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Top Skater Top Skater - Japanese Logo - Katakana / Kanji

Top Skater - Cabinet - Video Game Marquee


A skateboarding game by Sega. Choose any of the four available skateboarders of variable skills and race on any selectable course until time runs out.

Top Skater was produced by Sega in 1997.

Sega released 594 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1936. Sega was based in United States.

Other machines made by Sega during the time period Top Skater was produced include: Sega Blast City, Virtua Fighter 3 - The New Standard, DecAthlete, Golden Eye, Taisen Tanto-R 'Sasshissu!', All Japan Pro Wrestling Featuring Virtua, Columns 97, House Of The Dead, The, Lost World: Jurassic Park, The, and Motor Raid


Name Top Skater
Developer Sega (United States)
Year 1997
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 10160
Class Wide Release
Genre Racing
  • Orientation: Horizontal
  • 50-inch Mitsubishi projection TV

Conversion Class Sega Model 3
# Simultaneous Players 1
# Maximum Players 1
Game Play Single
Control Panel Layout Single Player
  • Buttons: 1 - Selector Left
  • Buttons: 1 - Selector Right
  • Skateboard
Sound Amplified Stereo with Subwoofer (three channel)
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard

Game Play

Hold onto the handrails and tilt the skateboard to either side to turn the skater, and when you reach a jump, press down on the back end of the board to make the skater jump. Also be sure to grab the little icons scattered about to increase your playing time.

Running the skater into a concrete abutment wastes 2 or 3 seconds. The skater may whine, but you only lose 35K in bonus points. One good hit in the pipe will score 3 or 4 times that SO, the occasional fatal wreak wont harm your overall score much. The board steering the skater handles a lot like a snowboard. How sharply the skater turns is a function of the angle the board is pointing, the amount the board is edged, and the sheer force applied. Its very realistic in that regard. Getting aggro will improve your score. But, the board associated mechanical stuff takes a beating seems to require a lot of maintenance.The skateboard controller response is realistic enough that anyone who rides any kind of board will like it. At first, as you get better, the duration of the game increases. Once you can consistently complete the entire course, by then youre hooked from then on, the games get shorter, and your tokens get sucked up quicker The faster you finish, the higher your bonus.The key to really BIG scores is to do jumps, grinds tricks in quick succession, without pausing or crashing. The resulting combination trick is worth many times the score of the individual tricks done separately. The barrels in the course arent merely obstacles they are positioned so that grinding them will keep the string of tricks going.There are 6 skaters to choose from, plus another secret character who rides a surfboard.There are 2 courses to choose from, plus a secret skate park.

Top Skater KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.74 (4 votes)

Fun Factor: 3.60

Overall Like 5.00
Fun (Social) 4.33
Fun (Solo) 3.75
Collector Desire 3.33

Technical Rating: 3.88

Gameplay 3.75
Graphics 3.75
Originality 4.00
Sound/Music 4.00

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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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

At the character selection screen if you press the left button three times, then the right button three time, and finally continually push the left button untill the new Surfing character appears.



This game features music from the punk band Pennywise!

Cabinet Information

The cabinet features railings for the player to hold onto during the game to avoid falls, a large screen to view the action, and a 'Top Skater' marquee on top.

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Top Skater Census

There are 14,908 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,530 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,187 machines (6,929 unique titles).

Common - There are 28 known instances of this machine owned by Top Skater collectors who are active members. Of these, 26 of them are original dedicated machines. 2 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Top Skater machines for sale.

Wanted - There is one active VAPS member currently looking for Top Skater.

This game ranks a 5 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.

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