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A 3-D fighting game from Namco, developed by Squaresoft.

Ehrgeiz was produced by Namco in 1998.

Namco released 310 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1977. Namco was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Namco during the time period Ehrgeiz was produced include: Super World Stadium '97, Kosodate Quiz My Angel 2, Star Sweep, Star Audition, Tekken 3, 500 GP, Family Bowl, Gunmen Wars, Motocross Go!, and Soul Calibur


Name Ehrgeiz
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1998
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7694
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 4 - Left PunchRight PunchLeft KickRight Kick
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

This is a fighting game that features characters from Final Fantasy 7: Cloud Strife and Tifa Lockheart.

Game Play

In this game, you pick one of several fighters and fight each other. At the end of a fighting bout, after you do a great hit that decreases the player's health, the fighting emcee yells out "KNOCKOUT!!". Following a replay, the emcee yells out, "YOU WIN!!"
/You begin in a dungeon in a parallel universe, to later awake in an Inn close to the dungeon you were near. You can explore the town and enter the dungeon which contains seemingly random generated maps. Somewhere on each floor of the dungeon will be a stairway to the next level downward in the dungeon. Since the main characters are archaeologists, the goal revolves around going as deep in the dungeon as possible in the hopes of finding great artifacts.
/The character development system revolves mainly around a 5-point chart representing which statistics will be increased in the character upon raising his/her level. Raising Protein, Vitamins, Minerals, Carbohydrates, or Lipids on the chart will in turn increase Attack, Magic Attack, Dexterity, Defense, or Speed, respectively. The diagram points and stretches towards each of these points. As you focus towards one point, the diagram will contract on the other points of the diagram. Thus, increasing how much one stat will raise but lowering how much your other stats will raise.
/Wine Trade: There are several recipe books hidden throughout the Quest portion of the games dungeon. Wine trading is available after getting the second recipe book and talking to a man in a restaurant in the town. You can buy and trade wine here much like a stock market, where the value of your stock aliased by the wine will go up and down periodically. You can then trade back the wine sell your stock to gain either loss or profit.

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The most powerful player in the game is a wolf named Django.

Ehrgeiz is sometimes affectionately known as The Final Fantasy Fighter by its fans due to the appearance of these characters. Ehrgeiz is highly sought after by Final Fantasy game collectors, due to it not making the Greatest Hits list and not being re-released.

Ehrgeiz is also the name of Zell Dinchts most powerful weapon in Final Fantasy VIII. Ehrgeiz was scored by Takayuki Nakamura, and features arranged music by Nobuo Uematsu, the composer for the Final Fantasy series. All of the seiyu who voiced the FFVII characters here are not their current seiyu in the Compilation of FFVII series save for Yumi Kakazu. Han Daehan bears a resemblance to Hwoarang from Tekken. Prince Naseem has some resemblance to Adon from Street Fighter. It has been speculated by fans that Ken Godhand Mishima is a member of the Mishima family from Tekken, since not only does he share the same family name, his gloves are also very similar to those of Kazuya Mishima and he has a similar hairstyle to Jin Kazama, Kazuyas son. He also seems to use fighting moves similar to other Mishama characters. Sasukes katana appears in Final Fantasy IV Advance as one of Edges most powerful weapons, obtained in the new Lunar Ruins. Ehrgeiz means ambition in the German language. Some fans believe that Djangos 2p outfit bears a resemblance to Red XIII, which explains some of his attacks.

Cabinet Information

The cabinet is semicircle-shaped. The marquee has a picture of thunder and lightning with the game's logo on it. Beneath the control panel, there are pictures of fighters doing some cool moves. The buttons on the control panel are labeled LP, RP, LK, and RK. The sides of the cabinet are painted plain white.


Above the Ehrgeiz stone, the game displays "God bless the Ring", both on the title screen and the marquee.

LICENSOR: Squaresoft

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Ehrgeiz Census

There are 14,949 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,546 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,354 machines (6,938 unique titles).

Common - There are 37 known instances of this machine owned by Ehrgeiz collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 33 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Ehrgeiz circuit boards for sale.

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

This game ranks a 11 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]



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