four relays which handle input and output. Otherwise the game is purely mechanical.


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