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Space Fire Bird Space Fire Bird - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Space Fire Bird - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


Move a space ship left and right across the bottom of the screen avoiding the diving and swirling enemy space ships. Fire up to four missiles at a time and press warp to launch the spaceship up the screen with destructive shield activated.

Space Fire Bird was produced by UPL in 1980.

UPL released 34 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1976. UPL was based in United States.

Other machines made by UPL during the time period Space Fire Bird was produced include: Blasto, Depthcharge, Hustle, Blockade, Super Moon Cresta, Carnival, Dorodon, Mouser, and Raiders 5


Name Space Fire Bird
Developer UPL (United States)
Year 1980
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 9655
Class Wide Release
Genre Space
Conversion Class unique
Game Specific Space Fire Bird Pinout
Dipswitch Settings

Space Fire Bird Dipswitch Settings (user contributed)

# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Alternating
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Joystick: 2-way (left, right)
  • Buttons: 2 - FireWarp
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard - Cocktail
Bezel Space Fire Bird Bezel Image

Game Play

This game is in the Galaxian and Galaga vein, but it is different enough to be interesting. The player's spaceship rises up at either side of the screen and there can be up to four shots on the screen at one time. Enemies take differing numbers of shots to destroy the player ship and they launch bombs that break into shrapnel when shot.

Space Fire Bird KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 0.00 (0 votes)

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There also exists a schematic manual for a Tehkan Space Fire Bird.


LICENSOR: Nintendo

There is a version released directly by Nintendo. Space Firebird was also licensed to Game World Manufacturing by Nichsubishi of Japan, through the British Video Game Manufacturers Association.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Space Fire Bird Census

There are 14,944 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,544 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,327 machines (6,937 unique titles).

Uncommon - There are 12 known instances of this machine owned by Space Fire Bird collectors who are active members. Of these, 11 of them are original dedicated machines. One is a set of 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 6 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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