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Cobra Command Cobra Command - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Cobra Command - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Cobra Command was a laser disc conversion kit for Dragon's Lair/Space Ace and M.A.C.H. III games. The two kits were different and had different boards completely. They also used different laser disc players. Cobra Command involved flying your helicopter through different laser disc-generated sections. After completing all sections you attacked the main enemy headquarters.This game was known in Japan as Thunder Storm. Data East later released an unrelated shoot-em-up titled Cobra Command in 1988. Film Produced by Toei Animation Co., Ltd. It was the second arcade game to incorporate the Laserdisc technology featuring cartoon animation. COBRA COMMAND by Data East uses anime footage created by Toei specifically for the game.Opening 3 hardwareMain CPU I8086 @ 5 Mhz, 2x M6502 @ 1 MhzSound Chips 2x DAC, 2x AY8910 @ 2 Mhz, SP0250 @ 3.12 Mhz

Cobra Command was produced by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan in 1984.

Nihon Bussan/AV Japan released 60 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. Nihon Bussan/AV Japan was based in United States.

Other machines made by Nihon Bussan/AV Japan during the time period Cobra Command was produced include: Pro Tennis, Pro Sports, Pro Bowling, Pro Soccer, Burnin' Rubber, Karate Master, Karate Champ - Player Vs Player, Karate Dou, Kung-Fu Master, and Haro Gate Ball


Name Cobra Command
Developer Nihon Bussan/AV Japan (United States)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7362
Class Wide Release
Genre Shooter
Conversion Class unique
External Device LDP - Sony LDP-1000A, Pioneer LD-V1000
Dipswitch Settings

Cobra Command Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: Optical
  • Buttons: 2 - FireMissle
Sound Amplified Stereo (two channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Cobra Command Control Panel Image

Game Introduction

There are seven flying sections that you have to go through to reach the enemy base. The game has two ways of firing: machine gun and missile. The machine gun requires multiple hits while the missile can take out an object with one shot. Cobra Command has overlaid graphics generated by the game PCB that shows the score for each player, the cross-hairs for your gun/missile and the enemy damage meter. The game graphics are also used for instructions and high score tables, but the rest is laser disc graphics.

Cobra Command was released as a kit for Dragon's Lair and M.A.C.H. 3 games. The first kit included a game PCB, harness, laser disc, control panel and marquee and used the LDV-1000 player. The second kit was just a ROM swap which made the conversion much less complicated. This title should not be confused with the 1988 Data East game Cobra Command that was a horizontal-scrolling shooter.

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The game is also known as IThunder StormI.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Cobra Command Census

There are 14,948 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,545 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,379 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Common - There are 32 known instances of this machine owned by Cobra Command collectors who are active members. Of these, 13 of them are original dedicated machines. 7 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 12 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 3 active VAPS members with a Cobra Command circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 12 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

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


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 160; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Conversion

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