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Great Swordsman Great Swordsman - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Great Swordsman - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A sword fighting game with three different types of sword play: fencing, Kendo and Roman.

Great Swordsman was produced by Taito in 1984.

Taito released 486 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1967. Taito was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Taito during the time period Great Swordsman was produced include: Spy Agent, Ice Cold Beer, Water Ski, Ultra Quiz, Tin Star, 10-Yard Fight, 40-0, Athlete, Ben Bero Bee, and Birdie King 3


Name Great Swordsman
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8006
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class Taito Classic
Game Specific Great Swordsman Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Great Swordsman Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player Ambidextrous
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 3 - Upward AttackMiddle AttackDownward Attack
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

You must strike your opponent with your weapon while keeping your guard up. On the Fencing stages, you need to score five points in order to win a match and proceed on to the next one. If time is up, your score will have to be higher than your opponent's in order to win.

In Fencing, there are three respective opponents you must face. In the Kendo stages, you need to score only two points to win a match, but you must face five different warriors. In the Roman stages, you must be very careful because you are fighting with real swords, so you will need to strike your opponent only once to defeat him. Between each of the sword-fighting stages, there will be a bonus stage where an archer will fire arrows at you and you will attempt to deflect as many of them as possible.

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The game was licensed to Romstar for US manufacture and distribution.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Great Swordsman Census

There are 14,958 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,547 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,359 machines (6,939 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 14 known instances of this machine owned by Great Swordsman collectors who are active members. Of these, One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 13 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 Great Swordsman circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Great Swordsman.

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 2 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]



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