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Tattoo Assassins - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A two-player fighting game from Data East.

Tattoo Assassins was produced by Data East in 1994.

Data East released 174 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1979. Data East was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Data East during the time period Tattoo Assassins was produced include: Fighter's History, Heavy Smash - The Future Sports, Night Slashers, Spinmaster, Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends, Street Hoop, Karnov's Revenge, Worldcup Volleyball '95, Fighter's History Dynamite, and Windjammers


Name Tattoo Assassins
Developer Data East (Japan)
Year 1994
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10039
Class Prototype
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class JAMMA
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Joint
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 6 - Punch HighKick HighBlock HighPunch LowKick LowBlock Low
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Tattoo Assassins Control Panel Image
Side Art Tattoo Assassins Side Art Image

Game Introduction

Tattooed warriors engage in ultra-violent combat -- and the inked characters on their flesh come to life in the process.

Game Play

The game play is similar to that of Mortal Kombat.

Tattoo Assassins KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.93 (1 vote)

Fun Factor: 3.60

Overall Like 3.00
Fun (Social) 4.00
Fun (Solo) 4.00
Collector Desire 4.00

Technical Rating: 4.25

Gameplay 5.00
Graphics 5.00
Originality 3.00
Sound/Music 4.00

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Written by Bob Gale, screenwriter of "Back to the Future." This was a blatant rip-off of Mortal Kombat, with over 200 fatalities, including nudalities (which were merely rumors in the Mortal Kombat games) and animalities (before Mortal Kombat 3 implemented them). However, it did not have much gameplay appeal, so it was never widely released, even though it did appear in several test markets.

Only two cabinets were ever finished with the complete code. One of these cabinets is still at the Data East headquarters, the other is in a private collection that was destroyed in a flood.

Cabinet Information

The side art displays a giant photo of a tiger.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tattoo Assassins Census

There are 14,834 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 164,890 machines (6,918 unique titles).

Scarce - There are 4 known instances of this machine owned by Tattoo Assassins collectors who are active members. Of these, 4 of them are original dedicated machines.

Wanted - No active members have added this machine to their wish list. There is one active VAPS member looking for a Tattoo Assassins circuit board set.

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