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NATO Defense NATO Defense - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

NATO Defense - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Move your tank over every dot in the maze to move to the next level. Grab ammo as you run over it and fire at enemy tanks before they fire at you. When you crash into an enemy tank or when one shoots your tank, you loose a life.

NATO Defense was produced by Pacific Novelty in 1982.

Pacific Novelty released 8 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1980. Pacific Novelty was based in United States.

Other machines made by Pacific Novelty during the time period NATO Defense was produced include: Shark Attack, Thief, Deep Death, Mr. F. Lea, Pop-A-Ball, Pop-A-Ball II, and Sungold


Name NATO Defense
Developer Pacific Novelty (United States)
Year 1982
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8811
Class Wide Release
Genre Labyrinth/Maze
Conversion Class unique
External Device CTD - Auto-reversing cassette is used for two channels of sound and the other two are from the game itself
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player Ambidextrous
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
  • Joystick: 4-way (up-left, down-left, up-right, down-right)
Sound Special Sound System
Quad sound
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

NATO Defense KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

There is a built-in speed-up for the game. Swapping ROM K4 with ROM J4 and ROM C4 with ROM B4, will give the player a new set of mazes. The tech note describing this 'speed-up' also notes that the diagnostic mode the Checksums displayed will not match, but this is normal and OK.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op NATO Defense Census

There are 14,817 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,502 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,868 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 9 known instances of this machine owned by NATO Defense collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a conversion in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 4 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 2 active VAPS members with a NATO Defense machines for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra NATO Defense circuit board for sale.

Wanted - There are 2 active VAPS members currently looking for NATO Defense.

This game ranks a 2 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 3 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]



The cassette deck is a standard 12V auto-reversing deck, like the under dash models used in the early 80's before car stereos came standard with cassette. The belt drive in these tends to dry out, become brittle and no longer play the tape. You can use a cheap automotive AM/FM Stereo w/Auto-Reversing Cassette as a replacement.


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