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R-Type R-Type - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

R-Type - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Scrolling shoot-em-up game. Use your force to help kill the aliens. Pick up power-ups that appear when you kill "Armos". Power-ups help you get stronger. They include air-to-ground, reflective, air-to-air, heat-seeking lasers, and speed-ups.

R-Type was produced by Nintendo in 1987.

Nintendo released 107 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1970. Nintendo was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Nintendo during the time period R-Type was produced include: PlayChoice 5, PlayChoice 10, PlayChoice, Volley Ball, Pro Wrestling, Vs. Castlevania, Vs. Trojan, Vs. Gumshoe, Metroid, and Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!


Name R-Type
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1987
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9219
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class unique
Dipswitch Settings

R-Type Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - FirePod Control
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Instructions R-Type Instructions Image
Control Panel R-Type Control Panel Image
Side Art R-Type Side Art Image
PCB R-Type PCB Image

Game Play

The longer you hold down the fire button, the stronger your shot will be. When at full strength your shot will kill every enemy that it touches. A normal shot will only kill one enemy.

R-Type KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.37 (8 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.82

Overall Like 3.86
Fun (Social) 3.14
Fun (Solo) 3.86
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 3.26

Gameplay 3.86
Graphics 4.14
Originality 2.75
Sound/Music 3.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op R-Type Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 183 known instances of this machine owned by R-Type collectors who are active members. Of these, 91 of them are original dedicated machines. 6 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 86 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 R-Type machines for sale. There are 3 active VAPS members with a R-Type circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 15 active VAPS members currently looking for R-Type. There are 5 active VAPS members looking for R-Type boards sets.

This game ranks a 46 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 32 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]



Strange, that while the PCB for RType says JAMMA on it, it is not a game that can be simply swapped with another JAMMA board. This game has no 5V pinout on the edge connector, nor does it have the test and tilt pinouts of a true JAMMA connector. Also, nowhere in the manual is the word JAMMA mentioned.


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Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 201; Color photo Price guide: No
  2. Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 201; Color photo

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Dedicated

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