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Guide a Samurai through waves of on-coming foes, including other Samurais, knife-throwing birds and vicious tigers. End-of-level bosses provide more challenging sword play.

Samurai Nipponichi 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 Samurai Nipponichi 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 Samurai Nipponichi
Developer Taito (Japan)
Year 1984
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9416
Class Wide Release
Genre Scrolling Fighter
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 2 - UnderhandOverhand
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Samurai Nipponichi PCB Image

Game Play

Guide a Samurai through waves of on-coming enemies. Use your Samurai blade to eliminate your foes. Push up to jump, down to crouch and left or right to move. Press the overhand button to swing your sword downwards or press underhand to slash upwards. Depending upon the enemy that attacks, different swords motions work better.

Vary your speed of travel as you play the game, otherwise the flying birds will hit you with the knives that they throw. Jump up and slash the birds as soon as they appear or parry and duck under their darts.

Defeat the end bosses as quickly as possible for a larger bonus.

Samurai Nipponichi KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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The boardset seems similar to that of Mission 660 although I haven't tried any hacks to get either game to work off of one set.


This game is also known as Samurai Magic.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Samurai Nipponichi Census

There are 14,896 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).

Uncommon - There are 9 known instances of this machine owned by Samurai Nipponichi 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. 8 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There is one active VAPS member with a Samurai Nipponichi machine for sale. There is one active VAPS member with an extra Samurai Nipponichi circuit board for sale.

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

This game ranks a 1 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]


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SAMURAI - 1984 Taito - Guaranteed Working non-jamma Arcade PCB - RARE

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