Arch Rivals

Arcade Video game published 34 years ago by Bally Midway Mfg. Co.

Listed in MAME

Arch Rivals screenshot

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.

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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


europe Nintendo NES (1990) "Arch Rivals - A Basketbrawl! [Model NES-Q4-NOE]"
Nintendo NES australia (1990) "Arch Rivals - A Basketbrawl! [Model NES-Q4-AUS]"
usa Nintendo NES (nov.1990) "Arch Rivals - A Basketbrawl [Model NES-Q4-USA]"
Sega Game Gear usa (1992) "Arch Rivals [Model T-81118]"
usa Sega Genesis (1992) "Arch Rivals - The Arcade Game [Model T-81056]"
europe Sega Mega Drive (1992) "Arch Rivals - The Arcade Game [Model T-81056-50]"
Sony PlayStation 2 australia (2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
usa Microsoft XBOX (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model MWO-3201W]"
Nintendo GameCube usa (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model DOL-GAYE-USA]"
usa Sony PS2 (oct.11, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2 [Model SLUS-20997]"
europe Microsoft XBOX (oct.29, 2004) "Midway Arcade Treasures 2"
europe Sony PS2 (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]"
europe Microsoft XBOX 360 (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins"
Sony PlayStation 3 europe (nov.15, 2012) "Midway Arcade Origins [Model BLES-01768]"

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

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