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This side-scroller features Athena, the character who first appeared in a game called "Athena" and also later in the Neo-Geo "King of Fighters" series. This was the first game to use a fully digitized, full-length vocal sountrack.

Psycho Soldier was produced by SNK in 1986.

SNK released 183 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1978. SNK was based in Japan.

Other machines made by SNK during the time period Psycho Soldier was produced include: ASO: Armored Scrum Object, Alpha Mission, Arian Mission, HAL 21, TNK III, Dogosoken, Meijinsen, Victory Road, Athena, and Bermuda Triangle

Psycho Soldier
Psycho Soldier


Name Psycho Soldier
Developer SNK (Japan)
Year 1986
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9144
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class JAMMA
Dipswitch Settings

Psycho Soldier Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - Shoot Psycho BoltFire Psycho Orb
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Introduction

This post-apocalyptic side-scroller stars Athena who appeared in a game called "Athena" and later in the Neo-Geo "King of Fighters" series the second player, Kensou, also appears in King of Fighters. A power scale increases her attack power and at full power with an artifact, she turns into a phoenix. A second person plays as Athena's friend Kensu and at the end of the game, Athena and Kensu perform a concert the vocal soundtrack plays throughout the credits.

Game Play

You can collect orbs that can be fired like a bazooka. They rotate around you, blocking minor projectiles. You can also grab power-ups to increase your shot power and range. At full power, a certain artifact changes Athena into a fire-breathing phoenix. The game is a multi-level side scroller, and you can jump between levels to attack or avoid enemies and grab power-ups.

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One of the first video games along with ITwin EagleI and one other game to have a fulllength vocal soundtrack.PAthena originally appeared in her selftitled game. The Psycho Soldiers would later appear in SNKs IKing Of FightersI series.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Psycho Soldier Census

There are 14,836 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,506 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,889 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 12 known instances of this machine owned by Psycho Soldier collectors who are active members. Of these, It is an original dedicated machine (not another machine converted with a kit). 11 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

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

This game ranks a 5 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]



This game is one of a particular line of SNK machines that operates using three Z80s at 4MHz. Most of the sound effects come from a YM3526 OPL1 FM chip while most music and all digitized effects including the complete vocal track are created by a Y8950 it is a YM3526 with a 4channel ADPCM decoder added on. Both sound chips also run at 4MHz.PBecause of its extensive vocal soundtrack, the board is EMhugeEM. It consists of three PCBs full of ICs all sandwiched together.


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