Arch Rivals

The Arcade Video Game by Bally Midway Mfg. Co.

Arch Rivals screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Arch Rivals © 1989 Bally Midway Mfg. Co.

Arch Rivals is a hilarious basketball game featuring customizing team names and colors. A full game consists of four quarters, with four minutes each. Each team has two players, and the objective of the game is to outscore the opponent until the final buzzer sounds.

If the game results in a tie after four quarters, a sudden death overtime period is added, in which case the next basket to go in will win the game for the team who scored it. The overtime period is one minute long. A player can call for his teammate to pass him the ball or to shoot it.

There are eight characters that the player can play as, each with a unique characteristic. They are :
* Blade : A crowd pleaser.
* Hammer : Rebound king.
* Lewis : Top shooter.
* Mohawk : Tough & mean.
* Moose : A real champ.
* Reggie : All-American.
* Tyrone : Defensive giant.
* Vinnie : A great player.


Arch Rivals the  Arcade Video Game
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Bally Midway MCR 68k hardware

Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 7.7238 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 2 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.57958 Mhz), DAC, HC55516 (@ 3.57958 Mhz)

Players : 2
Control : stick
Buttons : 2


Arch Rivals was released in May 1989.

It was one of the first sports games to gain popularity among its players. The game billed itself as a 'Basket Brawl'.

Tyrone was one of the heroes of the cartoon titled the 'Power Team'.

An Arch Rivals unit appears in the 1991 movie 'Terminator 2 - Judgment Day', and in the 1990 sitcom 'Parker Lewis Can't Lose'; Season 1, Episode 19 (Citizen Kube).


REV 2.0
REV 4.0


Concept and design : Jeff Nauman, Brian Colin
Sounds : Dan Forden
Graphics : Brian Colin
Software : Jeff Nauman
Hardware and support : Glen Ship, Mark Loffredo, Al Lasko, Greg Tastad, Greg Freres, John, Brian, Elaine Ditton, Ben, Jim, Soumya, Laura, The Doctor!
The joystick was designed by : Ken Lantz



Nintendo NES europe (1990) "Arch Rivals - A Basketbrawl! [Model NES-Q4-NOE]"
Nintendo NES australia (1990) "Arch Rivals - A Basketbrawl! [Model NES-Q4-AUS]"
Nintendo NES usa (nov.1990) "Arch Rivals - A Basketbrawl [Model NES-Q4-USA]"
Sega Game Gear usa (1992) "Arch Rivals [Model T-81118]"
Sega Genesis usa (1992) "Arch Rivals - The Arcade Game [Model T-81056]"
Sega Mega Drive europe (1992) "Arch Rivals - The Arcade Game [Model T-81056-50]"
Sony PlayStation 2 australia (2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
Microsoft XBOX usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model MWO-3201W]"
Nintendo GameCube usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model DOL-GAYE-USA]"
Sony PlayStation 2 usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model SLUS-20997]"
Microsoft XBOX europe (oct.29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
Sony PlayStation 2 europe (oct.29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model SLES-52844]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 usa (nov.6, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLUS-31083]"
Microsoft XBOX 360 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"


Sony PSP usa (dec.13, 2005) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULUS-10059]"
Sony PSP europe (feb.24, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Extended Play [Model ULES-00180]"


PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] usa (feb.17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition"
PC [MS Windows, CD-ROM] europe (mar.17, 2006) "Midway Arcade Treasures Deluxe Edition" by Zoo Digital Publishing


LCD handheld game usa (1989) by Acclaim.
Apple iPhone/iPod usa (feb.23, 2012) "Midway Arcade [Model 476467441]"

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