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Your ship moves horizontally at the bottom of the playfield. Shoot at alien ships in the rows at the top and as they dive-bomb you.

Radar Scope was produced by Nintendo in 1980.

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 Radar Scope was produced include: SF-Hisplitter, Space Launcher, Head On N, Monkey Magic, Battle Shark, Vs. UniSystem, Heli Fire, Space Fever Color, Space Fever (Black & White), and Sheriff


Name Radar Scope
Developer Nintendo (Japan)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9238
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 1 - Fire
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
  • Cabaret/Mini
  • Environmental/Cockpit
  • Cocktail
Bezel Radar Scope Bezel Image
Control Panel Radar Scope Control Panel Image
Side Art Radar Scope Side Art Image

Game Introduction

Best described as a cross between Space Invaders and Galaxians. Few game sounds, most of which are fairly high pitched, and tend to be annoying after a short time. Hardware Blue-to-Black-to-Blue background generation.

Radar Scope KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.14 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.10

Overall Like 3.67
Fun (Social) 3.33
Fun (Solo) 3.00
Collector Desire 4.67

Technical Rating: 3.92

Gameplay 4.33
Graphics 4.33
Originality 3.33
Sound/Music 3.67

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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This was Nintendo's first arcade game and it did not sell well. Of the 3000 games made, roughly 2000 were converted into Donkey Kong. This lead to two variations of Donkey Kong cabinets: the harder to find red cabinet and the traditional blue cabinet.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Radar Scope Census

There are 14,745 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,470 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,450 machines (6,893 unique titles).

Common - There are 43 known instances of this machine owned by Radar Scope collectors who are active members. Of these, 34 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. 8 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 Radar Scope machines for sale.

Wanted - There are 6 active VAPS members currently looking for Radar Scope.

This game ranks a 8 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 10 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]


Foto-Finder® (Books)

  1. The Encyclopedia of Arcade Video Games Kurtz (ISBN 0764319256) Page: 98; Color photo Price guide: No

Additional References (logged in members often see more)

  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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