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Tehkan World Cup Tehkan World Cup - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Tehkan World Cup - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A top-view 2D football soccer game with four-way scrolling movement and fairly realistic game play. Raise world cup etages to win it. The game is trackball operated with one button for shot and pass powered by trackball inertia.

Tehkan World Cup, aka. Tecmo Cup, is the first multi-player soccer game featuring a trackball controller.3 Programmed by Michishito Ishizuka it was released to arcades in 1985 by Tehkan, Ltd., the former name of Tecmo, Inc. Its arrival coincided with the buildup to the 1986 FIFA World Cup. It featured the then colors of several of the world's top teams such as West Germany, Argentina and Brazil, although it did not mention any team by name. It was most commonly released in a cocktail cabinet form factor, while graphically it offered a two-dimensional birds-eye view of the field that was unique for its time. Its trackball control system contributed significantly to its gameplay which was relatively speedy and exhibited a fluidity something akin to ice hockey, with as little as 3 seconds required to score from kick-off. Two-player action could be highly competitive, with players facing each other across the game space while using sweeping arm movements reminiscent of table tennis. Mechanical reliability proved to be the game's Achilles' heel, as the physical nature of play necessitated regular maintenance on high-wear components.

Tehkan World Cup was produced by Tehkan in 1985.

Tehkan released 15 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1981. Tehkan was based in Japan.

Other machines made by Tehkan during the time period Tehkan World Cup was produced include: Bomb Jack, Star Force, Guzzler, Senjyo, Space Tank, Gridiron Fight, Lovely Poker, Pinball Action, Pontoon, and All American Football


Name Tehkan World Cup
Developer Tehkan (Japan)
Year 1985
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10057
Class Wide Release
Genre Sports
Conversion Class unique
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Trackball: Optical - Direction and Speed
  • Buttons: 1 - Kick
Sound Amplified Mono (one channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
PCB Tehkan World Cup PCB Image

Tehkan World Cup KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.79 (2 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.00

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

Technical Rating: 3.50

Gameplay 3.50
Graphics 4.00
Originality 3.50
Sound/Music 2.00

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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Cabinet Information

Most cabinets are cocktail tables, but some versions are uprights that use joystick controls.


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VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Tehkan World Cup Census

There are 14,773 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,482 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 164,618 machines (6,906 unique titles).

Common - There are 26 known instances of this machine owned by Tehkan World Cup collectors who are active members. Of these, 5 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. 20 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 Tehkan World Cup machines for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Tehkan World Cup.

This game ranks a 7 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 2 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]



This game uses two Z80C CPUs for processing and a Z80C, two AY-3-8910s and one M5205 FM samples for sound.


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