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The player faces off against a beefy Texan, a Sumo, a masked fighter, a robot, and a mutant in a series of arm-wrestling contests. Timing and quick joystick motions are key to victory.

Arm Wrestling was produced by Nintendo in 1985.

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 Arm Wrestling was produced include: Balloon Fight, Baseball, Duck Hunt, Excitebike (PlayChoice), Excitebike, Vs. Clu Clu Land, Super Punch-Out!!, Super Mario Bros., Nintendo Vs. System, and Vs. Ladies Golf


Name Arm Wrestling
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 6921
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Power
Sound Unamplified Mono (requires one-channel amp)
Uses 2 single channel amps to produce different sounds from left/right speaker.
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Arm Wrestling Control Panel Image
Side Art Arm Wrestling Side Art Image

Game Play

In this game, each time you face a different opponent, push the joystick left to arm-wrestle your opponent. Whenever your opponent starts to act, push the joystick right to counterattack and press the button to increase your power. If you do not counterattack, move the joystick back and forth several times to prevent yourself from being pinned. You must try to pin your opponent before the counter reaches one minute or you will lose.


  1. Texas Mac.
  2. Kabuki - His arm is harder to budge than the first opponent.
  3. Mask X - He will try to ram you with his head and each time he attempts to do so, move the joystick right to avoid him. Before you can pin Mask X, you must unmask him by pulling the joystick up rapidly. Once uncovered, the fighter will turn out to be Bald Bull from the game Punch-Out!! After Mask X has been defeated, the master of ceremonies will throw you a bag of money worth 50,000 bonus points, but you must catch it by pulling up in order to receive the points.
  4. Alice and Ape-III - These opponents must be counterattacked up to three times. Before you can pin Ape-III, you must grab the magnet (worth 10,000 bonus points) in his other hand by pushing the joystick right. You will have two chances to get the magnet, but if you miss twice, you will lose.
  5. Frank Junior - He will occasionally give a signal with his hand and say "Wait!" Before you can pin him, you must move the joystick left to avoid the flames that he will shoot from his mouth. If you beat him, you will have a chance to catch another money bag worth another 50,000 bonus points.

After defeating all the opponents, the game begins again with increased difficulty.

Arm Wrestling KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.77 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.47

Overall Like 4.67
Fun (Social) 4.33
Fun (Solo) 4.67
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.94

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 4.00
Originality 5.00
Sound/Music 4.67

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

As soon as the match begins, if your timing is right, pushing "left" will catch the computer player off guard and score an auotmatic full "power" and generally helps you to beat the computer player faster. Be careful not to foul twice or your game is over!

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This game was released as a conversion kit for Punch-Out!!.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Arm Wrestling Census

There are 14,743 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,469 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,447 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Common - There are 27 known instances of this machine owned by Arm Wrestling collectors who are active members. Of these, 13 of them are original dedicated machines. 3 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 11 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Arm Wrestling machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Arm Wrestling circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Arm Wrestling. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Arm Wrestling boards sets.

This game ranks a 4 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 13 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

Rarity and Popularity independently are not necessarily indications of value. [More Information]


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 192; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 192; Color photo

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