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Make your way along a very strange landscape fighting enemies as they appear. The graphics are highly impressive for the time.

Genpei ToumaDen was produced by Namco in 1986.

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 Genpei ToumaDen was produced include: Vs. Sky Kid, Vs. Battle City, Star Luster, Sky Kid, Motos, Assassin, Hopping Mappy, Namco's Classic Gaming, Return Of Ishtar, The, and Sky Kid Deluxe

Genpei ToumaDen
Genpei ToumaDen


Name Genpei ToumaDen
Developer Namco (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 7930
Class Wide Release
Genre Platform
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - SliceJump
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

The player character in this game is based on a true historical person. You play as the resurrected spirit of "Taira no Kagekiyo" (d.1196), a samurai from the Heike clan who has returned from the dead to exact vengeance on "Minamoto no Yoritomo" of the Genji clan.

Genpei Toumaden is an interesting side-scrolling action game. There are three phases to it. In one, your character is depicted in a small size and things come at you from every direction and you slash your sword to kill things, but the game is relentless in its efforts to kill you. The second features a very large version of your character and is focused on one-on-one fighting between you and the stage boss mostly, aside from some other minor enemies. The third, is an overhead perspective, basically you are in the Japanese land of the dead fighting dead things to escape.

Genpei ToumaDen KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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This game is based around the "Genpei Wars", which were fought by the Minamoto family ("Genji"), and the Taira family ("Heike") during Japan's Heian period. The Genpei Wars would later go on to the inspire the epic novels The Tale of the Genji, and The Tale of the Heike. There have also been many Japanese stage plays, movies and TV shows about this historical event.


Alternate English title: The Genji and the Heike Clans.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Genpei ToumaDen Census

There are 14,896 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,528 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,131 machines (6,927 unique titles).

Rare - There are 2 known instances of this machine owned by Genpei ToumaDen collectors who are active members. Of these, 2 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 an extra Genpei ToumaDen circuit board for sale.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Genpei ToumaDen circuit board set.

This game ranks a 1 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]



The boardset is Namco System 86.

CPU: 2xM6809 and HD63701
SOUND: YM-2151 and Namco 8-channel waveform PSG and custom PCM

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